In a time where many consider the music industry dieing (or at least badly wounded) one group seems to be breaking down walls and gaining more and more ground. Jamestown Story aka Dane Schmidt and Brandyn Anderson have crafted their acoustically driven sound through 9 releases, over 175,000 songs sold on iTunes, and placements on programs featured on MTV and E! And they’ve done it without any help from a label (or as some would say, the man.)
In early 2008, Dane decided to leave Sing It Loud to re-focus on Jamestown Story, this time going back to the original stripped down acoustic sound he had founded the band upon. Releasing The Prologue EP in May, Jamestown Story found that they had developed a more mature sound and a surprisingly growing audience. Dane quickly released a full length later that fall entitled, Love vs. Life produced by long time collaborator and brother, Jordan Schmidt.
2009 saw Dane take on the role of a producer, creating a home studio and recording various acoustic projects, including Jamestown’s split EP with Stephen Jerzak (of Universal Republic Records). After another EP release, Never Enough, Dane recruited keyboardist Brandyn Anderson of St. Paul, MN and Jamestown Story began playing shows as a two-piece. After releasing a cover EP, Dane and Brandyn decided to pair up with producer Jordan Schmidt to record the 2011 release Find A Way, this time heading across the world to Tokyo, Japan to do the album. Find A Way has had much commercial success, receiving placements on The Real World, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and numerous other TV shows. Jamestown Story is currently in the studio working on their next release due out this holiday season.
For a story that started out as a way to cope with a bad relationship, Jamestown Story has done extremely well for themselves. They continue to be a pioneer and role model for independent musicians across the world. The best part is, their story is far from over…. More on Jamestownstory.com
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