The CD will be engineered by James Stevens and produced by Stephen Doster at Austin's EAR Studios in August, 2013 or sooner. Instrumentation will be provided by my band (Timmy Campbell on drums, Charlie Irwin on bass, and Bill Starrett on lead guitar) as well as other accomplished Austin musicians.
Prerelease copies should be available in September, with a CD release tentatively scheduled at the Saxon Pub in late fall, 2013.
Risks and challenges
The music business is at a crossroads. CD sales are in decline, but online streaming and digital sales are booming, presenting unique challenges and opportunities for artists like me. The first risk, of course, is that I won't receive enough funding to support the project. Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, so if I don't meet my $6,000 goal, I won't get anything. If it is not funded, I will do this record one way or the other, but it will require that I delay production of the CD.
Promoting the CD will be a challenge. I intend to promote the CD myself, which involves putting together a media kit, sending out a lot of packages, contacting music writers, radio programmers, bloggers, etc., and leaving lots of phone messages.
I also plan to tour beginning in fall. If I can secure a few house concerts around the country, that would help make that dream possible. I also know where my songs have received heavy airplay in the past, and I intend to travel to those cities, contact those radio stations for on-air interviews, and find venues to play in those areas.
I also intend to produce some homemade videos of a few of the songs on the CD (Moon Over the Chisos, Smile Back, Freedom Satisfies, Getting Drunk at the Driskill, and Floating the River) to generate interest via social media and YouTube.
My long-term goal is to seek song placements with established artists so that I can afford beer when I retire.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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