Well dang- I wish I could say the blog goes both ways…

I know. I know…I know. It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated anything on our blog. I wish I could say the blog goes both ways much like the phone, but lets be serious, that’s not the way it goes. Apologies for the disconnect- we took the better part of January off to recover from all of the touring we did supporting our new album “Dodge the Arrow” and after that we were whisked away into a two week whirlwind tour of Florida. If you haven’t followed us on our Instagram, be sure to do so. We’ve got some hilarious photos from the trip including a raccoon attack (don’t ask)- and we ALSO got to hang out and throw back some whiskey with American Idol finalist Elise Testone for her album release party. It was a wild and crazy time and we’ve got the bronzed skin to show for it! There’s a bunch of YouTube videos that fans posted from the tour so be sure to bebop around our channel to check out all the wildness. BIG extra shout out and love to Charleston Pour House, Dunedin Brewery, Casey’s NSB, The Funky Biscuit and Bardot for being especially kind and accommodating toward us. It’s not always easy being a band so far away from home but it is always awesome to feel the music community love.

 

We’re hitting up Knoxville tonight at Barley’s (10pm) then next week have gigs in some of my personal favorite spots! You can check us out next week on Thursday 3/6 at Boone Saloon (Boone, NC), Friday 3/7 at the Backyard Stage Series (Greensboro, NC), and Saturday 3/8 at The Pour House (Raleigh, NC) w/ Chit Nasty Band!

 

Finally, check out this awesome shot that photographer Amy Kalyn Sims captured of me last night during a light photo session. More to come- but I love how this one captures my inner gypsy!

 

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The Broadcast Featured on “All Things Considered”

Check out the awesome feature Caitlin had the wonderful opportunity of having with George Olsen of “All Things Considered” Here’s the text, but if you’d like to listen to the piece (he’s got a GREAT speaking voice so it’s well worth it)

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INTRO – The typical view of the path to musical success sends the enterprising young musician into one of our country’s media centers… New York or L.A. For the members of Asheville’s The Broadcast, they’re taking a road less traveled in an effort to establish a musical career. George Olsen spoke with the band’s lead singer Caitlin Krisko and has this.

I’ve long jokingly said that I’m still deciding what it is I want to be when I grow up. At 50+, the joke is getting old… as am I, for that matter. Still, there’s some truth behind the joke, which may be why I’ve always had a deep respect for anyone who determines what it is they want to be and pursue it doggedly with no doubt, no regrets. Among those now with my deep respect… Caitlin Krisko and her band mates in the band The Broadcast.

“And being in NYC we realized financially speaking we couldn’t afford to do that. We couldn’t afford to pay our rent and be on the road 150 days a year without spraining our back trying to get people to sublet our apartments and finding odd jobs in the city when we were in town, it was really stressful to us. And then on a personal level, having grown up in New York I had never really left home before or after college, and I realized I needed a new experience and a lot of us realized we needed a new experience in order to be inspired creatively.”

So the band packed up the van and moved to Asheville, with everyone moving into the same house so they could keep expenses down as they try to follow a path they felt had been blazed by those who had musical success before them.

“And so we started looking at the careers of bands we love, and when we were looking at the history of music we noticed the pattern, and the pattern was no matter what generation or decade it was, the greatest bands came from touring, and literally sacrificing their lives to tour full time, bringing music similarly to a circus or a gypsy act, you bring your music to town and introduce your creative work to people and hope they respond to it.”

There’s an expression “how are you going to keep them on the farm once they’ve seen the bright lights of the big city.” To some degree, Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast had the bright lights, opted for the farm. They chose to take the road traveled most, just in reverse. Caitlin also got some against-the-grain advice while receiving training at Circle in the Square… a respected New York theatre arts school… that prodded her to consider a different path.

“I had always intended to pursue musical theatre in my life, and had always planned on going the Broadway route. I had a great music theory teacher in college Mary Ann Ivin who I’ll always call out in interviews because she was such a pivotal moment to me and planted a seed after my freshman year in college and said, I think you should be a rock star rather than a musical theatre geek. No one had ever told me that before and it was that “a-ha” moment that totally changed the direction of my life.”

The rest of the members of the Broadcast may have gotten similar advice in the past. In scanning biographies of the band’s members it seemed I came upon the word “conservatory” pretty regularly to the point I half-wondered if the Broadcast was the revenge of the music-room nerds. Caitlin didn’t disagree.

