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A collaboration of art and music; a recorded album of music and a book of illustrations representing each song.
A collaboration of art and music; a recorded album of music and a book of illustrations representing each song.
179 backers pledged $11,698 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Visit our website to learn more about us:

www.SpencerandRains.com

and visit the Old Time Tiki Parlour to learn more about the folks we will be working with:

www.OldTimeTikiParlour.com

Song Sample

Walk Around My Bedside

Paintings Available

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

  1. Cover Art (unfinished)
  2. Track 1: SOLD

  3. Track 2: Walk Around My Bedside I (Portrait of Tony Bass)

     

  4. Track 3: SOLD

  5. Track 4: SOLD 

  6. Track 5: SOLD

  7. Track 6: SOLD

  8. Track 7: SOLD

  9. Track 8: SOLD 

  10. Track 9: SOLD

  11. Track 10: SOLD

  12. Track 11: SOLD

  13. Track 12: When First Unto This Country (portrait of the Gant Family)

     

  14. Track 13: SOLD

     

  15. Track 14: SOLD

  16. Track 15: Walk Around My Bedside II

     

  17. Track 16: SOLD

  18. 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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    Brand New "Fiddlers #3" Zine

    Third in the “Fiddlers” series of zines. This zine will be created exclusively for the backers of this project and limited to an edition of 100. Howard Rains has been painting traditional musicians and fiddlers in particular for many years. This zine will feature a variety of musicians as well as other images and subjects Howard has encountered on his travels. A zine is a small art booklet.

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    "The Skeleton Keys" Book & CD

    Spencer & Rains new book of art and CD of music, The Skeleton Keys. The album will consist of 17 songs and tunes performed by Spencer and Rains and the Skeleton Keys, each song will be collaboratively illustrated by Tricia and Howard. The book will feature extensive notes and stories on each song and will be offset color printed with a striking letterpress printed cover. Each book will be stamped with a number 1-1,000.

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    "The Skeleton Keys" and "Fiddlers #3"

    Spencer & Rains new book of art and CD of music, The Skeleton Keys. The album will consist of 17 songs and tunes performed by Spencer and Rains and the Skeleton Keys, each song will be collaboratively illustrated by Tricia and Howard. The book will feature extensive notes and stories on each song and will be offset color printed with a striking letterpress printed cover. Each book will be stamped with a number 1-1,000.
    Also, a copy of "Fiddlers #3"
    Third in the “Fiddlers” series of zines. This zine will be created exclusively for the backers of this project and limited to an edition of 100. Howard Rains has been painting traditional musicians and fiddlers in particular for many years. This zine will feature a variety of musicians as well as other images and subjects Howard has encountered on his travels. A zine is a small art booklet.

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    Complete Spencer & Rains Discography

    The complete Spencer & Rains catalogue! “The Old Texas Fiddle Vol I" (CD), “The Old Man and the Old Woman" (CD), The Old Texas Fiddle Vol II" (CD), “The Spotted Pony" (CD/DVD), as well as “The Skeleton Keys” (CD & Book).
    Do you already have our complete catalogue? Get your Christmas shopping done early!

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    Alternative art from "The Skeleton Keys"

    Often Howard created more than one piece for a song. These are alternative original paintings that will not be featured in the book and will not have Tricia's border.
    You will also receive a copy of the book and album “The Skeleton Keys.”

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    Original art from "The Skeleton Keys"

    One of 18 of the original 6”x9” collaborative illustration from Spencer & Rains’ new book and CD of music, The Skeleton Keys. Each piece is hand painted by Howard Rains and Tricia Spencer. By purchasing an original work, your name will be added to the corresponding page of notes relating to the art work.
    With the original artwork, you will also receive a copy of the book and album “The Skeleton Keys.”

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    Commisioned art from Howard & Tricia

    One commissioned piece of art collaboratively created by Howard and Tricia done in watercolor and pen and ink. The subject to be determined by the backer. Size: 10"x14"
    With the original artwork, you will also receive a copy of the book and album, “The Skeleton Keys.”

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    Concert anywhere in the United States

    Tricia & Howard will come to your hometown anywhere in the United States and lead a workshop, play a concert, and host a jam. Valid up to one calendar year after campaign's completion.

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    Concert in Europe or Australia

    Tricia & Howard will fly to your hometown in Europe or Australia and lead a workshop, play a concert, and host a jam. Valid up to one calendar year after campaign's completion.

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Funding period

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