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15 years later, Uncle Green preps for Rycopa album release party at Smith’s Olde Bar

As summer 2011 drew to a close, the far-flung members of the long-disbanded Atlanta rock quartet Uncle Green quietly reunited here to at long last mix their final recording, "Rycopa." For 14 years, the master tapes of the 32-track, two-disc opus had rested on a Sony Music warehouse shelf, gathering dust as the record industry morphed from dust to digital, CDs to MP3s, YouTube became the nation's premier A&R guru and Kickstarter-fueled DIY recordings became common place for indie bands.

Thanks to funding from fans, Uncle Green’s “Rycopa” to become a reality 14 years (!) after it was recorded

The irony is not lost on former Uncle Green drummer Peter McDade. "Leave it to us to have an album saved by technology that didn't exist when we recorded it," says McDade. Last week in just 36 hours, the long-disbanded Atlanta rock quartet's fans came together via the fundraising website kickstarter.com to raise the necessary $4,000 to finance the mixing, mastering and distribution of the act's last recording "Rycopa." The band originally sent out word via the Uncle Green Facebook fan page. Thanks to those efforts, "Rycopa" will finally be released this fall to fans a full 14 years after its creation. An Uncle Green reunion gig/"Rycopa" album release party is also being planned in Atlanta.

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