“With Michael Davis our drummer, he was one of the star performer drummers at the Manhattan School of Music. He’s one of the best jazz drummers I’ve heard in my life. He’s got a great side-project, a trio called the Enormous Trio that is mind boggling. And he’s the go-to jazz drummer in Asheville. And it’s really funny that his passion project and his real focus is this rock and roll band that we’ve created. I think that there’s nothing quite like the Broadcast shows bring to all of us. We all do sort of side projects here and there just for fun and we always come back to the Broadcast because it’s a work horse.”

The virtuosity that might come from a conservatory education isn’t immediately obvious in the Broadcast’s new CD “Dodge the Arrow.” It’s well performed but there’s not a lot of what I’ve always termed “give the drummer some” moments… extended instrumental breaks that seem to say more about the performer’s skill than its fit with the song.  And that was the idea on “Dodge the Arrow”… much as they emulated the road warrior-ness of band’s they admired they also wanted to model what they heard on their recordings.

“When we listened to albums that we love and when we all started listening to albums that meant a lot to us personally, they were pretty cut-and-dried records. If you listen to Led Zeppelin IV, it’s a rock-and-roll record but there’s not a whole lot of jamming. When you listen to the Beatles Abbey  Road or really any of the Beatles records there’s not a lot of jamming going on… or even Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. There records meant a lot to us and we started to see a common thread. We just didn’t want to be long-winded with this record. I wanted to get to the point.”

And they do. “Dodge the Arrow” is brevity defined… eight songs, running about 30 minutes, it’s a paean to getting to the point and a realization of the times the Broadcast is trying to survive in.

“Let’s be serious, people have very short attention spans now, and we can argue that and we can say it’s not true and we can ignore it or we can embrace it and work with it. We can learn how to get people’s attention enough in a way where they don’t suddenly start skipping songs in the record. I wanted people to turn on Dodge the Arrow and, on the last note of the last song get upset that the record is over and want to turn it back on again.”

… or better yet, go see a show. There’s plenty of opportunity to do that. The band is constantly travelling, with Caitlin estimating since their move to Asheville in 2010 they average around 150 shows a year. The band is “all in” … from that commitment to touring whenever-and-wherever to sharing living space, a decision Caitlin says has proven “magical” and which she expects to reminisce on fondly in later years. They’re all-in in another way as well. In the band’s New York incarnation, they were Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast… Caitlin the head-liner, the Broadcast backing her up. Today, no more.

“It was actually my suggestion to drop my name from the title. It was important to me to show unification. We’re a family and every single person has sacrificed enormously in order to pursue this career, and I thought it was really important that each person was represented in the title of what we were setting out to do.”

Again, all in.

The new CD from Asheville’s The Broadcast is entitled “Dodge the Arrow.” I’m George Olsen.

NEW YEARS EVE – ASHEVILLE W/ THE BOOTY BAND!

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PEOPLE. It is going DOWN this New Years Eve in Asheville, North Carolina. We took “The Bootycast” for a test drive in Charleston a few weeks ago and it was easily one of the wildest show’s we personally in The Broadcast have seen all year. We’re doing it all right, and all out to ring in 2014! Caitlin and Mary Frances have an epic 90s number planned for you all under the black light. Put on your day glow gear get your rave gear out of storage and lets ring in the new year together in the mountains!

 

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New Series on YouTube + Knoxville & Charlotte Album Release!

We’re always trying to stay up to date and connected in the most direct ways possible with our fans- you guys are the reason we are able to continue doing what we’re doing! We’ve been getting a lot of emails lately with requests to get the know the band more and to see more updates so we’re slowly creating more channels on our YouTube account (kind of like a tv station) – as you can see over there we’ve already got The Broadcast Project- a series that follows us on the road, Talking Heads, a series that keeps you up to date with weekly happenings from The Broadcast, and now a brand new series called The Broadcast Cover Series, which as you can guess is members of the band cover songs by artists we’re inspired by. Our first installment is of Icelandic recording artist Asgeir- someone you should all get hip to as he’s certain to explode in the coming year!

This week we’ve got two album release parties that are close to our hearts- Knoxville, TN at Preservation Pub on Thursday October 24th and The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC on Saturday October 26th! Be sure to check out the shows if you’re close to one of those cities – they’re going to be awesome shows and even better if you’re there with us to celebrate! :)

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It’s not often I come across a song that speaks deeply to me. Especially one that inspires me enough to gather a group of touring musicians friends on our day off to learn the song and then perform and record it. But this song is so moving musically, lyrically, emotionally that I wanted to give nod to it’s unique quality.

