There are professional musicians and there are hobbyists, but Collaborateurs fall into a third category: professionals who decided music is more fun as a hobby.
Curtis Hubbard, Glenn Hubbard, Roger Brandon, and Jeremy Cayton all have successful day jobs, but they also have extensive backgrounds in music, long lists of albums to their credit, and thousands of live performances under their collective belts. They say they’re not in music for money or fame, but they continue writing songs and recording because they love it.
“The weird thing is, the music keeps getting better as we get farther removed from our professional gigging years, and I don’t think that’s an accident,” Glenn Hubbard said. “Once we stopped thinking of music as ‘work,’ we discovered that it’s supposed to be art – and then we got inspired.”
Marshall Sessions and Interstellar Colors were the second and third albums released under the Collaborateurs name. The first was a 2014 Christmas album, Put it on the Sleigh, which featured the four along with several other musical colleagues -- a true collaborative convergence that inpspired the group's name -- musicians who had worked together in various other combinations for a long time. Most recently, Glenn Hubbard, Brandon, and Cayton had released three albums under the name Rog & Glenn, and reformed as a trio in 2019 and 2020 for a series of new releases.
Brothers Curtis and Glenn Hubbard have also recorded together for many years, first as Four Day Weekend and more recently The Hubbard Concept.
“I love making recordings. That’s ultimately what this is all about,” Glenn
Hubbard said. “I can’t draw, paint, or sculpt, and I’ve never been much of a fiction writer, so writing and recording music is my art form,” he said.
The group’s two most recent projects started as a songwriting weekends for which they rented a house in the North Carolina mountains. They generated a large number of song ideas, more than enough to fill albums, which the group completed in subsequent months despite an apparent lack of demand for long-form music releases in modern times.
“Many consider the album dead, but I beg to differ,” Hubbard said. “It may not sell millions of units much anymore, but it’s still a great format for an artist to make a statement,” he said. “Not to mention, as a listener, I love to sit back and take in an entire piece of work when time allows. Call me old fashioned!”