After much work and debate, we were able to finally put together enough songs to actually bring it to the public. Our first public gig was a performance for the Cranford "Concerts on the Lawn Series". It wasn't really a lawn as much as it was on the sidewalk in front of the police station. Listeners sat across the street as cars and buses passed between us and them. We often waited for the traffic stopped at the corner light would pass before playing another song. The staff photographer mistakenly used the name "Heartland" for the band. When asked what music we played I said "John Mellencamp... You know, heartland music".
This photo appeared in the Cranford Chronicle Newspaper shortly after our performance on the sidewalk. Pictured is me (Ted) on the left and my brother Tim on the right.
Having been out of the music booking scene for a few years, I began making phone calls, sending emails and hitting the very young internet to find venues to play. I put together a "press kit" which included a CD of music recorded at a rehearsal studio. It was really raw but got the point across.
Tribute bands were relatively new at the time, with the exception of your Beatles, Led Zepplin and Elvis impersonators, there really wasn't much in the way of Tribute bands out there.In 2001, John Mellencamp was already in the throws of his downward slide in popularity in the music world. With the internet taking hold of the music scene, hearing Mellencamp on the radio just didn't matter anymore and often you didn't hear it. Little did we know, this would have a direct affect on booking the band in the years to come.