Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
END OF TOUR PARTY!
Current mood: excited
New Show Added!! We will playing the Roxy in West Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 15th at 9:00 PM to celebrate the end of our first US Tour and the beginning of the next Season of DWTS. The Bolts will be opening for us! Please come and celebrate with us!
Mark, Derek, Emily, Harry & Sam
Ballas and Hough may be best known as "Dancing with the Stars" champions, but they've been writing and playing music together for 10 years, ever since they both attended a London performing arts school, according to a press release. Their band--which includes the namesakes on vocals and guitars, along with vocalist/keyboardist Emily Grace, bassist Sam Marder and drummer Harry Sullivan--was known as Almost Amy when it formed in 2005. The outfit recently changed its name and scored a label deal with Hollywood Records.
The Ballas Hough Band hit the studio late last year with producers John Fields (Jonas Brothers), Eric Valentine (Maroon 5, Good Charlotte) and Adam & Andy (Jesse McCartney). The group's debut includes original tunes and collaborations with songwriters Dan Wilson, Kevin Kadish and Marty James. A few selections from the forthcoming set are streaming at BHB's MySpace page.Following the spring season of "Dancing with the Stars," the Ballas Hough Band will embark on a summer tour, according to a press release.
Mark, Derek, Emily, Sam & Harry
We wanted to put out a blanket Blog answering several questions that we get all the time so we don't have to keep repeating the answers:
Q) "I don't see my city on your tour. Will you be going to more cities?"
A)- YES. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DATES POSTED ARE THE ONLY ONES WE ARE DOING ON THIS CURRENT TOUR. DWTS SEASON 8 STARTS IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND WE NEED TO GET BACK TO LA TO START REHEARSALS. HOWEVER, IN LATE MAY WE START A HUGE TOUR THAT WILL LITERALLY HIT EVERY MAJOR MARKET ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!! WE SHOULD ANNOUNCE THE NEW DATES SOMETIME THIS WINTER
Q) "I see that you guys are on MySpace a lot. Is it really you, or someone else?"
A) YES!!! WE ALL HAVE THE PASSWORD AND USERNAME FOR OUR PAGE AND WHENEVER WE GET A CHANCE WE GO ON TO TALK TO YOU GUYS, ANSWER E-MAILS, PUT NEWS UP, ETC.. IT IS REALLY US 98% OF THE TIME, WITH THE SMALL EXCEPTION WHEN OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM PUTS SOME POSTINGS UP OR OUR LABEL DOES SOME TWEAKING. SO WHENEVER YOU SEE THE "ONLINE NOW" SYMBAL-SHOOT US A MESSAGE- YOU NEVER KNOW, WE MAY RESPOND RIGHT BACK. WE LOVE TALKING TO ALL OF YOU AND RECEIVING YOUR KIND COMMENTS AND E-MAILS. YOU GUYS ARE THE REASON WE ARE HERE LIVING OUR DREAMS! WE WILL ALWAYS FIND TIME TO TALK TO YOU AND IF YOU SEE US, COME UP AND SAY HELLO. WE WANT TO MEET YOU ALL
Q) "When will your music be available to buy or add?"
A) IN THE NEXT WEEK, WE WILL POST A COUPLE OF SONGS THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR MYSPACE. OUR ALBUM DOES NOT COME OUT UNTIL MARCH 3RD, SO YOU HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THEN TO BUY IT, HOWEVER WE ARE PRETTY SURE OUR LABEL WILL MAKE SINGLES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD PRIOR TO THEN ON ITUNES
Q) "Will you have merch for sale soon?"
A) YES! WE ACTUALLY JUST GOT OUR NEW SHIRTS IN THIS WEEK! WE HAVE ONE FOR SALE ON THE DWTS TOUR AND WE WILL BE SELLING MERCH AT ALL OF OUR BHB SHOWS COMING UP! WE ARE WORKING ON OUR NEW WEBSITE AND WILL HAVE A LINK ON THE SITE SO YOU CAN PURCHASE MERCH
Q) "What is the best way to meet you guys?"
A) COME TO ONE OF OUR SHOWS!! WE WILL BE HANGING ALL NIGHT AND WANT TO MEET YOU ALL. IF YOU COME YOU WILL MEET US!! YOU ARE OUR FIRST FANS AND WE WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOU ALL
Q) "Will you be doing a music video soon?"
A) YES! WE ARE SHOOTING OUR FIRST MUSIC VIDEO IN 3 WEEKS IN CHICAGO WHILE WE ARE ON TOUR. WE ARE SUPER EXCITED
Q) "Is Emily Leaving BHB for the All American Rejects?"
