We’ve been working our tails off for the past three months and a HUGE show and it’s just around the corner. It’s happening Saturday June 11 at the legendary Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. After hearing the news in January that one of our idols, Otis Clay, passed away, the band decided to put on a tributeMORE

A few words to remember Otis Clay

We lost a true soul legend yesterday when Otis Clay passed. Otis wasn’t born in Chicago, but he made this city his home. Like the great Sam Cooke he grew up singing in the church, found success with a gospel group, and eventually crossed over to secular soul music. His records for One-derful! and HiMORE

Here we go

I love this feeling–the excitement and trepidation before recording a new album. It’s hard to believe that this is my fourth time down this road in the last 10 years. That should be some sort of measuring stick for success, right? Some artists wait twenty years before making their own record after all. This feelingMORE

TRN with Orgone & The O’My’s- 5/20 Show Preview

Tomorrow night is going to be one for the books. We’re incredibly excited to share the stage with two amazing bands at a really cool new venue (there’s a butcher shop there for crying out loud) in Chicago. Here’s the preview: ORGONE We’ve known these dudes and gal since they first rolled through Chicago inMORE

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