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About

Hello there.

A quick history for you: We are Human Radio, a band that formed in the late Eighties in Memphis, worked the Southeast, got signed to Columbia, had a minor hit, toured the country, had a video on MTV, moved to Nashville, left the label, and disbanded in 1992. It was a pretty wild ride from start to finish (might even make a good book someday), and we all went our separate ways doing a wide variety of projects and vocations, reuniting occasionally in the 90s to bash it around a bit more.

Last Promo Shot of Band, 1991
Last Promo Shot of Band, 1991

But, unlike so many groups who have been through similar experiences, we have stayed close friends ever since, And when circumstances brought Ross Rice (vocals, keyboards, lyrics) back to Nashville in late 2014 where the other band members Kye Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Peter Hyrka (violin, guitar, vocals), Steve Arnold (bass, vocals), and Steve Ebe (drums, vocals) resided, there was simply no good reason not to continue the musical conversation started over 20 years before.

We started hanging out again, created new tunes generated from just playing together again. There is an undeniable chemistry afoot here. And now we are thinking....well, let's record it, get it out there somehow. And lo and behold, here is the beautiful new concept of "crowdfunding."

So we are asking for your donation, and here is what we intend to do with the money. We have started the project already out of pocket....we will use this money to pay for studio time to complete overdubs, mix and master the final product, pay for a CD and vinyl run with artwork and booklet, and all shipping and postage getting them to donors and press/radio.

After that, we hope to use additional funds to finish building our website, and then we want to secure a suitable venue for an evening, get a bunch of cool lights, a good sound system, and a roomful of good friends, and live record a series of videos in either Memphis or Nashville (possibly both.)

The budget we have worked out covers the expenses for all of this, with just a little padding. Additional funds will go to helping us get the music further out, to help the band get to locations yet unperformed!

Caricature by Michael Maness
Caricature by Michael Maness

 Thank you very much for any and all support making this music and subsequent performances happen!

Human Radio at Joe Pisapia's Studio, 2015
Human Radio at Joe Pisapia's Studio, 2015

Please enjoy a brief taste from our archives...."Me & Elvis" from a live Rock 103 broadcast on Beale St. Memphis, 1989...the original pre-CD ska version. Thanks for your interest!

Risks and challenges

The only challenges we might face once funded have to do with how we are received by the public at large. Will our old fans like the band's new material, the differentiation of sound? Will new fans be interested in a bunch of 50-something year old guys trying to bash about, singing about god-knows-what? Is there any relevance to what we are trying to do? We are trying to take a rock 'n' roll attitude about it now, no point in chasing modern trends and fashions. We sound like exactly like ourselves, and nobody else does!

At the end of the day, though, none of that really matters. This is a band of serious survivors, we have all made it through an array of professional hells, not all of them musical. And we have nothing to lose....not trying for the brass ring of big label deal, mass acceptance and success. It's kinda cliche, but we are in it for the love of playing the music again, finding our fans and friends out there. And we always find a way to make it happen when we love it.

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    All donations are gratefully accepted! Five bucks gets you the new record as a download, sent to your email, upon completion.

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    Your $10 donation to our project gets you a digital download AND CD of the upcoming release, sent directly to you....with our sincere thanks and appreciation!

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    For $25, you will receive the upcoming release as digital download and SIGNED CD, with your name listed in the credits!

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    ....Ah, but for just a little more, you get the download, signed CD, AND Vinyl! We love vinyl, and intend to provide a quality experience in that format! (Vinyl may take a little longer, please be patient!)

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    If your interest in the band goes a bit deeper, this is the reward tier for you. You will receive digital and analog copies of the upcoming release, PLUS a special collection (on CD and download) of archived material...live performances, radio broadcasts, and demos of unreleased material, including selections from the collection referred to as "Human Radio II," including fan favorites like "Wienie Roast In Tierra Del Fuego", "Love Dungeon", and "Have a Beautiful Day". This will provide you with the most comprehensive collection of the band's music possible!

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    If you're looking here, you might be a true fan of the band, someone who's been with us from day one! At this level you receive all of the above: new release in all formats, special archive collection, and elevated status to "TIERRA DEL FUEGAN" in the album credits. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL, FOLKS! We would also like to extend to you an invitation to an upcoming show as honored guest, with reserved seating and backstage access. PLUS, we have a list of our (personally) collected HR memorabilia we are donating to you, select items available on first come-first serve basis, one for each participant! Also, if you can be within range of the Memphis/Nashville axis for an evening, you will also receive an invitation to our live video shoot later this year!

    (If you are a fan overseas/outside of US, we will make these goodies available at this participation level and higher!)

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    Digging into the bands personal stash, we have managed to assemble eight copies of HUMAN RADIO on VINYL! They didn't really want to, but we insisted--well, OK, we begged--on getting a vinyl run of our eponymous Columbia debut. Apparently, we were one of the last "baby bands" given that luxury, as vinyl was seriously being phased out in 1990. Only one out of the seven is opened, so all are in great condition! So, all the perks of "Tierra Del Fuegan" status (see $100 tier), plus one of these babies, signed if you want, first come first serve. If you have already donated $100 or less, we can upgrade you. But we only have eight in house, so let's talk soon!

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    JUST ADDED! The band happens to also have a couple of guys who are bona fide "educators!" At this level of participation, you will receive all goodies and honors of "Tierra Del Fuegan" status, plus three 30-minute lessons with either Steve Ebe (drums), Ross Rice (keyboards, vocals, guitar), or Kye Kennedy (guitar), in person (Nashville/Memphis) or via Skype. We've learned a trick or two over the years....let us share some of our musical knowledge with you or a loved one/friend!

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    If you've ever wanted to sit in with the band, you might like this special reward. All of the music and "Tierra Del Fuegan" prizes and privileges at the $100 level PLUS your choice of 5 songs from the new record MINUS the instrument(s) of your choice...."Human Radio Minus One!" Or you can have everything but one instrument, just let us know, we'll customize the experience (within reason)!

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    Longtime fans of the band from the Memphis days may recall our side project "Nairobi Trio," where we indulged in our bizarre improvisational side, writing spontaneous songs in real time from direct audience input. Well, here we will take it to a new level, and write/record a tune....just for YOU! Tell us your parameters: genre, subject, vocal or instrumental? You can even give us poetry, we'll whip something up....and you'll even get writers credit! Plus all the aforementioned goodies of the "Tierra Del Fuegan" status (see above).

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    A donation at this level means a great deal to us! We would love to show our appreciation by one of the following. We'd like to invite you to dinner and music with the band in Nashville, where we will cook for you (and a friend), enjoy an evening of repast, then pick and grin a little, maybe even take requests! If you are elsewhere within a 200 mile radius (including Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville) we will travel to your home/location and perform an acoustic show in your living room, backyard, wherever (just not in the rain). We can be available for house concerts further away than 200 miles for $1000+ donations. OR we can give you three hours in the studio (your choice, in Memphis or Nashville, studio rates not included) to record whatever the heck you want! Plus of course all privileges of "Tierra Del Fuegan" status....and we'll even write you that tune!

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