Fatback Band March Newsletter

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Hey Guys;

I know you been wondering whats been happening with us. We’ve been little busy touring. I just don’t have the time to do our news letter on regular basis. But I do want share this “Round Table Talk” with Bill and the Band with you. I think most of you guys know the history of the group, but just in case, here’s the first of the series of the round table talks.

On our last tour we hit a few new places. We went back to a few of the old spots we haven’t been in years. One of which is Ronnie Scott’s in London. The last time we were there was in the late 70’s. We also hit Leicester. The last time we played there was at the Bailey’s club ( a lot of you guys don’t remember that) and stayed in the Hilton hotel. Now that goes way back! This time we played at the 2 Funky Music Cafe and we had a ball. Leicester,uk still knows how to party. One of the new spot was Oakland Hotel in Norwich uk; a great room to play and stay! We can’t wait to get back there. The spot I will never forget was the last date on the tour!  You see, the North Sea jazz club canceled out  and we had a day off. The Cliff Hotel in Gorleston,uk invited us to stay there and they made us feel as if we were at home. What a great place! What a scenery and awesome atmosphere ! The whole staff knows how to party. That was a night to remember!!! Thanks to all the Fatback fans, old and new ones, that came out and supported us “We love you madly”

Okay guys I’m out here. Don’t forget to tell your friends, if ever see the
Fatback Band playing  anywhere and you want to have a night to remember, just go and buy your ticket early and bring your dancing shoes.

Love and Music

Bill

(c) March 2017 Bonnie Cehovet
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Fatback Band Newsletter – August 2016

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 Fatback Band  August 2016 Newsletter

Hi Guys;
So excited to be coming back to the Jazz Café it been quite a while since we’ve been there and it on a Tuesday night this band haven’t work on a Tuesday night in a long time I know it will turn our week around. if you can get out it would be great seeing all the old Jazz Cafe fans again  as you know August is my Birthday month come on out and have a  taste with me and the band I will be sitting up stair at the bar.
We will be touring The UK for 8 Engagements three of dates was canceled.  Ipswich, Sheffield and Bournemouth,  but we will be coming back next year to pick up those dates, so be on the lookout.
People are forever asking me do we have new music out the answer is “Yes” we have been releasing new music every year for the past three years, the problem is getting it heard. our new music is on the internet, in all the e-music store, itune ,Amazon and place like that, but like I said getting it heard is problem. I call the internet the graveyard for music unless you have big bucks when I say big I mean big. little group’s like our don’t have that means. we are working  hard at trying to stay alive. you must stay busy being reborn again if you not you busy dying.
 On this tour we are hitting a few of the larger Festivals on 28th August we be at Campsoul music in Oxford , September 1st  at G-Live in Guildford and then swing over to Liverpool on 2nd at Philharmonic, we going funk up the Place on 5th of September in Southend.  we gonna hang around a few days to do the  Bestival on September 8th Isle of Wight. if you never attended this is  a must, an experience you never forget. I don’t know what time we going on, but we will be there, see you at the show.
Don’t forget if you see us on the streets don’t be afraid to come up and say “Hi “We Love You” !
Love and Music
Bill
(c) August 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
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Fatback Band Newsletter – July 2016

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Fatback Band  July 2016 Newsletter
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Hi Guys

Sorry about our newsletter’s. I have been very business redirecting “The New Generation of The Fatback Band”, recording and putting together a hot new show. The Fatback Band New Generation will kick off their 2016 tour in Brooklyn, NY July 7th at the Metrotech Plaza downtown Brooklyn…A free outdoor concert from 12 noon to 2 pm; all Fatback for two long hours. It has been many moons since we played in Brooklyn. I can’t wait to introduce our music to our new generation of fans in Brooklyn and see a lot of our old Fatback funkerteers. I know this maybe bad timing for a lot of you, but most of the funkerteers are retired. Come on out and get your funk on again and tell a friend.
Our concert will lay out the blueprint, musically where New School got their start from, by combining, old school with new school. Yes we will be playing all your ole time favorite hits. No show would be complete without” Do the Bus Stop, Backstrok’n, Money and I Found Lovin.”
Our band personnel have changed. Along with me…on Bass: Zack Guinn, Keyboards: James Forbes, Sax: Robert Lock. Back in the lineup singing: Isabella Gordon & a young man I know you will fall in love with, our lead vocalist and Drummer: Des Humphrey. Still holding down the Guitar spot is Darryl McAlister, along with Ledjerick Woods, Trumpet. I call them “The Young Turf”

