The Swamp Music Players album “Timeless Cool” and related multi-media-art project is a unique undertaking for an indie band from Vancouver Island Canada. Bringing together artists from Canada, USA, UK and Bosnia! In this blog post we have previews a few tracks from the album, links to our Kickstarter crowd-funding drive that ends 08/19 and profiles of some of the VIPs on our album! Please visit our Kickstarter ! http://kck.st/1vIXs6g
RJ Comer music, RJ is an accomplished musician from Los Angeles with popular Hollywood swamp-rock club band “Dance Hall Pimps”. RJ also wrote and performed the track “Smothered” for the recent John Schneider horror/comedy of the same name. RJ is a city boy with swamp water in his veins and his support from the City of Angels is an honor! RJ’s solo album of swampy style porch music and catchy soundtrack quality recordings is coming out in 2014!
Wily Bo Walker music, Wily Bo is a notable and prolific swamp musician from London UK with several awesome bands such as “Rattlin Bone” and ‘The Mescal Canyon Troubadours”. With an atmospheric vocal style somewhere between “Tom Waits” and “Leonard Cohen” Wily Bo also cranks out great tunes in a heartbeat. A bit larger then life SMP was humbled to have Wily Bo part of our album!
Joseph Gearheart music, Joseph Gearheart is a singer/song writer and performer from the Old Dominion of Virginia USA. Joseph is a journeyman musician playing small shows in his local area and neighboring States and released two full length albums “Folk” and “Folk II”. Mr Gearheart however is an epic talent and one of SMP’s favorite folk artists and reminds us of Jim Croce or the best of John Denver.
Captain Jason Murphy is a professional writer, TV personality, filmmaker and podcasting humorist from Austin Texas. Co-star of both National Geographic’s “Hacking The System” and subversive gaming podcast “Rage Select”. Jason Murphy’s tool and trade is a brilliant and sarcastic wit. Mr Murphy nomadically traverses multiple forms of media with the aplomb of an intergalactic Mand’alor. SMP merely scores a brilliant theatrical monologue by Jason Murphy!
Our “Swamp Girl” Danny Daze Photography, Danielle Leigh Rashall, amateur model, painter and photographer from Louisiana USA. Danielle has been offered opportunities to have her own artwork and modelingdisplayed in galleries in New Orleans and Serbia. She is a former calendar girl for LA Mudfest and has contributed to the art style of Swamp Music Players!
Oliver Mitchell a tenured member of the Victoria music scene known for bands like “The Gruntles” , “Zinc Gizmo” and most recently OYA . Oliver has been a big supporter of SMP and we have performed onstage together frequently most recently at Cenote Lounge. Oliver helms his original “Happy Tribe” on the SMP album.
Brittany Boom is a soulful Punk Rock vocalist from Saskatchewan Canada known for fronting and touring Canada and Europe with the London UK band “The Cleaners“. Brittany has played at SMP shows at The Copper Owl and the Ocean Island Cafe. Brittany is a rare perfect specimen combining this deep Southern soul to her voice alongside with a contemporary rAwK growl and attitude. She sublimely covers “Jackson Square” on our album.
Blake Andison is a local island Heartland Rocker and singer song writer that returns for our second album. He has an amazing catalog of great tunes and a commanding presence on stage. Blake is known for family band “Day In The Life” and that had a great local run but he is working on more ambitious launch of a solo project. Blake performs an original he wrote “Monterrey Crime of Passion”.
Hilary Beckett is one of the premier vocalists on Vancouver Island generously returning for our second album. Having appeared at numerous Blues Fests, countless shows and working with top island producers and local music industry. She has been in great bands such as “The Midnights” , “Rainshadow” and “DayintheLife” and currently appears in the video/track for Stevie Guild – I Know It’s Not. Hilary performs a theatrical duet version of Ramones “Poison Heart”.
“Damn Lieutenant” is a local music VIP of the highest caliber and a member of several of the top bands on the island including “The Revival BC“. Proudly adopting his swamp name that “Damn Lieutenant” quickly got to work along with SMP drummer Earl Jr to work with a special collaboration with RJ Comer a cover of “Return of the One Percenter” and a duet with Hilary Beckett.
Matt S. Franke is a phenomenal musical talent now calling the island his home. Matt was a staple of SMP’s weekly live shows during the grind of 2012 and 2013 with his soulful spin on rock’n’roll being a good mesh with the Swamp. Surprisingly having only helped write and front one track with SMP in the studio so far that single “Weeping Dynamite” is testing well and will lead our album. The sky is the limit for Mr Franke.
SMP core members also work on numerous other projects and it is no secret that some of our members are included among the best Jazz musicians in town in bands such as Kariba Surprise. Deja-Drew is a classically trained pianist with a Freak-Folk Jazzphonica group Déjà-Drew & His Déjà-Crew.
Zhana D`Arte is a European painter and illustrator currently based in Bosnia. Zhana is a professional visual artist working on our comic series. Her art-house style is not typical for commercial comics and a perfect fit with SMP’s outsider style.
SMP brings together awesome local talent, some of the best, some unknowns and hopefuls! It’s a special event for many of us, great artistic opportunity, an expression of love for Southern music and it is something to be proud of! We look forward to your support next month for our Kickstarter and the 2014 release of “Timeless Cool”