Spring is Nearly Here & Minnesota Live Music March
March is not only a month for leprechauns but it also is the first taste of warm weather in MN. Hopefully…oh and Minnesota Live Music March
March is not only a month for leprechauns but it also is the first taste of warm weather in MN. Hopefully…oh and Minnesota Live Music March
Lets keep this year going strong! 2019 was amazing to perform live music and I had an amazing time meeting new people and getting to existing friends better.
Now with the new year in full swing i want to get back to website updates. I hope you enjoy them! Also, if you do leave a comment below its super helpful!
Yet, even if you didn’t enjoy it…still comment. Like if you are annoyed that I am not a great writer… comment… its still helpful!
In January I started to give away gift cards in exchange for phone numbers. Two great things happen…
-everyone got entered to win a gift card
-everyone who entered now gets updates when I perform live music
I try not be spammy about it. I only send out one text message a week UNLESS I have a show cancelation or time change.
Some of you have mentioned that its hard to find out where I perform. So I thought this would be super easy and you seem to like it.
If you haven’t signed up yet; please do so asap!
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Share Live Music in Minnesota! Its only fair!
Happy Birthday Nathan!
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I’m super proud of my new single, Whiskey & Me, but releasing deeply emotional ballads is always tough. It’s hard to know if the song is going to connect with people or if it might hit too close to home for some and make them uncomfortable.
So, when I heard that the Canadian-based, Sleeping Bag Studios reviewed my new single I was a little nervous. Those nerves quickly faded away and I became more and more humbled as I read the review.
He has a really cool perspective on my song and I was blown away by the amount of research he did on my background as a musician. You can check out the article here for yourself by clicking the link at the end of this post.
If you haven’t heard my new single yet, you can listen to it here on the website or find it on your favorite music service. Don’t forget to check out the store for new merchandise and song downloads!
Hey everyone, guess what? I was just interviewed by the San Diego Voyager. If you haven’t heard of it, the Voyager’s a music and art magazine that highlights local flair and inspiring artists.
This is my first official write up by a dedicated art magazine and I’m super excited to share the article with you here. I had a blast talking with the team at the Voyager and I can’t wait to share more perfect articles like this in the future.
What do I have in common with the movie “The Matrix”? Well, we’ve both been around for 20 years and we were both recent topics of discussion on the “Be Our Geek” podcast with Miss Shannan and Jatin.
I had a great time spending part of my Sunday with two very warm and accommodating hosts. Miss Shannan and Jatin asked me some great questions about the music industry and how it relates to my music as well as my journey as an independent artist.
Thanks again to the great crew over at Be Our Geek for giving me the opportunity to share and discuss my new music!
Singer/Song Writer Jud Hailey releases his second country song. Staged to stream world wide March 1 2019; this vibe-y song is setting the stage for a much larger project titled Discovery.
Part of a 12 song release; every song will lead into the next song with a story line much like a movie.
Plastic Doll is actually the Third song on the album following a 7 min introduction to the album and Whiskey & Me a sober take on loneness and addiction.
Plastic Doll highlights the conundrum between the “in control” and “willingness to do anything” for a taste of popularity.
In this world it’s too easy to hide behind the pressures to be what the “world” says you need to be. All too often whispers of what I should be doing are shouted over the rooftops. This song is statement against that.
“I am more than pleased with the turn out of Plastic Doll. I recall the day I wrote it it took me less then 5 mins to write 90% of the song. Thats the thing with songs like these; they typically come together faster than others.
I don’t want to pass on a song or image because it doesn’t “fit.” Screw that! I have so much to say and so much I want to experience that may not “Fit” within my “given” Image. I want to care less about “likes” and comments and grow to appreciate the meaning of connection.
Welcome to 2019! I am always super excited to for the new year. Then again I am also the type to consider Mondays exciting too. LOL
I have this strange conundrum of believing that the new year is a fresh start and in the same instance do not support new years resolutions.
I always have goals and one goal is to create something every day for a month. Its Jan 29th as I am writing this and so far I am doing pretty great!
I have created something for YOU everyday. I will send you an email when I am ready for you to have it.
Most of what I have created is music but, there are other things like cloths, videos, and posts. I am jazzed to get this stuff your hands.
2018 was a year to remember and probably the busiest summer I have had in all my career. and in 2019 I am seeking to have just as busy of a year.
I am really pushing to do some NEW stuff this year. Play new clubs, Release new Music, Play some music on the radio (by the way did you hear Jackson Hole on the radio!!!) are just a few of the things i’d like to accomplish.
