Ey up you lovely lot.
It’s been a few months since the blog was last updated and…it could be the last time!
Keep reading to find out why!
So, what have The Bootleggers been up to?
EXPANDING THE BEER RANGE
As you will no doubt have seen on the Facebook page, The Bootleggers have launched a second beer!
After the (continuing) success of “The Bootleggers Pale Ale”, the lads, together with the awesome guys ‘n’ gals at Hambleton Ales Brewery, have launched a new bottled beer!
“Bootleggers IPA” is a hoppy, refreshing and vegan friendly 5% IPA.
It comes in a cool as f**k 500ml bottle too!
“How can we get it!?” I hear you shout…
Well, right now, you can get it directly from the brewery or from the exclusive stockist, Little 3 in Thirsk.
However, in 2019, the aim is to get the beer on the shelves and in the fridges of shops and venues right across Yorkshire.
This new beer now means that if you want to book The Bootleggers for your wedding or private party, they can now also provide the beer for your bar as well as the music for your night!
So keep your eyes on the Facebook page for updates and let us know what you think!
NEW SINGLE FOR ARMED FORCES CHARITY
In October, The Bootleggers returned to Mirage Studios to work with the musical wizard that is Mr John P Taylor.
This was a very special, one-of-a-kind project.
Several years ago, Nathan wrote a poem with the assistance of his dad, a decorated ex Royal Marine Commando.
The poem told a young Private’s tale from the trenches of the Battle of The Somme during World War One.
Back in 2014, before The Bootleggers had properly formed, Nathan turned the poem into a song and performed it at an open-mic night at Dave’s pub. Dave loved the song and, from that point onward, was pretty insistent that Nathan should record it.
Once The Bootleggers formed they discussed it many times and the idea for a charity single developed. They agreed it would be done… “one day”.
That day was November 1st 2018.
“I See The Blood” is available for download on all major platforms right now and 100% of the proceeds received will be donated to SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.
What makes this song even more special is the fact that this song sees Nathan taking the helm as lead vocalist and Dave taking a back seat and not featuring at all!
I know you’re wondering why so, let me explain.
The poem and the song, were written with a lot of passion by Nathan, with the assistance of his dad. Whenever Dave heard Nathan sing the song, he said “you couldn’t escape the passion in his voice”.
Dave didn’t see much point in trying to replicate that passion for the studio and in his own words;
“Why try and fake that passion when the lad can sing it himself? He has a great voice, as you’ll hear, and that raw passion that you hear in the lyrics ‘I See The Blood’ can NOT be faked”.
And so, Dave decided to step back and focus 100% of his energy into the marketing and advertising strategy. If this song was going to be for charity then it would need a lot more publicity than the first single!
The result, as you can hear in the song, is an absolutely epic production by John P Taylor topped by the raw, pure passion of Nathan’s lead vocal.
If you haven’t already, then please download it today.
All the money the lads receive will go to SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity
BACK ON THE RADIO
As part of Dave’s strategy to get the song as much publicity as possible, The Bootleggers we able to get the backing of SSAFA themselves.
The song was A-listed on York based YO1 Radio who have been great supporters of The Bootleggers since day one. On the release day of the single, they took part in an excellent telephone interview with Chris Marsden from the YO1 Breakfast Show.
They also featured in a quick slot that same day on BBC Radio York’s breakfast show and were then invited back to feature on the Friday night Arts & Culture show with Ionica Adriana.
This second slot saw the lads have a nice long chat about The Bootleggers, the charity single, the beer and the future. They performed a brand new original song (the next single) live and then the charity single was given it’s first full play on BBC Radio.
Support was also received from Minster FM’s Ben Fry, several local newspapers and as always, you lovely lot on social media.
Over the coming weeks and months, The Bootleggers will be working hard on a new and exciting project.
They are currently setting up a small studio space for filming video content and once this is complete they will begin work on building their YouTube presence!
They have a pretty cool plan in place for their channel so be sure to head over on this link and hit the “Subscribe” button. Make sure you also click that bell symbol and you will get a nice little notification every time they upload new content!
On top of the YouTube videos, they will also be doing more live stream events on their Facebook page so make sure you keep your eyes and ears open for the next show!
BACK IN THE STUDIO – SINGLE NUMBER THREE
No rest for the wicked and eager to get the album on schedule for release in summer 2019, Dave and Nathan have been back in the studio these last couple of weeks to record single number three.
This next song, titled “Peace of Mind”, will be released mid-late January and will be the last release before the album is ready.
It’s sounding pretty awesome and unlike anything you have heard from the lads before.
Keep your eyes and ears tuned into their social media pages over December and you may well get a sneak preview.
A NEW WAY TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH THE BOOTLEGGERS
The Bootleggers are currently working with people much more clued up than themselves and are developing a new way for you all to keep up-to-date with Bootlegger news and gigs.
Once launched, it will see the end of the Bootlegger’s Blog updates.
That’s all we will say for now but, once again, watch the Facebook page for full details very soon.
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME… ALMOST!
So, that’s all for now.
Christmas is just around the corner and it’s full steam ahead for The Bootleggers with gigs, studio work, filming work and much more going on behind the scenes!
If you want to book The Bootleggers for 2019 then get in quickly. 2018 saw the diary completely booked up by the beginning of March!
Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year, keep watching the page for the next live-stream and more and the lads will see you at a bar somewhere, sometime, very soon!
Here’s a gig list for December…