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Jukebox, Troika, Tea, Troops, and Temptation: The Flutterbies October news

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies October newsletter… Keywords this month: jukebox, troika, tea, troops, and temptation!

Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby

Catch The Flutterbies’ single "Hummingbird Heart" on your local jukebox! We’re on the Paste Magazine Emerging Artist Channel on the Ecast Network. Ecast jukeboxes appear in over 10,000 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants throughout the country. And at drive-ins. And at sock-hops. We’re retro-fabulous in October.

Los Angeles Music Awards… Troika!

The Flutterbies have been nominated for THREE Los Angeles Music Awards! We’re up for Best Female Singer-Songwriter (Maureen), Best Single "Hummingbird Heart", and Best Country CD. Live voting party is October 8th at The Whisky on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, so come on down and cast your ballot for us! $10 cover for 6 bands (we heard they rock) and a discussion panel with Grammy-winning producer David Kershenbaum and Music Connection magazine’s Mark Nardone, responsible for The Flutterbies’ first ever review back in April (thanks, Mark!). Once the votes are counted, the Los Angeles Music Awards will be at The Avalon Theatre in November.

Black Sand Music

The Flutterbies have signed a licensing deal with Josh Sanderson of Black Sand Music to shop our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis to TV, films, and video game soundtracks. We’re thrilled to join Black Sand’s roster, which includes Shane Alexander, Lenka, Michelle Featherstone, and our good friend Jim Bianco. Check out Black Sand’s MySpace to see what upcoming shows may feature our music!

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, continued

In last month’s newsletter we asked this question: What do Maureen’s photo series Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, Algabar Loose Leaf Tea, and The Flutterbies single "Hummingbird Heart" have in common?

This month: the exciting answer!

Some weeks back, Gail at Algabar Tea was cooking up a new custom blend. As she was working, our single "Hummingbird Heart" apparently came into her mind, so she decided to name the tea just that: Hummingbird Heart. No confirmed release date yet, but the tea will be available both at The Flutterbies shows and online, where it will come packaged with a free download of our single "Hummingbird Heart"! Meanwhile, Maureen’s Even Bad Girls Drink Tea photo session last month is becoming a coffee table book, spotlighting some of Hollywood’s hottest upcoming fashion designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, and models. The book, our song, and Algabar’s tea will continue to intersect in wild, wonderful ways as we approach the holiday gift-giving season…

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is being edited as we speak! And the footage looks great. Stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned…

Debriefing: Red, White, and Blues

The Flutterbies hit the road last month, flying to Phoenix, AZ to play a benefit for the nonprofit support-our-troops organization Soldiers R U.S. Autographed, commemorative posters from the show are available for $5, with ALL proceeds going to Soldiers R U.S. Please email maureen@theflutterbies.com to purchase a poster:

The Flutterbies Soldiers R U.S. poster

Bandmate News: The Temptation of Bart Ryan

This month The Flutterbies producer and slide guitarist Bart Ryan celebrates the release of his new solo CD Temptation! The album features Maureen on backing vocals and The Flutterbies rhythm section Steve Whalen and Christopher Allis on bass and drums, respectively. For more information, please visit Bart’s website—designed, incidentally, by The Flutterbies co-writer, bandmate, and web guru, Adam Daniel.

Upcoming Gigs

The Flutterbies (acoustic)
Sunday October 18 at 8:30 PM
Renee’s Courtyard Cafe, 522 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA

The Flutterbies (acoustic) are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, and Adam Daniel on guitar/piano/vocals.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. We’re also still in stock at one of the last great retail stores: Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy October, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea: The Flutterbies September newsletter

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies September newsletter… This month we’re all about multimedia, with new alt-country glamour pics for you, exciting video news, and more!

