A little history:
Way, way back in 2014, Key West Chris Rehm and Dani Hoy started playing music together in Key West, FL. Both are singer songwriters and performers and thought teaming up together to play music might help double the effort to get gigs and have some fun. Also, pay the rent.
They didn't really play each other's music until David "Redawg" Solinski became more prominent in their lives. Redawg plays a Zen Drum, an electronic drum machine that looks like some kind of space ship. Drum sounds are creating by smacking customizable knobs rhythmically. He invited Chris and Dani to play with him at a place then known as The Hen & Hound, just off Duval Street, and things took off.
Then Redawg took off and moved back to PA.
Deciding to keep the ball rolling, Dani and Chris put their thinking caps on. What to call the band… Dani puzzled over this one morning. "Let's see. We live in a place we call The Conch Rock Shanty… We have two whippets, which are hound dogs… Shanty Hounds?" Chris said, "THE" and, thus, The Shanty Hounds were born.
At KW Chris's open mic at McConnell's Irish Pub we met our next drummer, John Sausser, who wandered with his love Terri. John's pants were drooping so we lent him an electric chord to keep them up and a new friendship was born. John and Terri are from DC and are really great people.
Two years ago Dani and KW Chris began playing at Grunts Bar, 409 Caroline St. in Key West and things really got going. They were joined by house drummer and leader of The Bubba System Band, Paulie Walterson on percussion. They started playing on Thursday nights and then added on Sundays. Later, Paulie had to bow out for personal reasons and Bob Tucker, also from The Bubba System, stepped in on bass.
Lately John Sausser has been playing with the band on Thursdays at Grunts in order to prepare for the recording of the unnamed live CD. Grunts has become the band's "home bar" for the last two years and has become the absolute best place to catch The Shanty Hounds. So…
The Live CD
The Shanty Hounds Band have decided it's time to record a CD! The Live CD will include at least 10 songs, mostly originals from Key West Chris and Dani Hoy, done in their unique live way, plus a couple of fun covers. Recording the CD is Ian Shaw, who owns Warmfuzz studios, and is an indie producer who splits his time between the UK and Key West. He is busily working on many other projects, including Key West Chris's latest recordings.
The live recording will be done Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Grunts Bar, of course. The band will include Dani Hoy, Key West Chris, Bob Tucker and John Sausser. Obviously there are costs involved and they include:
• $150 - Paying the sound engineer/producer who will record the music that night as well as edit and mix the music to go onto the CD.
• $60 for a rough CD or mp3s
• $40 per hour to fix and mix any tracks (actual final cost not clear)• $200 - Paying Bob and John for their time.
• $350 - to have CDs created
• DVD creation, shipping costs, ordering additional reward items, etc.
It's going to be a fun, live creation and the Hounds are looking forward to making their first live CD.
Risks and challenges
Things always can go wrong. Band members could be ill, something could happen that Ian might not be able to be there. Logistics, equipment failure, issues with the venue, bad night, etc. There are many items that need to come together to make this live performance recording go well AND be fun.
In the event of a reschedule this Kickstarter will be adjusted accordingly and everything will be communicated. The Shanty Hounds are very excited about this opportunity and will do all they can to make sure they follow through professionally.
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