Our friends at No Country For New Nashville started a podcast very recently and we had the honor of being featured this week. This is an in depth audio interview with JT that covers past, present, and future. Enjoy!
The last year and a half has been incredible for us, thanks to you. The process of making The Peace of Wild Things was such a whirlwind of change for the band and for each member personally. The majority of that change was hard, nearly fatal for Paper Route in many ways, but we’re writing this today to let you know we are fully alive and well. It was encouraging to see so many of you at shows this last year, some multiple times. We were gone much more than we were home, and we knew that we had made the right choice by sticking it out and finishing The Peace of Wild Things and touring relentlessly on it. And now….we look to the future.
Currently, we are in Nashville seeing friends, loved ones, having bonfires, and finding inspiration. More importantly though, we are writing our next album. We feel like this one will be really special, so be patient with us. You will get as many updates, videos, teasers etc. as we can come up with to keep the fire burning. We are in this together. Many of you have been supporting us since 2006 (first music released), or 2008 when we entered the chaotic world of touring. You are all why we’re still here, and we thank you.
Enough with the formalities, we’re off to write our best album yet……
Paper Route (JT, Gavin, Chad)
The second cover in our series of covers this winter was released late last week. We chose Say My Name for a few reasons, the main being that we really want to enjoy this whole covers idea and do things that may be way out of our comfort zone. We obsess over many types of artists and bands, and the beautiful ladies who made up Destiny’s Child had three massive fans here. We’ll more than likely never write a song that sounds or feels like this song, so please enjoy it as we experiment. We are already excited for the next one!
JT, Chad, Gavin
Dear paper boys and paper dolls,
We recorded and released a cover of “Royals” by the lovely artist Lorde. It’s technically our first cover we’ve ever done (at least in years), and we are thrilled to share it with you.
We’ll be releasing more covers throughout the season so stay tuned for more!
JT, Chad, Gavin
*Ohio & Michigan shows on 5/28, 5/29, 5/30, 5/31 POSTPONED
Dear Paper Route fans, friends, and family,
It has been an amazing year for us as we’ve been able to travel for almost all of it. We’ve seen many new faces and feel as if the album we poured our souls into came to life. If you’ve just discovered our band, welcome to the family. We’ve been doing this for quite some time now and wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for people like yourself. Early this year we announced we’d be doing a headline tour in February which we almost immediately had to reschedule due to another conflicting tour offer we felt appropriate to take. We knew that although this would be annoying, in the end it would be worth the new faces and ears that would be invited into the PR family (which I’m sure are a lot of you reading this now). Through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events we landed two more tours we just couldn’t pass up. The tours proved to be some of the best things that ever happened to this band in the 10 years we’ve existed. Momentum was building surrounding our independent release and we were set to finally take the stage on our own headline tour. The first week of these shows was a dream come true. Everyone was singing, lights were moving, and we were all learning from each other (isn’t that the point of art?). But the schedule was catching up with some of us, me in particular. It was the night of our NYC show that I knew something was off with my voice. Granted, I could of probably held back that night, but holding back has never really been my forte. We gave it our all and it was one of my favorite PR shows ever. The next morning I awoke to find I had no singing voice but pushed it aside and kept moving forward. It wasn’t until we were actually setting up that I tried singing only to find I had no voice. The next few days proved to be some of the more difficult i’ve ever had being in PR. Everything we had worked for was put on hold and I felt responsible. Every morning would be the same thing – tip toe to bathroom – try humming – text guys bad news. We eventually went to some fancy doctor who informed me that I had blown my voice out. He requested a week off and said I could do long term damage if I didn’t. We still debated keeping some of the shows knowing we had postponed these a few times before, but finally had to realize this was a serious issue and we had to step aside. So it’s here that I’m typing this letter (in a whisper) asking you to please forgive us for giving all of you beautiful people such a run around with these shows. It was never our intention. And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that you will never meet a harder working band than Paper Route. It is our goal to return to your city and give you the best show you’ve ever seen. The Ohio and Michigan shows are being rescheduled and we will back on schedule starting with Chicago. We are thankful for all of you, for buying music, for buying tickets, for staying with us now for years upon years. And we’ll be back. We aren’t going anywhere. And that’s all i’ve got. Until then – tell someone you love them today.
Art Is Hard,
JT (Chad, Gavin, (Nick, Josh (Charlie, Edwin, Darien)))
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Meet & Greet contest and congratulations to the winners!
May 20th – Local 506, Chapel Hill
WINNER: Amb Marie
May 24 - Studio at Webster – NYC
WINNER: Alanna Verena
May 25th - The Space, Hamden, CT
WINNER: Dustin Schriffert
May 29th - Musicaa, Akron, OH
WINNER: Kylie Sargeant
May 31 - The Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
WINNER: Jennifer Powell
Stay tuned for more contest updates!
Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:
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HELP US PROMOTE “THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS TOUR” & WIN A MEET & GREET WITH PAPER ROUTE + TICKETS TO THE SHOW!
Promote the upcoming headlining shows (May 20th – June 1st) by plastering your town, coffee shops, record stores, etc – all over with our tour poster! The more creative you get in the process, the better! Take a picture of your work and post it on instagram or twitter, using the hashtag #paperroutecontest. We’ll choose 2 winners per show – those who promoted the most or the most creatively – to win a Meet & Greet with the band and 2 tickets to the show!
ALL entries MUST be hash tagged with the #paperroutecontest hashtag. Please include the name of the city you are promoting in your description.
(Click HERE to download the printable poster)
The Promoting - Please use the poster we’ve provided. Print out copies and neatly write in the information for the show you’re promoting. (Include date, city and the venue). We encourage your creativity with promoting, but please remember to respect personal property and local laws.
The Qualifications - All applicants must be 16 years or older.
The Entries - ALL entires MUST be hash tagged with the #paperroutecontest hashtag. Please include the name of the city you are promoting in your description.
The Deadline - ALL entries MUST be in by 12:00 pm (EST) on May 15th
The Winners - Winners will be notified via email. They will need to confirm via email within 48 hours of being notified. If the winner does not reply within the designated 48 hour period, a new winner will be chosen. If the original winner does not respond appropriately, an alternate winner will be selected and notified via email, as outlined above.
The Prize - Meet & Greets will be held prior to the concert. Winners will be contacted via email and given the information for their particular Meet and Greet. Winners will need to bring a form of identification with them to the concert. The prize is good for two entries to the Meet & Greet with Paper Route. The prize includes tickets to the show. Transportation to the Meet & Greet is not provided. Winners will need to provide their own transportation.
Read More: Official Contest Rules
From New Noise Magazine:
Exclusive Video Interview: Paper Route on touring, cover songs, and more; Plus receives gifts from Bethea!
Bethea Alden recently sat down and talked with JT Daly of Paper Route at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. Check out the interview below.