May 8, 2008 2 Comments
As has been reported on numerous SG news sites and blogs, Mike and Kelly Bowling have signed with Canaan Records. There is some good commentary here and here. My personal take is that it appears that Canaan is being very deliberate about the artists they are signing. So far we have the Hoppers (established traditional/progressive mixed quartet), the Lefevre Quartet (up-and-coming progressive male quartet), and now Mike & Kelly Bowling (established names in an up and coming progressive mixed trio). With three artists signed to their roster (I don’t count Kim Hopper as a soloist), they have hit on three different segments of artists, that may have some overlap in primary market segments, but also will most likely have some different segments in their target audiences as well. Complain as we may about how slowly Canaan seems to be moving forward, it does appear that they are doing so with very well thought out and calculated moves. They definitely cannot be accused of just doing things all “willy-nilly”. (I’ve been waiting to find a spot to use that term for a while now!) So Canaan, keep up the intelligence of your decisions, the apparent analysis behind your moves has been impressive thus far!