Recording an album is exciting... and terrifying. Terrifying for a lot of reasons, the most villainous of which is debt. Almost 2 years ago, I borrowed a pretty penny to record my debut full-length album, "Though the Farmlands & the Cities". Since then, I've thankfully accomplished quite a bit - I've toured America, Canada & Europe, opened for Emmylou Harris in Nashville TN, signed with label/art collective Constant Clip Records, been awarded feature performer status at multiple folk festivals, appeared on numerous blogs, video blogs, radio shows, etc... and I'm still no closer to paying off that record than I was a year ago. Success does not always equal the big bucks!
Now ready & eager to record my 2nd album, I've started working with the wonderfully talented Frank Hoier at his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We're recording everything on a reel-to-reel machine (as opposed to digital providing a warmer, more natural sound) and producing a more pared down version of my songs. A lot of you have asked me for a recording that is more similar to how I perform live; often solo or as a duo with harmony and/or instrumental accompaniment. I really want to do this too... I hope for these recordings to be minimalist yet intriguing with hints of cello, electric bass, trumpet, slide guitar and harmonies throughout.
I've been aware of Kickstarter for a few months now and I've actually been putting this campaign off for a while. It makes me a little uncomfortable asking you for funds... but after endlessly debating it over in my head, I've come to the conclusion that it’s OK if I offer you the most amazing rewards in the world! Please read through the donation amounts & their corresponding awards on the right side of the screen. If you donate, you will get something very special and, more importantly, by donating to this record you will be helping independent music remain alive and well.
In todays music world, musicians need all the help they can get from those who enjoy what they produce. The internet has changed everything leaving independent artists to figure out the path to a stable, healthy living (otherwise known as success) on their own... which has proven to have many pros & cons. It’s wonderful because an artist now can maintain near complete creative control and is able (drum roll!) to keep a fair monetary percentage of what their work brings in. It’s bad, however, because their work needs capital to be produced and this requires project funding... which, with a now topsy turvy music industry, is absent. Thus, the Kickstarter website is around for a very good reason.
At its best, art is created to connect with, to move and to better humanity. This can not be done without help from those who value this expression. Thank you so much for supporting me and independent music over the last few years. Please continue to do so with a donation here.
Breakdown of Costs: $1400 for recording, mixing & musicians $500 for mastering $1500 for CD duplication and production
“Local Annie Crane plays fabulous folk with enough thoughtful twang to transport you back in time…and down South”. — TIME OUT NY
“Annie is one of the most pure talents from the real New York scene… Ten catchy and melodic songs, whose text speak of life, that deal with places or persons, a voice original and melodious, there is nothing to fault with one of the most engaging records of the moment”. — XROADS MAGAZINE
“Few artists have the ability to take you along with them; to make you feel as if you’re a spectator of the travels and defining moments… Crane has assembled a wonderful, lively documentation of her experiences and she makes it easy and enjoyable for you to sing along with her”. — PRAISE FOR WALLFLOWER
“Crane’s music is mature, minimalist, and she’s got a depth to her voice that lends credence to even her most mythical poetic wanderings…Finally, here’s a girl-guitar combo that is unapologetic but never angsty”. — URBAN FOLK
“Annie has the unusual capability to bring a more modern take on stylistically traditional folk music. With heart-felt vocal sincerity and beautifully written lyrics, it’s hard to describe Annie’s music as anything other than breathtaking. We eagerly look forward to hearing what the future will hold for this NYC ‘Urban Americana’ darling”. — CREATING THE COOL
“Crane’s proven that her gentle brand of country folk carries just as much weight as the ‘insurgent’ stuff I’m regularly drawn to… In a more just world, ‘I’ll Be Right Here’ would get as much airplay as ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’ (or some other dogshit young country track)”. — JEZEBEL MUSIC
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