Swamp Music Players “Timeless Cool” + Art Project

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

RJ Comer, Los Angele, VIP

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

Wily Bo Walker

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

Joseph Gearheart

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.

 

Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy

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!

Swamp Girl , Danny Daze Photography

Swamp Girl

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!

Zinc Gizmo

Zinc Gizmo

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.

britnnayboomBrittany 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

Blake Andison

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

Hilary Beckett

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

Damn Lieutenant

“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.

Kariba Surprise

Kariba Surprise

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.

Crushwb Don JonDon Jon is a lyricist and manager of SMP and the chief writer of the SMP comic series. A former book dealer and world traveler Don Jon dabbles in a variety of creative aspects in the SMP project.

 

Marcus OppenheimerMarcus Oppenheimer is a professional proposal writer with a background in the island music scene. Marcus is the editor and creative contributor towards the SMP comic series.

 

Zhana D`ArteZhana 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”

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crushwbinfo/swamp-music-players-timeless-cool-album-and-swamp

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SMP- “Timeless Cool” album, sneak peek !

A sneak peek at our upcoming album “Timeless Cool”! Six random demo tracks we are working on. Please support our Kickstarter campaign running until 08/19/2014! SMP is a swamp band that plays several kinds of swamp music with a dark Americana Roots Rock style. #SwampInfo

Please visit our Kickstarter Multi-Media-Art campaign that ends mid-August 2014! It will help fund the release of our album and our comic + a bonus EP !

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crushwbinfo/swamp-music-players-timeless-cool-album-and-swamp

Timeless Cool album -SMP

Timeless Cool album

swamp music players comic and album

Multi-Media-Art

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“Timeless Cool” album & swamp-noir comic

Swamp Music Players : Multimedia-Art Project

Swamp Music Players is a band launching a multimedia-art project centered around our love of swamp music culture. We hope you can help back our Kickstarter! We have modest needs and offering lots of great content! Our hastag is #swampinfo

    • This project includes our far more ambitious upcoming sophomore music album “Timeless Cool”. Fifteen tracks of Americana, Alt-Country, Swamp Blues and Swamp Pop.
    • Volume One of our Swamp-Noir art house comic with painter Zhana D`Arte. A continuation of the “The Massacre In the Piney Woods” and “Into The Heart of Crisis”.
    • LoFi-cassette tape EP “Aliens Versus Players” that is themed on Ufology a topic of interest to us. We are inviting back some former alumni and some of our longtime supporters.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crushwbinfo/swamp-music-players-timeless-cool-album-and-swamp

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Local Victoria BC Update: Album “Timeless Cool”

The album “Timeless Cool” is the sophomore album of Swamp Music Players(SMP) and not only have we brought together great international artists but as always we have the contribution of great Canadian artists as well! “Timeless Cool” has had a low budget money-wise but there has been lots of effort spent in this indie project by some really great local talent in VictoriaBC as well as Saskatchewan.

Timeless Cool album -SMP

Timeless Cool album

The core of SMP is made up of a combination of professional and jazz/classically trained musicians as well as of hopeful non-professionals with lots of spirit. This combination of skilled guys letting their passion for Southern music overrule their strict training and unproven outsiders to the industry giving all their heart comes together to form SMP’s attention getting energy.

SMP also has the help and contributions of many friends and contributors on the upcoming album. Artists and usual suspects that have jammed with us and perforemd with us at dozen of shows and through the hard times. The local Victoria scene is not always easy but their is a wealth of talent and great people.

Zinc Gizmo

Zinc Gizmo

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 over past couple years at Ocean Island Cafe and more recently Oliver’s shows at Cenote Lounge. Other members of the Mitchell clan have served in SMP, Oliver helms his original “Happy Tribe” on the SMP album. An earthy, swampy, pagan delight of a song.

 

britnnayboomBrittany 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

Blake Andison

 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 and in recording. 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” and a cover of “Sweet Hitchhiker”. Monterrey is a perfect fit for “Timeless Cool”

 

Hilary Beckett

Hilary Beckett

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

Damn Lieutenant

“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” as well as 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.

