Happy Holidays! 2014 Rewind 

Another Year Done Come and Gone...

And man, what a year it has been! It seems weird that we haven’t checked in since October because so much has happened since then. Citizen Bare has started working on 7 new songs! We’ve made radio appearances, played some house parties and started working in two new full-time members. We are starting to plan out some studio time for 2015 and hope to record and distribute a new album.

 

I suppose we should give a quick recap of what 2014 was for Citizen Bare in all of it’s follies and successes.

 

The Beginning

 

2014 saw Citizen Bare starting it’s 7 year in existence! When John and Andrew started playing invite-only open mics at the Monkey House back in 2007, they never imagined things would keep going this long.  Almost a decade later, here we are rocking in 2015. The year started off kind of slow having just finished up our residency at the Monkey House with Something with Strings. We were ready to take some time to regroup and write some new tunes. It was a lot of open mics and practicing for the first part of the year. We didn’t actually play our first show until May!

 

Springing Into It

 

Once the spring hit, we were rockin’ and rollin’ for sure! Our first show of the year certainly was a good one.  We played with North of Nashville at the Monkey House. It was a fantastic night and saw lots of new and old faces.  We continued our trend of playing house parties and events. We love playing shows in your living room and we are even willing to turn the volume down a notch. We ended up playing some paired-down-roster shows at local watering holes like On Tap, Hornets Nest, Twiggs, Jericho Tavern and Brewster River.

 

Summer of Beer

 

The next string of shows just happened to be at some of the most wonderful spots in Vermont to get a finely crafted beverage. The Reservoir, Four Quarters, Red Square, Vermont Pub & Brew, the beer tent at the Champlain Valley Fair and the statewide Disc Golf Championship at Smuggs to close out the summer. We played with some amazing bands along the way like local favorites King Me, Gneiss and The Aerolites.

 

Change Is Inevitable

 

During the summer, co-founding member John Gratton let the band know that his time needed to be over with CB by September. We sent him off in style at Club Metronome and were lucky enough to be joined by some old friends Dwayne Doner, Joe Grabon and Naomi Galimidi. You can read a copy of John’s farewell here and you can see a list of the 30 original songs that we have created during our 7 years together.

 


What the Future Holds?

 

Citizen Bare is still trucking on with a 6-piece line up. John Meli has joined us on lead guitar and vocals and Ryan Ochs on sax.  Its been an amazing few months working out the new sounds they contribute. They both add a very exciting and integral piece to what we are trying to accomplish musically.  We are continuing to work on new music and book more shows in different venues than we have been at before, some close to home and some out and about.

 

We have some new tracks to upload from the radio program we did at WDGR with Tiffany in November right here. Hopefully those will be up soon and then maybe from there we can get ourselves into a studio! 2014 was an awesome year for Citizen Bare and we look forward to what 2015 has in store! Thanks for your support!

Upcoming 2015 shows:

1/11 Franny O's
1/16 Brewster River
1/27 Franny O's
2/13 Jericho Tavern

 

We wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

Andrew James, Jesse Cowan, Elizabeth Patterson, Jake Blodgett, Ryan Ochs and Johnny Meli

Thanks for the Support!  

Hello there,

Andrew James here (Co-founder of Citizen Bare) and I wanted to a take a moment to do one of 3 things. First and foremost to thank John Gratton the other founding member of Citizen Bare for all of the good times and hard work he has put into this project over the last 7 years. While John is stepping away for time being I am sure you will see him again in the future. We wish him good luck and good fortune in the future! We love you John! 

I also want to make sure that we thank all the people who come to shows, listen music online and support us in whatever way they can! You're amazing and we seriously could not do it without you!

Secondly I want to make sure everyone understands that Citizen Bare will be moving forward without John but we still have the core group which we have been playing with for the last 2 years. As well as John Meli and Ryan Ochs who will be joining us!

Thirdly I wanted to make sure that John's final note was up on the website for folks to read.

The time is kind of a passing of the torch as much as it is a last show for me. Johnny Meli will be taking over guitar duties, and will be starting to collaborate on music that is a little different from the music he writes and plays with his other band gneiss. So, I'm thrilled that we get to rock together for this show. And I hope anybody who can make it will come out to give a listen and welcome Johnny to the band.

In the past couple of months I have been asked why I'm getting done. I haven't been willing to give the answer online until now.

The biggest reason why I'm getting done playing music with Citizen Bare is time. As many of my musician friends know, there are countless hours that go into playing music and not a significant financial return. I have been able to live with that for years. But now, my time is worth too much to put as much effort as Citizen Bare needs if they want to reach their goals. And more importantly, my kids are at ages where my availability to them is more important...(probably more to me, than to them)... I don't want to be split between the passion of music and being present for my kids.

If I was making a living off from music, that would be a different story. But that's not reality for me. And I've come to realize that trying to do and be everything all the time leaves me less time to just be. So... I'm going to take a step back from everything I'm doing (except my family and job that pays the bills) and just be for a little while.

The transition has already been a little rough for me... There have been some shows that I haven't participated in and I found myself wanting to be there. But, it is what it is. Thankfully some of the things that I forgot I liked doing have had a little more time. Hopefully they don't take over my time to just be.

Sorry for the novel...thought I'd finally share.

Sincerely,

John Gratton

Fall 2013 

Hey Guys,

It's a bit since last we checked in so here's a quick update.

Upcoming Shows
9/14 Moogs in Morrisville (Dweens last show for a while)
10/17 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
10/19 Private party Plattsburg
10/30 Crop
11/14 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
12/19 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
More to come so stay tuned!

Past Shows
We had a great time playing at Bonestock with some amazing VT bands Gniess, J Willis Pratt and Burrow Owl to name a few. We also started our residency once a month at Monkey House playing with a great local bluegrass band Something With Strings as well as Hillside Hooligans.

Goings on
Still making progress on the 3P and hope to have something to share soon!

Hope to see you guys out sometime!

Fall 2013 

Hey Guys,

It's a bit since last we checked in so here's a quick update.

Upcoming Shows
9/14 Moogs in Morrisville (Dweens last show for a while)
10/17 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
10/19 Private party Plattsburg
10/30 Crop
11/14 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
12/19 Monkey House in Winooski with Something With Strings
More to come so stay tuned!

Past Shows
We had a great time playing at Bonestock with some amazing VT bands Gniess, J Willis Pratt and Burrow Owl to name a few. We also started our residency once a month at Monkey House playing with a great local bluegrass band Something With Strings as well as Hillside Hooligans.

Goings on
Still making progress on the 3P and hope to have something to share soon!

Hope to see you guys out sometime!

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