Short Round Stringband is a band born of friendship, inspiration, and passion for our musical heroes. Our very first concert together was a tribute to the great John Hartford, an artist who inspired each of us in our musical journeys. When we get together, we listen to music, we examine music, we debate music, and we participate in musical evolution as we pay homage to our heroes and add our own dose of Short Round Stringband to the music they created and perpetuated.
In all this milieu of musical traditions, we didn’t count Bill Monroe as a direct hero for our band. We appreciated his musical contributions to bluegrass, early country, and hillbilly music. We knew the music he played evolved from the musical traditions he experienced from the people around him. We knew he had a knack for innovation and we knew that perhaps his greatest contribution was leading a new generation of musicians to innovate for themselves.
As an old-time band, we don’t think of ourselves as playing bluegrass music (even though those lines are often so blurry). So, as we sat in the campground at Bill Monroe’s Music Park in Bean Blossom, IN in the spring of 2017, we laughed and laughed when Clarke “Wildcard” Wyatt said, “You know what we should do? We should record a Bill Monroe tribute album.” As this idea took root, we started to realize how much Monroe's innovation had trickled down to our individual styles and even band approach.
We headed into the project thinking what we would produce would be so different from Bill Monroe’s own music: an old-time band covering the father of bluegrass. And it was different. And then it wasn’t. In the end, we did just what we think Bill Monroe would have wanted us to do: we followed his lead and then we made it our own. We hope that somewhere out there, Bill’s just shaking his head, smiling knowingly and saying, “That ain’t no part of nothin’.”
As artists, we often feel compelled to produce music, not so much because we NEED to, but because we HAVE to. We have these songs, these stories, that we are driven to tell, to perpetuate, to share. For the sharing of these stories and songs to be meaningful, we rely on the people that want to hear them, the people that are willing to enter into a musical partnership with us. This partnership is as old as time. This partnership makes art happen. It makes art significant and relevant.
That’s what you do for us - you make our art meaningful and we thank you for it. Today, we ask you to be an even more integral part of this musical partnership. We ask you to support this latest of our musical projects, our tribute to Bill Monroe, “Ain’t No Part of Nothin’”.
Earlier this year, we went into the studio and recorded 14 tracks. Fourteen of our favorite Bill Monroe songs and tunes complete with banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolin, upright bass, two-part harmonies, three-part harmonies, four-part harmonies, sad songs, happy tunes, and a gospel number or two. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished on this album so far and we’re excited to bring it to fruition.
That’s where you come in. With your support, we will be able to finish the mixing and mastering of the album tracks, hire a graphic designer to design the packaging, pay licensing fees so the estate of Bill Monroe gets its due, and pay to have the album manufactured. Also, as a companion to this album, we’ll have our very first Short Round Stringband comic zine.
MIXING AND MASTERING: $1,800
ALBUM ART, PHOTOS, GRAPHIC DESIGN: $1,500
MAILING COSTS AND KICKSTARTER FEES: $1000
FIRST RUN ALBUM MANUFACTURING: $1,500
If we’re lucky enough to raise more than our goal, we’ll use the extra funds to promote the album across various media platforms, including print media and radio.
Apart from the good feeling you’re going to get from supporting this project, there is something in it for you. Whether it’s an early copy of the album before anyone else gets it, a handmade item by Kelly and Betse, among the first to read our Short Round Stringband comic, a lesson on your favorite instrument, or your very own house concert, we’ll show our thanks by sharing our art and doing our best to make your contribution worth your while.
We can’t do it without you. This is an all or nothing campaign. Either we raise our goal or we don’t receive any funds. That truly would be “no part of nothin’”. You, however, can be part of something. Be a part of our something.
The Short Round Stringband thanks you.
Enjoy our Early Recordings, released in early 2018!
Risks and challenges
We don't foresee too many challenges or snags in the process. Our plan is to deliver rewards in early July!
If you have any specific inquiries about the project, we are happy to personally address any questions, comments, or concerns.
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