Even Bad Girls Drink Tea

A few weeks back, Christopher Cleary, long time friend of The Flutterbies and gifted photographer, called and said "I’m coming to town; let’s make art!" The resulting photo series is called Even Bad Girls Drink Tea and we’re knockdown thrilled to share a few pics of Maureen from the set:

    

SNEAK PREVIEW PUZZLE: What do the photo series Even Bad Girls Drink Tea, Algabar Loose Leaf Tea, and The Flutterbies’ single "Hummingbird Heart" have in common? Stay tuned for the exciting answer, coming in October’s newsletter…

Video Killed the Radio Star, continued

The Flutterbies’ video for our next single "How I Get Over You" is almost done! Filming is wrapped and the footage is off now to editor Kris Kasper, whose credits include clips by Wolfmother and Britney Spears. Detailed credits will be posted online when we debut the video, but for now we’d like to simply and sincerely thank:

1. Co-writer/producer/director Dan Zacharias (from the band Imperial Z)
2.
Director of photography Kyle Drevlo
3.
Dana Sol & Mi Casa Studios for providing cameras
4. Production coordinator & Band-Aid Mark "The Bacon" Harvey
5.
Everyone else who plotted, schemed, and participated in our raucous film shoot!

The video is epic: think Batman meets Moulin Rouge meets… The Flutterbies!

And special thanks to Mindy Sterling from the Austin Powers movies for her crazy sexy cameo! She and her riding crop are pictured here, with video co-star Lawson Digby:

Upcoming Gigs

Los Angeles Women In Music present Singer-Songwriter Night, formerly known as the Soirée, featuring… The Flutterbies!

September 16, 2009 at 8:00 PM
M Bar
1253 North Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038

RED, WHITE, & BLUES: The Flutterbies hit the road! We’re traveling to Arizona to play a benefit for Soldiers R U.S. — a nonprofit organization that supports our troops overseas by sending care packages, as well as booking post-9/11 veterans to speak at schools about respect, responsibility, care, and citizenship. And no surprise… Maureen is the pinup poster girl for the event! Autographed, collectible posters will be sold for $5 at the show and online (order by writing maureen@theflutterbies.com) and ALL proceeds go to Soldiers R U.S.

Here’s a preview of the poster, inspired by a favorite pic by Mathew Caine at Studio Digitrope:

And here are the show details:

September 17, 2009 at 9:00 PM
Cadillac Ranch
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281

*The Flutterbies open the evening, followed by Bart Ryan (with Maureen singing backup) and then Tempe locals Alleged Double Action

The Flutterbies (acoustic) are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, and Adam Daniel on guitar/piano/vocals.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Reviews

This month’s review comes from columnist James Hames, from the online newspaper My Daily Find. James caught our August gig at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA and had this to say:

The showpiece of the night was Davis under the umbrella of The Flutterbies (pronounced like a Spoonerism of butterflies). The solid songs include the engaging “Hummingbird Heart”— a song being lent to efforts to overturn Prop. 8 — and “Damn Glad,” a song that navigates the paradox of “Will I regret saying ‘good riddance’?” She travels that big-voiced Alannah Myles road with a more nuanced country feeling in the sound.

A full review of the evening, which also included solo sets by The Flutterbies’ guitarists Adam Daniel and Bart Ryan, is readable online here.

Thank you, James!

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale online, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. We’re also in stock at one of the last great retail stores: Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy September, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

The Flutterbies August news

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies August newsletter… This month: some exciting retail news, new pics and video for you, and more!

The Flutterbies On Sale at Amoeba Records

The last great record store! We’re pleased as punch to be on sale now at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA. Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is shelved atop Ben Folds Five and Peter Frampton, and this month it’s also a featured pick at Amoeba’s website! We’re working on booking an in-store performance this fall, so if you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by the store, grab a CD, and ask when we’re playing!

In-Flight Flutterbies

Our single "Hummingbird Heart" is in regular rotation on Lufthansa Airlines’ Country/Folk/Americana channel. So should any of you be flying to or from Germany this month, you can tune into us on your in-flight radio!

We’re worldwide, baby.

New Pic, and Video… with Trombone!

