Midhurst rock band raise money to record in America

The Stoned Crows Keane Slade, 15 Keaton Smout, 15 and Harry Chard 15. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130856-4
The Stoned Crows Keane Slade, 15 Keaton Smout, 15 and Harry Chard 15. Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130856-4

THE birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll is calling to three youngsters from Midhurst.

The legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, has invited The Stoned Crows, a young rock band made up of three friends, to record some music.

Following a family holiday to Memphis three years ago, Keaton Smout, 15, discovered a passion for the musical genre.

His father Ian said: “After our holiday, Keaton suddenly became mad into rock ‘n’ roll.”

On his return, Keaton swiftly set up his own rock band along with friend Harry Chard, 15. Through Facebook they advertised for a bassist and found 15-year-old Keane Slade.

The trio uploaded videos of their gigs to the internet and sent them to the studio.

Mr Smout said: “We didn’t think much of it – though the boys are incredibly talented, we thought this was just a hobby.

“And then the studio messaged the boys and invited them over to make a recording.”

The group were challenged by their families to raise the £2,000 needed for their trip to America.

Having played dozens of gigs and private functions, the band has managed to raise the total needed and will be travelling to America with their families in August.

The birthplace of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, by day the Sun Studio, is a museum visited by tourists from around the globe.

By night, it is a mecca for budding musicians who record in the same room that produced rock gods and legends.

Keaton, Harry and Keane are hoping some of the Sun magic will transform them into Elvis, Johnny and Jerry Lee.

The parents will be acting as the ‘roadies’ for the band –escorting them and carrying their equipment.

Ian Smout said: “After Memphis, we will go to Florida where the band will play a few gigs.

“We are so proud of them – their hard work after school and at weekends has really paid off.”

However, before the boys get their blue suede shoes on and rock around the clock, they have exams to sit.

The band will play a celebratory gig in the Half Moon pub on Friday.