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Sharing your personal stories, struggles, and heart aches with your fans often creates a connection removing the barrier between artist and audience.
Jesse Brewster has a deeply personal story he has woven into his sophmore release “Wrecking Ball at the concert hall”. His live performances deliver rocking roadhouse guitar, gritty red dirt vocals, with the tender twisted roots of California-Americana. On 10/21/11 lucky ticket holding fans can attend his San Francisco CD release party that kicks off his Pacific Northwest tour.
Today, readers get a peek behind the stage curtain, meeting a man who is part guitar slinging outlaw, and hero rolled into one.
How did you come up with the title to your new cd “Wrecking ball at the Concert hall”?
JB:There’s a two part answer to that. The first being a reflection my feeling that the battle of the almighty dollar vs. the arts seemed to be favoring the former. Music venues I played for years were being shut down. I’m happy to report that this trend is changing for the better. The second, refers to the two distinct vibes I tried to put forth on the album. Wrecking Ball being the uptempo, electric guitar-driven tunes like All Those Things I Said and God Fearin’ Man, and the Concert Hall side reflected in the more delicate tracks like Consider This, and All She Deserves.
Are there any particular “causes” that you would like to share with readers?
JB: Polysistic Kidney Disease, PKD- Not only do I have the disease, but my brother passed away from it in 1998, my dad has had a kidney transplant as result of the disease as well. My 2005 release, Confessional, is a benefit to that cause.
Additionally, Community (support of) the arts and music. My song My Great Escape was featured on 104.5 KFOG's Local Scene CD vol. 6 benefitting- Music in Schools today.
It's up to us as members of our local communities to keep the arts alive!"
Regarding your work to educate communities about PKD;
What are some of the big ah-ha’s AND disappointments you have encountered doing this work?
JB: The re-ocurring surprise to me is just how few people are aware of the disease. In an era of media saturation and social networking where news spreads like wildfire, think of how quickly everyone knew Steve Jobs had passed away. It’s amazing that more people aren’t aware of PKD, esp. since 1 in 500 people have it. I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to get more congressional support, as the genetic disorder is vastly under-funded federally. But, stem cell research back on track, the outlook for a cure in my lifetime is a bright one.
Keeping balance in relationships & routines is pretty hard when your on the road. Do you have tricks that you use to help you stay healthy and centered day to day?
JB:I feel like it’s easier when I’m on the road because I have only one goal and purpose-the next show and delivering the best performance possible. All the pre-work involved in touring as indie musician is far more difficult. As a result of having PKD, I must be very health conscious . It can be difficult to find affordable, healthy food depending on what town your in. In the Pac. Northwest (for the upcoming tour) I’m not worried about that, in middle America it can be tougher.
What is the biggest challenge about having a independent creative business that you have over come?
JB:The frustration level can be extremely high in this business.
I think I’ve learned to have more faith in the process, as results come with persistence, patience, and continuing to hone one’s craft. I’ve also learned to trust my gut creatively, and try not to second guess my writing or motivation for a piece of music.
The ultimate goal for me has never been about money, or I’d have thrown in the towel long ago, it’s about moving forward and reaching more and more people with the music
I’d (rather) spend more time writing, recording, touring and collaborating with other artists, (than) trying to make ends meet, an independent artist must wear so many other hats (to complete the) mundane tasks of booking, promotion. Overall, I feel so blessed to be able to be doing what I’m doing, and I’ll keep at it until my fingers get arthritic or my voice gives out!
Readers, can purchase CD's or tickets for Jesse's S.F. CD release party (while they last)