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Bert Hesse of Studio South at a meeting today in Fort Mill about the plans for Catawba Studios at Catwba Indian Nation east of Rock Hill, SC. He said they hope to have groundbreaking for the first phase by the end of the year. When completed there will be three phases: the sound stages, film and music schools, and retail shops.
Plans include production suites, an iMax style theater, a film school, and a music school. Studio South and Pacific Ventures will develop, build and manage the complex.
Kelly cheats, or so I'm told.
Seriously, the Kelly Cheats band got their name from an incident at a poker game. I'm sure it serves them well as it's both intriguing and easy for the audience to remember. So they can be sure to come back to see the band the next time they're in town.
There's no cheating when it comes to their sound. A well seasoned group of musicians that like to have fun. Currently finishing up the final touches of their second, soon to be released, album Out of the Patch.
Always ready to tour the southeast they will be appearing this weekend at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Charlotte, North Carolina (Friday, October 23rd) with their blend of rock, reggae, pop, and blues.
Check out the video below to get an idea about how this concept works and also visit their website to see the content they've produced.
The cost to sign up with cdBaby in minimal. $39 for a complete album or $9.99 for a single. I have been a cdBaby member for years (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/littledoc). It has helped me spread my music far and wide as well as giving the satisfaction of periodically receiving a check for CDs sold and royalties for plays on digital music sites. I even had one song picked up for a movie as the producer had heard my songs at cdBaby.
Check out the video below about this exciting new service from cdBaby and how to get started.
Earl Owensby's first film as a producer was the movie Challenge (1974) which became a hit in the U.S. and abroad. In it Owensby played the lead role of Frank Challenge, a Senate candidate that would not sell out to the mob. This was the spark that eventually led to the creation of Earl Owensby Studios in Shelby, North Carolina.
A number of films were shot at his studios and he starred in many of them. Some of the people that were cast in his movies include David Allan Coe (singer/songwriter) , Lorne Greene (from the Bonanza TV series), and Paula PoundStone (comedian).
There are many writers, actors, and crew members that got their start in Owensby's studios and have gone on to make a name for themselves in the film industry. One of them is Leon Rippy, a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina best known for his roles in The Patriot, Stargate, and Saving Grace who did several movies with Earl in his early days as an actor.
In the 80s Duke Power Company's Cherokee Power Station , a nuclear power plant being built in Gaffney, South Carolina was never completed. Earl bought the abandoned plant and created what was at the time the world's largest underwater sound stage. This is where James Careron's movie The Abyss was filmed.
"Earl Owensby has received numerous honors for his success and achievements. Honors granted Mr. Owensby include NC Hall Of Fame, #15 of the top 100 people in NC in 100 years, Award UNCC North Carolina, and numerous others. Many schools and Universities refer to Earl Owensby when teaching the movie industry, specifically, classes at Duke University, Gardner Webb University, as well as a section in the North Carolina History Books."
Earl Owensby Studios is still in operation and has sound stages totaling 90 thousand square feet. They have an underwater filming pool with 7 camera ports and underwater lighting, makeup and dressing rooms, wardrobe and property departments, carpentry shop, special effects, kitchen, dining, and lounge areas. Also an onsite hotel, 1570' runway, recording/mixing studio, editing and screening rooms, and production offices.
Earl Owensby Studios website:
Over the weekend, a friend of mine told me about Indabamusic.com, an opportunity for musicians and producers to hone their skills and make some extra money. Through the site, you can upload and sell your own music, as well as compete in contests where you take a song already uploaded and remix it. The winners receive credit on the artist's album, as well as up to $1,000.
Image by tibchris via Flickr
Check out the current contest. Submissions are due July 7th.