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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, March 5 2016 5:32 AM UTC +00:00

About

Join the Grammy-nominated supergroup CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY in keeping the Chicago Blues alive by becoming a fan, supporter, associate producer or executive producer of their new 2-CD album Alive and Kicking

This project hopes to reunite this group's two generations of Chicago Blues’ greatest living artists and pioneers, including Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson, Lurrie Bell, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Zora Young, among others. These illustrious inheritors of the Chicago Blues tradition will come together with today’s rising Blues stars, not only to bear witness to the history, influence and power of this music but to help propel Chicago Blues into it’s future.

These musicians are dedicated, determined and ready to make their contribution to this publicly funded major album event.

Read our story and watch the videos below to experience why we're so excited about this project!

Chicago Blues: A Living History at Montreux in 2012, where they shared the stage with Bob Dylan.
Chicago Blues: A Living History at Montreux in 2012, where they shared the stage with Bob Dylan.

A NOTE FROM PRODUCER LARRY SKOLLER:

“As a longtime musician and producer who came up in the Chicago Blues scene, I have had the privilege of bringing together some of the most creative and acclaimed Blues artists performing today. Together we have created two extraordinary albums of Chicago Blues music celebrating the evolution of this tradition that have won international acclaim, including a Grammy nomination. I am hoping to bring these great players, along with the new generation of Chicago Blues artists, into the studio one more time.

Producing independent non-commercial music today is always a labor of love that relies on help from our friends and neighbors. If you love this music and want to support these artists, please join me in this adventure in music and in heart. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

We need your support to produce Alive and Kicking…

The songs, sound, myths and masters of Chicago Blues have had an incalculable influence on American society and the world. Chicago Blues has consistently proven its importance in that it has provided the foundation for much of the music we listen to today, including Rock’n Roll, Pop, even Hip Hop and Rap. Driven by the immense pride they take in Chicago Blues, the supergroup CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY is dedicated to keeping this musical genre alive by honoring the past, celebrating the present and guaranteeing the future of one of America’s most influential art forms. 

CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY unites two generations of Chicago Blues' greatest living artists that include this genre's pioneers as well as musicians who have been directly mentored by the originators of this tradition—the legendary Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson, Lurrie Bell, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Magic Slim (1937-2013), Ronnie Baker Brooks and Zora Young, among others. Through an ongoing and unprecedented collaboration tracing the evolution of Chicago Blues from its birth in the 1940s to the present day, these artists bear witness to the history, influence and power of this music in its purest form and sustain Chicago Blues as a living tradition.

With two highly acclaimed double-CD albums already under their belt—Chicago Blues: A Living History (2009) and Chicago Blues: A Living History—The (R)evolution Continues (2011)—and with a Grammy Award nomination and many other awards and critical recognition, these extraordinary artists are now ready to embark on the production of the third volume of this continuing tribute entitled Chicago Blues: A Living History—Alive and Kicking.

BY MENTORING THE NEW GENERATION OF BLUES ARTISTS, OUR NEW ALBUM ALIVE AND KICKING WILL PROPEL CHICAGO BLUES INTO THE FUTURE!

Alive and Kicking… The title says it all—that, despite the lack of support of the mainstream corporate music industry, the Blues is ALIVE and remains as important and relevant as ever. Alive and Kicking’s mission is to propel the Chicago Blues into its future by passing the torch from this music's masters to the newest generation of Blues artists. This album will feature many of the veteran musicians of CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY as they mentor the album’s featured younger artists, who will collaborate on songs with their mentor and also record other songs on their own. We will be working toward having original, contemporary songs reflecting each artist’s own personal stories and experiences, in the same way that the songs of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonnyboy Williamson and other Blues pioneers reflected their lives in their own time.

Production

Larry Skoller is a two-time Grammy-nominated producer and creator of CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY. He is the founder and president of Raisin' Music Records & Production, an award-winning independent label dedicated to traditional music. For the past fifteen years, he has been at the forefront of actively supporting Chicago Blues as a producer and educator. His label's latest release is Muddy Waters 100, the authorized centennial tribute to the king of Chicago Blues, which has been nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. He will be at the creative helm of this momentous production and will be calling on the same team involved in his previous efforts.

Which includes, of course, the Living History Band—Felton Crews, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Matthew Skoller, and Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith. This group of all-star Chicago Blues veterans is a veritable dream-team when it comes to laying down the heaviest Chicago Blues grooves. We will also be calling on other great Chicago sidemen to fill out our all-star roster. 

Blaise Barton, Grammy award-winning sound engineer of Joyride Studios in Chicago, will once again be overseeing the recording, mixing and mastering of this album. 

The package

The album package will contain two CDs in a collector's edition consisting of a deluxe full-color 8-panel digipack with a slide-out 36-page booklet as per the format of the previous two albums. 