The post image is of my new studio. My wife and I worked our tails off to get into our new home and now I have an amazing space to create! #happy
Since moving in I have been honing my skills on creating some solid music and also curating relationships with other industry talents.
Again, I am looking forward to sharing that with you. Until next time!
P.S. Look at all the new stuff!!!!!
As a kid I have many fond memories around his birthday. oh the camping trips and the BBQ Ribs! seriously though they are soooooooooo good. Nothing compares in fact, I wont even bother trying any others.
This summer has been one hell of a trip already and we aren’t even through half of it. I have enjoyed seeing you all out. I put together this quick video for you with an update and Epic Drone Footage. Enjoy!
There is always this smell from the past years in the room. The only way I can describe it is an old basement meets your grandmas house. Almost like you could smell the bands that were there before you.
They have always just been called them green rooms. I’m not really sure why because for the most part they weren’t Green. In fact, they were covered in the stickers by the bands that had been there before.
All kinds of stickers! big ones small ones and they all had this retro 80’s cartoon character on them! LOL
I was never interested in stickers then because every band or musician had them. It seemed to be over done.
“Dude! we have stickers! Now were are a real band!” – said every college student…EVER
The fad seemed to fade with out notice.
In turn, I HAVE STICKERS AND BUTTONS! I guess I am super excited about this because I have never had them. Also, seems so RETRO to have them! LOL
What was old and nonsensically to me then is now clearer then blue waters. When I received my first order i was overwhelmed with excitement!
Anyways! I want you to have one! Come to any show and pick one up!
Last week I was at Ansari’s, Barley & Vine, and Me & Julio’s. It was light week for shows but as you already know from my last blog Dollar Bill Notes that was planned.
I met some super cool people though! I love hearing stories of people and what brought them to the venue that night.
It amazes me how many people I meet on any given week that are traveling from out of state. Here on work or vacation.
If you are coming out to see me specify saw hello! I’d love to chat with you.
Anyways, thanks for coming around! I’ll see you at the next show and have safe July 4th holiday!
What a week! Summer solstice was just last week! Whats awesome about that is its my dads birthday!
Happy Birthday Young Man!
The week was filled with shows! in fact, 6 shows in 5 days. I am rather enjoying this day off with my kids. We are chilling by the pool.
However, I love to see you at shows. I saw and chatted with many of you. It was clear to me that summer was in full swing this last weekend. Y’all party a little differently in the summer. LOL
Looking back at last year I was performing about the same frequency. As you may recall I performed 6 shows 5 days a week for 22 weeks!! THATS TOO MUCH lol
My voice payed for it. Nearing the end of the year I was forced to go to the Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor to which I was forced to cancel shows and take almost 8 weeks off.
Seems dramatic but the alternative was far worse. The doc said that if I didn’t change my routine of singing than I will end up getting surgery on my vocal chords.
So aside from resting 8 weeks; I changed somethings at my show. First I give my voice a 30 min rest once per show. Instead of a brief 15 min break.
Secondly, I tuned my guitar down half a step. This helps me sing in a lower register. It prevents me from blowing out my vocal chords.
Thirdly, I stagger the weeks that I play so often. This gives me a few more days of rest I need.
Of course, I always warm up and stretch and stuff….
Anyways! I try to be pretty consistent with my breaks. I always take a 30min break around 1.5 hours into the show.
See ya at the next show!
No matter how well planned out my week is it never goes exactly to plan. Thats usually the case though… Right?
Last weeks shows were in town and some venues that I quite often perform at. However, from the very start it was wasn’t mundane or expected.
The weather was amazing and the crowds were out. I performed Wednesday through Sunday and I didn’t sing a single song twice! Challenging and fun!
Nathan and I performed at a wedding ceremony on Saturday evening. It was set on a beautiful property with horses and chickens and wide open spaces.
Not a single person let the rain get them down. The owners of the property Jen and Stew were extremely accommodating! You guys defiantly go in my book of memories!
Brittany and Erik were hosting as the Bride and Groom. Brittany did a fantastic job putting the pieces together.
Brittanys dad and his friend jumped on stage and sang Shaggy’s Angel (https://open.spotify.com/track/7xHsIaGEmiZunovi6oFtQz?si=E6ixd7VqSnq-0GSZu0f9eQ)! They knocked it out of the park!
We all had so much fun that we stayed on stage for an extra 2 hours! Thanks for having us guys!
