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Local student band signs with Split Rail Records

SplitRail120707_t.jpgBOONE—The local band Do It To Julia has become the latest band to sign recording and publishing contracts with Split Rail Records. The student-run music label is based in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music.

Split Rail Records will record and distribute a CD of the band’s music as well as seek new uses of their copyrighted songs.

“Our goal is to help launch the band,” said Kim Wangler, director of the university’s music industries study program. “We see ourselves as a stepping stone to help new groups get that big contract.”

The band was among more than a dozen groups that submitted a demo kit for consideration, according to senior Rachel Story, who serves on with Split Rail Records’ artist and repertoire committee.

SplitRail120707_t2.jpgMembers of the band Do It To Julia have signed a contract with Split Rail Records, the student-operated recording label at Appalachian State University. Band members are from left Ryan O’Keefe, Alex McWalters, Halli Anderson, Stephen Bush and Matt Rossino. (Appalachian photo by Jane Nicholson)

The band plays regularly at Crossroads and Legends on campus and area restaurants such as Café Portofino and Canyons. Band members describe their original music as indie folk rock.

They are the third band to sign with Split Rail Records since its inception in 2006.

“This gives us the opportunity to make an album, which is a huge stepping stone toward success in making music,” said Stephen Bush, who plays lead guitar with the band. “The group wants to make it as a band.” Bush is a junior music industry studies major from Atlanta, Ga.

“This is an opportunity to expand our fan base,” he said.

The band will begin recording its first CD in January in the Hayes School of Music’s Robert F. Gilley Recording Studio.