About this project
8/18 $10,300 I have to pinch myself! We hit the goal on MY BIRTHDAY. Exceeding my goal means more freedom in the studio and on tour. I am hoping to visit all of you so lets keep the ball rolling. The sky is the limit!
For the last two years I have been working on a secret project with 10 collaborators (Sam Amidon, Kristin Andreassen, Neil Cleary, Matthew Douglas, Jefferson Hamer, Jennifer Kimball, Dave Mattacks, Aoife O'Donovan, Pierce Woodward, Jacob Silver and Robin MacMillan). We took our time to enjoy the process of experimentation and collaboration on 12 original songs and a few covers.
is to let you in on the secret. I want you to hear what we've got...gang vocals, triple banjo and an indie-rock folkestra with fiddle sometimes roaring and sometimes accompanying. With your help, on my 40 day Kickstarter campaign I will raise enough money to mix, master, package and promote the record. Contribute whatever amount is comfortable for you. And you will know that you personally helped an artist (that's Me!) release new music.
Any money I make over my $10,000 goal will help me to hit the road this fall with as many of the collaborators as can come along. I am hoping to tour with the band for four months so we can visit most of you (estimated cost $28,000). The more you give the further we go! Let's make it happen!!
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Advance copies of the record - Exclusive Mp3s available to Kickstarter donors - Original art by Adam Agee (http://www.poeticcreative.com) - 7" vinyl of two songs - Handwritten lyric sheets - A tune or a song written for you by me - Pasta making lesson (Nonna's recipes) and dinner for 3 plus ME! - Free tickets to a full band show - Vintage store shopping trip with me - House concert with me and one band member - Co-writing session or lesson with me.
I must reach my goal - $10,000 - by my deadline - date - to receive the funding. If I don't reach my goal, you will not be charged, I won't receive any money and you won't receive the cool stuff I promised. We will all be bummed and I'll have to win the lottery to release this record.
Thank YOU for reading this far. I can't wait to share this music with you. Contribute whatever you can even if that contribution is time spreading the word to anyone you think might enjoy being part of releasing my music. I appreciate all of you and your unending support of art.
P.S. I've got an extremely geeky yet nifty excel doc of my budget if you like that sort of thing. Just message me and I'll email it to you.
Good question. Artists today (like me) often fund albums without the help of a record label. These artists scrimp and save and cut corners to make their records in the hopes of making their money back through cd sales at concerts and online sales in the years following. As one Kickstarter donor said to me " Kickstarter [is] microfinance, American style." Receiving funding up front helps artists focus their goals into those that are attainable. It helps them sustain long term artistic careers rather than burning out over frustration and money concerns. Kickstarter tells artists who their fans are and what they enjoy. It is the best way to encourage the artists you love to KEEP making the art you enjoy. You are the record label! You determine which artists are successful. You ARE the reason art will thrive.
Those sexy pin-up T-shirts are pretty amazing. I guess I should make more. Just email mailto:email@example.com if you would like to swap a pin-up T-shirt for any of the physical rewards listed here!
It is beautiful right?! That was Ballard C. Boyd (Director/Writer). He is amazing. Look him up! http://www.ballardcboyd.com
Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA. The studio originally opened in the 50's and has the vintage black and cream tile floor to prove it. Matt Malikowski, who will be mixing the record, Tom Dube and Dan Cardinal recently purchased and re-vamped the space.
...An excuse to focus on experimentation, collaboration and the process of making art, rather than rushing to release another product.
In 2009 I invited six collaborators, one at a time, to spend two days in the studio working on two songs each with Matt Malikowski engineering. We called them arranging sessions and we were almost dogmatic about thinking of the process as a project not a future record. We had no idea what would come of these sessions. Our focus was to get as arty and creative as possible…when asked about genre limitations we said "there are none," when asked what previous arrangement sessions sounded like we said, "They were really fun but that they have no bearing on what we will create today." There were loads of toys at the studio…banjos, drum kit, amps, guitars, basses, clavinet, clarinet, wurlitzer, lowrey organ, hammond organ, vibraphone, glock, piano, etc.
After a year we had 12 incredible arrangements of my songs and a couple covers. It was clear that the exploration had lead to the makings of a studio album. In January of 2010 we recorded the arrangements live as a band at The Club House studios in Upstate, NY. The following week we invited the original six arrangers altogether to Wooly Mammoth studios in Waltham, MA to add the finishing touches. The footage in my kickstarter video is from those sessions.
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