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For Sale and For Auction on Saturday

11 Jan

This is the down & dirty, not-too-pretty list of most of what we’ve collected thus far for Saturday’s benefit. The majority of these items will be for sale; a few will instead be auctioned to the highest bidder.

We’ll have more details shortly on the auction rules and items, and we’ll continue adding to this list of items as well.

Some items were donated by artists, some by collectors. Whenever possible, we’ll provide info on provenance (like the photo of Willie Nelson signing the Red Headed Stranger album), but (use your lawyerly/car-or-pharmaceutical commercial voice for this part) all items are sold as-is with no guarantees of authenticity or other warranties express or implied.

My apologies if we’ve left something off – this is definitely a work in progress. We figured it was better to get some info out there so people could start budgeting. Some incredibly generous folks have stepped up big, so let’s give them a hand!

So now, the not-too-pretty but wildly awesome list of some of our wares:

  • The lyrics to the Hayes Carll song of your choice, written out by hand and signed by the man himself, Hayes Carll
  • Four hours of recording time with a sound engineer in Studio A at Sugar Hill
  • Professional mastering of one song by Allen Corneau
  • Design for one band poster by artist Carlos Hernandez
  • Wilco: Special Record Store Day promotional poster signed by all members of the band
  • Justin Townes Earle: Collection of all three of his LPs, a bandana, and a signed screen print
  • Vince Gill: Signed poster from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rise Against: Signed poster
  • Local Natives: Signed art print
  • Girl in a Coma: Signed poster
  • Hayes Carll: Signed promo-only comic book
  • Wild Moccasins: Signed poster
  • Fitz and the Tantrums: Signed poster
  • William Elliott Whitmore: Signed poster
  • Steve Earle: Autographed poster, art prin, and turntable mat
  • Will Johnson (centromatic): Signed art show print
  • Jim Marshall: Photographic art print – Woodstock Stage, 1969
  • Fleet Foxes: Album art screen print
  • Charlie Louvin (deceased) of The Louvin Brothers: Signed Hatch Show Print poster
  • Paul Thorm: Signed and numbered Pimps and Preachers art print
  • Bruce Bryant and Jim Barham: Posters signed by director and producer of For the Sake of the Song – The Story of Anderson Fair
  • New West Records: Vinyl record prize package – multiple New West artists
  • Daptone Records: Daptone 10th anniversary t-shirt, size small
  • Mason Jennings: Autographed art print
  • Drive By Truckers: Art print
  • Thirteen Floor Elevators special vinyl collection – all five original issues of the 7″ single You’re Gonna Miss Me b/w Tried to Hide
  • $50 gift certificate to Heights Vinyl
  • Four tickets to ZZ Top March 8, 2012 from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • Walk with John Nova Lomax on a Sole of Houston walk across Houston
  • Autographed Dave Alvin photograph by Jay Lee/Bald Heretic Photography
  • Numark portable CD DJ deck in carrying case
  • Gibson Epiphone guitar autographed by Joan Jett
  • Poster from 1977 Townes Van Zandt performance at Liberty Hall in Houston
  • Poster from the 1977 Johnny Winter performance with Nils Lofgren at the Houston Coliseum
  • Screen print poster from Stereolab North America Spring 2004 tour
  • Signed and numbered screen print for Austin/Houston Sugarman 3 Featuring Lee Fields Waxploitation Soul Happening Show
  • Banana Blender Surprise boxing-style poster for 1996 Houston & Austin shows
  • Poster from Texas Opry House show featuring Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, John Vandiver, and Full Moon Band August, 1977
  • Poster for Black Crowes SXSW performance autographed by the artist
  • Poster featuring Dizzie Gillespie photograpy by William P. Gottlieb
  • Autographed Hatch Show Print poster from Ryman Auditorium 2005 Prairie Wind concert that was recorded and became Jonathan Demme’s movie, Heart of Gold
  • The Judy’s Moo and Washarama vinyl LPs autographed by members of The Judy’s
  • Red Headed Stranger vinyl LP autographed by Willie Nelson
  • Pair of SXSW wristbands
  • Framed art photo of Steve Earle playing House of Blues – Houston in 2011 with quote from Chris Gray review superimposed over the image by Jason Wolter
  • Autographed photo of ZZ Top
  • Jay Dryden photograph of Hayes Carll at Free Press Summerfest
  • Jay Dryden photograph of Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith at Cactus Music
  • Jay Dryden photograph of Iron & Wine’s Sam Bean at Fitzgerald’s
  • Jay Dryden photograph of Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett at Warehouse Live

Again, my apologies for anything I got wrong or left off. I’ll continue striving for perfection, you just get busy making sure you & all of your friends have your wristbands and are ready to come help us make a little noise and raise a ton of money for Chris!

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Prairie Wind and a Heart of Gold – Signed Neil Young Poster

10 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

In 2005, Neil Young released Prairie Wind, recorded in Nashville just before he underwent surgery for an aneurism. The premier live performance of the album took place a few months later at the Ryman Auditorium (which used to house the Grand Ol’ Opry), a two-night run was memorialized in a Jonathan Demme movie, Heart of Gold.

