It’s been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! On the tail of their 2015 fan funded and independent release, Lost at Last, the band has just released a brand new 5-song EP, Triangular, and a Kickstarter campaign to help them head back into Echo Mountain Recording Studios with Producer Dave King (Of The Bad Plus). King also produced Lost At Last last year.With the success of Lost At Last, it’s no surprise that the band is so excited to get their new music out to the people. Music from Lost At Last was played worldwide, and the band was able to perform at over 100 festivals and venues across the country in support of it. The group continues to find new followers, and with both the new Triangular album and the future unnamed project, the music will only propel them forward!Stickley and his band are eager to head into the studio in December to record this new full length album, but they need our help. The band launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday that will run through 11/11, with a fundraising goal of $28,000. The band says, “We’ve set our goal at $28,000, which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!”Anyone that donates $5 or more toward the new full length album will get one song from Triangular as an immediate download. The track is called “Blackburn Brothers” and it is a funky trio version of a tune Stickley originally wrote with his brother Jeff while down at the Carolina coast. It features expressive solos by Stickley and Lyndsay Pruett, syncing up with their signature, on point unison melody playing at the end. The song also highlights a danceable, somewhat-Latin drum beat.We’re excited to host the premiere of “Blackburn Brothers,” which you can stream below! You can also download the track with a $5 donation on the Kickstarter page, and download the full Triangular EP with a $10 donation.The full Kickstarter funds will go towards the recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing of the new album, as well as promotion in print and radio. Stickley says, “This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn’t plan for it last time, we added it in this time around.” They’ve also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well.Don’t miss an opportunity to bring this album to life by showing your support! You can also catch the band on the road, with tour dates running throughout the end of 2016. For more information, you can head to the Trio’s website.Jon Stickley Trio On Tour 201610/14 Fri – PLC Land Jam – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC*10/15-16 Sat-Sun – Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL10/17 Mon – Beaches Museum History Park Chapel – Jacksonville, Fl10/20 Thu – NC State Fair – Raleigh, NC10/21 Fri – House Concert – Durham, NC10/22 – Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC11/2 Wed – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL11/3 Thu – The Ale & The Witch – St. Petersburg, FL11/4 Fri – Fogarty Community Media and Arts Center – Sarasota, FL11/5 Sat – Arts Garage – Delray Beach, FL11/9 Wed – Guanabanas – Jupiter, FL11/10 Thu – Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL11/11 Fri – Point Ybel Brewing – Fort Myers, FL11/12 Sat – The Funky Buddha – Boca Raton, FL11/13 Sun – Fifth and Thomas Kitchen – Tallahassee, FL12/7 Wed – WDVX Tennessee Shines @ Boyd’s Jig & Reel – Knoxville, TN12/30 Fri – The National – Richmond, VA ^12/31 Sat – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC #* w. Ricky Skaggs^ w. The Infamous Stringdusters# w. The Honeycutters[Photo via Heather Hambor]
After a series of commanding displays in midfield, the France international attracted interest from Tottenham and Arsenal last summer, but he is happy he waited for United’s call. “I was waiting a long time (to move),” he said. “I could have left before but I felt this was the right move for me. “I feel physically in the best shape possible, and I feel with my confidence levels that I am ready now to move to a big club. “Today I am the happiest person in the world to sign for the biggest team in the world and last year I had a good season, I felt good, like I progressed and now I am ready for Manchester.” In the holding midfield role Schneiderlin has Michael Carrick, Daley Blind and Bastian Schweinsteiger for competition. If Van Gaal decides to play Schneiderlin in a more advanced position, he will face competition from the likes of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Angel di Maria and Andreas Pereira. But the 25-year-old is unfazed by the prospect of the fight he has on his hands to secure a first-team place. “At a club like Man Utd, you can’t expect anything else (other than competition),” Schneiderlin said. “We want competition. When you have competition you want to do your best, and that is how you get better. “I wouldn’t make that step if I wasn’t ready for it.” Like Schneiderlin, United will have to take a big step up this season if they are to challenge for the title. The Red Devils finished fourth last year, some 17 points shy of winners Chelsea. But having boosted the squad with the signings of Memphis Depay, Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian, as well as his own capture, Schneiderlin thinks United will be challenging on all fronts this term. “The aim for a club like Manchester is to win everything,” he said. “It’s a big step (from fourth to first) but with the players we have it is more than possible.” The fact that United have not won anything of note since Sir Alex Ferguson left has had no impact on how Schneiderlin views his new club. “Manchester United is Manchester United, when you look at the badge, the stadium, it’s the biggest club in the world,” he said. Such a feat would have seemed unthinkable five years ago, when Schneiderlin was preparing for Southampton’s League One season-opener against Plymouth, which they lost 1-0. But the Frenchman would have had it no other way. The £24million midfielder believes his experience of playing in the lower reaches of English football has made him into what he is today. “It seems a long way away, but when I look at it I think it (playing in League One) benefitted me,” Schneiderlin said. “I think it was the best thing possible. “I had to toughen my play, look myself in the mirror, and look where to progress. “It makes you realise you don’t want to be back there (again). “That makes you work even harder and that’s what I did.” After two years in the third tier of English football and three in the Championship, Schneiderlin helped Southampton achieve promotion to the Barclays Premier League, and he has not looked back since. Schneiderlin looks set to make his United debut in the early hours of Saturday morning against Mexican side Club America in Seattle. Next month he is likely to realise his childhood dream of playing in the Champions League for United in their potentially tricky play-off tie. Press Association Morgan Schneiderlin feels his dark days in League One have prepared him perfectly for the challenge of playing on the biggest and most glamorous of stages with Manchester United.