We had a release party. That is to say, Carl and Val Storey came to Hannibal to be on hand when the first CDs were sold at the stroke of midnight (Tom and Huck's famous hour), so we led up to the appointed time with a first rate party followed by Carl and Val singing songs from the CD. You're familiar with the line-up: Jimmy Buffett as Huck Finn, Garrison Keillor as the narrator, Clint Eastwood as Sam Clemens, & Angela Lovell as Susy Clemens. Then there are the singers... Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, The Church Sisters, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Marty Raybon, Val Storey, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, and Ricky Skaggs. The CD is released on the Mailboat Records label. It is produced, of course, by the one and only Carl Jackson.
Now, let's go to the party...
|The Museum Gallery was decorated "just so"|
In hopes that all of our best friends would show
|Megan and Beau brought wine from the Cave|
I sampled them all, now which is my fave?
|Chocolaterie Stam donated mouthwatering chocolate|
I'll have to confess to stashing some in my pocket
|The downstairs was ready for what would come later|
Upstairs there was food that LulaBelle's catered
|The Rockwell Gallery was full of folks|
Sharing good time, laughter, and lots of good jokes
|With LulaBelle's catering, the food was superb|
Most everyone made it, but we sure missed you, Herb!
|Journalism students and prof spoke with Michael|
Their blog is the best, glad we got into their cycle
|Danny and Emily co-wrote "Huck Finn Blues"|
Brad Paisley recorded, now THAT is good news!
|There's Micki and Michael and Carl and Ryan|
I can't remember all names - I swear I am tryin'!
|Val and Nancy catching up with a chat|
Mixing and mingling, you just can't beat that!
|Gregg and Vikki check out the exhibit|
That describes the CD and tells how we did it
|Everyone's laughing and giggling and grinning|
I guess you could say we were all just "Huck Finning"
|While the party continued the stars sneaked downstairs|
To warm up their voices for a few empty chairs
|We've heard of air guitar, but never wine|
Henry's tuned and he's ready to have a great time
|Finally it's time for music and more|
Of our beloved Sam Clemens, there's so much in store
|Kristy is mesmerized, Dena is smiling|
This musical evening is truly beguiling
|The fans were nestled all snug in their seats|
While Carl and Val did not miss a beat
|Carl played lead, he and Val took turns singing|
That sweet Martin guitar, like a bell it was ringing
|After the show folks waited in line|
To buy their CDs, then have Val and Carl sign
We really did have an amazing time, and now the fun will be watching how it sells and hearing how folks like it. We've already had many letters, emails, and phone calls with lots of folks re-ordering after they've played theirs. Looks like Santa Claus might need to stock up. Remember, this is a benefit for the Museum, and the artists donated their time and talent to this project to help our cause - caring for 9 historic properties. Please help us get the word out. The Associated Press ran a great article yesterday that seems to have generated a lot of interest. I peeked at the Amazon rankings earlier this evening, and the CD was ranked #46 in Country Music and #2 in Bluegrass. Kind of amazing considering we've done no advertising. But then, the whole thing's been kind of amazing.
Thank you to all who believed in this project.