Posts Tagged ‘Reckless Kelly’

Brownwood Bulletin: Dodds sisters claim second Grammy in three years

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds and Dick Reeves - Grammy Winners 2016By Andrew Valderas

Brookesmith natives Sarah (left) and Shauna Dodds won their second Grammy in three years for Best Recording Package on Monday night at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

At the Staples Center, the Dodds sisters and collaborator Dick Reeves from their Backstage Design Studio accepted the illustrious accolade for their work on “Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys” by country music group Asleep at the Wheel.

The Grammy is presented for the visual look of an album. It is awarded to the art director(s) of the winning album. This Grammy award dates back to 1959 and has included winning albums from singer Frank Sinatra and rock band The Rolling Stones.

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Still the King / GRAMMY Nominee for Best Recording Package

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Still The King Cover Art - 2016 Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package: Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

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.

Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel - Tribute to Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

“The most beautifully packaged cd I’ve ever seen in my life”
– Bob Cole, KOKE FM

Still the King - Bob Wills - Asleep at The Wheel - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

Grammy Award Nominee for Best Recording Package - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

“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

Still the King - Best Recording Package Nominee - 58th Annual Grammy Awards - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

Best Recording Package Nominee - Grammys - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

“[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

Best Recording Package Nominee - Still the King - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Dick Reeves, Asleep at the Wheel

Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds & Dick Reeves

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.

 

Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Still The King Cover Art - 2016 Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package

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. 

Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel - Tribute to Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package

Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package

Still the King - Bob Wills - Asleep at The Wheel - Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package

Grammy Award Nominee for Best Recording Package - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel
Still the King - Best Recording Package Nominee - 58th Annual Grammy Awards

Best Recording Package Nominee - Grammys - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel

Best Recording Package Nominee - Still the King - Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Dick Reeves, Asleep at the Wheel

Grammy Nominee for Best Recording Package - Still the King - Asleep at the Wheel

 

 

 

The Dodds Sisters Discuss Their Grammy Win on The Texas Music Scene

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The impact of the Dodds Sisters of Backstage Design Studio on the Texas music scene is undeniable. These talented ladies have crafted the artwork for some of your favorite Texas musicians for years now, and they even came up with the graphics and logo for this TV show. Their work on Reckless Kelly’s “Long Night Moon” won a Grammy award, and we couldn’t be prouder to call them friends! Here are Sarah and Shauna Dodds in our special Texas Legends series.

From The Texas Music Scene

Austin Monthly: DESIGNING WOMEN WITH A GRAMMY WIN, THESE SISTERS ARE OVER THE MOON

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Shauna Dodds and Sarah Dodds Backstage Design Studio

Not everyone can say they’ve bested David Bowie, Jay Z and Metallica for a Grammy Award, but sisters Sarah and Shauna Dodds can. The talented duo behind graphic design firm Backstage Design Studio won the music industry’s highest honor for Best Recording Package with their album concept forReckless Kelly’s Long Night Moon, beating the aforementioned artists as well as the alternative music group Geneseo. The native Texans, who were nominated for the award in 2012 with another Reckless Kelly album, Good Luck & True Love, were shocked—and ecstatic—to hear the presenter utter their names. After making their way to the stage, the first words out of Sarah’s mouth were, “Holy crap, Cyndi Lauper’s here.” The 10-year-old studio, where Shauna, 34, is the “design maven” and Sarah, 33, is the “illustration goddess,” has a client list that includes Kris Kristofferson, Slaid Cleaves, Emily Bell and Wheeler Brothers. Long Night Moon, however, is special in that it marks the pair’s 100th album cover and has given the duo a career-making turn. “Once they called out our name, everything changed,” says Sarah. Now the phone rings off the hook, and the Dodds are swamped with requests. With only three people on their team, they’ve had to start a waiting list for their services. “It’s a great problem to have,” adds Shauna.

 

The MusicFest Magazine: And the Grammy goes to Backstage Design Studio Sarah & Shauna Dodds Draw Highest Accolades for Best Recording Package

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

MusicFest Magazine Cover - Backstage Design Studio - Cover Story

 

From: The MusicFest Magazine – Spring/Summer 2014 Issue
By Mike Ethan Messick

Awarded for accomplishments mostly sown in 2013, and preceded by years and sometimes decades of experimentation, collaboration, and general butt-busting, international stars such as electro-rock pioneers Daft Punk and pop sensations Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, snagged quite a few Grammys this time around. Rock legends including Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin all got their due. So did Texas upstarts like the newly minted country music sweetheart Kacey Musgraves and R&B guitar-slinger Gary Clark, Jr. Joining them all was Sarah and Shauna Dodds of Backstage Design Studio. The two tall, striking brunettes in full L.A. glam mode grabbed the Gramophone statue for Best Recording Package – for Reckless Kelly’s album Long Night Moon – to bring home to the Lone Star State.

Not to overgeneralize, but the Grammy Awards – perhaps even more so than their counterparts at the Oscars and Emmys – tend to award commercial success as much as (maybe more than) the subjective, harder-to-define qualities of artistic success and innovation. Which make is remarkable, to the point of nigh miraculous, that a quintessential business from Austin, Texas was out in L.A. duking it out with infinite-budget heavyweights like Jay Z, Metallica and David Bowie. If that list doesn’t make it clear, let’s reiterate: their competitors were not limited by genre or scale and potentially included every single album that went to print in 2013. Also impressive? Sarah and Shauna Dodds beat them all, and it wasn’t even their first nomination (Reckless Kelly’s previous album, the 2011 project Good Luck & True Love, also earned a deserving nod).

