Future of the Past

The Litter

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The hard rock and psychedelic sounds of the legendary Minnesota band THE LITTER come full circle in new release on Blackberry Way Records appropriately titled "Future Of The Past".

Blackberry Way Records is proud to announce the addition of THE LITTER to our roster with the new album: “FUTURE OF THE PAST” Released September 2019. In the late 1960’s THE LITTER followed up their punk/garage classic hit ACTION WOMAN with the LP's DISTORTIONS, $100 FINE and EMERGE. EMERGE released on ABC’s Probe label, was awarded gold record status selling over 500,000 albums around the world. Along with DISTORTIONS, EMERGE has remained one of the most respected and collectible records from the psychedelic era. The Litter toured the nation playing shows with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jethro Tull and Cream to name a few. The appropriately titled “Future Of The Past” is an out of the box vision of where rock was and should be going. Original member Tom Murray enlisted the help of some talented and enthusiastic young players, as well as original Litter guitarist Zippy Caplan, Larry Wiegand of Crow and original guitarist of The Revolution, Dez Dickerson, to add their magic to the recording. This is A HAPPENING!!!

. This is A HAPPENING!!! The Litter and Blackberry Way Records invite you to:

JOIN THE MUSIC REBELLION Nothing makes a person feel as good as listening to music. It makes up the soundtracks of our lives, we’re asking you to join us in supporting all musicians by actually buying their songs when the opportunity is there. Help artists get paid for their creativity and the work that goes into Bringing their music to you. Please encourage your friends to do the same and And thank you for being part of the Music Rebellion to help all Musicians everywhere be rightfully compensated for their efforts.
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The Litter "Future Of The Past"

Third

The April Fools

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Guitar and vocal driven American Rock & Roll.

The April Fools return for a celebration of "Third", their highly-anticipated new release, engineered and produced by Mike Owens at Blackberry Way Studios, and mastered by Andy Walters at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Members of this all-star lineup have rich histories that include work with Lowell George of Little Feat, Link Wray, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, The Hard Left, The Flamin’ Oh’s, Tetes Noires, and Robert Palmer, AND have appearances on Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show on their credits.

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The Right Kind of Crazy

Michael Owens

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An eclectic blend of blues based rock,pop & country from the man who founded Blackberry Way Recording Studios That Recorded Mpls bands including The Replacements,The Trash Men,Soul Asylum, Curtiss A, The Flamin' Oh's, The Castaways and many more!

MICHAEL OWENS first solo release The Devils Doorway garnered airplay and rave reviews around the world. The Right Kind Of Crazy is the second solo effort by Michael Owens. The album features an eclectic blend of Rock, Blues, Americana & Country based songs. The bonus track 14 South 5th Street Blues was placed in the documentary Jay's Longhorn and features members of Fingerprints and special guests including Mpls legend Curtiss A and The Suicide Commandos Chris Osgood. MICHAEL OWENS is a Singer/songwriter, Guitar player and Record Producer. He founded BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDING STUDIOS, the infamous Minneapolis Recording Studio , Record Label and Publisher. Blackberry Way Records has placed several songs in TV shows including "Red Oaks" on Amazon, "Wicked City"on ABC TV , "Stranger Things" & "The OA" on Net Flix and "Young Sheldon" on CBS as well as the Jay's Longhorn Documentary. Michael Owens was a founding member of Twin/Tone recording artists FINGERPRINTS. In addition to dates with Pere Ubu, Blondie and Peter Hammill, the band headlined at the legendary Longhorn Bar, First Ave and other venues in the five state area including dates at Duffy’s with Mitch Ryder and Dwight Twilley. The late Tim Carr A&R at Warner Brothers called Mike’s song Wasted On You, the best single song on the first three Twin/Tone EP’s. (The little Red Records-Fingerprints, The Suburbs and Curtiss A’s Spooks) The band also headlined at The Walker Art Center Presents “The Cream Of The Crop” supported by Spooks(Curtiss A) and NNB. Fingerprints was also chosen as the first band paired with a movie in The Walker Art Centers Band and a movie in Loring Park as well as the M-80 Music Festival. The band reformed for The Mill City Music Festival in 1999 that featured Prince as the headliner. The band also reformed in 2019 to perform two sold out shows at The Parkway Theater in MPLS in support of the documentary "Jay's Longhorn" about the infamous bar that in the late 1970's was the Minneapolis counter point to CBGB's. In addition to the track 14 South 5th Street Blues from The Right Kind Of Crazy Fingerprints has placed 5 songs in the documentary.
Mike along with Blackberry Way partner and Fingerprints drummer Kevin Glynn, formed THE IDLE STRAND. With Gary Menne on bass the band released two LP’s on Blackberry Way Records. The LP’s received rave reviews in Boston Rock, Rockpool and Cash Box magazines. The LP’s were released in Europe on LINE/WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS, and garnered tons of college radio- play in the USA. The Idle Strand has several songs placed in TV shows on ABC TV as well as Amazon Streaming TV. As a record producer/recording engineer and session musician Mike appears on countless projects over the years.Find more info @ www.blackberrywayrecords.com

