About this project
Hobnobbin' with Slim Man
I want to do an audio podcast that features conversations with creative people involved in the entertainment business. I want to talk with not only the folks in front of the velvet curtain--the musicians, singers, and entertainers--I want to also talk with the people behind the scenes, the producers, writers, songwriters, and executives.
Maybe you haven't heard of Angelo Petraglia. But you may have heard of The Kings of Leon. Angelo produced Kings of Leon, he gave them their signature sound.
Maybe you haven't heard of legendary music biz wiz Patrick Clifford, but you might have heard of the Neville Brothers. Patrick signed them and lots more.
Let's chat with people on both sides of the show biz curtain.
Perhaps you haven't heard of Robert Ellis Orrall. But maybe you've heard of Taylor Swift. Robert co-wrote a lot of the songs on Taylor's first CDs, and and has an incredible punk/pop label called Infinity Cat. Robert is a fascinating cat himself!
There's a slight chance you may not know Carl Griffin. But you may have heard of Diana Krall. Carl signed her and lots of others. Why not have conversations with the artists and the people who signed them? Let's look at both sides!
I just spoke with my goodest buddy, guitarist Marc Antoine. He just got back from Cuba, where he did a concert with Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Chucho Valdez and lots of others. I'd love to find out all about it. Wouldn't you?
I want to talk with the people who are involved in all aspects of the creative process. I want to find out about how they did what they did, about what they're doing now, and about the stories of their lives.
I want to do these chats face to face. I want to avoid the telephone. There's something about having a conversation with someone while you are in the same room!
And I want it to be funny. Humorous. Light-hearted. Lively.
It will be a weekly audio podcast, about an hour long.
I'll start off each podcast with a little story about what's been happening around the Slim Shack that week, and I'll chat about my latest recipe.
And then I'll chat with my guest. I'll close the show with a song, maybe just me at the piano, singing. Maybe a Slim Man song that you've never heard. Maybe a song from the new Rat Pack Tracks CD!
I need some help getting the whole thing started. Travel expenses, equipment, social media marketers, publicists to spread the word...I need some assistance in getting the ball rolling!
That's what I want to do...a podcast about music, food, and the stories of the people who create the entertainment that keeps the show biz machinery rolling along.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is getting show biz folks to commit to having conversations with me. I have the contacts. But creative people live complicated lives! Sometimes people commit and then back out. Sometimes they confirm and don't show up. We're dealing with artists here, and artists are temperamental types!
The biggest challenge I face with this Kickstarter campaign is...podcasts are free. If I were trying to raise funds for a cookbook or a CD, I could offer either of those as rewards. So it's a challenge to figure out what to give folks as rewards.
So...I figured, why not have the new Slim Man Rat Pack CD as a reward? I love the way it sounds, and it will be a great way to give you Slim People something in return for your support. I'm not gonna put it up for sale on Amazon, or anywhere besides the Slim Man website.
I did a radio show in Baltimore, Maryland, for about 8 years. It was a Sunday morning jazz show, and I talked to lots of artists about their music and their lives. It was my favorite part of the show. I had some great conversations with some really interesting people.
I've got some experience at this. I know I can do it.
I just need your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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