The packaging for the new album will continue the concept of volumes 1 and 2.
The packaging for the new album will continue the concept of volumes 1 and 2.

The booklet will contain detailed track listings, liner notes and plenty of additional information plus photos of the artists at work. In addition, all Supporters of this project will be listed on a page (or more!) dedicated to those who have helped us reach our Kickstarter goal. Associate Producers will have their names on the main credits page along with the artists and production team. Executive Producers will have their names on the back cover as well as on the credits page. Our Blues Messiahs will have their names on the back cover and a page of their own in the CD booklet.

Our budget—what's involved:

This project might seem expensive, but just think for a moment about what’s involved: at least fifteen top-notch musicians, an experienced production team, transportation, rehearsal and recording studio time, sound engineers, mixing and mastering, photography, graphics, mechanical licences, printing and pressing… and that's just for creating the new CD for all our donors. 

Our pledge offerings:

No tricks, no gimmicks… every gift we are offering for our different pledge levels is a real piece of CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY's story. For us, it's ALL about the music, and we have opened our entire recording library to make this possible. Overall, we are using one-third of our total budget to cover the cost of the gifts we're offering for the different pledge levels.

For pledges of $100 and up, we have created official designations of SUPPORTER, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and our ultimate category of Chicago Blues MESSIAH! To show our appreciation for your support, we will create special visibility in the CD package (see above and in the pledge descriptions for details) so that your name will be forever etched in the history of Chicago Blues. 

If we surpass our funding goal:

Depending on the amount pledged over our goal, we are hoping to use additional funds to: 

  • release and distribute Alive and Kicking internationally; 
  • invest in the promotion of this album: press relations through classic and social media, cultivating radio airplay, producing videos and special events; 
  • extend our project's reach through education—CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY has already played an active role in Blues education around the world, hosting an array of programs: Blues in the Schools, conferences and seminars on the history of the Blues, as well as musical instruction and masterclasses. If we surpass our financial goal, we plan on continuing this educational component by going into the the Chicago schools with the musicians and their music. We can also provide a certain number of inner-city schools with copies of the Alive and Kicking CD, to help teach students the importance of the Blues as it relates to the culture and history of their city, inspiring future generations of Chicago Blues musicians and fans. 
Chicago youth program students in the studio with Chicago Blues: A Living History in 2012.
Chicago youth program students in the studio with Chicago Blues: A Living History in 2012.

We'll be informing you regularly on the album's progress…

We are aiming to have the finished CD by the end of 2016. We are already making decisions on the musicians we would like to have involved. All donors will receive updates by email about the artists as they come on board, the track choices, the actual recording dates and any other interesting information about this production as it progresses.

Help us spread the music and the message of CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY—Alive and Kicking. Working together, we can obtain an unprecedented result that will be an invaluable investment, in music and in heart!

You can visit the following websites to learn more about us:

www.chicagobluesalivinghistory.com

www.larryskoller.com

www.raisinmusic.com

Please take the time to watch the following videos to experience what CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY is all about…

This first video is an overview of CHICAGO BLUES: A LIVING HISTORY, produced in conjunction with their Grammy-nominated debut album release:

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Lurrie Bell performs "Our Love Will Never Die":

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 Billy Boy Arnold performs "My Little Machine":

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 Billy Branch performs "One More Mile":

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 John Primer performs "They Call Me John Primer":

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 Carlos Johnson performs "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong":

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Risks and challenges

Because of the nature of this kind of ensemble recording, our guest artists will be confirmed once the project is officially funded. The completion date is scheduled for the end of 2016. Allowing for the availablity of the artists involved and their scheduling issues, we will do the utmost to respect this date.

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    – digital downloads of both previous albums, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)"
    – both of the two previous albums in their original deluxe double-CD packaging, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)"
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    – digital downloads of both previous albums, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)
    – both of the two previous albums in their original deluxe double-CD packaging, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)"
    – the CD "Chicago Blues: A Living History/LIVE" (limited to 300 subscribers)
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    For this amount and over, you will be named as a Chicago Blues MESSIAH. Our rewards will be customized to each pledge at this level; we will contact you to discuss your options.

    Your name will be listed as a Chicago Blues MESSIAH on the back cover and on a special page of the "Alive and Kicking" CD booklet.

    You will also receive a custom framed certificate, signed by members of the group, acknowledging your generous contribution to the project and to the future of the Chicago Blues.

    Of course, you will also receive:
    – a hard copy of the "Alive and Kicking" double-CD, signed by members of the group
    – a digital download of the album "Alive and Kicking"
    – a digital download of an exclusive bonus track
    – digital downloads of both previous albums, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)"
    – both of the two previous albums in thier original deluxe double-CD format, "Chicago Blues: A Living History (Vol. 1)" and "The (R)evolution Continues (Vol. 2)
    – the CD "Chicago Blues: A Living History/LIVE" (limited to 300 subscribers)
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