Read More at TheMusicFest.com

Album Cover Hall of Fame Interview / Grammy-winning album cover for Reckless Kelly

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Interview with Shauna and Sarah Dodds, Backstage Design, winners of 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Recording Package” for their work on Reckless Kelly’s Long Night Moon

By Mike Goldstein, Curator, AlbumCoverHallofFame.com
March 21, 2014

Dodds, Backstage, Design, Studio, Grammy, Reckless Kelly, Shauna, Sarah, Long Night Moon, album cover

While most of the press coverage of the annual Grammy Awards show is focused on the nominees and winners in the dozen or so “major” categories, there’s a lot of talent on display in some of the lesser-promoted award categories that, given some additional attention by the show’s producers, press and music/art fans that might not be aware of them, would serve both to excite those exposed to their works and serve to show just how imaginative, innovative and influential producers of music packaging and imagery remain today.

And while there are those that insist that, due to the swing from retail to digital distribution of music and music products, album cover packaging and album art in general is less important today than other forms of marketing and promotion, I’d like to point to this year’s winning design for “Best Recording Package” – awarded to Shauna and Sarah Dodds of Austin, TX’s Backstage Design – as a great example of just how shallow this train of thought seems to be. In today’s extremely noisy music marketing arena, it takes a well-honed sense of what it takes to rise above the din and deliver a package to an act’s fans – both existing and new – that engages them and gives them a sense of intimacy with the act, it’s music and the people behind “the brand”. I think that, when you take into account the depth and diversity of what the winning design team created for their clients, you’ll agree that they delivered a package that perfectly illustrates what can – and must – be done to keep the art of music packaging relevant and exciting for artists and fans alike.

Read more at Album Cover Hall of Fame

The Cover Cove: The 2014 Grammy Nominees – Best Recording Package

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

One of the consistently overlooked categories at the Grammy Awards is Best Recording Packaging. This category is gives recognition to the art directors, photographers and artists who create the memorable or creative packaging for non-classical music releases. Since Best Recording Packaging fits the theme of this blog, I figured that it would be fun to take a close look at the nominees. The nominated albums are by Jay-Z, Metallica, Geneseo,  Reckless Kelly, and David Bowie.

2. Reckless Kelly – Long Night Moon
Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors

Long Night Moon is a fantastic example of celestial Victorian art. The packaging unfolds to a complete night and day theme. Some of the astral artwork glows in the dark, and there are also secret codes and messages.  Sisters Shauna and Sarah Dodds really outdid themselves.

See the full article at TheCoverCove.Quora.com

Reckless Kelly / Long Night Moon

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The GRAMMY-Nominated Long Night Moon packaging features Glow In The Dark ink, with hidden images and messages, secret codes and all kinds of other goodies. Plus, comes with it’s own coordinating LED UV light! It’s difficult to do the design justice with a flattened image, but included below is our best shot at it. Click on the images for larger view.

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

The 12-panel poster fold-out insert features a vintage-style lunar map with invisible glow-in-the-dark art hidden throughout. Each of the moons encircling the Lunar Map represent a date of relevance to Reckless Kelly and Long Night Moon, with the specific moon that graced the night sky on that very date, the Shoshone Indian name for that moon phase, and the GPS location of the event. Hidden within the design is a code to unlock the chords to all the tracks on the record, a story created from mixmatched lyrics from the record, an explanation of what the Long Night Moon is, a Homeric Hymn, constellations and a link to visit for unlocking ALL the secrets online.

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY, Grammy-Nominated, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Glow In The Dark, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Austin, Texas, 2014, TX, Cody Braun, Willy Braun, David Abeyta, Jay Nazz, Neil Gallagher, Nominee, Nominated, 56th GRAMMY Awards, Backstage Design Studio, Backstage Designs

Little known facts:

1. The stars included in the artwork are not randomly placed – but rather, in their true astronomical alignment to one another. If you know your constellations, you may likely find them, throughout.

2. The moon phases on the lunar map that line the outer rim represent the actual moon phase that lit the sky on that specific date and place.

3. The numbers within the ‘swirls’ of the lunar map also represent a secret code.

4. The moon phases included on the back cover represent the moon phase from the date that each track was written. The dates for these are included on the Lunar Map.

5. Along the bottom of the inner spread, you can find the Austin city lights on the left with headlights departing toward the mountains on the far right. This, as well as the entirety of the packaging design is a nod to the traveling theme of the record, and the lyrics of “Long Night Moon”: Sleepless nights where the stars above are drowned out by the city lights / and I wonder why I keep torturing my soul beneath this urban sky / but in my mind I know I’ll be home soon / surrounded by the winter beneath the Long Night Moon.

6. The Long Night Moon for 2013 is December 16th.

7. If you have the physical copy of the packaging, you can visit RecklessKelly.com/CrackTheCode to . . . crack the code.

If you don’t have Long Night Moon, yet, head over to RecklessKelly.com to snag your copy, NOW!!!

The Long Night Moon / Glow In The Dark

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Reckless Kelly Long Night Moon - Recording Package - GRAMMY Nominated Design - Nominee - CD PackagingCheck out the sweet glow effect on our design for the new Reckless Kelly Packaging

Reckless Kelly’s Long Night Moon – 2014 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Recording Package!

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Reckless Kelly, Long Night Moon, GRAMMY Nominee, Best Recording Package, Record Packaging, Design, CD COver, Shauna Dodds, Sarah Dodds, Backstage, Austin, Texas, TX, Graphic Design, Nomination

Unbelievable.