My brand new batch of original songs are ready to be recorded. Join me on this journey and let's make a fantastic record together!
What am I raising money for?
To record my best album to date, the 6th in my career. I've got the songs written and ready to go and I totally believe in them. I want to bring my friends along on the journey and I very much need your help. I should mention that Kickstarter operates on an all-or-nothing funding model where projects must be fully funded or no money changes hands. I'm putting everything I have into this project and I need your help to see it all the way through, so please, take a minute to check it out and then share it with your friends, too. THANKS!!!!
Who am I and what does my music sound like?
Alex V. Cook (New Orleans Offbeat Magazine) said : "Like Bonnie Raitt with less of the over-polish, Lucinda Williams with her act more together. Maybe Dusty Springfield if she had a weekly honky tonk gig."
I am a Mississippi singer/songwriter who has spent most of my life living and singing all over the south. Austin, Tx, New Orleans, the North Carolina Piedmont, the swamps of Central Florida and pretty much everywhere in between. These are my stomping grounds, especially the Gulf coast which is near and dear to my heart. I've made five records, two for a major label as a member of the band Evangeline and released three independent records on my own label, Swampgirl Music. The response to my last two releases was way more than I ever anticipated. Rave reviews and radio airplay worldwide.
But don't take my word for it.
Here are just a few quotes from reviews and features about my music. I am honored and humbled by the words of these highly respected critics.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Beth McKee came to the attention of those outside the deep south with her stellar 2009 album I’m That Way, a collection of Bobby Charles covers. Like him, she possesses one of the most unaffected singing voices out there; it takes pleasure in the act of singing itself. That’s part of what makes Next to Nowhere, her first collection of original material, so special; the other is her songs. — Thom Jurek (Allmusic.com)
With Next to Nowhere, she delivers a first-rate CD of southern-roots music that blends blues, Cajun, New Orleans R&B, deep soul, and rock ’n’ roll… this new recording reveals an artist who is chock full of talent that she channels through a program of original tunes that portend big things for the future.— Robert H. Cataliotti (Living Blues)
Beth McKee’s latest album follows I’m That Way, her critically heralded 2010 tribute to Cajun legend Bobby Charles. Framed by the sounds of New Orleans, the blues, gospel and swamp pop (courtesy of folks like drummer Juan Perez, slide guitarist Tommy Malone and fiddler/mandolinist Jason Thomas among many others) McKee’s soulfully stirring, Bonnie Raitt-recalling vocals come across as both laid-back yet honeysuckle sincere on all eleven McKee originals. - Gary Von Tersch (Sing Out Magazine)
Her music sits at the edge of the swamp and the city, adding cosmopolitan polish to the regional impulses of the places she’s called home. — Grayson Currin (INDY week)
The only sub that matters here is the underlying growl that marks these performances—blasting saxes, slashing and sliding guitars, burbling organ and piano (McKee leading the way on the latter) and earthy beats (from hubby/co-producer Juan Perez) all keyed to McKee’s naturally lusty vocals. — Steve Hochman (Offbeat)
Why not let the music do the talking?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I'd say an mp3 ought to be worth at least that much too. Check out these two songs, one from each of my last two releases and decide for yourself.
Below is River Rush from Next to Nowhere. It was featured as the theme music for my home state of Mississippi's tourism commercial.
This one (below) is Last Train to Memphis from "I'm That Way" my tribute to the late, great Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles. What an inspiration he was!
Here's some live footage from last summer's tour.
Here's a video I put together about my last album Next to Nowhere:
Recording (engineers, studio and equipment rental, players, etc.)
Mixing & Mastering
High-quality CD replication Beautiful full color CD in ecowallet
Music Distribution (on sites like Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, etc)
Money I Don't Keep (Kickstarter/Amazon fees/taxes)
Artwork, photography and packaging design
Supplies for reward fulfillment
Shipping & handling
Publicist and radio promotion
The costs total around $20,000 which is quite a bit more than our stated goal of $12,000 so even though we are prepared to invest financially(and as much as we are able, we really hope we exceed the $12,000 goal, so there will be stretch goals as we proceed.
I am also at the helm of a group of over 2,000 women who answer to the moniker “Swamp Sistas” and host gatherings called La Las all over the south. The Swamp Sista La Las are celebrations of regional music, food and culture and raise awareness and money for community issues and organizations that are important to the group.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The greatest risk is the project will only be made if it's funded by YOU. Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign so if we don't meet our goal of $12,000 we get nothing, I've self released three albums already so there's not too much that can surprise me in regards to the process. I'm all too aware that there will be glitches and delays, but I've never let them stop me before and certainly won't let them get in the way of this, my most exciting project yet. THIS CD WILL BE DONE.
It says it is "all or nothing", so if you don't reach your goal by the date you chose, you get nothing. What happens to the pledged $ in that case? Is it refunded to the pledgers or does Kickstarter keep it?
If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged and the record doesn't get funded.