Jake Bartley, frontman for the South Carolina-based Jake Bartley Band, said he feels as though he’s having to tether himself to Earth or he just might float away with excitement.
Why? Because the band’s album, “Brotherhood,” released in November 2018, has made it to the final stage for Grammy consideration.
The Jake Bartley Band announced this on the band’s social media Wednesday.
“I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground,” Bartley told the Index-Journal Thursday. “It’s pretty darn exciting for us. Our record executive, Ethan Burkhardt, sent us a message yesterday.”
The band is: Jake Bartley on vocals, guitar and bass; Matt Miller on background vocals, bass, guitar and drums; Andrew Crawford on background vocals and lead guitar and Adam Plott on drums.
The Index-Journal caught up with Bartley by phone as he was driving to meet with Burkhardt, who is with the small, young label, Bonfire Recording Company, a sister label to Pinecastle Records.
“Bonfire submitted the ‘Brotherhood’ record for the Grammys,” Bartley, of Hodges, said. “We are not at liberty to say in what category, but we are eligible for consideration. Our album made it what is known as the ‘final 50.’ A committee then narrows it down to the final five. If we make it to the final five, that’s an actual Grammy nomination. ... There are some heavy hitters we are going up against.”
Within the Grammys, there are 30 fields and 84 distinct award categories across those fields, according to information at GRAMMY.com.
Nominations are scheduled to be announced Nov. 20 and the awards are Jan. 26.
Jake Bartley Band lead guitarist Andrew Crawford said: “It’s really something to be considered by the Recording Academy.”
“We’ve got to keep putting out music because those voters in the Academy know who we are now,” Crawford said.
Bartley said he’s grown up playing cover music and some originals with his late father’s band.
“This will be the first time in my career that the band I’m in will be pushing ourselves as recording artists,” Bartley said. “There’s a comfort zone with playing cover music, but when you are playing original music that’s not out on the radio yet, it’s still kind of your job to sell people your music as you play it. Today, it has to be a good enough song where audiences appreciate it, remember it and go download it.”
“Brotherhood” has 12 original tracks, with its lead single being “Cannonball” featuring Vince Gill. The album also includes collaborations with Robby Turner and Randy Kohrs.
“We’re working on getting the album in regular radio rotation,” Bartley said. “The last time we were in Nashville, we got to do a live interview with the Grand Ole Opry radio station and they spun two songs from the record on their station.”
The Jake Bartley Band has a new single that is being mastered right now, “Whiskey in My Coke,” to be released through Bonfire Recording Company. Andrew Crawford engineered and produced it and it has Jim VanCleve on fiddle.
The band is also scheduled to play Friday at Denver Downs farm in Anderson.