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FE SAYS GOODBYE

FE Fans & Friends,

We’re sad to inform you guys that Fundamental Elements have decided to bring things to a close.  We’ve taken the last couple months off and have come to the conclusion that it’s time for us to move on to new adventures.  This was a very difficult decision for us to make, as we’ve poured our hearts and souls into this endeavor for the last 7 years.  There have been many sacrifices made, and we’ve endured so much together, not to mention the amazing memories, friendships and good times we’ve had along the way.  The band members have become best of friends, and that alone makes this a very difficult transition for us personally.  Indeed, we’ll all miss this.  A lot.

Let us assure you that we are all on good terms and that this decision wasn’t one based on ugly drama or disagreements.  That makes it that much tougher to say goodbye to FE, but we’re thankful that we will continue to be great friends and hopefully continue to have opportunities to work and create together.  It’s been an incredible 7 years and our time in FE has been amazing, but the time just seems right for us to move onto a new chapter in life, and we’re excited to see where each of our paths lead.

As we look back, we can’t help but think of so many people, places, bands, towns, and venues we’ve interacted with regularly and have come to know and love.  We are so thankful for all of you and your support and for making this such a worthwhile adventure for us.  We’ve enjoyed such a great community of FE Fans and Friends, and we especially want to thank people and places that we’ve grown very close with over the years, and shared some amazing experiences with.  Thank you all so much.  We’ll miss running into you on the road and sharing good times together!  Thanks for everything – for welcoming us into your homes, making us meals, letting us crash on your guest beds and couches, buying us drinks, paying cover charges and buying everything on our CD tables!

Acknowledgements:
We have the most amazing families, and are so thankful to have an amazing support system.  Thanks to our wives and kids, moms, dads, siblings and close friends for all your support, through all the ups and downs.  We literally could not have done this without you!  Special thanks to all those who played with FE and contributed to the legacy of the band, namely Ben Kesler, Simon Gugala, Mark Oates and Joe McGill.  Also to Alex Ray, Johnny Matthews, Kris Hoover, Tony Esterly and Vince Kirk for all your help on the road.  Special thanks to Scratch Track, Dishwater Blonde, JR, Scott Ivey, Brandon Gibbs Band, the War, and the many other bands that we’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with.  Special thanks to Stephen & Lauri Leiweke, Jorge Casas, Kat Davis, Jenn DePaula, Gary Pearson and all the individuals who have been such a vital part of our team and support system.  Thanks to our faithful hometown fans and friends in the St. Louis area, and to Little Rock, Burlington, Nashville, Knoxville, Fayetteville, Norman, Ames, Columbia, and all the other places that have become homes away from home for us.  Finally, thanks to Missy, Jeff, Barrett and all our friends at Mocha Club for all your support, and to all our Mocha Club fans who have linked arms with us to help make a difference in the world.  We have been so blessed by the opportunity to have the coolest job ever: to travel around the country and create music and share it with the coolest people ever.  Thanks to you all for making this incredible an adventure.  We hope you’ll continue to listen to our music for years to come, and we hope and pray that FE has made a lasting, positive impact on your lives in the same way you have blessed us.

At least for the meantime, we’ll try to keep you all informed (mostly via Facebook and our blog) of various opportunities to support the guys’ new creative endeavors as we jam with other bands, work on side projects, and move into new stages our creative careers, so keep checking in from time to time to see what the guys are up to – we would love to continue to have your support!

Thank you again to all of you, we can’t say that enough.  This has been such an amazing journey, and it’s not easy to say goodbye.  Much love and blessings to all of you.  We’ll miss you and hope to cross paths with you again!

With thanks and much love,

Dustin, Luke, Mark & Russ
Fundamental Elements

With that, we’ll leave you with some pics of FE through the years and a pretty amazingly funny video of some of the greatest FE tour footage ever captured…

New Year’s Eve Show announced

What’s the only thing better than ringing in the New Year while rockin’ the dance floor with Fundamental Elements?  Perhaps having the fellas from Scratch Track jump up on stage and help FE take it over the top.  That’s right, it’s your favorite 1-2 punch: Fundamental Elements, with special guests Scratch Track will be throwing it down as only they know how this December 31 at Sticky Fingerz Rock ‘n Roll Chicken Shack in downtown Little Rock, AR.  Scratch Track will kick the evening off, followed by FE, and then the two bands will join each other on stage to bring the house down.  Help us spread the word and make this the party of the year!

TWO FREE CHRISTMAS TUNES NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

What better way to kick off the Christmas season than with some good ol’ holiday music for your iPod?  Stop by our music store or click the image below to download two tracks, our versions of a couple of our favorite classic soul Christmas songs: This Christmas (Donny Hathaway) and That Spirit of Christmas (Ray Charles, made famous by the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie – also an FE favorite!).

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.”  Enjoy!

FE drummer makes appearance… on guitar

Check out hip hop artist Lecrae’s new album – which releases today and is #3 on the iTunes top albums charts (sitting right on top of names like Zac Brown Band, Eric Clapton, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons and John Legend + the Roots), and you’ll learn something about FE’s Luke Dejaynes.  He plays guitar.  Nay, he shreds guitar.  Track #3, Divine Intervention features a stellar vocal performance by FE’s good friend and St. Louis-based artist, J.R., as well as guitar tracks laid down by the one and only Luke DeJaynes.  Awww yeah.  Well done, fellas.  (Umm, if you’re keeping score, that sort of means Luke Dejaynes beat Eric Clapton on guitar.  Just sayin’.)  Click the album cover below to sample the track…

FREE BONUS TRACK DOWNLOAD

In case you haven’t heard, FE has released a free bonus track, Half a World Away, and you can only get right here at fundamentalelements.net.  Click the image below to download it for FREE!