A) NO!! SHE IS JUST HAVING FUN AND SINGING WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE A GREAT BAND AND GREAT GUYS. HER FIRST LOVE AND LOYALTY IS TO BHB. HOWEVER, THIS IS GREAT FOR HER CAREER AND WHENEVER THEY WANT HER AND SHE IS FREE, SHE WILL BE SINGING WITH THEM. SHE IS DOING THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH THEM AGAIN ON JANUARY 12TH. MAKE SURE YOU TUNE IN!!
Q) "Are your shows coming up all ages?"
A) DEPENDS ON THE VENUE, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE ALL AGES. THERE ARE A FEW 21+ SHOWS, BUT WE TRIED OUR BEST TO KEEP THEM ALL AGES SO YOU ALL CAN SEE US
Q) "Are all the songs on the record new? Are they all as Pop sounding as "Do It For You"?"
A) NO. WE KEPT A COUPLE OF THE "OLD" ONES THAT YOU ALL KNOW. THEY INCLUDE BIRTHDAY, FALL AND LA (NOW CALLED TOGETHER FAR AWAY). WE ALSO HAVE SOME VERY SPECIAL ACOUSTIC-DRIVEN SONGS ALA ALMOST AMY THAT MADE YOU ALL FANS. THIS RECORD IS VERY SPECIAL AND TOUCHES ON ALL OF OUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES AND TASTES. IF YOU LIKED OUR OLD MUSIC- YOU WILL LOVE THE RECORD. DON'T JUDGE IT BY THE FIRST SINGLE. WE ARE STILL TRUE TO OURSELVES! THE RECORD LABEL DIDN'T "BOY BAND" US OUT GUYS! WE WERE IN THE DRIVERS SEAT ON THE RECORD AND WE LOVE IT!
Hope this helped you guys. We love you all!
Mark, Derek, Emily, Harry & Sam
Ballas Hough Band's website is up!
Current mood: excited
Wanted to give everybody a quick update of what we have been up to.
After 2 weeks of 18 hour days, rehearsing first all day for the DWTS Tour and then going to band rehearsals at night, we are finally hitting the road tomorrow for the DWTS Tour!
Yesterday we had a dress rehearsal for "Friends & Family" for the DWTS Tour. We are relieved that we are finally going on the road. This tour is going to be a lot of fun and I hope you all come out to say hello to us when we play with our band in these cities.
On the band front, we finally finished the record! It is incredible. Our photo shoot is done and our first single is now officially "Devastated" and not "Do It For You", as originally planned. Devastated came out so great that we all decided to change to it at the last minute. We are now looking at video treatments and will be shooting a music video before the end of the year. Crazy- huh? That means that our label has to fly us in from one of our DWTS tour stops to be able to do this. Everything is moving so fast it is kind of surreal for us. We can't wait until you guys hear the new songs. We worked very hard on this album and are very proud of it.
This is a very busy week for the band. We have 2 radio appearances-
On the 17th we will be on the radio KHTS Hula 93.3 in San Diego performing a few songs during the morning show "AJ's Playhouse"
On the 18th we will be performing live on K-BIG 104.3 in the morning sometime between 9:00-11:00.
Make sure you guys listen so you can get a sneak preview of our new album.
We will be doing a lot of these radio appearances over the next 6 weeks. In almost every market we perform in on our tour, we will be doing radio. As we know which radio stations we will be visiting, we will post them so you can all listen in!!
Today we board our bus and head to San Diego for the first DWTS tour date. The first show isn't until Tuesday, but we are all heading down today for one more final run through and to get settled.
We have our laptops on the road so we will try our best to respond to e-mails and post new blogs from the road.
See you at a show soon!!
Mark & Derek
Here is the list of upcoming show dates...Hope everyone can come out and join us !
Jan 22 2009 10:00P Orpheum Tampa, Florida
Jan 24 2009 11:00P The Social Orlando, Florida
Jan 25 2009 11:00P Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Underground Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 28 2009 10:00P Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina
Jan 29 2009 10:00P Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC
Jan 30 2009 11:00P Mohegan Sun Wolf Den- FREE Uncasville, Connecticut
Feb 2 2009 8:00P Lupos Heartbreak Hotel Providence, Rhode Island
Feb 4 2009 10:00P Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York
Feb 5 2009 7:00A Good Morning America New York, NY, New York
Feb 6 2009 10:00P Mexicali Live Teaneck, New Jersey
Feb 8 2009 10:00P World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania
Feb 15 2009 8:00P The Roxy West Hollywood, California
Aug 1 2009 8:00P Deer Creek Speedway Spring Valley, MN