Recording project for a series of singles - or "digital 45s" - from indie Americana rocker Carey Murdock.
I wanted to come up with a way to release new music on a regular and recurring basis in this iTunes and buy-one-song-instead-of-an-album world that we live in. I also wanted to be different in the way I went about it so that my fans could have early access to the songs and so that I could also effectively pitch my music to blogs and radio.
So, I have come up with THE 45 PROJECT, an ongoing series of TWO NEW SONGS, or "Digital 45s", released every four months beginning in January 2013. The journey begins, however, this September when my band and I enter the studio to start the recording process!
A "DIGITAL 45"
For several decades before this one, record companies released radio singles on 45rpm vinyl records with one song on each side. The "A side" would be the song suggested for airplay but often DJ's would opt for the second song, or the "B-side."
These days most of us do not have a turntable and so the 45 Project will be an ongoing series of "digital 45s" each with its own A and B-side offerings.
THE FIRST A-SIDE
Shot in the Dark, a song that many of you have heard me play at my shows this year, will be the first song out of the gate on this project. Shot in the Dark will be the first "A-side" because this song encompasses the spiritual space I have been living in for the past year and a half and where I will likely be living in some capacity for as long as I live. I have had many people tell me that they live in this same space as well - the space where dreams, reality, energy, and potential collide on a daily basis. Put simply, Shot in the Dark is my anthem.
Here is a journal entry of mine from last year about the song:
My favorite song is a new one that I just finished called “Shot in the Dark” - that nobody online has heard yet - it has only been played at my last two shows…. but it’s my favorite because its just a big rock n roll tune about how everything you want can seem so far off - and how everything that is worthwhile requires so much work just to get there - but that in the end (AND in the journey) you really realize how you couldn’t have lived doing anything else.
So, Shot in the Dark will be the first song of the 45 Project series. Other songs to come include Never Like This Before, If You Say Yes (The Proposal Song), Conqueror, You're Leaving Me, and more.
IT ALL STARTS NOW
This September my band and I will hunker down in a studio in Stone Mountain, Georgia with producer Rick Beato (Needtobreathe, Crowfield, and Shinedown) to begin the recording process! This Kickstarter project will finance the studio time, mixing, mastering, and distribution of the 45 Project songs. Anything raised over our target will help with more widespread promotion of the songs to radio. I am excited to have my band recording these songs with me! Here's the lineup (I LOVE THESE GUYS!):
- Nigel Lawrence - Piano and Hammond B-3
- Steven Bryant - Guitars
- Davis Branch - Bass
- John Henry - Drums
- "Sparky" Sleister - Saxophone
- (I'll be on guitars and vocals)
YOUR REWARDS - THE BEST PART!
Now the 45 Project isn't getting off the ground without you! We are all in this together and I have come up with several limited edition and special rewards to thank you for helping me get these songs from my heart and guitar to your iPod.
These rewards will document this special time in my career where we made this music together. I am excited to know that in five or ten years we will be able to look back and see how far we have come in bringing my music to much larger audiences - and all because you helped make these recordings possible!
SOME REWARD HIGHLIGHTS
Everyone who partners in the 45 Project gets advance downloads of each digital 45 before it hits iTunes.* You will be hearing the music before anyone else, and you will have VIP exclusive access to a special 45 Project blog where you can keep track of all the progress on the project's recordings. You will have access to content no one else has including song demos, studio photos, and video.
*(You will have the option to download the songs in the format of your choice (mp3, flac, wav, etc)).
OTHER SPECIFIC AWARDS
- Autographed setlists from shows in Vienna, Nashville, or Amsterdam. Only one exists from each show! It will be framed and mailed to you!
- Autographed and Numbered "Carey Murdock Summer 2012 World Tour Posters". (Only 45 will be printed). (Image above).
- 45 Project Limited Edition Shot in the Dark lyric posters
- A hard cover bound 45 Project coffee table "scrapbook" of song lyrics, journal entries, and photos from the studio sessions and Carey's 2012 World Tour. (I personally will be reading back through this in 5 years when I'm getting ready to play my first sold-out show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall!)
- Lunch on me wherever you are, concerts in your home for you and your friends, OR you can spend a day in the studio with me and the band while we record!
GOT ANY QUESTIONS?
I cannot bring about the 45 Project without your help, so if you have any questions, please ask via the "Contact Me" link on the right side of this page above the "Rewards" column.
It is because of fans like you who believe in me and my music that led me one year ago to move from my home base in a small South Carolina town to the music capital of the capital of the world: Nashville, Tennessee.
Since then I have released two albums, toured widely across the United States, and this July completed a 19-show European tour across Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.
I'm very proud of this past year, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish in this next one together with the success of the 45 Project! Thank you thank you! Let's get that tape rolling and kick up the band!
NOTE: International backers (outside the US) please include an additional $10 for international shipping. (If you have selected a reward that has to be mailed like the scrapbook, studio item, or a poster). Thanks!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.