Thanks for your time! I’m out of here, but I want tell when new members come in a band the first thing we do is jam and that what we did. The tape was running and I decided to release the raw live Jam session. Des wanted to Rap on Bus Stop and Money Oh! Oh! But that’s not the way it started! The horns wanted to do Bus Stop and Des took it over. Anyway the link is below along with a little bonus from the band “Smash That Thang up Against the Wall”
Bill

(c) June 2016
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Bill Curtis & The Fatback Band – January 2016

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Happy New Year, Everybody! Peace, Love and Music!

A lot of things happened in 2015. We lost a lot of great musicians last year.   I am looking forward to this year. I will be going in a few new musical directions.
I put together a new Fatback Band this summer the Fifth generation of Fatbacker. I hope we can find some work… it is hard to put the numbers together in this economy. With airfares and hotels prices continuing to go up, this year will be a challenging year for musicians. Hell! Every year was challenging to find ways to make a living doing what they love best, playing and creating music.
 I wrote about this in my 2010 newsletter.  I feel like it’s worth touching on it again; live shows and building a family. It’s not like the old days, like the old days was so great. Once upon a time you could make money from the sales of your records and that was a livelihood. If you’re thinking you can do that now, forget it. The money is gonna come from your performances. Your live shows and today’s musicians got to hit the stage like their life depends on it…  fearless, only the great ones will survive.  You want be in it for long haul and you want your fans to be with you for the long haul. I have been talking about this for the last few years.
It is not easy, even with the social sites; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It’s a full time job trying to get out there…that’s right, you gotta go out and build you an audience for your music and nurture them. Today’s music lovers want to be a part of the act, they want to know you personally and want you to be accessible to them. Yes they are your family, your musical family. The one thing I found out about those social sites they are just that, for socializing. And don’t try to use it as PR tool for your music, but to interact with your family (fans) and let them sell your music. As the ole saying goes, “Word of mouth is the best promotion. Remember this, it’s all about
1. The song
2. The Band
3. The moment, the energy you give on stage to each other.
I call it SBM .

Here are our February 2016 engagements in the UK.

Butlins Resort
Feb 5th 2016
Warren Rd. Minehead, TA24 5SH
+ 44-1643 70331
show time 9:00 pm

Nells Jazz and Blues
Feb 6th 2016
3 Northend Crescent
West Kensington
London W14
0207 792 1200

Canvas
Feb 7th 2016
45 Poole Hill
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH25 PW
0129 243 8000
Here I am in 2016, telling you, how to, like I have sold a few thousands on the net… No, but what little work I have done has shown me you can make money if you are willing to put in the time. I’m not saying you’ll sell tons of downloads or CD’s. But you’ll have control of your music; you’ll be the CEO, President, and CFO of your company. And the sad part… you won’t have anyone to blame. The internet is just a small part of the puzzle you have got to be organized. Most musician are not. You must have a business plan and you must take time to learn the music industry. If you are not willing to learn, you must hire people who knows the music industry. That’s why so many little groups don’t really see the big money. It’s time-consuming and you must be willing to live on the edge, be different and fresh, not a follower.  I must say this, if you in it to get rich you in the wrong place. If you have the love, the passion and want make a different in people lives and have the gift to create, music can be rewarding.
I promised you some new music in 2016. Below is music from fifth generation of Fatbacker, I call them “The Young Turf”.  It’s gonna be a fun year I promise you.  Give me your feedback. Don’t stop! I do listen.
Enjoy the experience of enjoying music!

