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31st Jul 2014 Posted in: Blog, shopkeeper Comments Off on 1 day to launch – Dan Fogelberg & Mark Hallman

The Indiegogo campaign for The Shopkeeper, my documentary about Mark Hallman and The Congress House Studio launches tomorrow. Whew! A lot to do to make sure I’m ready.

Throughout the campaign, I’m going to introduce you to someone who’s recorded in the legendary Congress House. (It will be kind of like Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District,” except with musicians.) I’m calling it “Congress House All Stars.”

Since I haven’t launched yet, I’m taking the opportunity to link to artists Mark worked with before the Congress House. Today we will focus on Dan Fogelberg.

During the mid-70’s, Mark Hallman was in a band in Boulder, Colorado, called Navarro. Also living nearby in the mountains at the time was Dan Fogelberg. They knew each other from gigging in town, but Mark later went on to tour with Dan for several years. Hard to picture now, but in those days being a folk-rock musician meant touring on a private jet!

Here’s a video of Dan with some good Mark Hallman footage in it:


30th Jul 2014 Posted in: Blog, shopkeeper Comments Off on 2 Days and Counting: Cameron Crowe & Carole King

Congress House Alumni #-2: Carole King

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Okay, 2 days and counting to the kickoff of the indiegogo campaign for The Shopkeeper, my documentary about Mark Hallman and The Congress House Studio. So here goes a new thing.

I’m making this movie for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that the Congress House is a vortex of amazing artists that every music fan should be aware of. So every day during the campaign, I’m going to introduce you to someone who’s recorded in this legendary studio. It will be kind of like Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District,” except with musicians.

But in the couple of days before I actually start the campaign, I’m going to link to artists Mark worked with before the Congress House: Carole King and Dan Fogelberg.

During the mid-70’s, Mark Hallman was in a band in Boulder, Colorado, called Navarro. In a series of events I’ll be showing in the movie, Navarro became Carole King’s backing band for three albums and tours. So I thought you would enjoy this article by a very young Cameron Crowe, that captures that moment in time in all its mellow glory.

Click here: Carole King and Navarro mellow out


28th Jul 2014 Posted in: Blog, shopkeeper Comments Off on Four days to launch. Counting down: 4….

Omg, there are only 4 days until I launch the Indiegogo campaign for my documentary The Shopkeeper! So…tomorrow I’m going into my friend Martin Young’s studio to record the first of hopefully many songs I’ll be recording for the campaign.

The nearly 75 votes are in, and it’s…Angel From Montgomery!

So, I’m recording it tomorrow with Martin Young, and I’m going to have it available for free on Friday.  I’ll be sending out an email on Friday with a link.

Thank you, everyone, for all your great ideas. With luck and your support, we will have many more cover songs over the next month!

xo,

Rain


25th Jul 2014 Posted in: shopkeeper Comments Off on Siri is my friend

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I’m a little slow on the uptake. I only spent about twenty seven hours transcribing interviews and then about four hours researching transcribing software before I realized that the answer was in my hot little carpel tunnel-vulnerable hands. I watch the interview with headphones on and then dictate what I’m hearing into my phone. It takes awhile, but not as long as typing, but it’s soooo much easier on my hands. I can’t believe it took me this long to figure this out. Wow.


23rd Jul 2014 Posted in: Blog, shopkeeper 10

Hey everyone! Last night I asked on Facebook which cover song folks would like me to sing. Here’s why. I’m about to launch an Indiegogo campaign for The Shopkeeper, my documentary about Mark Hallman and the Congress House. I thought it would be fun to have some stretch goals, which are  incentives that make the campaign better for everyone. When I reach 100 backers, 200 backers, etc., everyone who backs the project gets a bonus without having to pay anything more.

(And btw: you can be one of the backers for only $1.)

I thought recording and releasing exclusive cover songs would be a blast. I will be launching the campaign in about a week. So here’s the scoop. I’m going to cover one of these songs – the one with the most votes by Saturday night – just for fun. And then, if I get 50 backers on Day 1 – at $1 or more – I will record Cover Song #2. Once I reach that goal, I’ll announce the next goal.

So now I need your vote! These are the suggestions I received on Facebook and boy, there were a lot of them – 70! In the comments section, which you reach by clicking the little comment icon above this post, please list your top three choices, in any order. You have until Saturday night to vote – deadline is July 26th.

Rock Me Like a Hurricane – Scorpians
Try A Little Tenderness (Sinatra version)
Cherry Cherry – Neil Diamond
Hurt – NIN
Brooklyn Owes The Charmer Under Me – Steely Dan
Julia – The Beatles
California – 2Pac
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
A house is not a motel- Love
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
Listen – Navarro
Closer – NIN
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
In My Life – Beatles
Breathe – Pink Floyd
Freebird – Lynrd Skynrd
Hemispheres by Rush
21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
Sidewalks of the City….. Lucinda
Promise, by Rome
Sidewalks of the City – Blondie
Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees
Love Hurts by Nazareth
Angel from Montgomery – John Prine
Black Coffee (various)
We Belong, Lowen and Navarro
What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
What a wonderful world – Sam Cooke
Love, Serve, Remember – John Astin
Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
I’m The Man – Joe Jackson
Closer – NIN (that’s two suggestions for that one)
What a wonderful World This Would Be,” Sam Cooke. 
The Waiting is the Hardest Part, Tom Petty
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone – Bill Withers
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Hot Child In the City – Nick Gilder
Angel From Montgomery – John Prine
Hey Bartender – Lady Antebellum
Killing the Blues – Shawn Colvin or Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf
Little Wonders – Rob Thomas
True – Spandau Ballet
Now Will Be The Time – ??
Summertime, from Porgy & Bess
Helplessly Hoping – CSN (&Y?)
Walk Away Rene – Drifters
I’ll Follow The Sun – Beatles
Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
Shooting Star – Bad Company
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole
Amazing Grace – traditional
Please Come To Boston – Dave Loggins (related to Kenny?)
If You Go Away – Dusty, Shirley, Barbra, Frank etc.
Rumour Has It – Adele
‘Restless’ – Alison Krauss
‘When You Say Nothing At All’ – Alison Krauss
 ‘Right Hand Man’. – Joan Osborne
Twisted!! – Joni Mitchell
Black Crow – Joni Mitchell
Heartless – Kanye West
Love Lockdown – Kanye West
“Love At First Sight” – Kylie Minogue’s 
“We Can’t Stop.” – Miley Cyrus
Love Vigilantes – New Order
Waiting for the Sirens Call – New Order
Only You – Sonny James