In this episode I talk about the 2nd single we had from the 2013 Red Wine EP and what was an unconventional way to finish writing a song down to the wire, but we did it. You'll also hear the song in its entirety. Thank you all so much for checking out this!
Hear why when Midwest Avenue was recording the Red Wine EP that we chose to re-record The Worst of You Gets the Best of Me + an unheard phone interview I did with Rick from 104.7 WLMD out of Macomb, IL about the song and a show we were doing in Rushville IL in 2011. Then you get to hear the 2nd Version of The Worst of you Gets the Best of Me.
Over the next few episodes I will break down the Midwest Avenue "Red Wine EP" and the songs on it. This episode we are talking about "I Don't Belong to You" as at the time we were trying to figure out how to morph into this new version of Midwest Avenue when I had to take over lead vocals.
Midwest Avenue was started back in my high school days with my Dad, Uncle, and Cousin as you heard about back on Episode #5. As that ended and I did various other forms of music. Last episode we ended with the Armed Forces Entertainment tour I did to Honduras and Colombia. When I got back I didn't play music, let alone touch a guitar for almost 2 years. When I did finally I ended up starting a band with some new members but still with my Dad Scott Phares on drums but kept the name of Midwest...
Going all in on the 2009 Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Honduras (where you'll hear about the Soto Cano Airbase and our flight) and Bogota, Colombia (where you'll hear about playing on a stage in front of 5,000+ people in front of the US Embassy for their 4th of July Celebration). Also I will be touching base on what lead me to quitting music all together for almost 2 years and what brought me back to it.
At this point I had began recording every song I could on my own and releasing them and selling them at shows
There wasn't an iTunes or Spotify at this moment. The closest thing to it was a website called Downloadpunk.net
which would end up sponsoring my tours I did throughout Oklahoma, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee,
which I would sell these download cards. Looked like a credit card but you could buy the card then go home
get on your computer and download the MP3 of...
After Abistarline kind of faded out, I continued to put on shows at
the local YMCA building in Roodhouse.
Continued playing acoustic sets at Due Gattis Coffee Shop in Jacksonville
I remember my first show I played solo acoustic is was in Quincy IL
at Mugshots Coffee Shop, it was a blast.
I continued on with my acoustic shows since I didn't have a band
I would book other local acts at the YMCA in Roodhouse as I connected
with them over MYSPACE. Once I recorded my first actual acoustic...
You'll hear about me starting a new band after moving back from Ottawa, IL and Thornberry Court coming to and end. At the end of the episode you can hear the full song by my band Abistarline called "Gods and Nature" which was actually recorded inside the old YMCA building in Roodhouse, IL which is no longer there, but was where we put on a TON of shows back then!
Today 9/9/18 I played a music festival like concert for develomently disabled adults and it was one of the most amazing things ever. The crowd was so great and after my set was the best part! I got to meet so many wonderful souls and it reminded me of why I wrote this song "Hungry" a few weeks ago. To look for the good in the world and love everyone you meet. You will get it in return folks. I got a truckload of it today and I'm still flying so high from it that I decided to change up the...
For a breif time during my senior year in high school as well as that following Summer/Fall I was in my first Rock band The Big City with some guys from my school and it was an absolute blast. Hear how it came together and songs from our album we recorded in this episode.
During my high school years my cousin Josh and I kept writing songs. We ended up starting a band with our Dads which was a blast! Hear some of the songs from our EP we recorded together and how it all came together.