TRN returns to the Stage!

It’s been a long time coming. It’s time to dust off the mics, throw some new strings on the guitars, oil up the trumpets (uh, right?) and get on stage. TRN has been in woodshedding mode since Stef gave birth to her beautiful son Ryan in November. We’ve written a bunch of new material, solidifiedMORE

The Right Now joins with Shotwell Booking!

We’re proud and excited to announce that we’ve signed on with Shotwell Booking agency for our live shows. As we gear up for 2015 tour dates, Brandon Shotwell is going to be a big part of TRN’s team, and we look forward to working with him. Shotwell Booking has a stable of great artists, many fromMORE

2014 was a crazy-ass year.

The Right Now has a few traditions around this time of year: Brendan hosts a Christmas party, divided into the family/kid early portion, and the degenerate-musician portion, which usually gets going right when Brendan and his wife are ready to clean up and go to bed. Then the band sends our sax player Jim someMORE

Recollections from the Songs in the Key of Life Concert

I’m just sharing a few memories about Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life concert in Chicago on November 14, 2014. Not to torture any of you that weren’t there, but rather to help bring you into the experience more deeply. It was a moment in history – probably the only chance we’ll have to hearMORE

One Band’s Experience with Streaming and Spotify

I’m feeling compelled to write about streaming and Spotify since it’s been in the news so much lately. Ever since Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from the popular streaming service, musicians, fans, and critics have been trashing Spotify for paying “unfair” royalties and “ripping off” musicians. I categorically disagree with these opinions. TRN’s experience withMORE

Benefit Concert for Public Education Tonight!

We’re very excited to be a part of Nettelpalooza: A Benefit Concert for Public Education. Brendan’s kids both attend The Nettelhorst School, an excellent elementary school in Chicago’s East Lakeview neighborhood. Chicago schools suffered drastic budget cuts in 2013 and are struggling. This isn’t about iPads for every kid or some fancy new facility–it’s aboutMORE

He Used To Be In Watch Dogs

We got some exciting news last week that our song “He Used To Be” was placed in Watch Dogs, an extremely popular video game that was just released. It’s the most heavily pre-ordered game of 2014 and Ubisoft (the company that produced it) expects to sell around 6 million copies. It’s an honor to beMORE

A little magic in the air

How quickly the time flies by. We released our last record in April 2012 – two years ago. The band has played a ton of gigs since then, and we’ve even set foot in a studio or two, and certainly a lot of songs have been written and demo’d. But recently, we’ve had some greatMORE

Show Preview: Off Broadway (STL) w/ Caroline Smith on 2/20

We’re very excited to get back to Saint Louis on February 20th–and even more pumped to play a show with the amazing Caroline Smith. Her new record Half About Being A Woman has been on repeat at my house for the past few months. It’s a tasteful blend of eloquent songwriting and 90s R&B jams.MORE

Get This Record Now: DeRobert & The Half-Truths “I’m Tryin’”

Damn. I’ve known the fellas in the Nashville based DeRobert & The Half-Truths for a few years now. Lead singer Dee Adams has one of those “shut the hell up” voices that stops you dead in your tracks, smacks you in the face, and puts a big ole smile on it. The live shows areMORE