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I've been writing a lot of songs and I would love to share them. I'm excited to be making a new record.
I've been writing a lot of songs and I would love to share them. I'm excited to be making a new record.
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I’ve been writing these songs through out my travels. Parts of them were born in Ireland and then put together in other parts of the world, from a small fishing town in Alaska, to my place in Austin, to the dry air of the American South West. Writing songs is a very slow process for me. Some of them have taken years to write just one verse, others show up like a homeless dog begging to come in. As a musician and writer I have to travel a lot, it’s part of the process, but during these travels I’ve been gifted a lot of stories and images. They seem to find their way into my songs. I feel that this record is part of the process as a writer; the need to give back and the need to share. With this new record I hope to give away these stories and images to others. This is what this record is about. I hope to have you along for the ride. I’m excited to get these new songs recorded.

Making a record is extremely expensive, after studio time, printing CD’s and T-shirts, musician fees, mechanical royalties fees, video production, radio promotion, artwork, mastering, the total comes out to a little more than $9,000. I have a dream to hire a company that will do press promotions but that is another $2,500. I’m sticking with the $9,000 goal. But it’ll be amazing if I could receive enough support and pledges to raise the $11,500 for press promotions.

Risks and challenges

I just started working on these songs in the studio. The studio feels nice and the songs are ringing more than I even expected. Making and recording music can take longer than scheduled though. I'm aiming for a completed record in late July early August, but if any delay happens I will keep everyone posted and I'll work around the clock to get it completed. I'm super thankful for all of you that have grabbed the CD's in the past, or came out to shows, or recorded one of my songs for your own record. It's means a lot to me. Thank you for your current pledge and support with passing this link along on the social media sites.

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    We'll meet up for lunch or skype and I'll help guild you through the mystery of songwriting. we'll do two sessions. You'll also receive the CD, art work and T-shirt. (John Steinbeck Backer )

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    I’ll perform at your house anywhere in US via the album release tour. I’ll meet with you once a week for a month to chat about songwriting. You'll also receive the CD, T-shirt, and hand drawn artwork (Mark Twain Backer)

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    Let's co-write a song

    I’ll love to write a song with you! Let's spend a month on it. Send me some words or the start of a melody and well work on it together. We’ll be co-writing partners. Be fun. I would love to do this. You'll also receive the CD, T-shirt, and hand drawn art work also. (Ray Bradbury Backer )

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