Another Year Done Come and Gone...
And man, what a year it has been! It seems weird that we haven’t checked in since October because so much has happened since then. Citizen Bare has started working on 7 new songs! We’ve made radio appearances, played some house parties and started working in two new full-time members. We are starting to plan out some studio time for 2015 and hope to record and distribute a new album.
I suppose we should give a quick recap of what 2014 was for Citizen Bare in all of it’s follies and successes.
2014 saw Citizen Bare starting it’s 7 year in existence! When John and Andrew started playing invite-only open mics at the Monkey House back in 2007, they never imagined things would keep going this long. Almost a decade later, here we are rocking in 2015. The year started off kind of slow having just finished up our residency at the Monkey House with Something with Strings. We were ready to take some time to regroup and write some new tunes. It was a lot of open mics and practicing for the first part of the year. We didn’t actually play our first show until May!
Springing Into It
Once the spring hit, we were rockin’ and rollin’ for sure! Our first show of the year certainly was a good one. We played with North of Nashville at the Monkey House. It was a fantastic night and saw lots of new and old faces. We continued our trend of playing house parties and events. We love playing shows in your living room and we are even willing to turn the volume down a notch. We ended up playing some paired-down-roster shows at local watering holes like On Tap, Hornets Nest, Twiggs, Jericho Tavern and Brewster River.
Summer of Beer
The next string of shows just happened to be at some of the most wonderful spots in Vermont to get a finely crafted beverage. The Reservoir, Four Quarters, Red Square, Vermont Pub & Brew, the beer tent at the Champlain Valley Fair and the statewide Disc Golf Championship at Smuggs to close out the summer. We played with some amazing bands along the way like local favorites King Me, Gneiss and The Aerolites.
Change Is Inevitable
During the summer, co-founding member John Gratton let the band know that his time needed to be over with CB by September. We sent him off in style at Club Metronome and were lucky enough to be joined by some old friends Dwayne Doner, Joe Grabon and Naomi Galimidi. You can read a copy of John’s farewell here and you can see a list of the 30 original songs that we have created during our 7 years together.
What the Future Holds?
Citizen Bare is still trucking on with a 6-piece line up. John Meli has joined us on lead guitar and vocals and Ryan Ochs on sax. Its been an amazing few months working out the new sounds they contribute. They both add a very exciting and integral piece to what we are trying to accomplish musically. We are continuing to work on new music and book more shows in different venues than we have been at before, some close to home and some out and about.
We have some new tracks to upload from the radio program we did at WDGR with Tiffany in November right here. Hopefully those will be up soon and then maybe from there we can get ourselves into a studio! 2014 was an awesome year for Citizen Bare and we look forward to what 2015 has in store! Thanks for your support!
Upcoming 2015 shows:
1/11 Franny O's
1/16 Brewster River
1/27 Franny O's
2/13 Jericho Tavern
We wish you the happiest of holidays!
Andrew James, Jesse Cowan, Elizabeth Patterson, Jake Blodgett, Ryan Ochs and Johnny Meli