This project's funding goal was not reached on May 14, 2011.
About this project
My name is Ben Cyllus. I'm a performing singer-songwriter from Detroit, living in Nashville. My goal is to make a classic record, and to share the experience with you.
Like a great photograph that documents a moment in time that we wouldn't want to forget, Kickstarter gives us an opportunity to point the lens together, and capture a moment that will never come again.
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A modern classic record. Working title: "Side A Side B." Two EPs--one to be recorded in Nashville, and the other in Detroit. All songs for each have been written in their respective cities. Thus, each will have it's own distinct sound and theme.
To be recorded: May & June 2011, to be released: Summer 2011.
WHERE? SIDE A (Nashville - Music City) - Toybox Studios, http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com
SIDE B (Detroit - Motor City) - The Mezzanine
Side A (Nashville, Music City):
Lex Price, Producer (k.d. lang, Mindy Smith, Matthew Perryman Jones): http://www.lexprice.com
Alan Bennett, Songwriter: http://www.realactual.com
PJ Smith, Songwriter: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PJ-Smith/377065655579
Fred Eltringham, Drums (Wallflowers, k.d. lang): http://www.myspace.com/eltringhamfred
John Deadrick, Keys (James Taylor, Patty Griffin, Michael McDonald): http://www.yamaha.com/artists/johndeaderick.html
Will Kimbrough, Guitar (Emmylou Harris, the Jayhawks, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine): http://www.willkimbrough.com
Guthrie Trapp, Guitar (Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, 18 South): http://www.guthrietrapp.com
John Jordan, Filmmaker: http://www.johnjordanfilms.com
Side B (Detroit, Motor City):
John Smerek, Producer/Engineer (The Paybacks, The Deadstring Brothers, Detroit Cobras): http://www.gearwire.com/john-smerek-white-room.html
John Howard, Co-Producer/Guitar/Songwriter (Ben Cyllus)
Kenny Tudrick, Guitar/Drums (Kid Rock, Detroit Cobras, Bulldog): https://www.facebook.com/pages/CANNON/108530309169161?v=info
Pete Ballard, Pedal Steel (Deadstring Brothers, Ben Cyllus, Bulldog):
Additional players include:
Mark Sentle, drums (Ben Cyllus)
Thomas Bergendahl, bass (Ben Cyllus)
Executive Producer: Monty Hitchcock, M.Hitchcock Management: http://www.mhmgmt.com
WHY $13,000? $13K is really just enough to make the type of recording we intend to make--an album of significance that will stand up over time. It's not uncommon for major labels to spend $200K on a recording. We plan to use the funds for the recording process, artwork, photography, packaging, duplication AND to make a music video. (We plan to stretch every dollar.) Without your support, none of this is possible. This is a team effort, all around.
In 2005, I released an album called "Cinnamon Matinee" that was ranked as one of the Top 10 national releases by music editor, Brian Smith of Metro Times (Detroit). Link to story: http://www2.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8754
In 2009, my band and I played Austin City Limits Music Festival. Link to site: http://www.aclfestival.com
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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