The Flutterbies live! Pic taken by Chef Dion Trujillo at our summer residency "First Tuesdays" show last month at O’Brien’s Pub in Santa Monica, CA. Later that evening, our guitarist Adam Daniel began hurriedly packing up the Les Paul sitting on a stand in the center of the photo before it was kindly pointed out to him that the guitar, in fact, belonged to Brant Biles, soundman extraordinaire and rhythm guitarist for Bart Ryan, also on the bill that night. Alt-country outlaw, indeed…

And from the same show, click here to see video of the Flutterbies’ new friend Nick "Danger" Daley jamming improbably amazing trombone along with our new song "Shoot Me". Yes: trombone.

Video Killed the Radio Star

The Flutterbies are filming our first video, for our next single "How I Get Over You". The video will co-star our good friend Mindy Sterling from the Austin Powers movies, and S-Factor pole dancers Tracy Mueller and Christina Grance. Produced and directed by Dan Zacharias, the video will be shot August 28 at The Good Nite Bar in North Hollywood, CA. Thanks to owner/bartender Daniel for gifting us with his amazing room! Stay tuned…

Upcoming Gigs

We’re continuing our recession special with more FREE gigs:

TONIGHT! August 4
Last night of our summer residency at O’Brien’s Pub
2941 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
8pm: Sentimental Sinners
9pm: The Flutterbies FULL BAND
10pm: Bart Ryan
11pm: All-star jam!

And in September… The Flutterbies are hitting the road, playing a benefit for Soldiers R Us at the Cadillac Ranch in Phoenix, AZ (exact date and time upcoming).

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/keys/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, and Steve Whalen on bass.

Full gig info is always posted and current at our website’s Shows page.

Reviews

This month’s review snippet comes from a fan posting at the Independent Music Awards website. We’re nominated for this year’s awards, and received this exciting and eloquent comment from NYC journalist Tammy Quinn McKillip:

The Flutterbies are city slicker country twang, urban hillbilly, rock-n-ride amazing! Maureen Davis has the voice of an angel and a body made for sin. Sexy, soulful and intelligent, the Flutterbies are everything that alternative country should be–down to Earth and transcendent.

Thanks, Tammy!

Flutterbies For Sale

Our EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale, still and always, at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Happy August, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

Hear The Flutterbies @ Laemmle Theatres — Buy The Flutterbies @ Amoeba Records!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

From July 10 to August 10, you can hear The Flutterbies coast-to-coast, in-auditorium at Laemmle and Angelika Theatres — and get a coupon to buy us at Amoeba Records and www.amoeba.com!

This month, The Flutterbies hit Amoeba Records — top shelf, alongside Ben Folds Five, Foreigner and Peter Frampton! Now that you know that:

1. See a movie @ Laemmle’s or Angelika Theatres in California/Texas/New York

2. Hear our single “Hummingbird Heart” on the big screen during previews

3. Get a $2 off coupon, and go buy THE FLUTTERBIES FEATURING MAUREEN DAVIS @ Amoeba Records
or
http://www.amoeba.com/buy-stuff/category/featured-picks/page3.html

4. Bring your Amoeba receipt to our next show and get a crazy cool gift! Or scan your Amoeba receipt in, email to maureen@theflutterbies and we’ll email your treat…

See you online or in-person at Kulak’s Woodshed live international web stream July 30th!

The Flutterbies July news

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hey, y’all! Welcome to The Flutterbies July news… It’s a HUGE month for us!

First, the single “Hummingbird Heart” from our debut EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis will be playing in-auditorium before screenings at the Laemmle and Angelika theatre chains! We can be reaching 52,000 film patrons in Southern CA, NYC, Dallas, Houston, Sacramento, and more. And in Los Angeles, visit any Laemmle theatre and get a groovy coupon for Amoeba Records! Many thanks to Mike Gormley and Jolene Pellant @ Yes Dear Entertainment.

Also, The Flutterbies are nominated for this year’s Independent Music Awards! We’re thrilled and honored. The IMA’s will be judged by The Black Keys, Aimee Mann, and other notables. See our recent IMA spotlight here.

The Flutterbies Need You!

The Flutterbies are finalists in MySpace’s ROCK THE SPACE contest! We could win a record deal with MySpace Records, and an endorsement from Toyota (I love my Scion XA… sigh). MySpace has provided finalists a promotional widget, and whoever gets the most fans to post it at their websites, MySpace pages, Facebook profiles, etc. wins!

