FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 2013
by Banjo Babes Calendar & Album Staff
Presenting the first-edition of the much-anticipated, grassroots banjo release featuring all women artists - the Banjo Babes 2014 Compilation Album! The calendar and album feature songs and images provided by each of the artists each year in conjunction with a new theme, all to promote women who play banjo. Focused on promoting the music of women banjo artists - the project celebrates diversity, welcomes all, and cannot wait to share this album with the world.
In July, the project raised over $9,000 through a crowd-funding campaign to pre-sell merchandise. Now that the efforts are off the ground in the first year, the organizer plans on it happening each year in perpetuity, with each edition featuring over a dozen artists.
The mission of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album is to celebrate the music of women who play banjo by creating and sustaining one of the most comprehensive, inclusive and diverse annual compilation anthologies via a fun, professional, and empowering project that includes artistic photography in a calendar and world-class music on an album.The 2014 edition, whose photos portray a "pin-up" theme, features fifteen artists on a professional compilation album and thematic wall calendar. Released officially in October, 2013, this release of the Banjo Babes Calendar & Album is now available for purchase.
Artists in the inagural 2014 project include Moira Smiley, Laurie Shook (of Shook Twins), Evie Ladin, Kendl Winter (of The Lowest Pair and Winter Winter), Erin Inglish, Megan McKamey (of The Velvet Blue), Donna Lynn Caskey, Grace Van't Hof, Maggie MacKay (of Chasing Blue Band), Janna Kim (based in Uzbekistan), Katie West (aka Katie Euliss of Truckstop Honeymoon and 40 Watt Dream), Hayley Thomas (of Tarweed Two & the Two-Time Boys, and Hayburner), Chloey Davis, Megan Saunders (of The Driftless), Chris Avetta, Sharon Martinson (of The Littlest Birds), and Emily Dowden.
The organizer and producer of the project is California-based producer, composer and banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish (www.erininglish.com). Direct-ordering, artist biographies, advertising and participation information, and more at www.banjobabescalendar.com.
About the 2014 Featured Artists