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Blue October: October 8, 2011 Chicago’s House of Blues

Posted in Photos with tags , , , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by Randy

© The Rock Tribune 2011, photos by Taylor Augustson

BLUE OCTOBER’S JUSTIN FURSTENFELD LAUNCHES ANYMANINAMERICA.COM

Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2011 by Randy

PARENTAL ADVOCACY GROUP PROVIDES A PLACE FOR PARENTS WHO ARE DEALING WITH SHARED CUSTODY

Any Man in America, Blue October’s New Album, Out Now

Art-rock band Blue October‘s front man Justin Furstenfeld has launched a new website in support of a cause near and dear to his heart.  AnyManInAmerica.com is a place for fathers, mothers and children who have dealt, or are dealing with, the issues of shared parenting and child custody to find their voice and speak their mind.  The goal of the site is to provide a positive and uplifting platform and support group for anyone who has dealt with the life-altering act of divorce and losing the ability to be with your child or parent on a daily basis. The way the site works is simple in that it allows anyone to upload a photo of themselves or a message they wish to send to their loved one.  The site uses LiveShare to stream the photos and allows members to interact and comment as well.  The site also links to other resources for anyone who has questions or needs more info dealing with this situation. Furstenfeld was moved to start this site because of his painful experience with his own ongoing divorce and struggle to remain an active part of his daughter’s life, something that has become the topic of his band’s latest release, Any Man In America.

Video | “The Feel Again (Stay)”

Any Man In America is Blue October‘s sixth studio album, and takes the listener on a cathartic journey chronicling the deeply personal events that have unfolded in lead singer/songwriter Justin Furstenfeld’s life over the last several years. USA Today states “this one’s a doozy…It’ll tear your heart out,” giving it a 3-star (out of 4) rating.

The idea for the site came to Furstenfeld after filming the video for the song “The Feel Again (Stay)”.  In it, Furstenfeld sits in a chair singing the words while holding up paper messages for his daughter to read assuring her that the situation is not her fault.  The overwhelming response to that video showed Furstenfeld that he was not alone.  Justin Furstenfeld andBlue October have always been known for their charity work and have teamed up with the likes up Post Secret, Pick Up The Phone, 1 800-Suicide and To Write Love On Her Arms to name a few.  Justin decided to team up with The American Coalition for Fathers And Children after seeing their moving documentary Guilty Until Proven Innocent and speaking with Michael McCormick, who runs the organization.

McCormick says: “With the ‘Any Man In America’ website and album, Justin Furstenfeld and Blue October have provided a very real window that highlights a major flaw in society. Family court practices, which separate over 4,000 children from a parent every day claiming ‘the best interest of the child’, are barbaric.  Justin is focused on a top domestic social policy concern for children and parents.  All citizens have a stake in the outcome, show your support for Shared Parenting and tell your story at www.anymaninamerica.com”  
Blue October will be bringing representatives from the American Coalition for Fathers and Children on the road with them to educate fans about Family Breakdown, Divorce and Emotional Child Support during their current Any Man In America tour. Dates are listed below.

10/4/11 |George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR

10/6/11 | Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa, OK

10/7/11 |Mid America Center |Council Bluffs, IA

10/9/11 | House of Blues | Cleveland, OH
10/11/11 | House of Blues | Chicago, IL

10/12/11 | Royal Oak Music Theatre | Detroit, MI

10/13/11 | Tower Theater | Upper Darby, PA

10/14/11 | The Fillmore | Silver Spring, MD

10/15/11 | Webster Hall | New York, NY

10/16/11 | Water Street Music Hall |Rochester, NY

10/17/11 | House of Blues | Boston, MA

10/19/11 | The Fillmore Charlotte | Charlotte, NC

10/20/11 | Buckhead Theater | Atlanta, GA

10/21/11 | House of Blues | New Orleans, LA

BLUE OCTOBER SCORES HIGHEST CHART POSITION IN BAND’S HISTORY WITH ANY MAN IN AMERICA

Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , on August 24, 2011 by Randy

DEBUTS AT #8 ON BILLBOARD 200 AND#2 ON INDEPENDENT CHART 

 HEADLINE TOUR RESUMES SEPTEMBER 8TH

Multi-platinum rock band Blue October has landed their highest Billboard chart debut of their career with their latest album, Any Man In AmericaThe album, which was released on lead singer Justin Furstenfeld’s own UP/DOWN Records, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, was the second-highest debut on the chart this week and also landed at #2 on the Independent Album Chart, selling over 26,000 copies.

