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Sinner's Shrine

To make my new record - Sinner’s Shrine - in Tucson, Arizona at WaveLab Studios, with some very special guests.

Sinner's Shrine

To make my new record - Sinner’s Shrine - in Tucson, Arizona at WaveLab Studios, with some very special guests.

£5,176
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78
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19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, November 11 2019 11:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About


Sinner’s Shrine

The desert has always been a very special place for me. There’s something incredibly special and inspiring about standing out in the middle of nowhere and feeling the desert wind blowing through my soul. I love the atmosphere and the space, and the inspiration I get from it. In all my travels over many years in the US I’ve spent the most time in the Southwest and Desert States of America. So many incredible things have happened to me out there.

I am over the moon that I will be recording my new album in the iconic WaveLab Studios in Tucson, with some truly incredible special guest musicians. As their website says: “WaveLab is a destination recording studio located in the heart of downtown Tucson, Arizona. For more than a decade, we have been creating a distinctive sonic signature that has been embraced by artists such as Neko Case, Amos Lee, Iron and Wine, Calexico, Tom Russell, Giant Sand, and countless other friends and musicians from all over the world”.

The songs have been brewing in my head for some time now and I’ve thought about making a record in Tucson for the past few years. I now have what I feel is a strong bunch of material to work with and songs that suit the Southwestern flavour.

It will be a slightly different direction for me, and a recording that will include some new flavours and “desert noir” mixed in with my Scottish roots. The songs are almost finished, but still in a rough sketch form at the moment. I will be colouring them in over the next few months, leading up to the recording. I am very excited about taking them into the studio in Tucson and exploring what can be done with them. I can’t wait to see what happens with the musicians at WaveLab.

Writing songs in Tucson, 2019

The recording will be done in early 2020 and I’m aiming for a release date by 2021.

However, I really need your help. This campaign is to raise funds to cover the studio and musicians costs. The target here is the minimum needed to make the album the way I want. If I can exceed it the extra money will go towards the costs of all the essential extras needed to get it into the world, like artwork, marketing and promotional videos etc.

As a backer you will be the first to hear the new album, as a download in advance of the official release and as a CD/vinyl posted direct to your door. There are lots of other reward options too (hope you like the desert flora theme), including 2 very special ones - my favourite hat, and my cherished Owens guitar. It will be very hard to part with these but it will be worth it to make this record.

Sinner's Shrine, Tucson

Other options include the chance to get your name on the record sleeve, and lots of special bonus items. You can choose to come into the studio with me and watch a live recording session in process, come for a walk up the hill or host a house concert in your own home.

One special thing I’ll be doing is making some of the demo recordings available as a mini album - Sketches For Sinner's Shrine.This will be exclusively available ONLY to Kickstarter backers (as digital download, and on CD). This will be sent out at the same time as the download /CD/ vinyl copy of Sinner’s Shrine.

In addition to this, on making your pledge, you will receive a download of a previously unreleased track – Through The Golden Hills, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville.

Please note that shipping costs will be added to your pledge, where applicable.

You will get regular updates from me to keep you posted on the progress of Sinner's Shrine, as it develops in the studio and beyond!

The Hat! (See Bonker Hedgehog Reward)
My custom made Owens guitar (See the final reward option - Devil's Fingers)
My trusty transport in Tucson
Saguaro cactus

Risks and challenges

There are risks with all artistic projects, but I am confident this will be delivered as promised. This will be my eighth official solo album, with four of them having been recorded in the USA. The studio is booked, as are the core team of musicians. And what a core team it is.

People have said that my two most recent albums – Into The Sea and Southern Wind - have been my best work to date (including the title track from Southern Wind winning UK Song of the Year at AMA-UK Awards 2019). I honestly feel that Sinner’s Shrine could be a very special record and a real game changer for me.

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    Yucca - Signed CD

    Physical signed CD + digital downloads

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    Yucca Plus - 2 Signed CDs

    If you like your music in CD format, this is the one for you

    Includes:
    • Signed Sinner’s Shrine CD + free digital download version
    • CD copy (+ digital download) of Sketches from Sinner's Shrine
    • Sinner's Shrine poster (exclusive)
    • Free track - Through The Golden Hills
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    Jumping Cholla – Credit, CDs + more

    The CD package - AND your name on the sleeve credits. And some other goodies

    Includes:
    • Your name included in the credits on the album cover
    • Signed Sinner’s Shrine CD + free digital download version
    • CD copy (+ digital download) of Sketches from Sinner's Shrine
    • Postcard from Tucson - a personalised postcard from me
    • Sinner's Shrine poster (exclusive)
    • Handwritten lyric sheet - the song of your choice
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    Jumping Cholla – The Vinyl Version

    The same rewards as Jumping Cholla (£50), but with a signed VINYL copy of the album too

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    • Signed Sinner's Shrine CD + VINYL (+ digital download)
    • Your name included in the credits on the album cover
    • CD copy (+ digital download) of Sketches from Sinner's Shrine
    • Postcard from Tucson - a personalised postcard from me
    • Sinner's Shrine poster (exclusive)
    • Handwritten lyric sheet - the song of your choice
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    Golden Hedgehog - Souvenir Heaven

    You get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version
    PLUS
    • Flash-drive Roulette
    During the recording, I will also be taking photos, phone videos, recording out-takes and song sketches and saving them on to flash drives. Each one will be a unique record from the white heat of making the record. And one of them could be yours!

