Amazing how it's rare to ask the person involved rather than just speculate. I have the answers, esp. re: Mike's ideas about the business model, prices and overhead. He's way off base, to tell you the factual truth. Had I seen this sooner, i would have responded sooner. Yes, Backroads was sold in July 2006, to a new label called New Land Music. The guy in charge was way over represented in all regards, and though Will Ackerman was one of the principals (an old friend) he was not involved in the operation or decisions. So while Backroads continued with a very optimistic model (old school: sell CDs, publish the BEST catalogs anywhere, provide unparalleled customer service... / new school: cool web site, sound samples, digital downloads, label backing and many other innovative plans) and I continued to run all aspects of the operation from my little office (with the ten foot tall library), the money ran out, the poor decisions were clung to stubbornly, and the whole thing went down. Fortunately I engineered a graceful exit and began to sell off the remaining inventory which I "inherited". Great deals galore, and these continue and will do so well into the future. When Backroads "left the planet) (web site gone, 800# gone), there were no doors closed, as I continue in the same office, and am in the gradual process of launching Lloyd Barde productions. For the loyal and devoted customers (thanks to all!!) I still provide an amazing list of CDs for sale, current, older, rare, both new and previously played, and as stated, will continue to do so over the next couple years at the very least. Simultaneously I am putting out feelers for music journalism/review writing (which i do extremely well), event production (I host a concert series in berkeley @ Rudramandir), artist representation and consulting,. DJing (aka DJ Heartbeat), and hosting events with my collaborator Elizabeth Rose Raphael, such as "Journey into Dance" etc.
If you would like to receive a list of CDs, simply send an email to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
. And watch for the web site to appear in the next month: www.lloydbarde.com
As far as the conjecture from Mike and others, it was not a matter of overhead, prices, poor business managing of cash and assets or anything else mentioned. Backroads offered more bang for the buck than anyone else, from selection, devotion, prices, shipping, customer service and catalogs produced than anyone ever had or ever will. That is the story! The changing of the music biz was a big contributor -- I liken the music biz to a chalk mark on the sidewalk now -- as is the financial woes that have affected all media, business and aspects of the current state of things. Gratefully, there is more great music now than ever, and lots of access. I am still one of the sources for CDs. And I consider this all to be a blessing, so I have appreciated the sympathy, tragedy dramas, and "Help, where am I gonna get CDs now??" (I dunno, you haven't ordered from me in 4 yrs...!). Above all, everyone's wishing me well and expressing gratitude for the 27+ years of musical service are greatly appreciated.
I would love to hear from you -- new email: email@example.com
It has always been all about the music, and that is not about to change, now or ever!