A few weeks ago on the road Aaron and I were flipping through radio stations when we came across David Dye’s World Cafe on NPR. As we all know, David’s got incredible taste with his finger constantly on the pulse of what’s going on in music. And what’s even better is he really digs in and finds music that is innovative and poignant. We’re lucky to have someone like him available to us in American music today. Thanks David- you rock.

On this particular night he was discussing an Icelandic artist by the name of Asgeir who is going to release his first english album in 2014. The song that came on the radio was simply put, stunning. We immediately found the song and put it on repeat over and over again. After the 150th time of rocking out to it, I turned to Aaron and insisted that this would be a blast to record with our friends in Asheville.

With the help of Independent Arts and Music Asheville located inside Emmy award winning  Echo Mountain Recording Studios  we got together this afternoon, figured out the tune, and recorded it. We even represented Asheville’s very own Moog by including it in the tune! We’ll be posting the video tomorrow – in the meantime, do yourself a favor and open yourself up to your new addiction:

Asgeir – King and Cross

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT!

If you haven’t heard then I’m convinced you have been living under a rock for the last two weeks because Asheville has been blowing up about our ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!  We’ll be posting some of the awesome reviews in our blog in the coming days- but crazy beautiful love to The Mountain Xpress, Bold Life Magazine, Ashvegas, The Laurel of Asheville, Visit Asheville, The Homegrown Music Network, WNCW Radio,  and The Asheville Citizen-Times for all of their press surrounding the show!

 

We’re so excited for tonight it literally feels like Christmas! Join us at The Grey Eagle tonight for the album release party! Doors are at 8pm with the show kicking off at 9pm with The Deluge from Winston-Salem followed by Asheville’s very own David Earl and the Plowshares! The Broadcast hits around 11pm!

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

A word on Dodge the Arrow from Caitlin

Amazed, overwhelmed, exhausted, a bit nervous and thrilled all at once- ladies and gentleman, I present to you:

DODGE THE ARROW

Today has been a strange and wonderful mixture of emotions. The Broadcast has been collectively a group now for several years, and while “technically” we have released previous albums, “Dodge the Arrow” feels like the first true piece of work we’ve ever released. This is the first time in my life that I allowed myself as a writer to be boldly honest with myself through music. Not to say that I wasn’t truthful in previous recordings, but if music is a representation of the artist who creates it, lets just say mine was like this: a clump of delicious smelling play-doh exploring the world with things sticking to me along the way: a paper clip, an indian head penny, some cat hair, a whole lot of dirt, and some left over glitter from a fahhhbulous party at Limelight the night before. Basically, who I was carried a whole lot of influence from the outside world. Growing up in a place like New York City, it’s no wonder – in the mecca of urban culture there’s so much to ingest, a kid can really lose themselves along the way.

Only in my most recent years in Asheville and on the road touring have I started to strip the layers and discover the root identity that was hidden beneath all of the lovely mess of life I was carrying with me. Performing has also in turn allowed me to shed the facade and have a real relationship with myself. Inevitably after hundreds of shows, all you are left with onstage as an artist is yourself. I don’t believe in personas. They’re a modern day masquerade for the masses.

As a performing artist, the “good lord they gave me CHILLS!” moment comes when the artist is being unabashedly honest with an emotional experience and offering that experience to the viewer, who in turn creates a continuous triangular energy between the artist and whatever magic it is out there that’s controlling the clockworks – call it God, the higher being, Allah, the powers that be, Bokonon, whatever it is that tickles your fancy – live music creates this connection. Whew! That’s a lot of words. But seriously think about that, reread it a few times if you have to because it’s true. The live music experience is incredible because there is something amazing that happens when you gather a group of people together to honor and enjoy the act of the creation of sound. It’s primal. It’s in our DNA.

“Dodge the Arrow” is my first attempt as a writer to express this new perspective. I am greatly blessed to be surrounded by five wonderful musicians who have always consistently encouraged my literary passion – Tyler, Michael, Aaron, Matt and Rich’s support of my lyrics has allowed me to flourish in who I continue to become every day – this is a beautiful gift.

If you are reading this, I deeply and genuinely hope you connect with Dodge the Arrow. I literally wrote it with you, the listener in mind. I wanted to offer you something filled with honesty said in my own way that I dream will resonate with you in your life for years to come.

Most Sincerely,

Caitlin

 

 

Limited Signed Prints of Album Artwork Available!

One of the most exciting aspects of creating “Dodge the Arrow” was having the chance to work with an art director who really captured the essence of the album in a visual manner. Interestingly enough, we found Josh before we even scheduled recording time in Echo Mountain Studios. I happened upon Joshua Marc Levy + 423 Art & Design while enjoying one of my favorite galleries downtown ZaPow! (if you haven’t checked it out before, put it on your definite list of to do’s next time you’re in Asheville!). The day before I was lamenting to my band members that I had no idea how to go about locating an artist, so decided a little gallery hopping might spark my inspiration.

