It's been a difficult couple of years for all of us, and Merlot Embargo are no exception. The isolation, loss of income, and straight up death and sickness of friends and family has been rough for all of us.
We're not forgetting, but we are moving forward. We're still creating, making music in the studio, and starting to perform in real life, in public, with real audiences, once again. The first singles from our upcoming album will be out later this year, and we're looking to follow that up with plenty of shows.
During 2020 and 2021, we performed weekly Thursday evening live stream concerts, sent out from our home studio to the living rooms of our friends and fans. It was a great way to connect with folks during a time of isolation. Life circumstances have forced us to pause these shows for the time being, but we look forward to the occasional "Live from Home" once again in the future.
The pandemic hit musicians hard. Already living a scrappy existence, they were the first to lose work, and mostly the last to start getting it back. We decided to put out a digital tip jar, and use our live stream shows as a way to help us (finally) pay our band. Not what they are worth, perhaps, but at least something to help out all the same.
Many many thanks to the generosity of our fans, who've given us a way to start helping out our fellas. We are very excited about these songs, and can't wait to share them with you!