After entertaining fans in the Northwest for five years, local musicians Sid Beam, Joe Casprowiak, and David Fournier of Gumbo are expected to release their debut album, 'Never Tell Me To Quit' at the end of this month, which includes 'Money', written by Stan Freberg. As part of the promotion, they are giving away the 'Money' CD single away for free.
Corvallis, OR June 9, 2009 -- 'Never Tell Me To Quit' is the appropriate title track for musicians that have been playing individually for more than 40 years in Oregon. After five years of playing together as Gumbo, these three musicians have found the right groove, the right record label, and the right studio to capture nine of Sid Beam's well-crafted original songs and three vintage covers in their first album, 'Never tell Me To Quit'. Included on the album is the 50 year old Stan Freberg tune, 'Money', a cheerful and energetic romp on currency ironically appropriate given the current state of the economy.
Gumbo is giving 'Money' away for free. It's been almost 50 years since the song 'Money', written by Stan Freberg, has been licensed. The last official recording was by June Carter. Wild Rose Artists has obtained a license from Kavelin Music, in Santa Monica, CA, to distribute the song on Gumbo's 'Never Tell me to Quit' album. They have also received permission to make the recording available for free to individuals as downloadable MP3's on itunes and from the Wild Rose Artists website. Upon hearing the new recording, Frank Kavelin declared Gumbo's version "excellent." Local fans can pick up their own free copy of the single at Gumbo's upcoming performances.
The year 2009 marks Oregon's 150th year as a state. As it turns out, comedian and author of 'Money' Stan Freberg, has a unique connection to Oregon's Centennial and now to Oregon's Sesquicentennial. Fifty year ago, the Oregon Centennial Commission asked Freberg to write a musical to commemorate the state's 100th birthday. Freberg created the 21-minute musical Oregon! Oregon! A Centennial Fable in Three Acts. The Blitz Weinhard Brewing Company sponsored the effort, Capitol Records recorded it, and it was released in 1959 as part of the Centennial celebration.
For the state's Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary), an updated version of Oregon! Oregon! is being prepared by Freberg and the Portland band Pink Martini. Freberg is now 82 and lives in Los Angeles. Pink Martini will present the updated version in four performances around the state during the Fall of this year.
Gumbo's recording of Freberg's 'Money' is already seeing air time on radio stations, internet, and satellite radio where it gets high ratings from listeners. "It's a tongue-in-cheek, jubilant parody of the greed that caused our current economic quandary. We have fun singing it and hope that lots of people at least get a chuckle out of it." says Sid Beam.
Gumbo has also been selected to play at the Choochokam Music and Arts Festival on Whidbey Island in Langley, Washington.
For more information on Wild Rose Artists or Wild Rose Studios, contact Kira Wadman at 541-758-0123
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