Please click here to grab the widget! Come on… all the coooool kids are doin’ it… and thanks for the support!

New Pic and Videos

The Flutterbies with our buddy Mindy Sterling, from the Austin Powers movies! Pic taken at the Artist’s United benefit for the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, at King King in Hollywood. Later that evening, our guitarist Bart Ryan (second from right) was electrocuted on-stage by an ungrounded microphone. Proceeds from the concert saved pets from euthanasia, and bought Bart several bourbons after his ordeal.

Also, click here to visit our friend Mark’s YouTube channel. He filmed a recent gig and posted some cool clips… Check out live versions of favorites from our EP, a new as-yet-untitled song, and Maureen & Adam Daniel’s infamous cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”.

Radio Radio

We’ve recently been featured on Steve Daub’s “Stormy Monday Blues” 91.5 WRPI in Troy, NY (a CMJ contributor). Other stations playing The Flutterbies:

Toledo’s #1 country station K100
Bowling Green’s WBGU “AM Blues Lover Show”
Rootstime.Be (Belgium)
Hunnypot Radio Unlimited, with our friends P.J. Bloom and John Anderson
Los Angeles’ LA 104.1

And give a listen to Montreal station CKUT in August/September when they add us to “The Rock & Roll Report”.

Thank you to all radio programmers, and listeners!

Upcoming Gigs

The Flutterbies’ recession special: a month of FREE gigs!

July 7th — TONIGHT!
First Tuesdays @ O’Brien’s Pub, 2941 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
8pm: Bart Ryan of The Flutterbies
9pm: The Flutterbies FULL BAND
10pm: Simon Petty (Minibar, Solomon’s Seal)
11pm: All-star jam!

July 12th, 19th, and 26th
Every Sunday @ Renee’s Courtyard Cafe, 522 Wilshire in Santa Monica
9pm to 1am: Unplugged jam! This is where we blow off steam and play some crazy covers of classics with Simon Petty. Always a truly fun night.

July 30th
Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91607
*LIVE WEBCAST! Click here to stream the show.
8pm: Adam Daniel of The Flutterbies
8:40pm: The Flutterbies UNPLUGGED
9:20pm: Bart Ryan of The Flutterbies

The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis on lead vocals, Bart Ryan on guitar/lap steel/vocals, Adam Daniel on guitar/vocals, Christopher Allis on drums, Steve Whalen on bass, and Marc Nilan on keys.

Full gig info is always posted and current at the Shows page.

Reviews

We’re big in Belgium! Our improbable fan base in Belgium & The Netherlands keeps growing, purely by word-of-mouth… If you speak Flemish, click here to read our fourth Belgian review. Otherwise, here’s a translated snippet:

…Davis with her Alt Country band brings 6 great songs that makes one look forward to a bigger release… What is clear when listening to Texan-tainted “How I Get Over You”, country waltz “Faith In Rain” and the subdued “Hummingbird Heart” is that Davis is a master of all styles and allows her voice to drag like only the greatest vocalists can.

The Flutterbies Need You, Again!

Our debut EP The Flutterbies featuring Maureen Davis is for sale at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc. Buy us, baby, buy us!

Special Thanks
Photographer extraordinaire Mathew Caine took this newsletter’s amazing header pic. Thanks, Mathew!

Happy Summer, y’all!

xo
Maureen & The Flutterbies

The Flutterbies & Austin Powers’ Mindy Sterling @ King King June 18

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

(Hollywood CA)  THE FLUTTERBIES (featuring Maureen Davis) join ARTISTS UNITED musicians Taxi Doll, The B.O.L.T., Sabrina Taylor, Allison Geddie, Gerina Di Marco and Alestar Digby for LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY (www.living-free.org) to help save dogs and cats from euthanasia. Hosted by Mindy Sterling ( from “Austin Powers” — Frau Farbissina — you know Dr. Evil’s girlfriend?). Clothing & jewelry & more….tickets $10 at www.groovetickets.com — doors open 7pm, Flutterbies @ 9pm. 21 and over, please….