Kariba Surprise

Kariba Surprise

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. 

 

 

SMP brings together awesome local talent, some of the best, some unknowns and hopefuls and we get to work with great international artists as well! It’s a special event for many of us, great artisitic oppurtunity, 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 summer 2014 release of “Timeless Cool”

 

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International Update: Album “Timeless Cool”

The album “Timeless Cool” is the sophomore album of Swamp Music Players(SMP) and is really exciting as it features notables from the USA and United Kingdom as well as the Victoria BC music scene. “Timeless Cool” is still a home brewed indie effort but we have increased the production quality and bring lots of interesting artistic collaborations together. It really is a big leap forward for Swamp Music Players and we attempt to bring several genres of music together that make up swamp music! Swamp Pop of the 1950′s Rock’N’Roll variety,  good ole 1970′s Swamp Roots Rock and Country Rock/Americana/Alt-Country.Of course SMP brings that retro-futuristic and gonzo style so it’s not an oldies record but sincerely trying to pickup the banner and hold the high-ground for a timeless cool.

Timeless Cool album -SMP

Timeless Cool album

Some people like us because we are meat and potatoes, some people consider us kinda dark & arty, we are just happy so many people like what we are doing. That’s why we got our album “Timeless Cool” to the next level with the help of some amazing people! Please look forward to our Kickstarter coming next month and our album to be released this summer!

 

 

RJ Comer

RJ Comer, Los Angele, VIP

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

Wily Bo Walker

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

Joseph Gearheart

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 we consider it a compliment to say that his talents bring to our mind comparisons to Jim Croce or the best of John Denver.

 

Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy

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 composed a BettleJuice-esque carnival-boogie track for one of his monologues!

Swamp Girl , Danny Daze Photography

Swamp Girl

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 Mudfest  and has donated photography and contributed to the art style of Swamp Music Players!  

Special thanks to our international VIP’s
We also have the contribution of several musical talents from the local scene(read more) such as the the great performers such as Blake Andison, Hilary Beckett, Zinc Gizmo, Kariba Surprise and Matt S. Franke!

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A call to action, SMP needs you!

Hi folks! Swamp Music Players have our sophomore album coming out and furthering our fun comic!  It’s a super big deal to us! We need each and one of our friends to help us please! We recently have seen more interest from radio stations and the music industry so we have reached a critical point!

Timeless Cool album -SMP

Timeless Cool album

Our album “Timeless Cool” has several special guests from Los Angeles, London England, Virgina, Austin, Saskatchewan and the local Victoria scene that have loaned their talents to make this album a possible break-through! However we need your help to give this a real chance of escaping the icy clutches of anonymity. There are many ways you can help and it can be as humble as letting people know about SMP.

  • Tell people about SMP, upcoming album “Timeless Cool” and our Swamp comic art! (word of mouth,twitter, facebook, soundcloud)
  • Purchase our first album or tracks….heck we even have some new cool Swamp merch! Let people see and hear SMP!
  • Contribute to our Kickstarter for our “multi-media release” of our album and comic volume. The Kickstarter kicks-off in the month of May. Enjoy the special perks it will include! We will be very vocal about it on our twitter,facebook and blog just keep tabs on us!
  • Join our street team contact  info(at)lammergeier.net

We have already made a huge investment and just need enough funds to finish up about 20% of the pressing costs, ship to stations and press and make a dent in the comic production. We have spent hours nursing the project along with our obsolete 4-tracks, eMac computer and dime store studio equipment. It  just takes lots more sweat and many more hours to get it sounding professional with makeshift materials we could scavenge! Yes SMP really is a Cinderella team so there will be no steak dinners from any help that comes our way!

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 4

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 4

Local and international VIP’s have stepped up with lots of swamp love to give us a chance. The magnanimous “RJ Comer” of Los Angles, Wily Bo Walker of London UK, Joseph Gearheart of Virgina, Austin Texas TV personalty Jason Murphy and  artists Zhana’d’Arte and Danny-Daze-Photography have helped make “Timeless Cool” and our multi-media release a real special event.

