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Underhill Family Orchestra

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  Editor’s note: Hear Underhill Family Orchestra on Jag Radio. Their album and full interview is now available for listening.

The Underhill Family Orchestra have released their self-titled debut album this fall, but band members Jimmy Lee and Steven Laney are no strangers to tough times on the road.

“The worst part about touring is the smell,” said Lee.

“We thought our van had air conditioning, but it just turned out to be hot air,” added Laney.

Lee and Laney’s band is called an orchestra for good reason; the “family” is seven members strong.

All members of this versatile group of independent local musicians contribute to the songwriting process. The result is an eclectic merging of folk, western and rock n’ roll.

Technology now provides free exposure previously reserved only for major label acts fueled by millions in investment dollars.

“Releasing an album is so much easier because of the internet. We’ve released our album through Band Camp and actually made some money off of it which is good,” said Laney.

Many argue the present economic situation coupled with the availability of cheap or free entertainment online has toppled the music industry.

However, the availability of free advertising, downloadable releases and recording studio software has allowed independent musicians to find niche audiences.

“A bad economy never affected anyone’s desire to go out and have a good time,” commented Lee. “The internet ruined the music industry as record execs knew it, and made it so much better as we knew it.”

Underhill Family Orchestra will perform Nov. 3 at the Blind Mule before they head back out on tour.

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Written by Timothy Borland | Contributing Writer

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