Lady A movie, “We Owned The Night” – go see it!
I attended the premier of the Lady A movie, “We Owned The Night” at Green Hills Theater October 11th for an industry preview. Great popcorn, cokes and networking in the afternoon. Lady A came into each theater that the movie was showing to introduce the movie and thank everyone – a nice touch!
The movie started with a June performance in Little Rock and showed most of the concert throught the movie with highlights of other tour dates- The Little Rock show on was the last weekend of the tour. In between every song or two was the behind the scenes and back story highlights of the band. The first one they reflected on 2006 before their record deal – the 3 of them traveling in Charles’s jeep to shows that THEY booked – PA, Ohio and other states all over the country – selling their CDs, building the fan base, playing shows for a couple hundred dollars. One segment showed them playing in a diner the day before the opening of deer season. To quote Dave’s humor, “Nothing says deer season like Lady A performance”.
I spoke to label head Mike Dunnigan after the movie and he told me Lady A would book these performances, travel to Ohio and open for the Doobie Brothers or other bands and play for $200.00. That is called “WANT TO”! This is BEFORE they had a record deal – they were booking and traveling, playing small venues, coffee houses, wherever they could play a show! So you are an artist – DO YOU HAVE THE “WANT TO” and willing to work hard like Lady A?
Lady A went from – Charles’s quote of a “jeep, to a van, then a used RV to eventually after years on the road and working hard to a tour bus”. Now – the “We Owned The Night” tour consisted of 14 buses and 85 people on the tour to make it happen of playing all over the world.
They were working on the stage 6 months in advance of the opening night of the tour. That tour took them all over the US and to Europe. Dave mentioned traveling to the various countries, “One language they all know is Music”.
One of the segments the band talks about the song, “Wanted You More” which started out during a sound check with the band jamming and eventually became the hit song. The song owns up to the fact in a relationship – I Wanted You More (than you wanted me) which happens in relationships and we can all identify to the meaning of the song. The movie showed the process of writing on the road, with Dave as the guy with the mini recording studio and the members writing during the day on tour. Near the end of the movie, Charles says, “Everyone wants to write their “Imagine” song that will last a lifetime.
Everyone in the music business should see the movie – I found it very inspiring to see the band who has worked as hard as anyone in the music business, kept writing their songs, working as a band, hit the road with no record deal to build fans and work on their stage performance, and kept believing in themselves to living their dream.
From these three talented musicians and artists dream – think how they affected so many people – another topic for another blog – the trickle down effect to the industry – again – 85 people on the road, the merch, label pros, radio, the people at work for the management to so many in the industry having jobs, to the fans and everything it takes to make a tour happen in the business.
Great job by the people at Borman Entertainment and everyone involved in the movie – go check it out! -