I don't know much about Blakeman himself except that his is a Texan and that "Long Distance Man" is his third full length album release. The final product of this album sounds pretty polished. I can also add Blakeman to my list of artists that have caught my ear lately that are from Texas. There is a lot of unsigned talent and genre variety to choose from the great state including some artists featured on this site (GRO, David Ramirez, The Rocket Summer).
I'd also like to tip my hat to Shy Blakeman for releasing his album as a free download. To me, that is an accurate barometer of just how much the music means to these guys. If you love what you do as much as many artists out there, you are willing to share it and play it for anyone wanting to listen. Below is an excerpt from Shy Blakeman's Site that describes his view on why he chose to give away his music.
"Lets be honest, times are hard for everyone. Less and less people are buying music because they can no longer afford to spend money on anything but the necessities. With the cost of living climbing and paychecks dwindling, people are missing out on the music they love. And that's exactly what music is about... Love. That's why, from now on, I am giving my album Long Distance Man away for FREE. This is not a limited time offer. This is it. I want you to have my album. It deserves to be heard and you deserve a thank you for all of your support. Below I have setup a mailing list and donation box. Signing up for the mailing list and making donations are not mandatory but appreciated. Donate what ever you think the album is worth. $0.00, $1.00, $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $100.00, it doesn't matter. Anything would be appreciated as we are all in this current economic crisis together. Music soothes the soul and I hope my music brings some joy to your life. Because you have brought joy to mine by allowing me to live my dream. I will also be giving my album away with the price of admission at all of my concerts starting April 1st. No strings, just love."
Thanks for the generosity and appreciation for music fans out there Shy. You can preview Shy Blakeman's CD below. Click the link directly below to be directed to his website to download his album.
Download: Shy Blakeman - Long Distance Man