Low and behold, I waltzed into Zapow! to discover amazing psychedelic but modern prints including band posters of artists I adore, The Black Crows, Modest Mouse, AC/DC. Who IS this artist that absolutely MUST design The Broadcast’s next album?! Turns out not only is Josh a former Brooklynite like myself, he also relocated to Asheville around the time that we did from New York City, making us big apple transplants living it up in the mountains. Bam! Insta-connection.

After an awesome meeting with Josh and his equally inspired wife Amy, the ball got rolling and after a few back and forths, he presented us with the final design for “Dodge the Arrow” a piece of artwork that I continue to fall deeper and deeper in love with. He couldn’t have captured the essence of this album more perfectly. The synchronicity between the songs and the artwork are stunning and I am so proud of the results.

Being as in love with it as we are, we decided to have a limited number of prints made specially for the album release party this Friday at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. You can’t really tell in the photo I’ve posted below, but Josh had them printed with a special sparkly silver ink. Each print is numbered and signed and will be available at the release party! If there are any copies left at the end, we will set up a link on the website for people to purchase the remaining prints!

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What the road has taught me.

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I think it’s safe for me to speak on behalf of everyone in the band when I say it’s been one hell of a year for The Broadcast. On a personal note I can say this: My understanding for the music industry and what it means to be a touring band in the 21st Century has grown tremendously over the last 10 months, and even more so what it means to be a woman in the business.

First and foremost, I have to give a lot of love and credit to our fans and listeners-  you’ve been so loving and embracing of me on the road- I’ve literally had girls (that were at the time strangers, and are now beautiful friends of mine) offer to do my hair on my days off, take me out shopping at the best local shops because “it must be crazy being on the road with all those guys” and of course let me not forget the half a dozen “parents of the road”, kind strangers who have opened their beautiful homes to us in new cities- sitting us down for home cooked meals, setting up  places for us to sleep, and sending us on our way with food to go.

I won’t lie, when I first set out on the path of becoming a “lead singer in a band” a lot of my dreams were naturally the self serving fantasies of an ambitious 20-something from New York City. As the years have continued to roll on as they do, so has the carousel of my perspective turned to face a new horizon. The people I have met, the cities I have traveled to have made an impression on me that has left me staggeringly altered. I always said I wanted my music to touch the hearts of thousands of people. Now, at the beginning of the closing of another decade in my life I am staring to understand the value of what that means. And yes, there are still the ambitious dreams- headlining Red Rocks, touring overseas, recording with a full orchestra – but those dreams don’t penetrate nearly as deep as the personal connections live music has brought into my life.

Being a touring musician has taught me about what it means to work, what it means to be passionate, what it means to put everything on the line for an idea that I believe in. I believe in live music. I believe in women in music. I believe in the authentic creation of music without the superfluous fluff that is only a distraction from what music has always been intended for. A pathway for communication.

Being a touring musician has taught me about America. As a girl from a suburb outside of Detroit, then transplanted to New York City in high school only to relocate to the mountains of North Carolina in my mid-20s to tour the country in a rock band, let me say this:

We are so much more similar than I ever could have imagined. People are doing incredible things across the country, and when I open my eyes even wider, I can see people are doing extraordinary things around the world. There is an uncanny common thread among us all that is growing. Creating live music is a beautiful service that I have had the gift of offering – a calling that is timeless, spanning across generations – spreading ideas, emotions, messages, protests, cries for help and calls for celebration. I am astronomically lucky to be a part of this cultural lineage.

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-Caitlin

ALBUM RELEASE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!

It’s almost here, it’s almost here, it’s almost here! The blood, the sweat, the tears, the touring, the van breaking down- 2013 has been a CRAZY year and we can’t think of a more perfect way to end it than to tie it with the most beautiful bow of all- a brand spankin’ new record!

Mark your calendars, “Dodge the Arrow” will be available Tuesday September 24th with the first official album release party at The Grey Eagle on Friday, September 27th! We’ve got The Deluge and David Earl and the Plowshares opening up for us and also have a grand finale that you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS!

Special finale performers include:

Matt Williams (Tiny Boxes), Ryan Reardon (Zansa), Moses Atwood (Blood Gypsies), Jason DeCristofaro, Ellie Schwarz and Pamela Jones!

Want a hint on the grand finale song?

 

JAMES BOND.