On Friday I found out that Anthony Bourdain took his own life. This is one of those celebrity suicides that SHOOK me to the bones.
I felt it for most of the day and week. The thought still lingers with me with feelings like why and how. People, I am not oblivious to the pain of life but how does someone who seeminelying has it all get to a emotional low with out help.
I don’t want to be to heavy handed here or ignorantly write something insensitive. But it is without a doubt a foreign concept to me.
On slow weekend mornings and rainy evenings my wife Alli and I consume every bit of this mans work. From his amazing books to his captivating television.
We attended his lectures and allowed him to mold us into inspired culinary tourists. So much so that we dream to explore cultures through food and local markets. I often hear Tony’s voice in my head while examining the menu of a new restaurant.
I am more than sadden by the news that he is no longer with us. I will keep his friends and more importantly his family in good thoughts through this hard time.
NO! I am not breaking up with you! In Fact, I love you very much. I love when you watch my videos. I love when you comment on my blogs and I love when I see you out at shows.
I find it strangely humorous that you want to hear Free Bird despite my insistence that it is an over played song.
I love that you are convinced I should try out for The Voice and its that kind of support that keeps me going every week.
But why do you stay in MN Jud? Why are you not doing bigger things?
Some great questions! But really the answers are not really satisfying.
I am a committed husband and father of two. I believe that I am in the right place in my career right now. I am happy with everything the local music industry has to offer.
Let me pose a question though…
Name the last five winners of the Voice from the top of your head? Heck Name the last Three!
I bet you struggled to remember (unless you are an avid follower). You see, I think that the hardest part of being on a contest show like this is the follow up.
Anyways, my kids are super young and I really like being close to home.
Thanks for hanging with me and I will see you at a show soon!
P.S. Get your Twenty18 Shirt today and you will get a special EXTRA gift with every order!
Second, I am the host of a new series called Brews and Eats with Badass Peeps. Last week my newest episode with George Scot McKelvey hit a new record of over 9,000 views.
It feels incredible to have that kind of response. But its missing one thing…
The Youtube community is fantastic but its missing you. I would love to see your comments, subscriptions and likes over on there.
If you are not familiar with Youtube it is an excellent place to see videos of musicians and creators like me.
If you are already on youtube please check out my channel. If you love what I am doing than subscribe.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT M YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/user/JNHBand
I love you guys and thanks for being a part of this adventure!
P.S. I was thinking I should do something super special for you guys if I can reach my goal of 100 subscribers by the end of the week… What should that be?
Join us with your favorite craft brew as we dive into music, Entrepreneurship, and business lessons along the journey. Timothy Howe has tried out for the Voice and American Idol and is currently one of MN’s Premier acts to follow. Performing an astonishing 5-6 nights a week and still alive to tell the story!
What a great season it was with Giants Ridge. I put a close on 2017 with a huge party up there. Seemed like last year this time when I played there for the first time…
Actually, it was this time last year. Ha If you joined my there this last weekend thanks for an amazing week!
On another great note! I picked up another house gig at Luckys 13 in Burnsville! Wahoo Every month the second Thursday @ 5pm
If you haven’t been there you need to find time to make it out to a show!
Likewise, I have a super cool segment I am releasing within my weekly videos call Brews and Eats with Badass Peeps!
I am super excited about this segment. Keep your eyes peeled on Youtube for the next video!
BTW, now that the summer is coming to an end I am changing out the some of the shirts. So get yours before they are gone!
If you joined me at any of my shows last week then you know it was a special week. The weather was just right and the air had a slight touch of Fall in it.
The sunsets were pink and orange. Despite work the next morning you joined me. Breaking into the weekend fast and hard!
At Baldman Brewing it seemed when they opened the doors people just kept coming in for hours! I love it when the dancing feeling hits you.
For those of you who haven’t seen a show; I will keep a spot open for you on the dance floor.
Skipping to Barley & Vine late Saturday night. I was in the middle of my 1st set just after the sun went down on the patio when all of a sudden.
SNAP! My high E string breaks. If you are not a guitar player you might have a bit of anxiety right now.
Yet trust me when I say this happens all the time (sometimes multiple times a night). I was relaxed because I was certain I had an extra string.
I turned on the break music and stepped off stage. I headed over to my strings and grabbed the right one.
Just than I noticed something that threw me into a panic. In 18 years of performing professionally I have never lost this nor was I about to.
The guitar PIN that holds the string in the guitar had fallen out. Whats worse is there is no light and there are dark crevices and grated drains everywhere.