Furstenfeld had this to say about the band’s achievement: “I am in awe and beside myself with a big sigh and the most amazing crows flying in my stomach. The fact that when I started UP/DOWN Records, it was to prove that the listener can still be touched by artists with something to say, artists who are not afraid to stand up and remind listeners that they can still feel music like a first kiss. Making music that is real is what both Blue October and UP/DOWN records is all about.  I can’t thank everyone enough who has supported us and helped us achieve this milestone for the band.”

Any Man In America is the follow up to 2009’s Approaching Normal and is Blue October‘s sixth studio album overall. The album was produced by Furstenfeld (who also produced the band’s platinum breakthrough album Foiled), in association with Tim Palmer, who has produced and mixed for the likes of Robert Plant, Pearl Jam and U2.  Any Man In America takes the listener on a cathartic journey chronicling the deeply personal events that have unfolded in Justin Furstenfeld’s life since the band’s last release. USA Today states “this one’s a doozy…It’ll tear your heart out,” giving it a 3-star (out of 4) rating. 

Any Man In America‘s debut single, “The Chills,” is currently making its way up the charts landing in the Top 40 at Alternative radio this week.  A video for the song was just released and you can check it out here. Blue October also recently released the touching video for “The Feel Again (Stay)”.  Directed by Merritt Fields, “The Feel Again (Stay)” is one of Blue October‘s most truthful and haunting videos to date, and has already reached over 200,000 views since being released. It can be seen here.

After a few dates in their home state of Texas last week, Blue October will resume their Any Man In America tour on September 8th in Phoenix. The tour stops in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas before wrapping on October 21st in New Orleans, LA. The Dallas Morning News recently raved “Wednesday’s performance showed a band that has not only arrived, but has set up a smooth-running and rewarding shop.” Justin and Blue October will be bringing representatives from the American Coalition of Fathers and Children on the road with them to educate fans about Family Breakdown, Divorce and Emotional Child Support.

Blue October is Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey, and Julian Mandrake.

BLUE OCTOBER TOUR DATES:

THU, 08 SEP 2011 | The Foundry | Phoenix, AZ

FRI, 09 SEP 2011 | House of Blues | Las Vegas, NV

SAT, 10 SEP 2011 | House Of Blues |West Hollywood, CA

SUN, 11 SEP 2011 | House of Blues | Anaheim, CA

TUE, 13 SEP 2011 | House Of Blues | San Diego, CA

THU, 15 SEP 2011 | Knitting Factory | Reno, NV

FRI, 16 SEP 2011 | The Regency Ballroom | San Francisco, CA

SAT, 17 SEP 2011 | Roseland Theater | Portland, OR

SUN, 18 SEP 2011 | Showbox | Seattle, WA

TUE, 20 SEP 2011 | The Wilma Theatre | Missoula, MT

WED, 21 SEP 2011 | Knitting Factory | Spokane, WA

THU, 22 SEP 2011 | Knitting Factory | Boise, ID

FRI, 23 SEP 2011 | In The Venue | West Salt Lake City, UT

SUN, 25 SEP 2011 | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO

WED, 28 SEP 2011 | Hoyt Sherman Place | Des Moines, IA

THU, 29 SEP 2011 | Fine Line Music Cafe | Minneapolis, MN

FRI, 30 SEP 2011 | Crossroads | Kansas City, MO

SAT, 01 OCT 2011| The Pageant | St. Louis, MO

THU, 06 OCT 2011 | Cains Ballroom | Tulsa, OK

FRI, 07 OCT 2011 | Mid-America Center | Council Bluffs, IA

SAT, 08 OCT 2011 | House of Blues | Chicago, IL

SUN, 09 OCT 2011 | House of Blues | Cleveland, OH

WED, 12 OCT 2011 | Royal Oak Music Theatre | Royal Oak, MI

THU, 13 OCT 2011 | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA

FRI, 14 OCT 2011 | The Fillmore | Silver Spring, MD

SAT, 15 OCT 2011 | Webster Hall | New York, NY

SUN, 16 OCT 2011 | Water Street Music Hall | Rochester, NY

MON, 17 OCT 2011 | House of Blues | Boston, MA

WED, 19 OCT 2011 | The Fillmore | Charlotte, NC

THU, 20 OCT 2011 | The Buckhead Theatre | Atlanta, GA

FRI, 21 OCT 2011 | House of Blues | New Orleans, LA

Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld on “Any Man In America” :::: Due out August 16, 2011

Posted in 2011 Interviews, Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by Randy

While prepping for the release of “Any Man In America,” (Blue October’s seventh full length album) Justin Furstenfeld gave me a call with all its raw details.  The album is a chronological order of events dating back to their last release, “Approaching Normal.”  Pick up the new album August 16th…it plays out like a novel.  To hear more about it and the answers to some fan questions on Facebook, listen below:

Blue October 

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