One song, that’s all it takes to rocket a hard working musician from obscurity to the national spotlight. The Lumineers delivered “Ho Hey” in 2012 and as of today they have 137.8 million views on YouTube — the album upon which the song appears has gone Platinum.
Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites worked for ten long years and pretty much no one noticed who they were. One song, that all changed.
You want another example? How about Rachel Platten! For 12 years she was a working musician, two small albums during that period, some work in a cover band and a few gigs here and there. And then in the spring of this year, “Fight Song,” which immediately sold over two million copies!
One song, stardom … that’s the subject of actor Christopher Showerman’s directorial debut, American Radio (he also wrote the script), which is heading to DVD courtesy of Indican Pictures on Nov. 17.
Eric (Jacob Motsinger) and Dave (Christopher Alice) work on a farm, they are wannabe rockers, but their only audience is the livestock. Moo cow, moo … rock’on! Their friend, Jane (Kristi Engelmann — Skyler), sets things in motion when she shows the pair a flyer for a “battle of the bands,” which naturally gets them all excited in that they can perform before real people!
Eric is the ambitious one, Dave just wants to hear their music played on the radio, that would be cool. The “battle of the bands” gig gets them an audience with a producer, their tune is soon a single and behold, it starts to sell (a million copies and counting) … and suddenly Dave and Eric are on the road and playing before audiences of 20,000!
Is it the music, or, the fame? That’s what these two life-long friends will soon be faced with. Parties, groupies and all the things that can destroy everything they’ve work for. Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll … 15 minutes and gone!
With a soundtrack (something like ten rock-out songs) written and performed by Showerman — yes, actor, producer, writer, director and musician — American Radio rings true from the humble start to the heights of stardom and the inevitable crash. It is the music and that will bring our boys full circle.
Indican Pictures has a solid indie pickup here … well worth a look, not for just the story and performance, but the music as well (a CD in the works, perhaps?)!