Hard-Working Band Plans Extensive Touring in 2003, As Fanbase Grows

Bethesda, Md. -- BOS Music, a next-generation record label based in the Washington, D.C., area, has signed a record deal with The Ordinary Way, which has impressed audiences for years with its mix of rock, jazz, blues, improvisation, reggae, soul, and gospel. The seven-member group stands ready to expand its reach in 2003 with heavy touring across the United States, including major festivals. In addition, powerhouse booking agent Mountain High Music International just added The Ordinary Way to its roster. "The Ordinary Way has it all," said Skip Daly, co-founder of BOS Music. "They are a group of great musicians who have been paying their dues and building a fanbase. With BOS Music's promotional and distribution muscle behind them, there's no telling how far this band can go."

Under the deal, BOS Music will finance production and manufacturing of the band's new release – Dojo, due out in April, 2003. In addition, BOS Music will manage nationwide distribution of the record through its affiliation with Redeye Distribution and provide certain promotional support. "The band is excited to be working with BOS Music, which has an artist-friendly approach that's so uncommon in the industry today," said Greg Keyser, The Ordinary Way's manager and co-booking agent. "We're looking forward to big things in 2003."

The Ordinary Way, which prides itself on a stellar live show, already has two other releases under its belt: Its debut Rising was recorded and released in 1998/99. Death and Taxes was released at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on July 27th, 2001. The band includes Gordon Sterling on lead guitar and vocals, Fabienne Gustave on lead and backup vocals, Chris Stringfellow on bass and rhythm guitar, Austin Mendenhall on the mandolin and rhythm/lead guitar, Jesse Hooper on keyboards and synthesizers, and Robin Boldt and Ryan Leonardo on percussion. According to Eric Brace of the Washington Post, The Ordinary Way "puts egos aside, ensuring that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, though the parts (all seven of them) are none too shabby." Music Monthly calls The Ordinary Way "a powerhouse of a band… that will keep gaining speed wherever it roams."

BOS Music is a next generation record label, which also provides a menu of customized services for artists including distribution, fulfillment, media relations, and promotional tour coordination. Other BOS Music artists include Todd Sheaffer, From Good Homes, Railroad Earth, and Jess Klein.

The Ordinary Way Tour Dates, 2003

January 17, 2003 - Paloma's in Baltimore
January 18, 2003 - The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA
January 24, 2003 - Cary Street Cafe in Richmond, VA
January 25, 2003 - Fat Tuesday's in Fairfax, VA
January 28, 2003 - Whisky Joe's in Fenwick, MD
January 29, 2003 - Arena's in Rehobeth Beach, DE
January 31, 2003 - Mainely Brews in Waterville, ME
February 1, 2003 - The Ale House in Portland, ME
February 3, 2003 - Metronome in Burlington, VT
February 4, 2003 - Conduit in Trenton, NJ
February 7, 2003 - Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
February 8, 2003 - Boulevard Cafe in Chicago, IL
February 9, 2003 - The Green Room in Iowa City,IA
February 10, 2003 - The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS
February 11, 2003 - The Blue Note in Columbia, MO
February 12, 2003 - Cicero's in St. Louis, MO
February 13, 2003 - Zimm's in Des Moines, IA
February 14, 2003 - Cunningham's in Kierney, NE
February 15, 2003 - Utopia in Colorado Springs, CO
February 16, 2003 - I and I Cafe in Nederland, CO
February 19, 2003 - The Goat in Keystone, CO
February 20, 2003 - Sherpa and Yeti's in Breckenridge, CO
February 21, 2003 - The Half Moon in Vail, CO
February 22, 2003 - Johnny G's in Frisco, CO
February 27, 2003 - Tracks Coffee House, Leadville, CO
February 28, 2003 - The Coachlight, Gunnison, CO
March 1, 2003 - The Eldo, Crested Butte, CO
March 6, 2003 - Linden's Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO
March 13, 2003 - Full Moon Café, Memphis, TN
March 23, 2003 - Jake's Roadhouse, Decatur, GA
March 24, 2003 - The Pour House, Raleigh, NC
March 25, 2003 - Paleo Sun, Wilmington, NC
March 27, 2003 - The Brewery, State College, PA
March 28, 2003 - Buffalo Mo's, Fredericksburg, VA
March 29, 2003 - Cary Street Café, Richmond, VA
April 11, 2003 - Treehugger's Ball at Sunshine Daydream, Terre Alta, WV
April 12, 2003 - Tobacco Road, New York, NY
April 19, 2003 - Sound Factory, Charleston, WV

[Published on: 2/3/03]

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