RJ Comer

RJ Comer, Los Angele, VIP

We really hope this album will have enough legs that it can be a big thank you to the VIPs and our fans for having faith in us.
SMP itself is made up of several outsider artists that normally would never have a chance like this. It has been a difficult but fun journey and we hope it does not end soon!

If you want to help start sharing, keep tabs with us about our Kickstarter and if want to be part of our street team or more info on how to help contact Don Jon

contact Don Jon   —>          info@lammergeier.net

https://soundcloud.com/crushwb-smp

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/swampmusicplayers

(Merch) http://swampmusic.info/players/?page_id=6

https://www.facebook.com/swampmusicplayers

https://twitter.com/swampmusicinfo

Kickstarter? Will Update! It will be in May 2014!

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Sneak Peek of the Timeless Cool album!

Swamp Music Players have a new album coming up in July 2014! “Timeless Cool” is a collection of Americana and Swamp Rock, Swamp Pop and Swamp Blues tracks.
The album features several VIPs from Victoria music scene as well as some notables from USA and UK! We have our Kickstarter in 2014 to help launch this important release for us. Here are some of our tracks that will be on the album! Thank you for keeping the dream alive and we are very excited about this new album!!

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“Weeping Dynamite”, an Americana Roots Rock song

“Weeping Dynamite”

Swamp Music Players, one of our latest tracks featuring Matt Franke, is an Alternative Country Rock track in the tradition of 1970′s Americana Roots Rock. We are really excited about this track as a sneak preview release for our sophomore album “Timeless Cool” which should be released in 2014. You can hear the Northern Louisiana swamp music influences in the trembling tremolo guitar and shadowy drumming but we wanted to really drive that Southern Roots Rock home with that old Country feel also. Its already played on FM radio in Germany and online with Radio Kaos Caribou and 40FootHole Studio just to name a few! Lots of thanks to the amazing Matt Franke on vox and guitar with arrangements and composition by Deja-Drew. A thanks to the ever rock steady Earl Jr Jackson Black on swamp drums and the masterful Fanboat Captain on bass! The song is inspired by the true story of Don Danger Jon’s father, during the Cold War era, discovering by accident that a careless neighbor had dangerously unstable sticks of dynamite in an old shed.

Matt Franke on twitter https://twitter.com/KeepinItFranke

“FanBoat Captain” on twitter https://twitter.com/FanBoatCaptain

Deja-Drew on twitter https://twitter.com/drewbeckett

“Earl Jr Jackson Black” on twitter https://twitter.com/EarlJrJacksonBl

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Issue 3 of the Massacre in the Piney Woods ! (SMP Comic Strip)

Issue 3 of the SMP film noir comic strip! The noose is pulling tighter on Earl and Bijou while in the depths of the Piney Woods! The last issue of 2013 we look forward to a Kickstarter to try to crowd source some support to keep bringing you the dark adventures of the Swamp Music Players. France’s RKC – Radio Kaos Caribou
is the first organization to lend us support and promotion! Its a great online radio channel that has awesome eclectic tracks and have been good to the SMP! (check them out for sure!). We hope you like our film-noir retro comic and if so let us know on Facebook and Twitter, or e-mail us at info@swampmusic.info ! It has been tons of fun so far, with the story-boarding and writing/plot by SMP’s Don Danger Jon, additional writing/editing by Marcus Oppenheimer and the amazing  artwork of Zhana D Arte. 

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 1

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 1

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 2

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 2

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 3

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 3

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 4

The Massacre In The Piney Woods – issue 3 – page 4

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Reaction to the Swamp Music Players comic-strip

The reaction to the SMP comic-strip “Massacre in the Piney Woods” has been very positive! Some of the more notable supporters include Radio-Kaos-Caribou online radio which has offered to support our 2014 Kickstarter campaign. As well as great support from Wily Bo, RJ Comer and the Dance Hall Pimps. Even got a kind word and twitter support from music notables from Texas/Tennessee Zoe Ann and Mary Sarah! We hope everyone will check out our comic-strip we are very excited about it! SMP COMIC

 

 

 

 

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