Says the band's manager, Jim Bateman, of Real Records: "This is a dream deal with an artist driven approach to the music business. At Real Records, we have used a similar concept in developing artists, with an emphasis on live performances. Tom Derr of Rock Ridge has a proven track record developing artists for the major labels. He has been instrumental in the success of the Dave Matthews Band and Three Doors Down. We have always felt that similar success lies ahead for the Benjy Davis Project. We look forward to working with Tom Derr and Rock Ridge Music."
In an artist-driven approach to expanding their audience, the Louisiana-based group perseveres with integrity and purpose by taking their music directly to the people. This year's return engagement at the New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival (4/26/08) attracted thousands of new fans and terrific media notice -- from USA TODAY's photo coverage to the TIMES PICAYUNE review: "The Project has gone about the business of becoming a credible college rock band the hard way, grinding it out on the road and writing the sort of autobiographical anthems that Southern teens want to sing along to." The band logs 120 dates or more per year.