Was Canaan really relaunched to imprint a bunch of compilations and distribute The Ride? I’m prone to be somewhat circumspect about an unposted interview with a sales rep, but it does make a person wonder. Why isn’t Canaan aggressively courting artists like, say, Jason Crabb or Anthony Facello and his new group (or paying a visit to Josh Feemster and Chris West and their pallet mill in North Alabama or seeing what it would take to get a sustainable Nelons back on the road)?
There’s a place for good compilations, as I noted recently, and Canaan would be foolish not to take advantage of the impressive archive that comes with restarting the Canaan imprint. But there’s also an exciting edge to sharpen out there between and across styles, assuming your entire staff isn’t spending the best part of its days combing through old albums.
Really, though, the take-away truth of all this probably has very little to do with Canaan’s future, about which we know virtually nothing and whose prospects are still fairly wide open in all directions, and actually seems like another chapter in the ongoing saga of Canaan’s shortsighted PR: no sales rep should be talking in such sweeping terms about a company’s vision and scope, and if by chance he DOES “give an interview” and step all over himself, then you get your corrected message out pronto, rather than sitting silently by whilst the chattering classes of the blogosphere tirelessly dissect information that is, one way or another, bad.Email this Post