“Timeless Cool” will feature a number of notable local BC musicians like Blake Andison, Matt Franke and more. Also there will be VIP international artists such as National Geographic TV’s “Jason Murphy” of Hacking The System. Notable swamp musicians RJ Comer and Wily Bo Walker. Also underground Virginia Alt-Folk artist Joseph Gearheart.
We in SMP are a collective of artists in British Columbia virtually ignored in our native land but getting attention in the Southern United States and parts of Europe for our moody and time warped Cosmic American Music and Swamp music genres! We love making real music with a creative and cinematic edge. That tendency for atmospheric rather then ego driven music makes it natural for us to want to work with amazing artists both locally and internationally to create something greater then our individual selves! We imagine a retro-future where Rock’N’Roll, Americana and Swamp live on with rockets powered by Fortran and old Korg synths live side by side with Dirty Blues…..and there is still time!
Jason Murphy co-star and producer of National Geographic Channel’s “Hacking The System”. Jason Murphy’s tool and trade is a brilliant and ruthless wit. He is an amazing writer and Jason and SMP have cooked up something special for our album “Timeless Cool’
RJ Comer music, RJ is an accomplished musician from Los Angeles. RJ 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!
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” he is larger then life. SMP is humbled to have Wily Bo part of our album!
Joseph Gearheart music, Joseph Gearheart is a singer/song writer from the Old Dominion of Virginia USA. Joseph is a journeyman musician of the Alt-Folk underground in the Deep South. He has 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 a modern day Jim Croce.
Our “Swamp Girl” Danny Daze Photography, Danielle Leigh Rashall, amateur model, painter and photographer from Louisiana USA. She is a former calendar girl for LA Mudfest and has contributed to the art style of Swamp Music Players!
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. Hilary performs a theatrical duet version of Ramones “Poison Heart”.
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. Mr Franke’s solo career is beginning to ignite on the island!
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.
SMP’s shadowy 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. While Deja-Drew is a classically trained pianist with a Freak-Folk Jazzphonica group Déjà-Drew & His Déjà-Crew.
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”.
“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.