Great States
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Great States

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Alternative



The best kept secret in music


"Gatsby CD Release at the Outpost"

ALBUQUERQUE (KASA) – We’re getting details on the New Mexico-based band Gatsby‘s CD release party, happening this weekend at the Outpost Performance Space. Kenny is live with Outpost director Tom Guralnick with all the info. - KASA Fox 2 (ABQ)


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Great States is an alternative rock band that employs modern instrumentals, beautiful vocal harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics to create a truly "one-of-a-kind" sound that mirrors the uniqueness of the Great Southwest.  They are now currently supporting their debut full-length record “Gatsby” (released April 2014) and first music video/short-film for “Puget Sound, WA.”  Premiered at the “Gatsby” CD release party, Puget Sound has since been screened at both the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience and Filmstock New Mexico festivals.

On the Making of “Gatsby”

There is something to be said about releasing a record independently; it isn’t glamorous.  Time – there isn’t enough of it.  Energy – there isn’t enough of it.  Money – there isn’t enough of it.  Dreams of million dollar studios are quickly replaced by university basements, vocal booths by bedroom closets, and record deals by personal bank accounts.  However, every once in a while the right group of people will find themselves together, and no amount of obstacles or pipe dreams can deter them from creating and sharing their music.  

Great States’ debut full-length, entitled Gatsby, takes a small glimpse into three and half years of hard work and perseverance.   “We’re very happy with what we’ve accomplished over the last few years.  Before last May [2013], the idea of releasing an entire record seemed inconceivable… and yet here we are.  ‘Gatsby’ really is more than just the four of us; a lot of our fellow artists, friends, and family have left their mark on the album in some way or another.  It really is community music for us.”

Moving Forward

Since formation in 2010, the group has lived through its fair share of happiness and heartbreak, member changes, shifting influences, and requests to “play quieter.” Now with a solid foundation, Great States plans on taking the necessary steps to grow their music and continue sharing it with anyone willing to listen.

Great States is Morgan Ching, Eric Jecklin, Sean Leston, and Ryan Rael.

Band Members