East of Everything
Dutch singer/songwriter Edwin Jongedijk has been writing songs since he started playing guitar in his teens. In 2003 he felt it was time to do something with the material he had laying around for so many years and decided to form a band. Since high school he had been lead guitarist in a rock group with his friends Benjamin Vernooij (keyboards) and Martin Wieringa (bass guitar) and he got them interested in this new project. He also got in touch with Niek Stok, a well known drummer in the area with years of experience in different bands. Even though he was playing in two other projects at that time, Edwin\'s enthusiasm convinced him to join in. Guitar player and songwriter Joost Prinsen is a childhood friend of Martin. Edwin had known him for years but found out they were into the same kind of music when they met each other during an Americana festival. Joost had just quit the band he was playing in and was looking for something new. Edwin\'s phone call came at the perfect time. When [T]aneytown band got together for the first time it was obvious there was something special going on. There was a musical chemistry between these five men that made everything fall into place. Of course it was a good start that every single member of the band was influenced by musical icons like Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Steve Earle. But the songs Edwin came up with had something unique. They were genuine, straight from the heart and down to earth. And it gave enough space for every band member to add a personal touch. Nothing was dictated, there were lyrics and a rough idea of what the song should sound like. So while working on their material every member was able to use their years of experience in different bands, playing different styles of music. This finally resulted in their very recognizable sound. When the band needed a name, different ideas came up but nothing really captured what they wanted to express. Until one rainy night Edwin was driving his car and listened to Steve Earle\'s album El Corazon. The song \'Taneytown\' played and he suddenly knew that was the name they needed. Because it was a Steve Earle song, because it sounded Americana and because it was the name of a small town in Maryland USA, about the same size as the towns all band members grew up in. At that time no one realized it would be that name that would bring them to tour around Maryland when a member from the Taneytown community found them on the Internet. The connection between the band [T]aneytown and the Taneytown community in Maryland USA has become rock solid since their first visit overseas in October 2006. The strong support that they receive down there is based on more than just the fact that the band adopted the name of this American town. It\'s the mutual love for American music and the honest, countryside lifestyle that they have in common that grew into a long lasting friendship. And the band managed to prove itself musically. They have successfully toured around Maryland and Pennsylvania and their fan base is spreading like an oil stain to other states. Their musical achievements in the US have resulted in various recommendations and in 2007 the band was rewarded with Congressional Recognition, initiated by US congressman Roscoe Bartlett. [T]aneytown has been a close-knit group of friends when the band started and they have gotten closer ever since. They have managed to grow along the years, personally and musically. They sound more tight than ever and they have been working on new songs ever since the release of their debutalbum. Their second debut album for Corazong Records, released in October 2008, is a reflection of the band\'s development in the past years. Edwin and Joost have formed a stronger collaboration in songwriting but the band remains to sound fresh and energetic. They kept faithful to their first principals: each song is created as a band and every member adds their personal ingredients. This makes [T]aneytown a strong alliance of young men who grew up in the North East countryside of The Netherlands bound to keep on playing genuine, straight from the heart Americana music. Like Honda, Toyota and Nissan bringing jobs back to America, [T]aneytown is bringing real Americana music back to America.