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An Update on LugNauT
By Dan Dufresne
March 5, 2019
We’ve recently taken on a keyboard player, Kurt Martin. Kurt has really helped us to fill out our sound. Kurt and Gino have been friends since back in their school days and they’ve recently reconnected. Gino and I have been speaking about taking on a keyboard player since the early days of the band, but we wanted to be careful about who we brought in. The band at this point is in top form both musically and dynamically. Everyone does their job and does it well every time. When we’re writing songs or playing gigs we are a well oiled machine. We didn’t want to take the chance of bringing in someone who could tip the balance and make things difficult. As it is Kurt has been a wonderful addition and I look forward to working with him on many new songs.
We were booked for a New Year’s Eve gig this past year and we felt compelled to do something our band rarely does. We learned a whole bunch of cover songs and performed the at our New Year’s Eve show. Having so many songs of our own and more that just seem to keep coming, we’ve never really given much thought to doing a lot of covers for a show. We felt for a New Year’s Eve crowd and an extended show, the time might be right to try some. I’m happy to report that we played an amazing set right up until the midnight hour and we will continue to mix in covers at our gigs, at least for the time being.
Lastly, the past few months have been bumpy ones for the health of half of the members of our band. I had a serious health scare this past fall resulting in a 5 day hospital stay and both Gino and Gary have had serious back issues. I’m happy to report that all of us are on the mend and looking forward to being 100%, but as a result we’ve decided to make a few changes in how we’ve been presented our music to you over the last few years. We are going to continue to record new music and keep playing locally for as long as it’s possible, hopefully, that will be for many years to come. There may be different configurations of the band, meaning smaller acoustic shows with only a few members or the all out bombastic shows as always, but… our website will now contain all of our recorded music for you or anyone to download and share as often as you like for FREE. No strings attached. I further outline the reasons below for this change if you’d like to trouble yourself with the long version. Otherwise enjoy our songs in good health my friend.
Gino and I met in 1989 and we began playing music shortly after our first meeting. We married sisters and we’ve always seemed to have a similar tastes in music. Over the years Gino and I have been to many different shows by some of our favorite musicians including: The Band, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Daniel Lanois, Beausoleil, and Doc Watson to name a few. At many of these shows we met or gotten to speak to many of the artists named including Richie Havens shortly before he passed away, who told us some great stories about the 60’s, saying, he remembered everything. Gino and I also had an amazing conversation with Connecticut’s own Gene Pitney one evening, Gene encouraged us to keep writing and playing among other things. We’ve also been privileged to play with many great lesser known or “no name” acts like ourselves over the years, many of which were amazingly talented and several have since left the earth before any great audience ever got to hear them play.
I don’t know why it took Gino and I took so long to put together an official band, but we played together for many years before we did in fact do that. Our 3 cd’s are the immediate result of the two of us putting the original group together in 2011. We have a few straggler songs which we’ll be putting up on our website from time to time. These are songs we may have played live, but never recorded because we’d never have finished anything if we just kept recording what he had available.
It’s never been an easy thing for our band to go into the recording process. We generally have to stop playing live for a period of time because it’s a big drain to record and keep the band together long enough to get a CD out. We all have well established careers and families and for the most part we just want to play. That’s why this has never been a money thing for us. We’re doing what we love. As a result we’re giving the music away. Few people buy music at this time anyway and frankly, it’s a pain in the ass to sell online and something I don’t have time to deal with. We want the music to be heard by as large on an audience as possible. Also, from now on we’ll be recording one or two songs at a time. We’ll put them up on the website and when there’s enough and if there’s a demand, we’ll make an album out of the latest stuff.
I want to thank you if you’ve read through all of this and say, God Bless you and I hope to see you at a future show.
New CD Update...
That being said, the recording is well underway and all that remains is some bass work, backing vocals, special effects and final mix down and mastering. I'm hopeful you will hear something new from us by mid spring.