Kickstarter Pick: Tucson’s Billy Sed

 

He’s made music with local legends
like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave Seeger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian
and many more, a founding member of a scene that produced bands like Naked
Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand and more.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The beauty about Kickstarter projects is you don’t have to
even pretend to be nonpartisan – which, in the current political climate,
actually seems all the more valuable. So let this be considered a brief but
absolutely sincere endorsement from ye olde BLURT editor, okay? (I realize that
Kickstarter has become so ubiquitous nowadays that it risks attaining
jump-the-shark status among folks who tend to tune all the media and internet
static out, so apologies for adding to the white noise.)

 

I lived in Tucson,
Arizona, for 10 years, and for at
least 5 years before that, I had fallen in love with the music scene;
ultimately, the place got under my skin, bottom line. Among the musical icons I
encountered before, during and after my 1992-2001 tenure there was longtime
rocker Billy Sedlmayr. He’s one of the champs. Now, Gabriel Sullivan, another
musician who I have come to admire – after having lived there, but with no less
enthusiasm (read my previous profile of Sullivan right here) – is set to
produce Billy Sed’s debut solo album, and Sullivan along with some other
Tucsonans, including longtime BLURT blogger and contributor Carl Hanni, have
established a Kickstarter program to fund the project.

 

According to the Kickstarter description (which includes a smart video):

 

“Billy Sedlmayr has some stories he needs to tell, and that need to be
heard. For over three decades now Billy Sedlmayr has been deep in the fabric of
Tucson music, from his early days as an underage
musician playing dusty bars long since gone with punk rock pioneers The Pedestrians,
then playing with Giant Sandworms, laying down the blueprint for Tucson music. Over the
years Billy’s made music with local legends like Rainer, Howe Gelb, Dave
Seger, Rich Hopkins, Dan Stewart, Van Christian and many more, a founding
member of a scene that produced bands like Naked Prey, Green On Red, Giant Sand
and more.

 

“This project is the culmination of a now 2 year collaboration of Billy
Sedlmayr and Gabriel Sullivan. The two began playing music together in the
legendary Tucson
dive, The Red Room, and have since been working towards recording a solo
record of Billy Sedlmayr’s music. Gabriel will be producing the record and will
be recruiting his own band, Taraf de Tucson, to back Billy for the
recordings. The Create Co. (headed by Bryce Myhre) has been documenting
the sonic endeavors of Billy and Gabriel and will be filming the entire
recording process of the upcoming record.”

 

So there you have it. If you are intrigued, please check out the Kickstarter
page
and then direct yourself accordingly. ‘Nuf sed.

 

So to speak.

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