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Seeking support for my second solo CD project, Water on Tin, a collection of 12 or 13 original songs (Americana/folk/country/rock).
Seeking support for my second solo CD project, Water on Tin, a collection of 12 or 13 original songs (Americana/folk/country/rock).
63 backers pledged $6,610 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

To hear snippets from my previous CD, Firefly, click here or here.  For a review of Firefly, click here.

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.

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    Prerelease download of all songs on Water on Tin.

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    Prelease physical copy of Water on Tin.

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    Signed prerelease copy of Water on Tin.

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    Signed prerelease copy of Water on Tin plus digital downloads of songs on Firefly (10) and GPM songs on The Regular's Austicana (3).

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    Signed prerelease copy of Water on Tin, copy of handwritten booklet of GPM lyrics for all three CDs, and Water on Tin t-shirt.

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    Signed prerelease copy of Water on Tin, copy of handwritten booklet of GPM lyrics for all three CDs, Water on Tin t-shirt, and your name on the guest list for any GPM show in 2013-14.

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    All items in the $75 pledge level plus a limited edition 2-CD copy of Water on Tin, including songs not included on the final CD and miscellaneous live recordings.

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    Custom song written by GPM about any subject (wife, mother, tractor, etc.) you choose; must provide details of subject. Studio-produced digital download of song will be provided.

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    House Concert featuring GPM (with Bill Starrett if available) in the Austin area plus all items in the $75 pledge level. Note that host can ask for and keep donations from guests.

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    House Concert featuring GPM (with Bill Starrett if available) anywhere in the US plus all items in the $75 pledge level . Note that host can ask for and keep donations from guests.

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    Anything previously listed plus the title of Executive Producer for Water on Tin.

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    House concert or show at any venue featuring GPM (with Bill Starrett or other guitarist) anywhere in the world (except for countries with U.S. State Department travel warnings), plus all items in the $75 pledge level. *Plane tickets for two from Austin, Texas should be provided. Note that host can ask for and keep donations or cover charges from guests.

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