Record label puts local acts on display
For a decade Blind Pigeon Records has been promoting original music in Schuylkill, Luzerne, Berks and Lehigh counties.
"From bluegrass, to punk rock, to pop to straight up rock and roll, we have it all here," explained Bill Whalen, the indie label's president.
The Pottsville-based record label is home grown. A group of bands who had been playing at local Pottsville bar Hucklebucks for years started it all.
"About 10 years ago we decided to start this label to collectively release the music of the local bands that call this place home," said Whalen.
And it's not your typical record label. Instead of recording studios, they set up gear and lay tracks at different area locations. Mixing is done at their homes, and they don't have contracts with their music groups.
"We don't profit off of anyone's music," added Nick Meyer. "Basically the artists bring the music to us and we then promote it for them."
With a roster of more than 50 artists, it's more like a collective. And they're big on do-it-yourself.
"We keep everything in house, all the artwork, all the cd design, the web design, the videos," said Whalen. "So we tend to stick with other artists who adopt that same sort of do-it-yourself philosophy."
Blind Pigeon Records is releasing a two-disc compilation CD with 36 tracks from 36 artists to celebrate 10 years. A 10th annual compilation CD release is planned for December 22 at Hucklebucks in Pottsville.
"You don't need to be on MTV or VH1 to be a successful musician. There's great bands out there and people should go and see them," said Meyer.
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