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By TY HAGER
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...and now for Country completely different!

What could be more fun than a wacked-out, raunchy comedy about a murdered country singer channeling his memoirs through a 12-year-old redneck kid?! How about if it's set to country music?!  

Oh HELL yeah!!

Not at all representative of the cast. Feller on the right looks KINDA like Ty.
Not at all representative of the cast. Feller on the right looks KINDA like Ty.

 

The idea for the "Dead Guy" novel, now country opera, came to Ty Hager nearly a quarter-century ago in Nashville - not too long after his stint as a homeless guy in 1993. It began as a screenplay, then a novel, then got put on a back-burner through a couple hundred more songs, a record deal, and an intermittent radio career. In 2012, Hager found those first few pages, and finished the novel in six months.

 “This is a creative, unique, and entertaining tale that deserves five stars”  indiesunlimited.com  

Now we're ready to turn this cool novel into a cool Concept Album (CD), and - next year - a MOVIE!! (This campaign for Concept Album only)

But first things first...we're raising $15K for the initial phase, which will cover recording and production, talent, CD artwork and duplication, publicity, taxes and fees, cost of Rewards, and hookers.

 Okay. No hookers. Here's a pie chart: 

 All right, dammit. HERE'S a pie chart: 

 

NOTE: The Creator hasn't budgeted any funds to pay himself, and has always maintained an "Everybody else gets paid first" philosophy. Should we exceed our funding goal, he might throw himself a bone. Maybe get a new pair of socks or something. Of course, "the Creator" is writing this, but likes to refer to himself in the third person. And as "the Creator." 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM 

TY HAGER – writer/project producer/”that drunk in the bar in Act I”
TY HAGER – writer/project producer/”that drunk in the bar in Act I”

Ty’s been writing and playing music for over three decades. He wrote the novel and the “Opry.” One day he hopes to claim this sh*t on his taxes. http://www.tyhager.com/

 
STEVE GOODIE – Musical Director/ Engineer/almost ever damned instrument
STEVE GOODIE – Musical Director/ Engineer/almost ever damned instrument

Steve and Ty met doing stand-up comedy in 1988. Since then, Steve’s produced most everything Ty’s released, while enjoying a comedy/music career which he has to claim on his taxes, and becoming one of Nashville’s top full-service demo producers. He's the best, and he's workin' for PEANUTS!! http://pitchperfectrecording.com/ (producer/engineer extraordinaire) or http://stevegoodie.com/ (wacky entertainer)


THE CAST 

(AND WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN…)

Sean Patrick McGraw – JARED WHALEY (the Dead Guy)
Sean Patrick McGraw – JARED WHALEY (the Dead Guy)

You may have seen him on Jimmy Kimmel Live or Nashville Star, or maybe caught him on tour with Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, or Dierks Bentley. Sean’s the Real Deal, and we’re pleased as punch to have him on board! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uahzfUC9g_M

Anna Lynn Ferris – ANGEL WHALEY (the wife/widow/defendant)
Anna Lynn Ferris – ANGEL WHALEY (the wife/widow/defendant)

Anna’s a Nashville newcomer with a big voice and an even BIGGER future! We're damned proud to introduce her to ya!!

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaLynnFerris/                                      

TENTATIVE PRODUCTION SCHEDULENovember, 2017 - Kickstarter Campaign, continue casting. December, 2017 - Campaign successful! THANKS!! (Hey, we said "tentative")! Complete casting, record basic tracks, distribute practice tracks and demos to cast. Send out those Digital Gifts (apart from the Project CD of course - it won't be done yet)! January, 2018 - Rehearsals, recording and mixing of instrumental tracks. February, 2018 - Cast recording, CD artwork, mixing and mastering of final project. March, 2018 - Complete CD, send for duplication. Possible live "Reader's Opry" performances in Nashville. Get rollin' on the MOVIE phase!! April, 2018 - Sendin' out the rest of them GIFTS (and maybe playin' a couple of House Concerts)!! And, you know, do some movie stuff.                                                                                                                           

FOR MORE INFO, JUST CLICK THE LINKS BELOW:

http://www.tyhager.com/deadguyopry.html 

https://deadguyopry.weebly.com/ (includes Ty's blog "Diary of a Kickstarter Campaign")

 

 

Risks and challenges

Plenty of challenges...not so much with the risks, unless you count lookin' kinda foolish. Not to worry - I'll look like the biggest fool of all...

That being said, I don't give a damn. I believe in this project and I believe in the people who believe in this project, and there are many ways to skin this cat! Kickstarter just seems to make the most sense, considering I ain't no Spring chicken and all...

One of my favorite quotes is by Teddy Roosevelt: "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

Tee hee. I just stuck that in there to make me look smart.

T.H.

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