 

Bill
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Bill Curtis April 2015 Newsletter

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg

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Note: This is the April, 2015 newsletter from Mr. Bill Curtis, founder of the Fatback Band. It is being shared here with his permission.

Hey guys; every so often I drop a few lines about where are we now. , well we’re just where I thought we would be one day! No better off than we were ten years ago. you know all the BS they were feeding us… how all this new technology was to help you to control and made more money from our content in the long run.  we are at the end of the road. this is what’s happening now. The major Labels which own about 15%  of Spotify is out there trying to find buyer for Spotify for 10 Billion Dollars. a few years ago wrote in one of my newsletters,  I believe if Steve Job was still around he would figure out a way we could get better compensated for our content. I ready don’t know if streaming is the answer, but that’s the way it is, this is the way it’s going to be if Apple become the largest music company in the world… let me show you how big this move would be. Do you remember how large mabell (AT&T) was and the government broke them up? Apple move is twice as large and maybe larger.

Spotify, Pandora, Deezer ,Google Music and Rhapsody was built on the backs of songwriters, musicians and composers. Yes that right! It’s our music that has made those companies. We are the modern day slaves. There’s no other way to put it. They took our music and downgraded it. Put in their expensive hardware for free and we bought the phones. What they were doing was using someone else creations to sell their product. I said it before and I’ll say it again, by right we should be getting something off the sale of every cell phone that has music in it at the point sale. And then they set up websites where you could get all the music ever made and pay peanuts for the use of our music… (I must say they did better than the juke box man). I know I may sound like I’m crying and little bitter but I’m not. I’m just telling it like it is and hope this new breed of writers, musicians and composers can break this chain of slavery. And get it right.

Yes, with steaming, Apple will serve you up all you can eat for $10  a month. It’s like a buffet. Now here’s the pitfall; so they won’t look like the bad guys, they are sending the artist money to the record labels; that’s like…call the Wolves to guard Sheep. I think things will be a little better. Maybe a few extra dollars in our pockets. I doubt it, not under the present pay scale, but don’t hold your breath. As long as you have 3 to 4 hands touching the money before it gets to you, we will always come up on the short end of the stick.

I think Apple is going to make this move I heard. I also heard, all that stuff with Taylor Swift, was all a big plan to bring Spotify buying price down which didn’t happen. When this slave ships stop sailing, who will be technology next ship?

before I go it would be a nice thing if the tech music industry like Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Google and the others, would use a little of that money to build a few rest homes for senior musicians, a fund for out of work musicians and families or maybe scholarships for young musicians, do something for the industry. But oh! That would be too much like right… $ 10 Billion!!

All I’m saying…we are all in this together! Don’t kill one industry to build another. Why kill the goose that laid the golden egg, but This is the America way.

I’m outta here! Look for The Fatback Band in the UK about the first week in September. We still have some open dates that need to be filled. Hope to have a couple new songs out about the end of May.

Making some big moves in the Band beefing up sound bring in some new blood, putting some new funk in your face. keep it live.

Click here to see our FatBack Band merchandise.

Bill

(c) April 2015 Bonnie Cehovet
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From Bill Curtis – December 2014

  Keep on Stepping
Note: This is a sharing of Bill Curtis’ Fatback Band newsletter. It is being shard with his permission.

Oh yes I’m still here, spending more time trying to get more work and networking. I know you are saying well Bill isn’t it time for you to sit back? Music is my passion, and as long as I’m able I will be out there doing it! I think every musician know when it time. Right now, I feel like I have about twenty more albums in me, as a matter of fact, I know I do. They’re just waiting to bust out. On the real side, I love what I do and I’m thankful and gratefully blessed to be able to play and perform as long as I have. And to you guys out there, who have supported us over the many years…God Bless you and Happy Holidays.

Fatback asked the question back in the 80’s, “Is This the Future”, a song we recorded. Well this is the future and we are not going back. You might as well make up your mind to join the revolution and if not, you’ll be like the buffalo extinct. It has been over twenty years and if you haven’t gotten the message by now you never will.

