I’m really sorry folks I cannot always get on over to the keyboard fast enough to report news to your computer fast enough sometimes, and I’m quite sure other websites get you the news faster than I. It was around June 16th that the following statement was posted on their social media site:
Hello Friends – It is with a heavy heart that we tell you that The Damn Quails will be going on an indefinite hiatus effective immediately. We have had an amazing run as a band, but right now we need to focus on ourselves and our own personal situations. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible to continue playing music and traveling as a band. We would like to thank each and every one of you for sticking with us for so long and through so many difficulties. We made two records that we are so happy you embraced and made part of your lives. We couldn’t have made “Out of the Birdcage” without your amazing support. We would also like to thank all of the promoters, buyers, and fans who made the live shows possible and so much fun. Finally, we would like to thank all of the players who graced the stage with us and were part of the Quail Philharmonic. You are all amazing. We don’t know what the future holds, but this is where we are right now. Thanks again for everything.
Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White
The Damn Quails.
This band has always struggled to stay afloat on the road and has indeed overcome many triumphs during their run since 2011 when they released their first album “Down The Hatch”. The album sold really well and the band soon became a heavily touring big market name, however they did not have enough CD’s printed to supply demand and their travel costs outweighed their income to purchase more albums due to a lawsuit with management and their label to keep the “Damn Quails” name.
They finally did indeed win their lawsuit and were given legal permission to continue to record NEW music under their name. However they still had no funds for merch like shirts and things for extra income, so they issued a kickstarter fund on social media to raise 55,000 in order to record their 2015 offering (and one of my Top 50 albums of 2015) called “Out Of The Birdcage”. The album was admittedly named as such to celebrate their freedom to create the music they chose to on their own label.
However more touring costs and mounting personal issues occurred in their lives and they became unable to continue to perform on the road so on June 15th they issued the above statement on social media. It’s not my position to say IF they will ever return however you can darn well be sure to bet I’ll be keeping tabs on them to see if the Damn Quails will ever take the stage again.