Hello family, and friends, new and old! Happy 2015, and welcome to our Kickstarter project. Lyndsay, Patrick and I are SO excited about the possibilities and opportunities in the coming year, and we’d like to go ahead and say THANK YOU for stopping by this page to check out what we’ve got going on!
Our goal is to raise $18,500 to record and release the second full-length Jon Stickley Trio album, which we can then share with all of our fans and festivarians as we travel around the country performing in the upcoming year. All money raised will go toward the production, recording, mixing, mastering, design, duplication, and release of this album. Dave King of The Bad Plus is making the trip down to Asheville, NC from (brrrrr!) Minneapolis, to produce the record at Echo Mountain Studios. At first we were thinking about various bluegrass artists as potential producers, but decided to approach Dave because we wanted someone from outside of the bluegrass genre to bring a totally fresh perspective to what we do (not to mention that we are all huge fans!). We’re thrilled and extremely flattered that he is willing to spend valuable time between world tours to work with us. Thanks Dave!!!
Echo Mountain is one of Asheville’s premier studios. It is an inspirational setting, housed in a converted church with stained glass windows and has been used recently to record albums by Dierks Bentley, Band of Horses, The Avett Brothers, and Steep Canyon Rangers just to name a few. Lyndsay, Patrick, and I have all frequently worked there as studio musicians as well and feel completely comfortable creating in that space.
The Jon Stickley Trio began purely as a solo project that I started after years of traveling, playing, and recording with other bands. In each new musical and personal setting I found myself in, I had experiences that lead to new insights about what music is, and what it means to me personally. These insights lead me to the music of the Jon Stickley Trio. Our first record was somewhat of an experiment with guitar, fiddle, and Mike Ashworth on drums. However, the experiment proved successful, and we got incredible feedback on the album.
Now that we’ve been playing with Patrick Armitage for almost three years, the sound has gelled and we are ready to make a record that truly captures it. We also plan to record vocals on this album and include the fan favorites “All That I Can Take” and Lyndsay’s “9 Curves”.
The Jon Stickley Trio has become the most intimate musical project I have ever been a part of. When making music with three people, every note that is played has an impact, and everyone’s musical soul is laid bare. Often times the thrill and challenge of playing this music feels like walking on a tight rope. At times we’ve fallen off, but we’ve always been able to hop back on. Many other times, the sparseness has been so exposing and bare that tears have welled up and we have to take a moment.
Bluegrass changed my life, and played a big part in the music of the trio. We aren’t a traditional bluegrass band by any means, but we employ the same collaborative, improvisational spirit that comes with the genre. Bluegrass flatpicking, and the music of Tony Rice had a huge impact on me, and Lyndsay grew up in close contact with Vassar Clements. In the trio, the drum kit fills in rhythmically for the bass, mandolin, and banjo. The sound isn’t the same, but it feels pretty close! Lyndsay is a classically trained, seasoned gypsy jazz player whos musical stylings span the globe. When you add Patrick’s deep groove, our music takes on a cross-genre personality that is full of energy.
The idea of crowdfunding took a minute for me to warm up to, but over time I have grown to see it as an amazing opportunity for fans and artists alike. As a backer of a project, you are helping the artist achieve their artistic vision in its purest form. In the past, artists received funding from parties that had more of an interest in profits and returns, and had the power to influence the art to drive those numbers up. By backing us directly through crowd funding, you are helping us to do exactly what we feel artistically.
We are SO excited to begin this relationship with you. The rewards that we offer can in no way do justice to the amount of appreciation that we feel for your investment in our music, but we hope that you will enjoy them. Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts. We love you!
Risks and challenges
Since the beginning, The Jon Stickley Trio has been pretty much a one-man operation, with the help of booking agent, Johnny Buck. Recently, my lovely girlfriend, Julianne, has stepped in and helped me with the managerial side of things (website, taxes, merch, photo shoots, mailing list, planning, etc.). We have come so far with so little, and now we are ready to go further.
In many ways this album comes down to growth. There is no doubt that we are going to grow musically from this experience. We plan to travel farther, reach more people, and make more music than ever before, and that will come with more logistics, investment, planning, and risk.
Making this album will require logistics and coordination between the producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, artwork and design team, CD duplication company, radio, and publicity agents. All of this energy is going in, with the hopes that the album will sell, and that the music on it will be appreciated and lead to us playing more festivals, and moving from an opener to a headliner.
Another challenge is maintaining momentum in an increasingly difficult line of work. This is a project that we are truly committed to and believe in. It’s not “just another gig” for anyone involved, and we have experienced first hand the effect that the music has had on people. It’s music made with our hands, and that is some thing we can always rely on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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