About this project
Spencer & Rains, The Skeleton Keys
An Album of Music and a Book of Collaborative Illustrations for Each Song
THANK YOU! We have reached our goal, however, the budget for the project is well above $10,000. We can still very much use your support! Please consider pre-buying your copy of The Skeleton Keys through this campaign.
Tricia Spencer & Howard Rains came up with an idea about a year ago: they would record a new CD with their band, The Skeleton Keys, and make a book of collaborative illustrations for each song.
Both Tricia and Howard are old time fiddlers, singers, and multi-instrumentalists steeped in the traditional music of Texas and the mid-west. They are also both artists each with a unique style. In much the same way they have collaborated with their fiddles, they are collaborating with their artwork on this project.
On the recording, Spencer & Rains will be joined by their band, The Skeleton Keys. The Skeleton Keys come from across the United States. Charlie and Nancy Hartness, on ukulele and guitar respectively, hail from Athens, Georgia. Brendan Doyle is featured on banjo and has mid western roots in Minnesota but now lives in Oakland, California. Emily Mann is on the bass and also comes from the Bay Area in Berkeley, California.
The recording will feature 17 songs and tunes. Each tune will be collaboratively illustrated by Howard and Tricia. Howard paints the subject matter of the song in watercolor and Tricia creates the border in pen and ink. The book will be offset color printed and housed in beautifully printed letter press cover.
The entire project will be created with the help of the Old Time Tiki Parlour in Los Angeles. The Tiki Parlour is run by David Bragger and has a mission for preserving and presenting living traditional music and folk art.
This will be a completely unique project and we hope you will join us by supporting it.
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and visit the Old Time Tiki Parlour to learn more about the folks we will be working with:
Walk Around My Bedside
These are the 18 collaborative illustrations that will be featured in in the Skeleton Keys book. If you buy a painting through this campaign, your name will be featured in the book on the page of notes corresponding to the painting purchased. Work will be added as it is completed and will be removed as it is sold. Once a piece is sold and it is removed from this page, it will not be seen again until it is published in the book.
Note: "The Skeleton Keys" watermarks are not actually on paintings!
THE WORK $375 each
- Cover Art (unfinished)
Track 1: SOLD
Track 2: Walk Around My Bedside I (Portrait of Tony Bass)
Track 3: SOLD
Track 4: SOLD
Track 5: SOLD
Track 6: SOLD
Track 7: SOLD
Track 8: SOLD
Track 9: SOLD
Track 10: SOLD
Track 11: SOLD
Track 12: When First Unto This Country (portrait of the Gant Family)
Track 13: SOLD
Track 14: SOLD
Track 15: Walk Around My Bedside II
Track 16: SOLD
- Track 17: SOLD
ALTERNATIVE WORK THAT WILL NOT BE USED IN BOOK $275 each
Tom Sherman’s Barroom
Miller Boy (SOLD)
When First Unto This Country
I Truly Understand
Walk Around My Bedside (SOLD)
Risks and challenges
Every crowd-funded project has it's own set of challenges. You might ask yourself, "What risks are there in contributing to this campaign?"
Tricia and Howard have carefully worked out every detail of this project, from budgeting, to recording, artwork, and printing. Spencer & Rains have run several successful kickstarter campaigns and feel confident that, with your help, this one will be a success, as well.
The biggest risk to you is a late delivery date on any rewards. They are, however, working hard to get everything done and have every expectation that rewards will be delivered by June.
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