by Andrew Crisp
To make an album the right way takes lots of money and time. Local musician Bill Coffey said he wanted to make sure his latest release, Cemetery Skyline Rose, was done right.
"I was really busy, and I kept working on it a little here a little there," said Coffey. "I was paying for it out of pocket. I hadn’t been playing a whole lot of gigs, and I try to keep the music money separate from my household money."
Cemetary Skyline Rose was recorded and produced at the Tonic Room and has been two years in the making. Coffey's wife suggested setting up a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource the funding needed to finish the album, which was a total of $8,700.
"I set it up for 21 days. Six days later, we had the money. We actually went over our goal," Coffey said. "It was crazy. I was like, ‘I guess somebody wants to hear this.’”
On Saturday, March 17, Coffey and his Cash Money Cousins—comprised of Chris Galli, "Shaky Dave" Manion, Bernie Reilly, Thomas Paul and Jonah Shue—gave back to all those who contributed at a release party at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Around 300 people packed the house, with seating arranged all the way down to the floor and the front row just inches from the performers. Catherine Merrick of a.k.a Belle opened for Coffey, giving an acoustic performance that left the venue speechless. When she finished her set, Coffey and Co. ramped back up the energy, with the whole crowd swaying and toe-tapping.