I’m nearly finished with my first record as a frontman - after making thirty or so with other bands and projects- and I’m proud of the results. My band and I have been working like dogs on this thing, and we could use your help to get it the rest of the way there. Just a few more over-dubs, and then I mix it, master it, and press it up. So close!
What I’m talking about here is a country record.
Not that kind of county- my kind of country!
“Why, Lawrence, what ever do you mean?” you may ask yourself.
I mean the kind of country music that’s full of dirt and fire and ghosts and whiskey, with a living connection to its roots, and a respect for its origins.
This album has all of the gritty goods, plus a little polish in the right spots.
The recording features the mad skills of my group - Matt Gandurski, John Hasbrouck, and Josh Piet.
I write the songs I want to hear, so I have lots of stompin’ honky-tonkers about love and heartbreak, and catchy tearjerkers about loss and longing.
The Wind is about my ancestors who migrated to The Kansas Territory in the 1850’s and lived through “prairie madness,” the Dust Bowl, and generations of floods. Another Year is all about missing home and times that are long gone, and wondering if the choices made were the right ones. Bear Creek, my saddest song, for sure, is about the loss my mom a few days before my 15th birthday. Writing this is how I finally dealt with it, twenty years later. Beats crying, I suppose.
You’ll find two love songs on the record (A Man Needs Love, and Dirt on My Hands), but writing about that achy lonesome feeling is just more satisfying than writing about being happy - kinda like how it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
...and the Goods!
Every level of giving gets you music. The first couple of options are like pre-ordering the album, which is hugely helpful for getting this thing sewn up. The rest of the amounts will get you the album, too, plus some unusual bonus goods, such as the Lawrence Peters Song Book (designed by the amazing Steve Walters). You’ll also have my heartfelt and humble gratitude, and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped bring my record into the world.
Please note: all of the reward amounts are for folks in the United States. If you live elsewhere please add the appropriate amount for shipping.
Lastly, a Note on the Goal
Realistically, the cost of making a record these days far exceeds my request of $5,000. If you all contribute more than my goal I may be able to cover costs I have not represented here. It's important to note that Kickstarter gets 5% for making all of this possible, and Amazon also takes an additional 3% to 5%. Also, all bets are off if I don't reach the goal, by the date set, so please consider giving more than I’ve asked, and tell your pals.
Thanks for your support!
- (48 days)