Duck Kee Sessions
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Hailing from Carrboro, NC, Schooner is a four-member band currently comprised of Reid Johnson (whose sister, Kathryn, played and recorded on all of the band’s material until recently), Billy Alphin (The Ashley Stove, The Rosebuds), Maria Albani (Organos, Pleasant), and Chris Badger (Hotel Lights). Together they create an understated, disheveled pop sound that ranges from narcotic sad-eyed tunes to erratic rock numbers highlighted by boy-girl harmonies and impressionist lyrics.
Schooner has released two full-length albums, You Forget About Your Heart (Pox World Empire Records) and Hold on Too Tight (54, 40 or Fight Records), along with a few limited edition EP’s. Their latest EP release Duck Kee Sessions recorded at the legendary Jerry Kee’s Duck Kee Studios (Superchunk, Kingsbury Manx, Polvo) will be released exclusively on Cytunes.org, a music downloading site that donates all proceeds to brain cancer research.
Soon after Cy Rawls, a music scene staple in NC and friend of the band, began his struggle with brain cancer, Cytunes was conceived of by Chris Rossi (Spacelab Studio) to help with mounting hospital bills. After Rawls passed away in October 2008, the concept of Cytunes changed; it became a site where musicians can upload music (Superchunk, The Rosebuds, Polvo, and many more artists have exclusive material on the site), and fans can purchase music with 100% of the proceeds going to brain cancer research.
Johnson has released music on the site via The Flute Flies, a studio band which consists of he, Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds), and Zeno Gill (Pox World Empire), and realized that Cytunes was the most meaningful place for Schooner’s newest recordings. The band began talking with Chris Rossi about selling download codes at their shows for Duck Kee Sessions and incorporating friends’ artwork to buy via codes as well.
Contributing artists’ artwork will be featured at the Duck Kee Sessions EP release party. The artwork will be available February 19, 2010 at The Pinhook in Durham with Erie Choir, Veelee, and The Popular Kids, a comedy troupe that counts Cy Rawls and Johnson as former members. Some of the artists include: Ron Liberti (Pipe), Chris Williams (Plastic Flame Press), Will Hackney (Trekky Records, Lost in the Trees), and Catherine Edgerton (Midtown Dickens).
Schooner will be recording another full-length album in the Spring of 2010.