About this project
The Early Mays are Making a New Album
TOTAL COST of Chase the Sun = $15,900
For those of you who are new to us, The Early Mays are Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion & Rachel Eddy. Based in a love of American tradition, we share old-time songs while also exploring our own creative voices. Our recordings and performances include fiddle tunes and old ballads reworked, as well as our own original music and songs from other contemporary writers. Our signature sound is a rich blend of three-part harmonies layered over fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonium and upright bass, and occasionally the percussion from some flatfoot dancing.
We’ve had such a fulfilling year together and are so thankful for the love we have felt from audiences from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Thanks to all of you who have come to our shows, listened to our recordings, or supported us during times of our growth and change. We are richer for having collaborated with you in this musical dialogue, and it is a privilege to share our music with you.
Video: Ellen, Rachel & Emily Rehearsing This Thanksgiving Weekend
A New Project
We are so glad that the time has come to record the new repertoire we’ve been writing and performing. We love the process of turning tracks from our studio sessions into a complete album of sound paintings of lives and places, and to share those moments-in-time with listeners.
It’s been two years since our recording The Early Mays debuted at #2 on the national Folk DJ charts and several months since we came home with a blue ribbon from The Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV. Since the summer we have toured a bit, too, and are now eager to get back into the studio.
We will be recording with Lurch (Chris Rudyk) at Broadcast Lane Studios in Pittsburgh, beginning this December. He fashions a sound for us that's perfect, using vintage recording equipment in a beautifully warm, relaxing studio space that feels like home to us.
We hope to share this new collection with you in May 2017.
We’re asking for your help.
The expenses involved in making this sort of art are many and various. There are the most obvious things like recording engineers and guest musicians, and there are also those not-so-often considered things like the cost of original cover artwork and shipping costs from the CD manufacturer. Investment in promotion to help get the record heard by folk-radio listeners … that’s an expense as well.
We continue to be committed to using local talent for our CD, for everything from our recording engineer to our graphic designer. We believe in putting our resources back into our wonderful Pittsburgh arts community.
Here’s a breakdown of our minimum expected expenses:
Studio Time for Recording, Mixing Mastering $5,500 / Guest musician, bassist Jason Rafalak $500 / Artwork and Graphic Design $1,000 / Song Licensing $1,000 / Printing & Shipping of the Physical CDs $1,900 / Kickstarter Campaign Cost (fees, distributing rewards) $1,500 / Radio Promotion $4,500
Total = $15,900
The Mays have decided that for every hour spent in the recording studio, we will put equal time in to community service in 2017. Contributions to our Kickstarter campaign will go well beyond the creation of our album.
Thank You So Much For Your Support
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We hope you will consider coming on this journey with us.
We are so grateful for your supporting The Early Mays in any way you feel you can, by pre-ordering our CD, by making a contribution of another amount to our Kickstarter campaign, by sharing our campaign with others, or in any other way.
We hope you'll join us by supporting at any level, and we thank you so, so much!
With expectation, love and gratitude,
Ellen, Emily & Rachel
Risks and challenges
Our Time Line
We'll go into the studio this December rehearsed and excited to record, so we feel really confident about those sessions. What comes after that is the daunting (scary?!) bit.
The greatest challenges will have to do with coordinating all of our deadlines so that everyone involved is in synch, and that each of us can meet our deadlines in time for the next person in line on the project. Missing a couple of deadlines even by a little bit can lead to an overall larger delay of the project. We want to avoid that!
The solution we hope will work to avoid this: we have a very detailed week-by-week project timeline.
If we hit roadblocks, we would adjust our release date for later in the year. But, we have set our sights set on an early May 2017 release and are pushing towards that goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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