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2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package: Sunset Motel Third Consecutive Nod for Reckless Kelly and The Dodds SistersTuesday, December 6th, 2016
It’s nearing two weeks since we received the incredible news that our efforts for Still the King had been honored with a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Recording Package, and the gleam still lingers on our faces.
When Dick Reeves and the folks at Bismeaux approached us last year about the third (and final) Asleep at the Wheel Bob Wills tribute that Ray Benson was cooking up, along with a slew of amazing artists (a veritable who’s who of today’s country and americana), we knew that the packaging design had to be special – something deserving of the music it accompanied and representative of the legacy that Benson has built in honoring Wills and keeping his works alive.
As Bob Wills had a well-known and iconic affection for cigars, we felt that Still the King, “the fondest of tributes to the man justly billed as the King of Western Swing” (New York Times), should be celebrated as Mr. Wills, himself, would have deemed appropriate: with a box of cigars.
What we created was a cardboard cd package that is reminiscent of a vintage cigar box, in the vein of those treasured boxes found tucked away in a closet holding a collection small treasures from decades past. We took a great deal of pride in developing an air of authenticity, with mindful care to leave no detail excluded.
- Delicate raised emboss adorning the cover and inner panels
- A tax stamp featuring original illustration from local Austin artist, John Wilson
- Custom portrait illustration of Wills adorning the inside of the cigar box lid
- Asleep at the Wheel product seal
- An illustrated set of Still the King Cigars in the style of early cigar advertisements, with branding similar to that of Will’s favorite brand: Roi-Tan
- 22 Page booklet, with cover artwork like that of vintage collectible cigarette cards
- CD label artwork evocative of a vintage 78 record
- As always: A secret goodie hidden away underneath the cigars…. Bet you didn’t even know it was there.
We’re eternally grateful to be so fortunate as to have been a part of this amazing project, let alone be considered for a GRAMMY for simply doing what we love. Thank you to Ray Benson, Mindy Espy-Reyes, Dick Reeves, Sam Seifert, Peter Schwartz and everyone else at Bismeaux for bringing us in on Still the King, embracing the big ideas, entertaining the insanity that is our creative drive and for reeling it in juuuuuuust enough. Love y’all.
And, a big ah-haaa to Jim Cocke and the team at Crystal Clear CDs. You guys knocked it out of the park, again.
“The most beautifully packaged cd I’ve ever seen in my life”
– Bob Cole, KOKE FM
“The packaging of Still The King is quite unique: a salute to the old King Edward cigar boxes, obviously a nod to Wills’ swing monarchy, and his signature cigar-smoking.” – Daniel Mullins, The Bluegrass Situation
“[This] is easily the most beautiful, intriguing, and nostalgic jewel case I’ve ever seen. The manila background with raised brown letters is exactly the way and old cigar box was made. Lots of easter eggs in the design–the faux stamp on the outside corner, the names of the artists involved on the outside edge, and then when you open it up–the cigar inset, and the CD itself, with the look of an old 78 record. To top it off, the inside of the case is in the design of an old ashtray–you’d almost expect an ash from ol’ Bob’s Roi-Tan to fall out.” – Randy Atkins, Amazon.com Customer Review
You can order a copy of Still the King, today, at AsleepAtTheWheel.com.
The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
We recently had the pleasure of working with our favorite tall Texan, Ray Benson, and Asleep at the Wheel again on another amazing project: Still The King, Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. We felt that “the fondest of tributes to the man justly billed as the King of Western Swing” (New York Times) should be celebrated as Mr. Wills, himself, would have: with a box of stogies. The packaging design is reminiscent of a vintage cigar box, complete with emboss, tax stamp, seal sticker and, as always, a hidden goodie…. it, like the music, was a labor of love, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we loved killing ourselves over it. It’s now available everywhere. Go download it on iTunes, order a hard copy at AsleepAtTheWheel.com and tell your friends… ALL of them.
It isn’t often that one is asked to make their home TV-ready. Heck, if you had told me a week ago that we’d be filming an interview in the back room of my apartment that we call an office, I’d have told you you were out of you mind…..But Katherine Stolp is an incredibly persuasive young lady. It took a late night clean-up spree and some clever closet jenga, but somehow at 11:30 AM last Friday, we had an impeccably decorated Studio welcoming her and Josh.
In the end, we were glad that Katy talked us into making it happen. We had a great visit, and hope we were able to share a more intimate look into Backstage Design Studio.
I know that we’ve been overloading everyone with ‘tune in’ commands, and I’d hate to throw another one at you, but I’m going to anyway! Everyone be sure to stay tuned after the Grammys Awards Concert on KEYE TV Austin (CBS) to see our little interview. Hopefully, we don’t look or sound like complete idiots….hopefully.
Oh Happy Day!!!! There are no words that can properly express how thrilled we are to have found ourselves as Grammy Nominees for the 2011 Best Recording Package late last night for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards! The amount of ‘happy’ that is floating around this studio is immeasurable. Though, I think that if Sarah keeps on screaming, we’re sure to also be finding ourselves with a noise complaint! ha.
A big (huge) THANK YOU to Reckless Kelly for choosing to collaborate on another album with us and for allowing us to go a little crazy on it….and for being crazy right along with us. It was such a great project to have been a part of – any time we get to work with these guys is an honor, in and of itself! If any of you haven’t gotten your copy of the CD yet – get after it! The packaging is only the wrapping paper for a fabulous album.
And, not to get all super sappy, but a big ol’ thank you to our doting parents, Chuck and Donna Dodds for supplying us with that bucket-o-crayons and an endless supply of artsy-fartsy craft gear … and for instilling in us the belief that we can do anything we set our minds to …We love you!!
We’re up against some pretty heavy hitters in our category – all of whom are more than worthy of the honor. We’re both humbled and thrilled to be counted among them. Check out the full list of nominees at by clicking here.
I suppose this is a good kick in the butt to get us started on completing this website, or at least get a good start on it! We’ll be back with more displays of the packaging design, and updates on the other goings-on for Backstage Design Studio!
In the meantime, hop over to RecklessKelly.com, and get your copy….NOW!!!!
Cheers! Shauna & Sarah
Texas country aficionados rejoice, because the world’s best Red Dirt band is bringing fans “Good Luck & True Love” with a new album. Reckless Kelly carefully planned every detail on the project, including one of the best CD packages of any country album this year.
Great cover art is important, but it’s the music that matters most to Reckless Kelly, and the album begins with the mid-tempo, Red Dirt anthem “Give It A Try.” However, the cut “Save Me From Myself” really kickstarts the album, and the song with the melodic chorus is certain to be another #1 hit for Reckless Kelly.