With all the momentum and pieces in the right place, Bevel Summers is ready to make 2013 their biggest year yet and have been meticulously preparing material in preparation for heading back into studio in January in order to record their debut full length album to be released in the Spring of 2013.
Bevel Summers now features:
Jeb Brinkley- Guitar, Lyrics, Vocals, Drums, Bass
Alicia Best- Vocals, Kazoo, Percussion
Jack Fleishman- Drums, Banjo
Dylan Turner- Bass, Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Greenslade- Piano, Vocals, Lyrics
Ian Williams- Fiddle, Trumpet
This fantastic group of talented young people are now composing tunes featuring four part harmonies, heavy keys, tight drumming, ol’ time fiddle, soulful bass lines, country-blues fingerpickin’ guitar parts, and a healthy dose of banjo, trumpet, organ and electric guitar when the occasion calls for it.
But Bevel Summers was not always such a boisterous ensemble. Just a couple short years ago the band was comprised of only David Hutcheson and Jeb Brinkley, UNC-Chapel Hill students writing and performing as a dynamic duo under the Flannery O'Connor inspired moniker, Bevel Summers.
The boys' act quickly went from a living room chill session to an up and coming act on the local Triangle music scene. In early 2011, Alex Van Gils (Upright Bass) and Andrew Finn Magill (Fiddle), both incredible musicians, friends, and fellow Tar Heels, joined up and began playing shows with Bevel Summers. The group soon created a 7-track studio sampler in a whirlwind 4-day recording session with Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studios in Chapel Hill, NC in April, 2011.
From the end of the recording to the release party held at the Local 506 in August 2012 the band has altered and grown. Jeb met new collaborators; a fiddler in the woods (later lost to Burning Man), a bass player blind date, a pianist at a restaurant and onstage in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a drummer from a neighboring band, and a girl who sings murder ballads. The Album was met with a highly favorable review from The Independent Weekly and Shuffle Magazine's Jordan Lawrence.
Bevel Summers was back in a big way, with a new band, new tunes, and a revived sense of enthusiasm. As it stands now, with their new fiddle player, Ian Williams and the now long distance internet presence of David Hutcheson (from the Poetry MFA program at Hunter College in NYC), Bevel Summers just received another small nod from the local press, getting featured in The Independent Weekly's list of "The Triangle's Top 32 Tracks of 2012" with their single "Sunday School Sayin'" along with singles from such acts as Lost in the Trees, Bowerbirds, and Carolina Chocolate Drops
Here is where you come in!
Bevel Summers has chosen to work a second time with Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge Studios and couldn't be more excited. Jeff has been instrumental in the development of the Triangle music scene over the past decade, helping to produce the music of bands such as Max Indian, Roman Candle, Luego, Mandolin Orange and Mount Moriah.
We need your aid in paying for our studio time, mixing, mastering, album design and pressing. Each pledge will get you something in return.
Bevel Summers is asking for your help and the love of their community!
If you support Bevel Summers in our musical endeavor, and are willing to donate to our Kickstarter Campaign, we will:
- Send you copies of both our old and new records, Send you T-shirts and other merch we and our super talented housemates make at our home,
- Mention you in the liner notes of our album Invite you to an exclusive early-listening party, where you'll get to hang with us, and listen to the album before anyone else
- Send you personalized messages, and updates on our process, Take you out to a romantic lunch or dinner with us,
- WRITE YOU A SONG
Risks and challenges
Self-releasing an album is a daunting task for those with no record label and no experience, but as a group of young and enthusiastic friends, we are ready to embark on the journey together. An album is simply the first step on a hopefully long and potentially exhausting road of touring and playing shows across the East Coast and beyond. We'd like to submit our record to the local and national press, as well as to radio stations, and Indie record labels.
Of course, the risks of such an undertaking are high. Most bands don't even get to this phase, with enough material to generate an album, and a consistent group of cooperating musicians. Then, without a record deal it is even harder to produce an album. In our case we look to you, with the hope that you enjoy our music and want to support us in our mission.
Our work on this album will only serve to bring us closer together as friends, musicians, and storytellers. In the past few months, we have really only begun the process of understanding how to truly collaborate as a band. But we have more than just begun to develop what we feel is a unique sense of community in our little fledgling group. We all share common world views, similar tastes and interests, and complementary creative skills. It's a combination that is only beginning to show itself in the group, but has the potential to become an enduring and relentless creative machine in the future.
No wonder so many great young musicians have trouble making it through this phase in their career. The water is deep, and no one teaches you how to kick your legs to keep from drowning.
So here we are. Teaching ourselves to swim, and we could use your help in the process!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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