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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Radio Airplay Summer Song Contest

So I submitted a song to a summer song contest, and to my surprise it was selected as a runner up.
That's top ten out of three thousand!  Not too shabby.

http://radioairplayblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/summer-contest-2015-winners.html

:-)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

2014 Los Angeles Music Awards


I'm really far behind on any sort updates, but I thought I would share a little tidbit of news from last year, that I totally forgot to post here:

In 2014 I was nominated for two Los Angeles Music Awards: Rock Album of The Year (Bridgework "Every Now And Then"), and Guitarist of The Year.  I didn't win either.

However, I was the recipient of a Producer's Choice Award.  Originally they wanted to call it "Studio Album of The Year" but I had to explain to them that there was no studio.  I did it all myself.  So the "DIY Album of The Year" was born. 



This now holds a place of honor on my bathroom wall.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bridgework Review on KIT21

"Kickstarter, the online DIY fundraising tool, has provided the means for countless quality projects. It gives us art, it gives us games and it gives us music. Now, we can thank it for the songs on Bridgework’s November 2012 self-released album, Every Now and Then." Read the complete review at - http://kit21.com/bridgework-does-it-right-every-now-and-then/

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Under The Bridge 6/5/13

Hello!

I am very thankful to have been included in a few internet radio programs as of late.


"The Game" is the song of the week on the DIY Daily podcast with Brian Thompson - http://www.thediydaily.com

Troy's Room on LA Talk Radio has been playing "Another 4am Whatever It Takes" - 

http://www.latalkradio.com/Troy.php

Bridgework has also been getting some plays on gashouseradio -


And Bridgework also recently got a mention on the web magazine Kit21 - http://kit21.com/

All cool stuff.  


This past Saturday I went up to a "hipster" art show and house party to play a short acoustic set, my first time performing in over two years.  I sort of haphazardly threw myself into it, not knowing anyone involved or anyone who was going.  
It could have been a recipe for disaster.  But what went down turned out to be a genuinely cool gathering of fellow creative people sharing what they do and enjoying each other's offerings without pretense.  All in all a very fun evening. 
It felt good to play.

That's all for now,

John / Bridgework

Monday, May 20, 2013

Acoustic Set in Burlington, VT on July 3, 2013

Wednesday July 3, 2013

Radio Bean
8 N Winooski Ave
Burlington, VT 05401

6:00 PM

All Ages
No cover charge

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Acoustic Set in NYC on June 27, 2013

Thursday June 27, 2013

Googies Lounge Above The Living Room
154 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002

8:30 PM
21 +
No cover charge / one drink minimum per set

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Broadjam top 10

So I received an email today stating that "Hey Kid" was in the Broadjam top 10 (number 10) for the Rock/Punk category.  I don't know what that means but it sounds cool.

: )

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Beginnings - Review

"New Beginnings" really rocked me. It ranges from tight and punch to raucous and loud, and delivers a powerful message wrapped in a lyrical veil of mystery and abbreviated imagery.

- Larry Oppenheimer for Broadjam Pro Reviews

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bridgework on Indie 104 internet radio

Very excited to announce that a few bridgework songs are now in rotation at indie 104 (iradioLA) internet radio.  Feel free to request "Burn Me Out", "The Game", or "Self Destruction Blues".

http://www.indie104.com/INDIE104/

INDIE104 – iRADIO LA



Cheers.

Burn Me Out - Review

"Burn Me Out" is a powerful, well-built power pop song that carries a familiar feeling and delivers it with conviction. Its appealing vocal performance is set up by a sparse, acoustic intro, then propelled by a hard-rocking band. Great stuff@
- Larry Oppenheimer (Broadjam Pro Review)

Monday, January 28, 2013

A review of "Every Now And Then" by Reed Burnam


Every Now and Then is the new album from John Renaud, playing songs originally showcased in the mid/late 2000’s by his LA-based band Bridgework.  Even though Bridgework officially dissolved as a band several years ago, with the bulk of its members leaving the LA area and dispersing to various locales around the North American continent, the music lives on with Renaud, a founding member of the group and an accomplished solo artist in his own right.  Every Now and Then is his attempt to record and archive material spanning over a decade of writing under the Bridgework moniker.

Stylistically, Every Now and Then sticks with a fairly standardized, college radio-ready alt-rock format that paid dividends for many a similar band back in the 2000’s.  Renaud’s current album carries forward that torch, a kind of admixture of late 90’s/early 00’s post-alternative/post-grunge (think late-era Foo Fighters, not knuckle-draggers such as Staind or Nickelback), melodic SoCal punk-lite, and a few emotive asides thrown in to break it up a bit.  As a whole what one uncovers with this record is a pretty well-hinged, honest rock outing that wouldn’t be out of place on college rotation with other such acts of the last decade.  Lyrical schemes tend to be fairly straightforward with a air of dogged earnestness, such as on the affecting “No God or Heaven”, or the plaintive “First Try” or “Burn Me Out”. 

Every Now and Then has a tangible insularity to it that is most likely reflective of the fact that it was recorded in its entirety by Renaud in his home studio (and mostly crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign, no less), a notable feat in that the album sounds great and is amply fleshed out despite the lack of multiple artistic inputs, a tribute to Renaud’s varied musical talents.  There’s little doubt that Renaud is an effective musician and songwriter (not to mention sound engineer), demonstrated by the fact that Every Now and Then does much to funnel many of the post-alt artists Renaud obviously holds close to heart. 

That being said, a major hamstring here may well be Every Now and Then’s oftentimes indistinguishably familiar sound, coming off like so many other similar bands playing similar music.  Though Renaud states via his website that Every Now and Then is an attempt to cull together songs written over a ten year period in order to give them their due and to then move on as an artist, a listener may well find him/herself tuning the record to the background after just a few songs, given its centrist dynamics, well-worn contours, and at times over-cooked subject matter.  There’s little by way of surprise on Every Now and Then, with perhaps the exception of the somewhat out-of-left-field (yet appreciated) “Orchestral Break” leading into the opening piano lines of “Picture Frame”, and each new track, however well done, seems to bleed into the next, with few real highs and lows, so to speak. 

From the first track to the last, however, Renaud’s abilities as a multi-tasker are on full display, and there’s not really an unpolished moment on the record.  Stand-out tracks include “The Game”, with its well-placed chorus hook, “Hey Kid”, which is a nod to the poppy SoCal punk idiom, the angsty “Another 4am Whatever it Takes”, and the moody “No God or Heaven”.  The all-acoustic “Reaching Out” caps as a nice closer.

In all, though one knows what they’re going to get with Every Now and Then by the time the first few tracks have passed, Renaud has made a statement here.  The now-defunct Bridgework’s material has been collected and released as a proper timepiece with Renaud’s well-heeled studio chops making the release ready for possible radio play.  And now an artist can get back to making new music, and leave the ghosts of the past to rest.  As Renaud sings in title track “Every Now and Then”, “Anything you do, put your heart into; If you can see it through, it comes back to you”.  Indeed.

Bridgework
Every Now and Then – LP
Reviewer: Reed Burnam