Town Meeting won the New England Award for Best Roots Act in 2017, have supported Willie Nelson and sell out venues across New England.
Lead singer, Luke Condon shares the highs and lows of their live experience and expresses his love for harmonies.
Owning the stage
Weirdest gig ever?
I won’t mention the name of the venue, but we played a place in Worcester once with a PA we had to set up ourselves and they were being weird about letting us use it. The crowd had a weird vibe, too. Almost an annoyed vibe. Which was strange because we were playing our softer stuff.
A performance SUCCESS
A few years ago, we opened for Sturgill Simpson in Hampton, NH. We played for about 35 minutes and got a standing ovation and a ton of new fans. It’s one of my favorite gigs we’ve played to date.
Have you collaborated with anyone we should know about?
We recently played at a festival where we were accompanied by the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra. It was one of the best experiences we’ve had. They were all incredibly talented musicians and brought a whole new life to some of our songs.
How do you ‘own the stage’?
Just be yourselves. Relax. An audience of any size will be able to sense if you’re insecure or if you’re having fun. They want you to be having fun.
A performance lesson you’ve learned the hard way
Make sure you’ve got a fresh battery in your guitar. The PA won’t appreciate it if you don’t.
The modern music industry
What’s the best way to find band members, and how do you know they are right for the band?
For us it was easy because I’m related to most of the band. Two of them are my brothers and one is my father in law. The other member – Tim – was a good friend of ours and from the first time we all played together it felt right. I know it’s probably cliché, but when you know you know. The chemistry was there.
How to get the best out of a studio/recording session?
Don’t go in there unprepared. It’s the worst thing you can do. Make sure you’ve rehearsed a ton and your songs are tight before you go in. But also, don’t overthink things. Allow a little room for spontaneity.
Most important lesson you have learned about social media
It’s the way of the future. My sister told me that once and I never forgot it.
How important is branding for artists these days?
Extremely important. Make a good-looking sticker and put one everywhere you play. Get your name out there for people to see it. T-shirts, Hats, Posters. Everything and everywhere.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
It’s not like it was, but it’s not all that bad. You just need to learn how to make things work.
Keeping the voice in check
How do you look after your voice?
Water. Honey. A little bit of rest between shows.
What do you love most about singing?
We love, love, love a good harmony. We’ve got harmonies in almost all of our songs. It’s probably my favorite thing in the world.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way
Make sure you’ve got enough of yourself and your fellow vocalists in the monitors. There’s nothing worse than trying to harmonize with people you can barely hear.
Oh, good question. I mean there’s a bunch, but I’ve always wanted to do a record with Emmylou Harris, adding harmonies.
Anchored by three brothers, Town Meeting is a New Americana band based out of Boston. They’ve opened for several national acts including The Avett Brothers, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson, 3 Dog Night, and many more. Their music is harmony driven and foot stompin’ good.