Ron Pope is an independent artist who has sold more than 1.5 million tracks as well as had hundreds of millions of streams across multiple platforms and regularly sells out venues in the US, Eurpoe and Australia---all done without a label or publisher. Pope is now releasing a new single, "Ain't No Angel," as well as preparing to release a documentary that's being made on his career as an independent artist.
"Ain't No Angel" will be one of the songs included on Pope's upcoming album Ron Pope & The Nighthawks (release date TBA). Pope gathered his favorite Brooklyn-based musicians to form The Nighthawks (Paul Hammer, Alex Foote, Andrew Pertes, Alex Brumel, Alan Markley, & Michael Riddleberger) and started their journey at a lake house in Blue Ridge, GA where they took songs from concept to completion. They then took the tunes directly out onto the road and played most of them in front of a live audience - all while recording the process. “This is me going back to the roots of what made me a songwriter...I was trying to blow my own mind with the last album (Calling Off The Dogs); this time I'm trying to soothe it. I want to take those songs out on the road and get them dirty, sharing them with the fans while they are still fresh and brand new rather than incubating them in a sterile environment for a long time." The first single, "Ain't No Angel," will be available Spring 2015 via his own label, Brooklyn Basement Records.
Stream "Ain't No Angel" on SoundCloud
In addition to the new record, a documentary based on Pope's journey as an artist entitled One Way Ticket chronicles Pope and the Nighthawks' tour and explores the challenges inherent in being independent in today's music industry.
With a career that spans a decade, Ron's growing worldwide recognition has been a true grassroots movement. Together with his manager-and-wife-Blair, and his guitar-tech-cousin-Carl, Ron proves that in the age of the internet, records labels no longer hold the key to finding an audience. Full of unexpected soulful collaboration, One Way Ticket holds Ron up as a symbol for an emerging generation of new artists -- and begs the question: what does it take to go the rest of the way?
Watch the official trailer for One Way Ticket below.
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