You may ask why, why do I keep recording and releasing new albums - CDs, no less? When all the conventional wisdomers warn that people don't have the patience or attention span that they used to, to digest an entire album with all the competing media and technologies. Well I suppose I could make the argument that old habits die hard or you can't teach an old hound like me new tracks. But I also think about the absurdity of trying to convince a novelist that he or she should only write short stories or a single chapter because their readers don't have the time or inclination to wade through their antiquated novel. So here we go again! (By "we," I mean my wife Nancy and me.)
Incognito is my latest album of original songs, and if you are not familiar or acquainted with my music, I think this one is a good place to start. My music is influenced by everyone from the late great Chuck Berry and Everly Brothers right through to the British Invasion and American folk rock of the mid 1960's. This album is mostly guitar-driven melodic pop with some keyboard flourishes thrown in for a good measure or two.
The recording of this album started out at East Side Sound studios where I tracked the drums. The subsequent overdubs of guitars, keyboards and vocals were done at the Kit Factory, with Nancy Leigh engineering and playing bass.
Here's where we're at on the road to completing this project - we're at the intersection of Mixing & Mastering. We'll then proceed to the corner of Manufacturing & Mailing. Next we'll get off at the exit of Promotion & Publicity until we reach our final destination, and that, of course, is you listening, and for some of you, holding a finished new album called Incognito.
Your contribution will make all this a reality and we simply couldn't do it without your help. In return, we offer you a variety of bonuses beyond the album itself. Please take a moment to check out the various levels of this Incognito Kickstarter campaign. Good stuff – autographs and t-shirts and as usual (since we recorded too many songs and can’t fit them all on the album) bonus tracks.
Your participation and support is, as always, most gratefully appreciated!
Risks and challenges
I have been recording and releasing independent albums since the 1980's and so have been through the process many times. I am aware of the pitfalls and requirements of launching a record in the DIY mode. The music for this album is just about ready to go, and I don't foresee any difficulties in the work that remains - preparing the cover art, hiring a publicist and radio promoter, and reestablishing contact with the many music industry people who have been supportive of my work in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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