Track Premiere: New from Tucson’s Billy Sedlmayr

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Tune culled from Kickstarter-funded album, due in September.

By Blurt Staff

Last fall word arrived that Tucson musical legend Billy Sedlmayr (aka “Billy Sed” to friends and fellow musicians on the Arizona scene) was mounting a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new musical project. Spearheaded by Tucson’s Gabriel Sullivan (of solo and Giant Giant Sand fame), Charmed Life had a successful campaign and was completed earlier this year. Now we are pleased and proud—as lovers of Arizona rock in general and longtime fans of Sedlmayr specifically—to unveil a fresh track from the album for you, the discriminating BLURT reader. Check out “Hardbound”:

It’s the second single from Charmed Life which will officially arrive on September 30, available online and at shows.

Some background, per the Kickstarter campaign: “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 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.

“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… Sullivan produced the record and recruited 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 filmed the entire recording process.”

On the web: www.facebook.com/billysedlmayr

 

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