The New Secret Sage
You may have noticed there has been some changes with Secret Sage. Don’t panic! We are still the same Sage you love and remember. We have been hard at work for three years now. We’ve had some unbelievable experiences. We’ve met some amazing people. We are so grateful for every opportunity we’ve had… and we are just getting started.
We have two new members in the band. Laura Ramsey on Saxophone and Jesse “Rigga” Melanson on Bass. Both of them are terrific players that have styles all there own. They bring there own personalities to our music and expand our sound to places we had only hoped to explore. We are exhilarated to see where this new incarnation can bring us.
This is a new era for Secret Sage. We have a lot of new songs we are are working on. A lot of new textures to explore. We want to honor where we’ve been. It’s important to recognize those who have worked hard for us to get us this far. Nicole Sutka, Maura Hennessy, Paul Provost, Denis Dela Gorgendiere, Jeff Williams, Dave Dela Gorgendiere, Molly Jane Gain, The Sage Buds… so many musicians who’s contributions have helped shape are sonic landscape.
We’ve had so many people on the business side give us guidance. Festivals, clubs, coffee houses, radio stations, and colleges that have given us a platform. Bob the first Secret Sageant! So many, too many to name really.
We know that Rigga and Laura are the right people to help get our team to the next level. We are sure you’re going to love them too. Our commitment to this music is renewed. We’ve got so much in store for you all. Thank you for everything and stay in touch. We’d love to see you all at a show. Come out and get to know the new Secret Sage!
The new website is almost ready!
Vacation has been good to this band. We’re rested and ready to get back to work.We’ve all spent time in the wilderness and our spirits are refreshed.See you all real soon!
A Little Press From The Worcester Telegram & Gazette…
Where is the Secret Sage CD?
That is the question that has plagued our band for quite some time now. We have reported our work with Paul Provost. We have posted some tracks on reverbnation. Our friends and family have heard the complete E.P. but still no CD had materialized.
How can this be? Where is the finished product? Why no updates?
Our friends and family ask all four of us these questions every day. We haven’t been updating because what can we say? The more times we say “it’s almost done” the more that sounds like lip service. Here I go anyway.
It’s almost done.
This has been quite the learning experience for our band. We learned how a band like ours makes a record working with Paul. We learned how the tiniest details can hault production. We learned how early art work, press, merchandise and promotion should occur in the process.
We are still a few weeks from the actual release. The art has been decided. The inside text has been decided. Our photos, the design and layout have all been determined. We are simply waiting for the mastering to be completed(any second now) and then it’s manufacturing.
The E.P. will be ready before festival season. We’ve missed some opportunities not having it completed yet. We have learned our lesson. We’ve already put thought into our next E.P. We want to demonstrate what we’ve learned on this first CD. We are very proud of what we’ve created. We are grateful for Paul, Terrence, Amycakes, Jesse and each other for the hard work given to the project. We hope you feel it was worth the wait.
Set your alarms. It’s almost time to Wake Up and Sage!
Happy New Year!
It’s a new year, and we’re ready to WAKE UP AND SAGE all over again! 2012 was an incredible year for us, and we’re grateful for all the love and support we’ve received at every step of our journey, but we’ve got our sights set on 2013! Our long-anticipated debut EP, “Wake Up and Sage,” is almost done (FINALLY!) Paul Provost from Muselodge Recording Studios has done some beautiful work with us and we are so excited to show you all the finished product!
To start the new year off right, we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far! We are truly blessed!
We are off to record with Paul Provost again. We are excited to to be working with him on this project and we love the results we’ve gotten so far. Can’t wait until it’s done so we can share it with all of you. In the mean time check out Paul’s band Jubilee Gardens by clicking the picture above. Off to the studio!
Secret Sage On The Radio!
We had such an awesome experience this week. Nick Noble from the Folk Revival on 90.5 WICN let us come down to the studio and play live on the air! This was such an unbelievable experience for us. The studio was so nice. The team there was so professional. The cookies were delicious. We got to sign a pillar in the studio. Our name isn’t written far from Linda Ronstadt’s! The entire experience is something we are grateful for. Nick has been so good to our band-family. He’s been playing “The Motorcycle Song” for a few months now. For a chance to catch Secret Sage on the radio check out the Folk Revival on 90.5 WICN every Thursday from 7-11:00pm.
Secret Sage got to play the MFE Halloween Bash this year. Knowing we had to do something special Maura came up with the idea of dressing as the Wizard of Oz characters. Tom was Scarecrow, Dani was Dorothy, Maura was Tin Man and Craig was the Cowardly Lion. The costumes looked great. Dani got herself a new pair of red converse all-stars in case she needed to click her heals together to get home. Maura made her costume, complete with a heart pocket sown on the inside of her jacket. She also turned her bow into an ax. When she used it it looked like she was sawing her bass. Tom found the most perfect hat making him a very convincing scarecrow. Mama Kate made Craig look like the real king of the forest. She made his cape and crown. He made his own beard.
We learned a bunch of Oz tunes. Everybody sang a song by their likeness. We Put Oz references into our usual repertoire, and wrote a new song called “Bridge Jam” about our Wormtown experiences and we sampled the “Winkie Chant.” MFE and Disc Jam allowed us to be the traveling band at the Halloween Bash. There was two secret stages set up just for us and we played all night in between great bands. We moved between the two stages up and down the stairs all night. Donna Jean Godchaux from the Grateful Dead headlined and we played right ahead of her set. It was a great night top to bottom.
October marks a year for this band. We celebrated with a Famfest where we played for our friends and families on a lake with too much food. We’ve been so lucky and want everyone to know we’re grateful. We’ve had such amazing experiences together and couldn’t have done it without support. We look forward to more Wormtowns, bridge jams, late night diners, Famfests, camping trips and Halloween Bashes. We believe this band can continue to take us places we’ve never been before. Even somewhere over the rainbow.
We’re off to sage the Wizard!!!
We are pleased to report that we are heading into the studio today! We are wicked excited to say the least. Our plan is to record six songs and assemble an E.P. We are thrilled to learn as much as we can about the process together as a band. Having a professional recording is crucial for us to make our next round of goals. We are asked constantly if we have a CD’s available. We can’t wait to say “YES.”
We are recording with Paul Provost. A very talented local musician, Paul may best be known as the Keyboardist for Jubilee Gardens. He also host the Blues Jam @ Dunny’s Tavern in East Brookfield every Sunday. He is well versed in recording acoustic music. The quality of the Jubilee Garden records assured us he is our guy.
We can’t wait to share our results with you all. Thanks for supporting us up to this point. Each new experience we have strengthens our resolve for this band. Glad to have all of you along on the journey. We’ll let you know how it goes…
Check out Paul Provost with his band Jubilee Gardens. You shan’t be disappointed.