Thats because the group, Alternate Routes, financed its latest record, Good And Reckless And True, by betting band funds at the poker tables of a New England casino.
The gamble was the idea of guitarist Eric Donnelly, who says the band was down to its last $200 when he offered to take a gamble at cards.
Although the odds were against Donnelly, he managed to parlay the initial investment into $1985 in just hours enough to cover the costs of the album, rent and a gourmet breakfast at McDonalds.
At first, some of the band members werent pleased with Donnellys big gamble, but he figures it was a better way to earn money than the alternate revenue raising routes they had previously pursued.
For instance, he says, one time, the group played a childs christening and had to deal with rug rats hitting their guitars during the entire performance.
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