(Atlantic) Artistsignal.com awarded $50,000 ($25,000 each) to its top two acts Saturday night at 2 am, and both bands hail from the Midwest: Crankshaft and the Geargrinders from Minnesota, and Randy Burk and the Prisoners from Iowa, who’s lead singer is from Atlantic, Iowa.
The online contest was vote driven, fans could cast a vote every hour for 90-days. Randy Burk and the Prisoners will be using their winnings to record a new album at Iowa recording studio, The Sonic Factory.
“We could record anywhere in the country and have great contacts in Nashville and California, but think it’s important to keep the money here, rooted to the fans and community that supported us in this contest, helped us win, and support us everyday,” Burk says.
Artistsignal.com is an online platform developed to allow emerging musical artists to sell music and connect with fans directly. To peak interest in the new site, which was launched earlier this year, Artist Signal began a 90-day vote driven contest with a $25,000 cash prize for its winner to jumpstart their career.
Burk, 39, has been touring for over 11 years with the Prisoners delivering honest soulful music in the rich tradition of artists like Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, and Dave Alvin. You can see both Artist Signal winners perform together live at The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Iowa on October 21st.
Randy Burk and the Prisoners members also include Des Moines residents: Brad Rieks (lead guitar), Jim Stevens (drums), and Brian Duffey (bass). Randy Burk was featured at The Des Moines Playhouse last season as Johnny Cash in “Ring of Fire”, and The Prisoners annual Johnny Cash Tribute show (a 10 year tradition) will be held September 29th at The Gas Lamp in Des Moines. You may have seen Randy Burk and the Prisoners play Atlantic Fest this summer.
September 13, 2012