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Michael Owens "The Right Kind Of Crazy" 

A Finger Through The Floor Of Heaven

Idiot Savant

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A Finger Through the Floor of Heaven was released in 1985 on the German label Line /Blackberry Way Records and distributed in Europe first by RCA and then Warner Brothers. Never released in the US the record generated a popular buzz across the pond but received little notice or attention in the States. The band wore their fave 80's influences (REM, U2, XTC, and more) on their sleeves, but also showed a strong 60's Brit bent with their quirky and melodic guitar-driven jangle and vocal harmonies that became their hallmark. Idiot Savant started when singer/songwriter Brian Drake and drummer Roger Sternitzky of the popular Wisconsin band, The Quiz, relocated to Minneapolis in 1982. The boys recruited the extraordinary guitarist Kent Militzer and super pop bassist Ken Hueser within 3 months of hitting town. They straight away started working toward their first release of original songs. That record, a 6-song EP - The Rest on Down, on Blackberry Way Records, was released in 1984 to critical acclaim nationally and put the band on the radar of indie radio and press globally. The group disbanded in '86. “The groups interplay and enthusiasm are signs of promise and potential. They deliver direct and concise Rock & Roll” CMJ Magazine “The Playing is spirited, the songs are strong” US Rock Magazine Brian Drake vocals-guitars Kent Militzer guitars-vocals Ken Hueser bass-vocals Rodger Lee Sternitzky Traps Produced by Michael Owens, Kevin Glynn & Idiot Savant Engineered by Michael Owens & Kevin Glynn @ Blackberry Way 1985
Remastered by Michael Owens 2020

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Idiot Savant " A Finger Through The Floor Of Heaven" 

Hands Of Time

Tom Bright

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First released in 1985 Tom Brights “Hands Of Time” garnered airplay on the CMJ national college radio charts as well as FM radio stations around the country. The record received rave reviews as well as interest from major record labels including EMI, A&M Records & many more. Original recording at Blackberry Way in 1984-1985 and backed by the Idle Strand, the 1980's synth driven pop rock with attitude sounds just as fresh today as when it was first issued over 30 years ago. Recently Blackberry Way Records placed several songs by Tom Bright with Play Network & Mood Media two of the biggest providers of music for the retail environments internationally. Tom Bright- Keyboard, Vocal Gary Menne-Bass Kevin Glynn-Drums Mike Owens- Guitar Produced by Mike Owens/Kevin Glynn & Tom Bright Remastered by Michael Owens 2020 @ Blackberry Way

“Mr Bright has a knack for catchy yet substantive melodies. At his best on Lebanon, he is wonderful” Boston Sweet Potato

“A top ten record…a record that matters” Musician Magazine

THE HARD REPORT Thanks to Blackberry Way Records… we’ve played several of their artists in the past and we’ll play more, especially from Tom Bright and Swing Set. Ron Sorenson KBLE Des Moines

Program Director Scott Klohn. Hot Rockin’ 104 KJJO Mpls, adds new songs from Blackberry Way to their playlist including Tom Bright and Flamin’ Oh’s.
Hot Rockin’ 104 FM KJJO Minneapolis

I enjoyed listening to Tom Bright and would like to hear more material as well as information on this artist. Aaron Jacoves West Coast director of A&R A&M Records

Thank You for sending me the new release by Tom Bright. I’m delighted to be in touch with you regarding this new talent. I believe the record shows potential. You have a real good thing going on there in Minneapolis. Lets work towards finding something great together. Michael Barackmam Vice President A&R EMI Records

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Tom Bright "Hands Of Time"

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