Two bands from Tucson, AZ and one artist from Basel, Switzerland. All recorded and produced by Gabriel Sullivan at Dust & Stone Recording Studio in Tucson, AZ.
The Dust & Stone Band for the evening:
Thøger T. Lund
For well over three decades Billy Sedlmayr has been at the hot and dry beating heart of Tucson music
From his teenage years in early Tucson punk bands like The Pedestrians, Billy went on to become a founding member of the legendary Giant Sandworms, later and still known as Giant Sand. That combo – Sedlmayr, Howe Gelb, Dave Seger and the late, legendary Rainier Ptacek – laid down a blueprint for Tucson music that is still being played out over thirty years later. Billy was a key player in a scene that included such other much loved bands like Naked Prey, Doo Rag, Al Perry & The Cattle, Green on Red and The Sidewinders. He later went on to play and record with Tucson local Rich Hopkins, and front other acts like Las Cruces.
It hasn’t always been an easy journey for Billy, and he spent portions of the 80s and 90s in lockup. It was, however, during his time inside that he really found his voice as a songwriter and storyteller, and boy does he have some stories to tell. With considerable help from Tucson musician Gabriel Sullivan and a huge cast of locals, Billy has finished recording his official first solo record, Charmed Life. Recorded at Waterworks Studio by Gabriel and Jim Waters, mixed at Wavelab Studio by Craig Schumacher, and featuring a numerous local and international musicians backing him up, the story-songs on Charmed Life are some of the most brutally honest and beautifully evocative tales to ever emerge out of the Sonoran Desert and Tucson’s kaleidoscopic musical underworld.
Crystal Radio, featuring Amelia Poe and Daniel Martin Diaz, sounds like a haunted western about ghosts and dreams, Ennio Morricone meets David Lynch. What began as a summer road trip in 2013 to the beautiful Arizona western towns of Jerome and Prescott, became the beginning of a three-year journey of creativity and the inspiration for the invention of Amelia's Crystal Theremin by DMD. The project is inspired by the mysticism of the West and Amelia’s ghost from 16th Century France, Elisabeth of Valois. There are two albums to this project: Ghost In You and Cleopatra Hill.
Ghost In You, Crowdsourced by Kickstarter, and Cleopatra Hill, were recorded at Ghost Town Studios in Jerome, Arizona, Tucson Arizona, and Aarhus, Denmark by producer Gabriel Sullivan (Giant Sand, XIXA), mixed in Aarhus Denmark by Nikolaj Heyman (Giant Sand, Desoto Caucus), and mastered by Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles.
Inez is a singer songwriter from Basel, Switzerland. Her upcoming album, 'Now', was recorded and produced by Gabriel Sullivan in Tucson, Arizona at Dust & Stone recording studio backed by local musicians, Gabriel Sullivan, Winston Watson, and Ryan Alfred.