So the search begins. I turn on the flashlight feature on my phone and begin searching the ground.
5 mins or so I notice someone joining me in my search. One by one more people joined me. At on point I see there are 15-20 people all over the patio with their flashlights out helping me
find an item that they have most likely never seen. We eventually found the PIN resting deep inside one of my cases under an axel (Im not sure how it found its way there).
Again, if you were at Barley & Vine Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the on the spot song.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
Just incase you missed it, the fall shirts were released today! Make sure you order yours. These go fast!!
NEW SIG SERIES: https://www.judhailey.com/product-category/signature-series/
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I have a hard time expressing my gratitude to you every week! However, this last week was amazing especially with all your support.
I performed an astonishing 26 hours of music last week! Not one of those hours was unattended by amazing music lovers like yourself.
Labor day and the state fair did not hurt attendance this year. Which is extremely abnormal. I normally keep notes on my calendar for the the next year.
Usually, to determine the attendance of a week from the past year. It normally helps with communication with the venues.
This year was out of control! Again, I can’t express how awesome it is to have supporters like you!
So, as I catch my marbles from the school start; I am creating a weekly calendar of content releases.
Normally, I don’t like to share plans due to over promising but, I wanted to give you as much opportunity to catch new content as possible.
New Weekly Content Releases
But what about Twitter? Geez guys, I will get to Twitter someday. I’d love to hear if I am missing something. Reply to this email. I read every email but, I don’t always reply.
Before I let you go I wanted to note something really cool. This year I have released over 9 new songs!
Last month I released 5 new songs and gave them away for free. One of my Music Lover friends said I should be selling all of them for $50. Ha! Thanks for the support Tom!
With lots of love!
Looking to see you at the next show!
P.S. Memberships are opening in less than 3 weeks. I am only releasing 12 spots. The membership costs and products will be released in my next email. Thanks for hanging in there!
Wahoo! You guys rock! Last week we sang for over 1000 new people and we gained almost 200 new fans online!
I have to be honest, nothing feels better than meeting new music lovers like yourself. I thought I was passionate about music until I meet you guys.
Nathan and I played in Baxter MN at Maddens Resort for a 2 night 4 show wine and food festival.
From the very start it was dancing and singing. I loved how fast people ate just to get up and dance with us on the first night.
During our time off Nathan I headed to The Gull Dam Brewery for some delicious beer and a packed house full of dog owners.
It was a soft week! Meaning I only played 4 shows. I apologize to those of you that went to B52’s and I wasn’t there (communication error). I will make it up to you this week for sure!
Last week was really a great week! I released my rendition of Allman Brothers-Midnight Rider! To which, I am very proud of. One Fran(Friend + Fan) thought I should release the TBT early in the week. Then of Thursday do a live session.
I am curious what you think. Reply to this email if you think I should release the TBT songs early to you amazing music lovers.
On another note, Season 2 Episode 2 of the Vlog was released last week on youtube. Its really about exploring different places. If you haven’t yet check it out here: https://youtu.be/IjLYUJQslfE
I especially love the part when my buddy Timothy Howe is rocking 2 hats and 2 glasses. Super fun stuff here guys. https://youtu.be/IjLYUJQslfE
The website has changed again! I am always working on it to make your experience way better! If you are on a tablet or a phone go visit the site now! https://www.judhailey.com/
Have a great week!
Also as a follow up from last weeks newsletter I am revealing 2 items for the VIP membership program. Remember that you get all this amazing stuff when you sign up!
1 Music Lovers Signature T-Shirt
2 Forever Hot/Cold Signature Water Bottle
3 Volume 1 CD – Acoustic Special Release (Never released)
4 Jud Hailey Live (Featuring Nathan Ward) CD – Gold Edition (Special Release)
I started a new weekly release called TBT (throw back Thursdays) where I release a song from the Throw Back. Last week was my first TBT and it was pretty fun!
I decided to perform the TBT from the stage in Okaboji, IA. Although, the sound in the video was rough the recording turned out pretty awesome!
It was pretty fun to pick a song and research it. I chose Plush by Stone Temple Pilots. This is a classic 90’s tune with an awesome nostalgic feel to it.
I prerecorded the song then sang it live on Facebook. I would love to sing it live on all networks but I am not sure the easiest way to do that just yet.
