It’s been just less than a year since I’ve updated this newsfeed,
about the same amount of time Fair to Midland hasn’t updated their Facebook.
I’m not sure how many people come here looking for answers, but let me try to clear some things up.
First, Fair to Midland is on hiatus and laying low.
They haven’t made a formal announcement for probably one reason,
it’s better to leave the mess on the table than pack it up and put it away.
- The band’s website and beloved forum haven’t been active for a few months.
However, our Facebook Group has been steadily growing in numbers.
While it’s an alternative, it’s not a replacement.
We hope to restore the forum and its years worth of fandom.
Some remains of the forum are stored in the Internet Archive.
THE FORUM IS BACK!
Thanks to our very own Brittany, the FTM forum has been restored up to 2009.
Currently, any posts or accounts made after 2009 are gone.
Please join us!
- The Bandwear Online Store is still active with plenty of stock and confirmed to be delivering orders.
Order something before I do.
- Brett Stowers posted on Fair to Midland’s Facebook page in May about the band’s current status.
While he left the band before its hiatus, he’s the closest official source…
Lately, a lot of people have been asking me if I know anything about the current situation with Fair To Midland. I’m by no means an official source of info, but i’ll tell you what I know because I feel like the fans deserve to know what’s up.
First off, even before I was no longer in the band, FTM was in quite a bit of debt. This, I’m certain, only got worse as time went on. Second, as far as I know, FTM currently have no label or official management. Third, without getting too much into anyone’s personal life, I can say at least a couple members have expressed to me their frustration about lack of communication by certain other members of the band. Finally, the current members of FTM are spread out all over the country at this point. I would imagine that would make getting together for rehearsals/writing prohibitively expensive. (Plane rides, gas, accommodations, etc… you get the picture. Hell, it was hard enough when we were all in the relatively small area of Dallas/Commerce/Sulphur Springs.)
Read into the fact that nobody bothered to renew the band’s domain name what you will. (which actually kind of upsets me. there was a lot of FTM history on those forums)
With all that said, like most of you, I sincerely hope that the guys are able to turn things around. Even though I was a member for 10+ years, I was a fan first. I’ll be cheering alongside you if a new tour/album/whatever is announced, but i’m not holding my breath.
- Ryan Collier is still playing for 10 Years, currently on tour.
On August 20th, 2013, 10 Years played at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI
where Ryan wrote “RIP FTM” with tape on his bass guitar.
- Finn Darroh Sudderth was born on July 3rd, 2013
to the beautiful and talented parents Andrew Darroh Sudderth and Krysta Cameron.
Darroh is the General Manager of School and Music at the Forth Worth School of Rock.
- Logan Kennedy started playing for singer/songwriter Matt Stell,
started the soul/blues/funk band ‘Mid-South Soul Revival’
and also started the Progressive/”Loud As Fuck” band ‘Becoming Elephants’,
as well as playing for other groups when available.
Needless to say, he’s been staying very busy.
Thanks, Logan, for updating us!
- Jon Dicken plays for country singer Kimberly Dunn.
- Cliff Campbell has fallen off the face of the Earth, probably changed his name, and has been rumored to be living in Mexico.
If you see him, give us a holler!
While there might not be any new Fair to Midland for awhile… maybe you haven’t heard these two tracks?
St. Elmo’s Fire Demos
|001||St. Elmo’s Fire (Demo)||(3:15)||[Download MP3 3.14MB]|
|002||St. Elmo’s Fire (Demo Choir)||(3:26)||[Download MP3 4.97MB]|
‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ was the title of ‘Pour the Coal to ‘er’ written prior to the release of Fables From a Mayfly. The track is similar to that of ‘Granny Niblo Says Otherwise’, where the instrumental elements became ‘Granny Niblo’ and the lyrical and vocal elements became ‘An Honest Conman’. Both ‘An Honest Conman’ and ‘Pour the Coal to ‘er’ were bonus tracks on the albums they’re featured on. ‘An Honest Conman’ is an iTunes bonus track while ‘Pour’ is available on both the digital deluxe edition and European release of Arrows and Anchors under the Season of Mist label. The first track is a rough demo, while the second is a more polished demo featuring the children choir… whom sing words that are very close the band’s current status and my feelings attributed to Fair to Midland.
“We love to live in days way back when,
Wondering what could have been.
If we had a time machine,
A cure for cold feet.
We might not play these waiting games.”
Eo. Ire. Itum.