Leaving the nest
Two members of Hard Poor Corn move to Chicago to pursue dream
In the past six years, they’ve had five different drummers and five different names, but the goal has remained the same. Ean Smith and Dan “Dank” Koebnick of the bands Perfectly Frank, Earthtone, The Whip, Bill Smith and Hard Poor Corn, are moving to Chicago to pursue their music careers.
“I’m definitely not moving because I want to live in Chicago,” said Koebnick, the guitarist and singer of Hard Poor Corn. “It’s just time to leave the nest.”
Ean Smith and Koebnick will be joining Ryan Chamlin, the keyboardist from Earthtone and Bill Smith, who is living in Chicago. And they already have their first performance booked for Oct. 26.
“All I know is that our first gig is at a college bar on Thursday night and that’s good,” said Ean Smith, the bass guitarist for Hard Poor Corn. “There are probably as many venues in Chicago as there are in the entire state of Colorado. We can play seven nights a week in seven different venues and not see the same person twice.”
Their long-term goal is to be playing in festivals next year, where they can then establish themselves as a national act.
“Then we can live in Steamboat or anywhere we want,” Smith said. “I just don’t want to wait tables or poor concrete. We don’t care about being famous, we just want to support ourselves by playing music.”
Ean Smith and Koebnick will be moving into a small one-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago with Chamlin and their official volunteer roadie, Ben Warren.
“It’s going to be a hard move to go to Chicago with the four of us in one bedroom,” Smith said. “But we’ll sit there and rehearse for 30 to 40 hours a week and be able to play gigs at new places and have new people hear our music.”
They are looking forward to good food in the big city, and Smith is excited about attending football games.
“Ryan has season tickets to The Bears, and they’re going to the Super Bowl this year,” he said. “They’re unstoppable, and their defense is ridiculous.”
Smith and Koebnick are sad to leave Steamboat because they both grew up here, but they think it is something they have to do. They will have one last performance as Hard Poor Corn with Graham Waters and Eric Rolls on Saturday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
The one thing that is certain about this move is that they will eventually return to Steamboat.
“I’m coming back, and there’s no doubt about it. This is my home. I’m just going to do some work for a little bit,” Ean Smith said. “I’m not bringing my skis. They’ll be sitting right here for me when I come back.”
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