The part that fascinated me was researching what influenced the lyrics. Just in case you didn’t see my post on it:
TBT Acoustic Cover of Stone Temple Pilots. I am really diggin this tune lately. I like to play a live stream on Facebook with these old tunes and give away the pre-recording of it. Also give a little history of the song. According to www.songfacts.com “The lyrics were inspired, in part, by an unfortunate news story in Stone Temple Pilots’ hometown of San Diego, California about a missing young woman who was later discovered dead by local law enforcement (“And I feel, when the dogs begin to smell her…”).”
I think this pretty much sums up how most musicians write music. Usually, inspired by a story or an emotion that than is translated to the guitar/instrument.
From there a story is built into a song. I loved singing this song and performing it even more. This song is a free DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE
In other news, I had the opportunity to carry a showcase with the amazing Timothy Howe! Tim is an amazing performer! Follow him on Facebook just search timothyhowemusic.
After two shows and a few visits to NEW breweries we headed home to finish the week. I topped the week off on a rainy patio in Hudson at The Smiling Moose.
Until Next week!
One Last Thing: We are a little under 4 weeks away from the Music Lovers Membership launch. As a reminder I am only releasing 12 spots. The membership package is absolutely amazing! So I am going to slow release the Items.
1 Music Lovers Signature T-Shirt
2 Forever Hot/Cold Signature Water Bottle
I started this whole crazy journey in a coffee shop just outside of my home town. I played for a bag of coffee (which i’d hadn’t discovered its wonderfulness yet) and a few claps!
Looking back, I freakin’ loved it! I played as many places as I could all along working a day job at a bank! Seems pretty typical though. Ask just about any banker and 6 out of 10 will tell you they are in a band.
It took some time, luck, and the support of an amazing women to discover I might be able to do this with out a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke).
You see I made just about every mistake I could make as an independent musician. Actually, I still make plenty of mistakes. Yet I am still finding reasons to love what I am doing!
I love meet all of you and learning your story too! Recently, I started a campaign to grow our music lovers community.
So, I started the #humpdaygiveaway on Facebook. Well…WOW! I am amazed by all of your participation on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram!
And so, Thanks! From the bottom of my heart!
Its Sunday morning and I am sitting with my 6 year old daughter watching cartoons and reflecting on my previous week of shows.
While I am exhausted and happy to have a low maintenance mourning I am grateful. Friday nights show at Barley & Vine in Lakeville was so much fun! the crowd was absolutely ready for the show.
Request after request and we even got a rather crated palates show from a customer (no kids were present). However, it was hard not to sing a song on the spot about it.
Saturday we played a small festival in Crosby, MN called the Red Dirt Festival it was hosted by Surly and the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.
Nathan and I got an opportunity to eat at this place called The Red Raven in Crosby, MN. OMG! I had the most amazing Cuban sandwich! I recommend you get there ASAP. 5 stars!
Well that was my week. I hope yours was amazing too. Tomorrow I am doing a new Facebook live session called #TBT Top 20’s. I will be singing a song called Plush by Stone Temple Pilots.
Join me for that session! Everyone will be getting an amazing prize! (Im like Oprah…and you get a prize, and you get a prize)
Have a great rest of your week!
P.S. We are a little under 5 weeks away from the Music Lovers Membership launch. As a reminder I am only releasing 12 spots. The membership package is absolutely amazing! So I am going to slow release the Items.
If you are super interested in becoming a member please click here to show your interest.
Just about 240 miles away from my home is an amazing resort called Giants Ridge. Late in the Fall of 2016 Giants Ridge opened a new restaurant called The Burnt Onion.
I have performed there a few times this year and last week was my last performance for the summer season. During my stay up there I have managed to connect my shows with another venue.
The Lodge is an amazing hotel on Giants Ridge property. They hosted my show Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! I made a fun little video from last Fall. Click here to see it
By Sunday we all knew each other pretty well. In fact, I could call out everyone by there middle name and drink preference. LOL
This resort is pretty great for the outdoors person, with tons of hiking, golfing, biking, and in the winter its a ski resort. I recommend you check this place out if you are the adventuring type!
Over the course of the last few emails I have hinted at the release of a high value membership that will include deep discounts (over 60% off), FREE music, Early access to videos and releases.
It just doesn’t seem like enough so I am building a SUPER package for these members too! I want to offer something above and beyond the typical fan club.
I mentioned that I will only release 10 memberships this September. I’ve decided that the first 5 members will be given a lifetime membership!
That means for the cost of 1 year they will have access to all the same benefits as all the other members for life!
In my next email I will highlight membership perks and even include something FREE for you!
BTW! Were you aware you could see my upcoming events here?
Have a great week!
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