I know I was one those out there bitchin how they have dumb down our music and made it like water and the music industry sold the artist out. Are we getting a fair shake now? No; by no means. What we have out there now are people controlling music that have no passion for music and you as an artist.

This is the age of technology. Either you keep up or you’ll be left by the way side. This is a right now generation. A generation that gets tired of things very quickly, a generation looking for the next big thing, a generation that want to be in the mix and want everything on demand. But if you create something great they will blow it up instantly for two months. You’re only as big as your last hit and that only lasts for about two months. This is the kind of world we are living in now.

The public is hungry for new stuff, not just any old stuff, but great music they can relate to. But they don’t know what they want until they hear it and now there lies the trick… how to get your music heard. Like I said this is the future, from Cassettes to Cd’s to download and now Steaming. From this generation on, they will never really own music; albums will be a thing of the past. What I mean is; you want go in a person home and see albums any more, your music will be in the clouds, Just like leasing a car. I could go on and on about the new world that I see ahead, but I just want you to know its here now and it every man for himself. You either in or you’re out and if you out don’t bitch, only means you’re not good enough. Look for something new to do, find another way to sell your music! Just don’t stay in that hole bitching, because nobody gives a damn. You got to keep on stepping brother.

Hey don’t take it personal! I’m talking to you old guys that don’t know how to use a computer, don’t own cell phone and don’t have a website. The one’s not familiar Tunecore, CD baby, Spotify, You Tube, Facebook & Twitter. I’m not saying they are the answer, but it’s the way of the world.

Music will bounce back, I know it will but not until the artist wakes up and realize he has power and start controlling his own rights. Music is still king if you don’t believe it, just imagine if everyone removed their music from Spotify, itune, Pandora, etc. All of those companies that are using music are making a fortune and paying back pennies to the artists. They would be out of business and they wouldn’t have anything to sell. The record companies knew that and they went and got theirs and left ours on the table. Now we got to fight, take a stand for our rights to get a decent return. Don’t let technology take us down without fight.

Our latest releases:

Don’t Waste My Time

Abstract Feeling

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The Payout/Gotta Change

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The Payout / Gotta Change

bill-drummingThis year is really starting out exciting, for one thing I feel great. The band is beginning to find its own new fresh sound. I’ m a strong believer of staying ahead of the curve, but it’s very hard to move out the shadows of your past, especially when the future is being driven by the past. What we’re trying to do is find that balance; to be identified with the past, but with a fresher look musically in the future. This is our covenant to our fans.

I want to take this time to answer a few questions that a lot of young musicians ask me. 1. Where is the music business going? 2. Will we be able to make money again in this business? My answer is always the same, I don’t know. I can only tell you what I have experienced and seen in this new world. None of it works well for the everyday working musicians out here. It won’t work until we get music people back running things, People who are doing it for the love of music. All this new high tech stuff was not made to make you rich, not even to better your life musically. We are there food source, we feed them, and they get fat. Who am I talking about; You Tube, Spotify, and Pandora. They say streaming is our salvation; it is just another platform to make you think they want to help you sell your music. The hold money payout has to change and it not going to happen any time soon. Why, because the major labels are taking 70% off the top for the use of their music and millions of dollars up front money for salaries and other things. What is left for artists? That’s why they pay us pennies. Whenever we wake up and stop feeding them, that’s when the change will come.

No, music can’t be free. Given music away for promotion is one thing, they have been doing that since the beginning of the music business. But to have a whole generation feeling that music should be free is not good, this kind of thinking has to change. I know people are willing to pay, it’s not the people. It is that 1% that doesn’t give a dam about the creative artists. Greed is killing the industry and the people in the position to change things just sitting back getting fatter and fatter than ever doing nothing, the Record labels. To me, the way I see it, they are saying, we are getting ours, in this new digital world, you had better learn how get yours, everyman for himself. They are a part of that 1%, believe me, they are not your friends, stop making money for them. To be cont.

I’m out of here, trying to stay under 500 words. Maybe if I knew how to write I could. I should have paid attention in composition class, just wasn’t feeling it.

 (c) February 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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