TrailerHawk making the best of music industry connections

The heavy country rock band will play Music in the Park on Monday, July 15

TrailerHawk formed up in 2016 and is the product of music industry veterans who just wanted to have some fun.

The band share that experience — and fun — during its Music in the Park spot on Monday at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park at 7 p.m.

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The band’s members all have their own connections to the industry.

Rod Bruno, the band’s lead guitarist, played with Matthew Good — his best friend — on his third solo album, Hospital Music, contributing guitar and bass to the record. His wife Carmen provides the lead vocals for the group.

Don Short and Don Binns were both members of mid-’80s to mid-’90s band Sons of Freedom, which also had a third Don, Don Harrison.

Lanny Hussey was a member of the mid-’90s band Ginger, contributing guitar work to each of the band’s three albums.

The connections continue on the production side of things.

TrailerHawk’s debut EP Half Up Front was produced by Colin Linden, who has his own deep music industry connections. Not only is he an accomplished guitarist, he has served as a producer for a number of big Canadian acts, like Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James and Sue Foley.

The band just finished studio time with another big producer: Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, who was the engineer for a number of tracks and albums for Nine Inch Nails and in the past has worked with 54-40, Marilyn Manson, Carly Rae Jepsen and Skinny Puppy.

The work produced with Ogilvie, which Bruno said has raised the bar for the band, will be trickling out in the coming months and eventually lead to another EP, the second half of their first release, Paid in Full.

“Those are in the back pocket and will start coming out in the fall,” he said.

The trickle-out release method is one of the new industry tactics Bruno called “interesting and baffling.”

It’s just one of many ways the changing industry has forced Bruno and company to adjust.

“In the glory days, you went on tour and maybe broke even — usually you lost money, but made it up in record sales,” he said.

“Now, you’re going out and hopefully putting people in seats and selling T-shirts. That’s sort of your revenue stream now. The music is almost a giveaway.”

Another way digital distribution has changed things is the disappearance of liner notes.

“As a music fan, that bums me out,” Bruno said.

“How does anybody get to read about who’s involved with a record? There’s no place for that anymore.”

While TrailerHawk hasn’t pressed any records of its own thus far, Bruno said there are plans for limited vinyl runs in the future — and he’ll be sure to include liner notes.

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