Come on — ya know ya wanna go ….all the cool kids are doin’ it…and get the EP — THE FLUTTERBIES FEATURING MAUREEN DAVIS at Itunes, CDBaby, Amazon, Digstation and all your favorite digital distributers.  Hear us on Rhapsody.com, indie 104/iRadioLA and all Lufthansa flights worldwide July/August!

www.altcountryforum.nl review — Belgium Loves The Flutterbies!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

reviewer martin overheul writes:

I’m a sucker for sensual female voices, or – for that matter – for any exceptional female voice. Whether it’s Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield or less known singers as Lisa Mednick or Carla Cook, I really love the nuances and emotions they express with their voice. That’s why I’m so excited with the brand new self-titled EP by the American altcountry band The Flutterbies featuring the ravishing Maureen Davis. Trust me; this is a band with lots of potential.

Maureen Davis’ voice has all the great qualities of singers like Lucy Kalplansky, Pat Benatar (especially when she ‘belts out’), and Sue Foley while the guys in the band create a solid yet playful foundation.

Opener ‘Louder, Louder’ does what it promises: crashing guitars, a very tight playing rhythm section, and a fiery Maureen Davis deliver a powerful song with a distinct wink to The Pretenders. On the other hand a song like ‘Hummingbird Heart’ shows that this band also has a feeling for refinement. The delightful arrangement of this song offers Davis’ voice all the opportunities it needs to stand out.

‘How I Get Over You’ and ‘Kill Him With Kisses’ need to be played a full volume. These songs rock like a freight train gone berserk and Davis outclasses the likes of Pat Benatar by far. In between the band plays one of their two truly classy songs: ‘Faith In The Rain’, a superb country waltz with sparkling instruments and a dazzling voice. The second classy song is ‘Damn Glad’, a seemingly simple ballad with highly sensitive vocals by Maureen Davis.

The Flutterbies Named SBMA 2009 Country Artists of the Year!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

SOUTH BAY MUSIC AWARDS named The Flutterbies 2009 COUNTRY BAND/ARTIST OF THE YEAR! Thank you for all your votes!  We’ve also been nominated for BEST SINGER SONGWRITER  at the 2009 L.A. MUSIC AWARDS in November.  Life is good…. The Flutterbies are Maureen Davis-Lead Vocals; Bart Ryan-Guitars, Lap Steel; Steve Whalen-Bass; Christopher Allis-Drums; Jamieson Trotter-Keyboards.  The Flutterbies Featuring Maureen Davis EP was produced by Bart Ryan and engineered by Grammy-award-winning Seth Atkins Horan.

Again – many, many thanks y’all….

Flutterbies Gigs in April & May!

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Simon Petty of Minibar (new project Solomon’s Seal) has invited us to jam with him monthly on Sundays at Renee’s Courtyard Cafe 522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  No cover, 21 & Over, please….

APRIL 26th —  9pm acoustic set of Flutterbies originals with Maureen Davis, Bart Ryan and Adam Daniel. Back bar features drinks by Leah and original art by L.A.’s best female visual creators and other cool female singer/songwriters — this Sunday only.

MAY 31 — 9pm acoustic set of Flutterbies originals with Maureen, Bart & Adam. 10pm it’s 3 hours of “stump the band” time for an unrehearsed, unpredictable, unbelievable night of whatever strikes our fancy, led by Minibar’s Simon Petty. This is L.A.’s best kept secret jam and the coolest thing to do on Sunday night.

MAY 4TH — 7PM – 10PM (set time/interview TBD) THE FLUTTERBIES LIVE ON HUNNYPOT RADIO!   Hear a track from our EP and a live acoustic thang. Tune your computer dial to http://www.hunnypotunlimited.com/?page=radio and listen live 7 to 10pm (PST). If you’re in the LA area and would like to join us in the Hot Tub bring classy girls, dancing boys and booze — butcha haveta RSVP at the website www.hunnypotunlimited.com .