    • Coffee mug with one of my favourite sayings - “There’s more to life than enjoying yourself”.
    A wee reminder with every morning cup o' joe. AND a T Shirt to wear while you're drinking it!

    Includes:
    • Flash Drive Roulette
    • Coffee Mug ("There's more to life...")
    • Sinner's Shrine T Shirt
    • Jumping Cholla rewards - Vinyl Version
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    Texas Rainbow (Walk with me)

    Join me and my dog, Alfie, for an hour’s ramble in one of my favourite places, up on the hill, then for a pie and a pint in my favourite pub - The Diggers (Athletic Arms). You’ll get a chance to chat one on one with me and with fellow backers, plus experience some of the places that have inspired my music. I’ll buy the pies, you get the beers!

    AND all the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version too

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    Desert Star - Songwriters Choice

    • One on one online songwriting workshop – bring your idea, I will work with you on it for an hour or so.
    OR
    • Give me your idea for a song (for a special person, a special occasion, whatever) and I will compose a song especially for you, plus send you your own little recording of it.

    PLUS You get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version too.

    Includes:
    • Online Songwriting Workshop OR a song written specially for you
    • Jumping Cholla rewards - Vinyl Version
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    Bunny Ear - Gig tickets, merch and CDs

    Everything from Golden Hedgehog - Souvenir Heaven reward level
    PLUS
    A pair of VIP gig tickets AND your choice of any 4 CDs from my back catalogue (including the rare Felsons “Glad” CD). Subject to availability

    Includes:
    • 2 VIP tickets to any Dean Owens headline gig
    • Your choice of any 4 CDs from my back catalogue
    • All the Golden Hedgehog rewards
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    Joshua Tree -Sit in on Recording Session

    Recording at the Slate Room Studio (Pencaitland)
    I can’t take you to Tucson with me, but you can join me at one of my favourite Scottish studios and sit in on the recording of a live session. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a studio, now’s your chance to find out! And you will have the chance to join in on the backing vocals. A unique adventure!
    You will get a digital recording of the session (in your preferred format).

    PLUS you get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version, AND a Sinner's Shrine T Shirt

    NOTE: Due to studio and musician overheads this reward can only be delivered if AT LEAST 8 people sign up for it.
    So if you fancy it, get a bunch of your pals together to opt for it! If less than 8 people sign up, we'll negotiate a different rewards bundle for you, that you're happy with.

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    • Sinner's Shrine T Shirt
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    Burro’s Tail - Video chat, tickets +more

    An online one on one video chat with me – your chance to ask me anything.
    4 VIP tickets to any Dean Owens headline gig (use all 4 at once or 2 x 2)
    Complete your collection - your choice of any 4 CDs from my back catalogue (including the rare Felsons “Glad” CD) – subject to availability
    Exclusive - Set of 6 Buffalo Blood art cards – stunning photos by Jim DeMain and Neilson Hubbard – printed A5 size on 350gsm card
    PLUS everything from Golden Hedgehog - Souvenir Heaven rewards

    Includes:
    • Online video chat - one to one with me
    • 4 VIP gig tickets (any Dean Owens headline gig)
    • Your choice of any 4 CDs from my back catalogue
    • Set of 6 Buffalo Blood art cards
    • All the Golden Hedgehog rewards
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    Bonker Hedgehog - My Favourite Hat

    ONE ONLY – UNIQUE OFFER
    This is a really special reward. My favourite hat!
    I bought it in Nashville, and it’s been with me on my travels all over the USA, and been worn in various videos (including Up on the Hill) and photo shoots.
    AND
    You get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version

    Includes:
    • My Favourite Hat
    • Jumping Cholla rewards - Vinyl Version
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    Saguaro - House Concert

    House concert (plus travel and accommodation by arrangement).
    A special concert, in your living room, just for you and your friends

    Note: This is available in UK and beyond, but outwith UK will depend on my touring schedules. I will do my best to fit you in though if this is your choice of reward

    PLUS
    You get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version, AND a Sinner's Shrine T Shirt

    Includes:
    • House Concert
    • Sinner's Shrine T Shirt
    • Jumping Cholla rewards - Vinyl Version
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    Devil's Fingers - My Guitar

    ONE ONLY - My Owens Guitar.
    My beloved old Owens Guitar was made for me by guitar maker Richie Owens, cousin and one time band leader to Dolly Parton (yes, Dolly is an Owens on her mother's side). Richie has built guitars for Ron Wood, Sonny Landreth, Jerry Douglas, Nils Lofgren and Bob Weir.

    I’ve used this guitar on many recordings including My Town and New York Hummingbird, and it’s travelled all over with me, from New Zealand to Shetland. Sadly it was damaged on my way back from New York some years ago and I feel it may be beyond repair. However, even with all its war wounds (and there are many) I still love it, and feel like this guitar is a work of art and would look great hanging on someone’s wall.

    It also comes with a custom made Calton flight case that’s covered in stickers from places I’ve been to on my travels. Calton flight cases are considered to be the best in the world.
    This reward is definitely a one off.

    You get ALL the rewards for Jumping Cholla - Vinyl Version too

    Includes:
    • Owens Guitar + Calton Flight Case
    • Sinner's Shrine T Shirt
    • Jumping Cholla rewards - Vinyl Version
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