Tina and the B-Sides are releasing their first album in 12 years and we want YOU to be a part of it!!
Tina and the B-Sides first started playing dive bars in Minneapolis back in the mid ’80’s. With constant gigging we moved from week nights to week ends and were in high demand in the college towns and major cities in the Mid West all thru the ‘90s. We released a few independent releases, including our most well known ‘Young Americans’, won local music awards, opened for some pretty cool acts (Lenny Kravitz, The Jayhawks, Indigo Girls, Etta James, to name a few) and got the attention of Sire Records. We put out three more records and as much as I hated to admit it, the demands of being signed to a major label and the endless weeks on the road really took it’s toll so we decided to take a break…
Since then, we have all been making music, raising families and doing other projects on our own. Then in 2009 we decided to do a reunion show at the Minnesota Zoo and it was as if we never stopped playing together! We had a blast and then we all quickly went back to our lives but something was nagging at me. We had fun – we had a lot of fun. I had the type of fun that had made me want to do music in the first place…to feel good and to make people feel good!
So…I got the band back together!
It took awhile, but here we are with a new album that I am proud to say is pure Tina and the B-Sides thru and thru! The album was recorded in Minneapolis and was produced by our friend and old B-Side band mate Patrik Tanner. We will be releasing it independently; so that means no label, no fancy star making machine, just us and most importantly you – if you’re willing – to get the word out. This campaign will enable us to pay our recording bills, but will also help us pay for the manufacturing, distribution and to hire a PR team to promote and market the record. Also, it will hopefully help pay for a small tour so we can play these songs live for you with our boundless, endless, everlasting thanks!
Not only are we making some music, but we’ll also be helping an amazing organization. It’s been my privilege to work with AHA! for the last few years helping to run their program called ‘Sing It Out’. Every year we work with at risk teens teaching them to perform a song on stage with a live band in front of an audience. It’s a humbling experience to watch these kids who come from many different backgrounds and who are dealing with family tragedies, bullying and abuse, come together to support each other through music.
We feel so fortunate to be able to come together as a band again, and we think we’ve created something worthy of our listeners’ expectations. We’re also so deeply grateful to the people who have never forgotten us or missed a show, letting us know that our music still matters to them. So we’ve done it. We made a new record for the old and the new. Now we need your involvement. You can use this opportunity to just get the record early, or you can go into full on B-Side fanatic mode. Either way is a big help.
Thanks again, hope to see you soon and be good to yourselves!
– Tina, Laura, Jeremy, Troy and Ron