Seems only fitting that at a benefit for Chris Gray, who clearly has a very strong heart of gold, we’d have a poster from that concert, autographed by Neil himself. And not just any poster, but a poster designed by the venerable Hatch Show Print.

The internet tells us this is a rare poster, sold only by the venue in a very limited edition. We’ve only got a small image to tide us over while the original wings its way to us from a gracious supporter and Chris Gray fan in L.A. We’ll take a bigger photo of the actual poster once it arrives, but wanted to tempt you with this preview:

The Judy’s on the Block

9 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

While they won’t be performing at Chris Gray Day, The Judy’s definitely wanted to be on board to help Chris out with the fundraising. They’re sending over some autographed vinyl for your collecting pleasure. Check this space later this week to see photos of what they’re actually donating, but to whet your appetite, we borrowed a photo someone else posted of some of their treasured vinyl:

Don't worry, bryankennedy, we just borrowed your Flickr image. We're not taking your album!

Don’t Be a Stranger – Signed Willie Nelson Album for Chris Gray Day

9 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

When you’re talking Willie Nelson, you’re talking Texas. Willie took a few moments out of his day, just after the new year dawned, to autograph a copy of his 1975, multi-platinum album, Red Headed Stranger. We’ve even got the photo to authenticate his signature:

Are you a Willie fan? Get your wristband now and make plans to be on hand Saturday, so this album doesn’t go home with someone else and leave your blue eyes crying in the rain.

Lemme Hear You Say Yeah: Portable DJ Deck

4 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

Sure, you could just use your iPod, but if you have DJ aspirations, you’ll be much better off with this Numark portable dual CD mixing kit that comes in its own case:

Prepare to geek out, gear heads:

The kit gives DJs a Fader Start control of the individual CD players, individual PFL metering, 3-band rotary EQ cuts, dual BNC light connectors, a high-quality crossfader with hamster switch slope control and unique fader tracking lights, and dual headphone outputs. The AXIS-2 tabletop CD players also deliver maximum bang for the buck, with a super-large 130mm Pitch wheel, 10 seconds of Anti-shock memory, a 100mm Pitch slider with +/- 8/16% pitch control, a built-in BPM counter, and CD-R compatibility. Relay play and six-way Fader/Remote start/pause or start/recue capabilities ensure fast and professional mixing, no matter the style of music.

Vintage Johnny Winter Concert Poster

4 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

Johnny Winter, powerhouse bluesman outta Beaumont, played Houston’s Sam Houston Coliseum in ’77. Nils Lofgren opened up. This little piece of Houston history would look great on your wall …

Gibson Epiphone Signed by Joan Jett

4 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

Two things we’re clear on: Chris Gray loves music, and Joan Jett loves rock & roll. What better way to link yourself to that power duo than leaving CGD with this:

Yep, that’s a Gibson Epiphone guitar signed by Joan Jett for a local rock & roller who wants to help Chris tackle his medical bills. He’s willing to part with it if you’re willing to pony up.

Stereolab 2004 North America Tour Poster

3 Jan

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

Stereolab was touring on their just-released Margerine Eclipse album when our generous donor collected this beautiful silkscreened  concert poster that we’ll have on offer at Chris Gray Day. Here’s the printer’s mark:

Did you catch the show and want a memento?

The Return of Townes Van Zandt Concert Poster

31 Dec

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012. We’ll also set aside some items with a “buy it now” price so you can guarantee you’re going home with what you want.

One gracious benefactor is parting with the poster he scooped up after seeing Townes Van Zandt play at the legendary Liberty Hall in June, 1977. It was a working poster, so has a few thumbtack holes and some tape on the back, but that just adds character.

 


Auction Item: Studio Time at Sugar Hill

15 Dec

At the benefit on January 14th, we’ll be auctioning off some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities. As soon as they are donated, you’ll read about them here. Your chance to bid will be January 14, 2012.

OK, bands, you know you were already planning to do some recording. Now, here’s your chance to do it right.

The generous team at renowned Sugar Hill Studios is donating four hours of time with a sound engineer in Studio A.

Yep, that’s right. You can lay down tracks inside these storied walls:

SugarHill has entertained many stars of the music business from all over the world. Blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins first recorded here in 1948.   The 1950’s rock ‘n roll classic “Chantilly Lace” by the Big Bopper and Freddy Fender’s platinum-selling album Before The Next Teardrop Falls were both recorded here. The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winters, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriguez, B.J. Thomas, Ted Nugent, Johnny “Rabbit” Bundrick (Keyboard player for The Who), Todd Rundgren, The Bubble Puppy, Selena, Janis Joplin, Roy Head, Arnett Cobb, Christopher Cross, Red Krayola, 13th Floor Elevators and Asleep at the Wheel are just a few names out of the SugarHill history book. (For more history & name-checking, visit the Sugar Hill website.)

Many thanks to the whole Sugar Hill team for all they do—as an anchor to the local music community and a conduit to some of the best music in the world.