We're making a new album! "We" is: me, a crew of amazing musicians, and the one person we couldn't do it without - YOU.
It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally ready to head into the studio and start working on a NEW RECORD and I am super excited about it! I’m doing this campaign to raise enough money for the project and not have to worry about being in debt afterwards. We are recording at an amazing studio in Austin called Treefort. We’ve got some great musicians on board, guys that we were able to snag while they weren’t out touring with The Old '97s or The Polyphonic Spree, and we’ll be working with some great engineers and producers who have worked on records by bands like Spoon and the lovely Patty Griffin. So we’ve got all this awesomeness lined up... and now we just have to figure out how to pay for it!
We started this campaign to help fund the album. Wonderful listeners like yourselves can be a part of the project and get cool rewards in return. We’re doing a lot of exclusive stuff this time around, like t-shirts that will only be available to pledgers and won’t be sold at shows, and acoustic demos of the songs, and even - you won’t believe this - a tour through Tuscany with yours truly. Seriously! And there’s my Norman guitar, which will be used in the making of the album - it’s going to go to one lucky pledger.... just tons of cool stuff. Check out the list and if you have any questions about any of the rewards, just ask! The emails come directly to me and I'm more than happy to answer your questions.
Every dollar really does help, because this is an entirely self-funded project, and the money goes not only to renting the studio and paying the musicians and engineers, but it also goes to the cost of producing the album AND to promoting it, which is super-expensive and is the thing that never really gets done all that well because the money just runs out. I’m setting our goal at $10K because I think it’s an achievable amount... but it’s going to cost us at least twice that to record, manufacture, and promote the album. So please share this page with your friends! And thank you so much for your support - it means a lot to know that there are so many people out there who want to help me keep making music.
love and snuggles,
For those of you that are curious... here's a quick breakdown of some (but not all) of the costs related to the project.
For these first 4 days of recording, we'll spend $2500 on the studio, and $4000 on the musicians and engineers (which is a total steal - they gave me the homegirl hookup). So that's $6500 right out of the gate.
Assuming we could knock out the entire album in that amount of time (highly unlikely), we'd still have to come up with (and these are minimum estimates):
$2000 for mixing, $2000 for mastering, $1000 for artwork and design, $3000 for CD replication: $8000 + $6500 = $14,500
And that doesn't cover any money towards promoting the album, the postage required to get it out there to various media outlets (and supporters), nor does it cover any extra time in the studio if we don't get all of the songs done the first time. So… we're looking at $20K. Hence my plea for you to help us back the record, $10 at a time. :)
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Aug 23, 2011 - Sep 22, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You'll get a digital download of the album as SOON as it's available, before the official release, and the satisfaction of knowing you helped get the album DONE!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You'll get a digital download of the album as SOON as it's available, to be followed by a physical copy of the album in all its glory - autographed to YOU and mailed out before the official release! And all because you are amazing!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $35 or more
What a steal! You get the digital download, the personally autographed album, a VP sticker (brand new design for this record!) AND I'll send you a postcard from somewhere out in the wide world while I'm on tour!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $60 or more
14 backers Limited (186 of 200 left)
You get the digital download, the autographed copy of the album, the sticker and the postcard-from-the-road.... AND a special pledger's only tee! These will never be sold at shows or available online - they are for pledgers ONLY!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $80 or more
You, my dear friend, get ALL of the above plus a dash of holiday cheer! I'll send you an autographed copy or a digital download of my brand-new Christmas record (to be released Nov 1). 'Tis the season for giving!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You, wonderful magnanimous soul that you are, get ALL of the above, and you will see your name in lights! You'll be listed in the credits of the record as one of the amazing people who made this ship sail!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $150 or more
You, my darling dear, get ALL of the above (albums, tees, christmas cheer, eternal glory) AND more! Choose your favorite VP song and I'll hand-write the lyrics for you in my favorite kind of journal and send it on to you for you to use as inspiration in your own lyrical adventures...Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $200 or more
0 backers Limited (20 of 20 left)
You, my sweet, get ALL OF THE ABOVE, plus a 30-min Skype session with me! We'll chat about whatever you like and if you want, I'll play your favorite songs!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $250 or more
2 backers Limited (8 of 10 left)
You, dear collector of all variations of songs, get ALL OF THE ABOVE, plus an exclusive collection of acoustic demos from the recording session! And note - there are a limited number of these available...Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $300 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
You, delightfully curious soul that you are, get ALL OF THE ABOVE, plus the chance to attend a recording session! We'll have slots available Sept 1-4 in Austin, and again later in the year in Austin and in Dallas. We can also arrange to do this via Skype or Google Hangout if you want! Come be a part of the action!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $350 or more
3 backers Limited (7 of 10 left)
You, devoted attendee of live performances, get ALL OF THE ABOVE, plus 2 VIP tickets to any VP show you like! This includes a backstage pass & dinner with us before the show!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $400 or more
1 backer All gone!
You, charming collector of haute couture, get ALL OF THE ABOVE, plus the dress that I wore on the cover of "Sweetheart, Keep Your Chin Up" and to countless live shows!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $900 or more
1 backer All gone!
You, much-beloved musical supporter, get ALL OF THE ABOVE (*except the dress) AND the Norman guitar that I will be using in the studio during the recording session. I'll autograph it with love and send it on to you!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
You, wonderful patron of the arts, get ALL OF THE ABOVE (*except the dress & the guitar) AND a house concert for you and your friends and family. You can even create the set list if you like! This is open to fans in the US and in select countries in Europe - please email me for details! I will be touring all next year so it should be pretty easy to fit this into my schedule!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
You, my beloved epicurean friend, get ALL OF THE ABOVE (except the dress & the guitar but *including* the house concert if you wish) AND (are you ready??) you get a guided tour for 2 (yes, TWO!) people through the heart of Tuscany. You will need to pay for airfare, but I will arrange for 5 nights of accommodation and 3 days of touring Tuscan hill towns with yours truly! I promise this will be an experience you'll never forget. This can be arranged as soon as October/November 2011, or we can figure out a time that aligns with my Italian tour schedule in 2012. Email me, we'll talk!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012