Jeremy Messersmith inks deal with Glassnote Records

Jeremy Messersmith inks deal with Glassnote Records
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The days of supper club touring for Minneapolis-based Jeremy Messersmith could be numbered. It was announced today that the singer-songwriter (and author of drunken Grammys rants on Twitter) has landed a massive new deal with Glassnote Records, based in New York. This is the label that has put out albums from Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, Givers, Oberhofer, the Temper Trap, and Community actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.

"Some of these songs could be 'radio' songs," Messersmith told the the 89.3 the Current morning show on Thursday. Surely, he was referring to other radio stations that don't already play him regularly (wink).

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In any case, this deal was a long time in the making. The signing came about after a lengthy courtship with Glassnote's Daniel Glass that began years ago at SXSW. Aside from last year's experimental Paper Moon, this forthcoming effort would be his first new material in three years, and though it has been a while since The Reluctant Graveyard, Messersmith's road warrior attitude and inventive performance schemes have served him well in the mean time.

"There are a bunch of indie labels that would've been a great fit," Messersmith tells Gimme Noise. "There had been some interest, but I didn't get close to signing with anyone until Glassnote. Glassnote was our first choice. If I had to pick one record label, based upon the work they've done with other artists, this would be the one."

The reasons he cites for liking the New York label include their openness to artists and trying new things. For example, he met the team while playing supper club dates, and they were very supportive of his unique approach to live performance.

"I've been very skeptical of record labels in the past, but [Glassnote] doesn't force you to make records you don't want to make," he continues. "They won't rush you to put anything out. They're also very collaborative and have a rich network of contacts. It's working with people as opposed to working for people."

The plan is to release the album sometime later this year, and his excitement for this material is palpable. It would not be a surprise to see Messersmith attached to any number of the larger outdoor events set to dot our Twin Cities summer landscape as the temperatures heat up.

For now, the only upcoming local show on his docket is at the U of M's Coffman Memorial Union Theater on March 27. He also plans to head back into the Library studio in northeast Minneapolis to finish tracks with his usual bandmates Andy Thompson, Brian Tighe, and Dan Lawonn -- as well as the Laurels String Quartet. So why unveil the label signing now? "I still don't have the record finished," he says, a tad sheepishly. "I just wanted to announce it because I'm terrible at keeping secrets.

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