What News? Special Edition Mar 28 2004
(terry gonda newsletter)

terry's Eighth Notes
Things are going so well, we wanted to get a jump on April's issue with a few good words about the success of the CD launch.

The CD Release has gotten off to an incredible start. We started at the Steeple Coffeehouse in Southborogh MA where we opened for the Crocketts to a sellout crowd. Matt (bass), Kirsti (vocals, flute), and I drove out there (more details in April issue) and we made a big impact. Lots of buzz about being invited back as a main act next time. A wonderful crowd who bought a surprising number of the new CD.

Next was the launch in my hometown area with the full band (3 of us plus Joe Connolly (drums) and David Mosher (mando, fiddle, guitar). We had a gig lined up this spring at the Sterling Heights Coffeehouse and it coincided nicely for the CD release. Sterling Hits runs an annual concert series for the city where they host 4 consecutive Sunday concerts for their residents. Well, we blew the doors out. A sellout crowd of 217 showed up to support the CD and celebrate with us. A lot of people who'd never heard me before were there as part of the annual series. It was a very diverse crowd in age, wage, and stage. We had an audience ranging from the campus young adult crowd from the Metro Detroit Area all the way through the senior set who regularly attend the entire series - one of whom was a friend of my father's who'd last seen me when I was "this high". Everyone had a blast and again we sold an amazing number of CDs and some of the new "love, lose, repeat" T-shirts.

We're off to a great start from the live show perspective. Stay tuned here or go to the website now and then to see what's going on.

We're seeing CD sales on the internet from different parts of England and Wales where we've had some airplay-- as well as sales from the U.S. (from San Francisco to New Jersey) where we've also had airplay starting to trickle in. Here's a scattering of the folks who've played us.

Ron Olesko

Mary Cliff
Show: WETA Traditions

Pamela Smith
Show:Amazon Radio

Taylor Caffery
Show: Hootenanny Power Baton Rouge

Frank Hennesey - BBC Wales
Show: Celtic Heartbeat

And this weekend, "love, lose, repeat" is the featured CD on Zoe Montana's acoustic show on Radioio.com. See the attached picture, and go to www.radioio.com to sign up and listen to their acoustic channel. Thanks to Keith Shoemaker for clueing us in to this and thank you to Zoe!
Sure is fun hearing my music along side Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert, Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Griffin, Sloan Wainwright, and Keri Noble (formerly of Detroit as well).

What you can do...
Spread the word!
Radio: Please, if you listen to the shows above, write and thank them and continue to encourage them to play us.
If you have a favorite folk show, write them and ask them to play "love, lose, repeat". If you do, send us a copy of the email so we can make sure they have a copy of the CD. :)
Press: If you have a favorite music column in your paper, write them and tell them about the CD. Again, drop us a line if you do and we can follow up with a CD and press kit.
Friends: We're seeing amazing results from simple word of mouth. Encourage your friends to listen to your copy of the CD and to go to the website to get their own. (www.terrygonda.com or www.loveloserepeat.com if you can't remember that. *smile* )
Become a member of the Key Club: Those energetic fans of Terry who are part of the What Key? team. They get special member benefits and do what they can to promote shows that come to their area. Write us if you're interested.

April 19 The Ark, Ann Arbor MI Opening for David Roth
May 14 St John Fisher Church, Rochester Hills MI. Full concert to celebrate the CD release in Rochester.

Parting notes
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm. It is overwhelming. The band and I are having a great time and I can say that dreams do come true...especially if you're persistant. :)



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