Blue Élan - A Long Story Short.
Driving across America would have seemed like a tall task a few years ago…. Now I just look at it like an extended drive to work. Getting on the road is always a relief for me. The 3 months leading to the On Mercy Street tour were not easy. The long long LOOOONG days on the computer & phone for months on end, waiting for venues to get back to you, making sure the routing is good, that the drives aren't too long, that we can make it to the next venue in time for sound check, making sure there is enough income to keep the whole thing running. It's all left behind the second I get on the stages and do a million miles on my bus. I Start to see all the phone calls and emails morph into an actual touring show. And all just to sing a few songs. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment.....
When the band arrived in LA in mid OCT 2015 we done about a dozen unannounced shows around the local LA dive bar scene (sorry we never told you,) just to get myself and the band in tip top shape before we head out on the road to play for all you beautiful people.
The Very 1st official show found us playing a sold out show at the Genghis Cohen Lounge here in LA, Where I was greeted by the folk from the most awesome record company in the World Blue Élan. They had loved everything they heard online and wanted to come see the show in the flesh. I had met them through the Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin who is also signed to the label. That night I was offered a new recording contract with the label, I couldn't have been happier. Since then I have signed and we have been working very hard to have a big release on March 11th 2016 through iTunes, Barnes & Nobel and Amazon. Its crazy how life can change that fast. When one door closes another always opens.
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Keith and Kirk Pasich owner of Blue Élan.
“SIDE STORY~ I met Jack in a thrift store in Encinitas late last summer. He commented on my shirt and we talked for a minute and that was that. A week later I was backstage after seeing the Zac Brown Band at Kaboo Festival in San Diego. Who did I see but the guy from the thrift store that commented on my shirt - Jack. Since then we have written some songs together that Jack has told me is going on his new album. Amazing. You may have heard one from the tour called “A Care Free Heart?” It was jack that showed my music to Blue Élan.” Its funny, you never know who you are talking to.”
“The On Mercy Street,” tour was amazing. You guys made every single grueling mile and joyous note worth while. You guys, the Harkin Army are the ones that make everything it possible. We done 58 shows in 65 days. Trust me when I say this…. thats about as tall an order any band anywhere will do. I also want to thank my band and crew, they made it the easiest hardest tour I’ve ever done. I love each and every one of you mad yahoo’s.
Drums - Geoff Holdroyde
Guitar- Dave Bakey
Keys- Peter Sherridan
Bass- Vezio Bacci
Tour Manager- Gian Carlos Gadd
Merch Girl/ Shrink- Miss Kelsey Nichols.
Playing an outdoor Jam under the LA Stars.
Keith & the band on Broadway in Nashville.
I flew back to Ireland the day after the 58 show tour finished. I got home on Christmas morning. I was only home 2 days before i had to fly out for another show at my friend Glenn & Mindy Stearns in Jackson Hole Wyoming. It was a crazy show. Ive never performed whilst Cirque du Soleil performers done acrobatics above me and Dick Cheney was in the crowd along with a very eclectic group of people. My Friends Glenn & Mindy know how to party. Thats one of the reasons why we are friends. ;)
Keith & Glenn. New years day shenanigans
I’m now back in La on the grind. Ducking & diving and doing what ever it takes to get “On Mercy Street” to the top. Myself & the record company have been working on some cool gift ideas for the Harkin Army. we were filming last week so you guys can hear all thats going on!
Well i better go and get back to it. Tomorrow we are filming music video #3 for the new album. So much goodness coming you way.
Thanks for the support. You guys make it all worth while.
Love & Respect.
PS... HERES SOME SHOTS FROM THE TOUR... ENJOY.
Final farewell on the last show.
Keith decided to do bus concerts on this tour. Yes. Bus Concerts. did you make it to one?
Keith & Vezzio
It may always seem planned and rehearsed, getting a set list ready moments before we go on.
The Band Modeling the Hoodies (which are now only $30 on harkinheadquarters.com)
Carlo and kelsey with the band at Niagara Falls. We almost got the Tour bus stuck under a bridge on the way there.
There's never a dull moment. Enrollee Philly the generator broke. Its cool. I got this ;)
Just another TV slot.
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