Cary Judd

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Cary Judd
Birth name Cary Dirk Judd
Born (1976-03-04) March 4, 1976 (age 38)
Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Genres Transcendental pop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels China Mountain Records
Website thevacationist.bandcamp.com

Cary Dirk Judd (born March 4, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. He has released four solo albums on the China Mountain Records label, and has written an ebook on touring for independent musicians. Judd performed on Treasure Valley View in 2012. Judd is a member of The Vacationist, and is a former member of The Blaqks and Fires in France.

Personal[edit]

Judd was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. After he began touring, he moved to Moose, WY, a small village inside Grand Teton National Park, located 12 miles north of Jackson, Wyoming. Judd currently lives in Boise, and has two children, a son and a daughter.

Judd lives with a rare mental condition known as Low Latent Inhibition, which he credits for his creativity.[1] Little research has been conducted on the condition to date. The Harvard Gazette published an article on Low LI in 2003.[2]

History[edit]

Judd created the China Mountains Records record label for his own releases. His debut album was Perfect Uncertain, released in 2003, followed by Looking Back From Space in 2006. He tours in support of his music, and has written an ebook on touring called The Tour Field Manual, written for musicians who wish to tour without tour support from major record labels or booking agents.

His 2009 album Goodnight Human featured Scot Alexander of Dishwalla on bass on the song "Kiss Comes to Shove."[3] The album has received generally positive reviews, and was rated the #2 album of 2009 by Kristin Houser of LAMusicBlog.com.[4] A single from the album, "Huang Shan (The Ah-ha Song)," was picked up for distribution by Sony Red and released by them as a single in October 2009. Cary released an EP called Trillions in early 2010 with producers Mikal Blue and Andrew Williams.[5]

Judd is listed through NACA, the National Association for Campus Activities. He has performed shows/festivals with or opened for: Fictionist, Neon Trees, Rocky Votolato, Of Montreal, Owen, Margot and The Nuclear So and So's, Joshua James, Tristan Prettyman, Citizen Cope, Graham Colton, Pedro The Lion, Tyler Hilton, Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, Raining Jane (current backing band for Jason Mraz, Five Times August, among others, and has played concerts at numerous colleges including Brescia University.

Judd uses a number of instruments and computer generated sounds to achieve his tone. "I utilize whatever technology I can get my hands on to increase the dynamic range of my songs. This includes but is not limited to looping machines, drum machines, computer based sounds and programs, and an array of other effects that broaden the sound I'm capable of as a one man show. If you want to gain my disfavor, use the phrase "one-man-band" when you try to describe me."[6]

Judd has also been a part of the bands Fires in France (bass and back up vocals) and The Blaqks (vocals and guitar) as his alter ego, "Danny Blaqk". He is currently performing with the band The Vacationist, whose first album was released on 10 October 2014.

Discography[edit]

  • Perfect Uncertain (2003)
  • Looking Back From Space (2006)
  • Goodnight Human (2009)
  • Trillions (2010)
  • The Funeral Party (2013)
  • The Vacationist (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "» Cary Judd". Lowlatentinhibition.org. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Harvard Gazette: Creativity tied to mental illness". News.harvard.edu. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cary Judd". Linescratchers. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top Ten Releases of 2009 - LA Music Blog". Lamusicblog.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "HugeDomains.com - CaryJudd.com is for Sale (Cary Judd)". Caryjudd.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cary Judd - Goodnight Human CD". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 13 October 2014.