“Hey, 2010! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass!” Such was the sentiment of many Americans as the ball dropped last Friday — among them local musician Ryan Truso (Mean Tambourines, Landon Pigg), his wife Rachel and their young son Nigel. For the Trusos, 2010 was a year fraught with home invasions, flooded bathrooms, band break-ups, and — worst of all — mounting debt, the total destruction of their credit and, ultimately, the threat of foreclosure. The latter of those financial woes came courtesy of their mortgage servicer, which sold them on applying for the Home Affordable Modification Program. Using the government-funded program mired them in a bureaucratic boondoggle of lost paperwork, customer service run-arounds, erroneous default notices, accumulated interest fees, legal fees, and other “delinquency expenses” — which essentially nickel-and-dimed the Trusos to the tune of eight grand. Now, if they don’t come up with the loot by the end of the month, 2011 is gonna be an even harder year for the family — as they will lose their home. With a little help from friends like Mercy Lounge, Brandon Jazz and his Armed Forces, Colour Revolt’s Jesse Coppenbarger, Cheer Up Charlie Daniels, The Worsties and former KinderCastle co-auteur Cody Uhler’s latest musical concoction, Nahnee Bori, here’s hoping the Trusos hit the mark and stay off the streets.
To recap: good guy, big trouble, good show, $7 is not that much, help out, see you there.