Ron Pope + The Nighthawks
By Harriet Kaplan
Ron Pope + The Nighthawks have a funny video promoting the first track, “Bad Intentions” off their upcoming self-titled album due out on January 8. Let’s say, without giving too much away, there’s a wrestling theme with the band members comically wearing bad wigs poking fun at themselves and some brass instruments blaring away in the background. The latter is more than a passing nod to the sound of the track merges “Americana, pop and ragtime.” It is catchy and reminds lodged in your head after the first listen.
The upcoming album was produced at Pope’s own label Brooklyn Basement Records. The band will celebrate the release at New York’s Irving Plaza on January 9 then kick off a 31 city tour across the U.K. and Europe before coming back to the states. While recording, the band enlisted filmmaker Kelly Teacher (“No Cameras Allowed,” “Austin To Boston”) to create “One Way Ticket,” a feature-length documentary following the band as they record their debut album and tour the U.S. The film uses the story of Ron Pope + The Nighthawks as a backdrop to explain the state of the contemporary music industry and how to forge a career in the new digital age.
Ron Pope is ambitious and determined artist that is already carving a strong niche for himself. His musical resume as a solo artist is commercially impressive.Pope has sold over two million singles to date and averages 15 million spins a month on Pandora. His songs have been streamed over 126 million times via Spotify, with over 100 million YouTube views and over 14 million plays on Soundcloud. His music has been featured on NBC’s “The Voice,” CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and “90210” and multiple seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which sent two of his albums into the top 100 on iTunes simultaneously. Pope also guest stared on “Nashville” as himself last season.