Given the current state of the music industry, Ryan Cabrera recognizes there's a certain irony in calling his latest road trek with Secondhand Serenade the Radio Revival Tour.
"The way things are in the music business now you can't just put something out and have radio banging it away for two months or something. It just doesn't work that way," says the Dallas-born singer-songwriter, who recently released an EP called "Wake Up, Beautiful" and has an album on the way, his first since 2008, before the end of the year. "There's so much content out there now; things just don't happen overnight. You have to put it out there and let the fans discover it and tour it for a long time.
Cabrera, 32, notes that the Radio Revival title was his booking agent's idea, but he's having a great deal of fun regardless of the name. "Me and John (Vesely) from Secondhand have been friends for a long time," Cabrera says. "We used to live together, and we always talked about touring and it finally worked itself out. When the opportunity came along, we decided to take it, and with the other guys who are opening for us you get five unique performances, which is great for the fans."
And Cabrera adds that he's happy to have some new music to offer those fans with "Wake Up, Beautiful," and more once the full album is released.
"Y'know, it had been so long since we've had new stuff out there that we jsut waned to put out the EP to give fans a little taste of (the album), a little something to hold on to and just show there's new stuff happening," explains Cabrera, who notched such mid-90s hits as "True" and "On the Way Down." "I didn't want to put out anything until it was right. There was no time frame, no rush. Just, 'When it's right, we'll put it out,' and it takes time to re-work things and rewrite and get it right.
"So it's really exciting we got exactly what we wanted, without compromise or anything. And having this EP stuff and getting to play new stuff is awesome."
The Radio Revival Tour with Ryan Cabrera, Secondhand Serenade, Nick Thomas, Wind in SAils and Runaway Saints
Friday, April 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.
Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show.
Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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