New Album and Kickstarter Coming Feb 1, 2018
Conspire to Smile is a new album from Reid Genauer & Folks: less formally stated, Reid and his friends, a Kickstarter campaign and a social “thought experiment” of sorts. It's a collection of re-told songs about compassion and positivity, covers of songs that have universal messages of love, and strength. It also includes two originals: “Conspire To Smile,” the title track and the first studio recording of the original lineup of Strangefolk since the recording of A Great Long While in 1998/99, and the debut of “Amplified Messiah,” the first studio recording of the original Assembly of Dust lineup since Some Assembly Required in 2009.
WHEN: February 1, 2018
WHERE: We will begin releasing tracks online for free on a rolling basis and begin our Kickstarter campaign.
WHAT: Here's a partial (read teaser) list of the tracks...
1. Conspire To Smile
2. Amplified Messiah
3. Let Love Rule
4. All You Need Is Love
5. People Get Ready
WHO: A partial list of the collective of musicians on Conspire To Smile to whom I have great admiration for and hold with great affection. In alphabetical order: Aaron Maxwell, Adam Terrell, Andy Herrick, Alex Jordan, Dave Diamond, Elliot Peck, Erik Glockler, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, JenHartswick, John Leccese, Jon Trafton LEBO, Luke Smith, Marc Friedman, Nate Wilson, Ryan Montbleau, Scott Law, Scott Metzger. More to be announced — you lay the dust!
WHY: This project is about the collective “we.” It’s a celebration of the power that each of us has in the telling of our shared story, a reminder that we all have way more in common than not. Our little community is geographically distributed throughout the country and amounts to some 30,000 people or so. If each of us were to gain five minutes a week of peace of mind from this project we would create approximately 150,000 minutes or 2,500 hours/week of personal energy that can be used towards addressing our challenges rather than wallowing in them. I think about it as a social version of the Doppler effect. Like the ripple from a single drop of water, if each of us touches even two people and they too Conspire To Smile, the impact and outcome will be profound. My hope is that each of us can use this project, the songs, and the broad intent, as a way of being that drop of water. Let's take care of ourselves so we can, in turn, take care of others.
LISTEN: A partial list of the collective of musicians on Conspire To Smile to whom I have great admiration for and hold with great affection. In alphabetical order: Aaron Maxwell, Adam Terrell, Andy Herrick, Alex Jordan, Dave Diamond, Elliot Peck, Erik Glockler, Grahame Lesh, Jason Crosby, JenHartswick, John Leccese, Jon Trafton LEBO, Luke Smith, Marc Friedman, Nate Wilson, Ryan Montbleau, Scott Law, Scott Metzger. More to be announced — you lay the dust!
Reid Genauer & Folks: January Jam in San Fran!
Friday, Jan 5th, 2018 • San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall
Doors: 8pm | Start: 9pm
Happy holidays to you and yours. I'm writing to shed some light on an upcoming gig Jan 5th at the Great American Music Hall that features members of Assembly of Dust, Strangefolk (see below) and local bay area face melters Jay Lane (drums) and Dan “LEBO” Lebowitz (guitar, pedal steel). I've always thought it was somewhat ironic that songs are my gateway to the Jamband scene. I have such deep affection and admiration for the collective of blistering musicians, my co-conspirators, whose creativity and friendship have brought those songs to life. Time and time again, they translate lyrical lore into a rich musical language. It's really a dream I dreamed long ago — that's come true in brilliant color. This gig is a celebration to announce a new album and Kickstarter campaign title “Conspire to Smile,” the details of which will be shared forthwith. The album will come out in the spring and includes 10 covers about love & positivity, and 2 new originals... 1 AOD and 1 Strangefolk.
Thus far we have more than 15 musicians participating including all of the current members of AOD and Strangefolk and some face-melting friends from our extended community. Conspire to Smile with me, my friends, fellow musicians and folks near and far. Raise high the roof beams at The Great American if you're in the Bay Area Friday, Jan 5th. Regardless of your geography, join me in celebrating our collective lore and the conviction that the reciprocal nature of music connects us all to the stretched-out soul of rock and roll. We will remain and be better for it. Bet your ass on it!
“Roads” from The Capitol Theatre
Earlier this year we performed at The Capitol Theatre with Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene. The performance was captured in HD video by our friends at nugs.net. This is the first of several videos that we anticipate finding their way to the Ether... “Roads.”
Stay tuned for 2017/2018 dates announced later this month.