"Ya played in tune, ya sang in tune, and ya got good tunes.
Ya'll are the real deal, wanna come on the bus."
- Merle Haggard
Fanny Grace - Don't Want it All, But i don't want nothin'
Twenty years ago, Paul and Carmen played as a duo on street corners all over the country. Selling their CD's of original tunes to any willing ears.
In the late 90's they based their band Fanny Grace in Oklahoma City playing over 200 shows a year on the Red Dirt music scene. During these years, Fanny Grace released three independent CD's. They paid their dues mile after mile, playing bars. coffee houses and house concerts.
In hopes of sharing their music to a larger fan base, Paul and Carmen moved to Los Angeles fired up an all new band and got to work.
They secured several song placements on popular TV shows including: "Dawsons Creek", "Felicity" and "The Shield". They had found local radio support as the winners of the KZLA's Most Promising New Artist, song contest judged by David Foster and Clint Black. KZLA just happened to be one of the most popular country music stations in the country, and that made some music industry folks take a look at FG.
They signed with Windswept Music Publishing in Los Angeles. This included going to the Windswept, Nashville division to record. Hit songwriter/producer Jeffery Steele produced 12 tracks that became
"We were on the road, first national release playing bigger venues, having fun. Out of no where the bottom fell out of the music industry. Publishers and labels were closing down all over the country. We were just one of those many bands signed to a publisher and a indy label that just went away."
- Paul Reeves
On the good side of things, the Bobby Roberts booking agency believed in FG and kept them on the road for years. BRC had some of the biggest legends in country music. Merle Haggard, John Anderson , Steve Miller and Charlie Daniels are just some of the artist that took Fanny Grace on the road.
"Ya played in tune, ya sang in tune, and ya got good tunes. Ya'll are the real deal, wanna come on the bus." - Merle Haggard
They have recorded at the legendary CASH CABIN with John Carter Cash producing several tracks for the duos latest CD. This includes, "My Cowboys Last Ride" written by Johnny Cash. This is one of the only songs Johnny Cash wrote for a woman to sing.
Twenty years ago no one knew where Fanny Grace music fit. To rock & roll for country, to country for rock & roll. They truly are the musical thread that is Americana Music.