Dear Brothahs and Sistahs in the Blues!
After five long years of slugging it out in the recording studio, my second album, Your Prescription for the Blues, is mastered and READY TO BE REPRODUCED! Now, we could all wait another five years while I save up the cash to do that, or you could all help me NOW and each have a copy in your hand by September.
I need $4,000 to do the following:
- pay licensing to all the great song writers
- get Discmakers to press 1,000 CDs
- throw a CD release party and concert in September
Here are the steps:
1. Click big green "Back This Project" button
2. Enter your pledge amount
3. Choose your reward
4. Continue to Amazon Payments to make your pledge. (If you don't have an account with Amazon, you'll have to set up one.) Your card will be charged at the end of July if I reach my funding goal.
Your Prescription for the Blues is the culmination of a recording project that Jeff Cannata and I began producing five years ago. Ten of Connecticut Shoreline's finest musicians came to Jeff's studio to help me record some of my very favorite songs. They are:
Johnny Memphis, guitars, violin, and backing vocals
Freddie Rathbun, bass
Ric Haddad, drums and percussion
Tom Knapp, saxophone and flute
Mark Otterson, drums
Rohn Lawrence, guitar
Jeff Batter, keyboards
Eric Kuhn, bass
Mickey DiMichelle, bass
Bob Orsi, harmonica
Jeff Cannata, backing vocals
Here are some of my favorite things about this CD:
- The crazy cool flute by Tom Knapp that you hear in the video
- Ric Haddad's fresh and hip rhythmic renditions of some very old songs
- I'm singing songs originally recorded by Big Mama Thornton and Sister Wynona Carr
- The Peeps recording of "You Are My Sunshine" on Track 13 (The Peeps are none other than my three children: Rachel - keyboards and harmonies, Zachariah - drums, and Abigail Connolly - lead vocals and ukulele.)
- Irene Liebler's groovy artwork for my album cover that even includes a very old photo of my grandmother
- Bob Orci responding "YEAH!" in the middle of recording his harmonica part for "Mean Country Men," because he was hearing Jeff Batter kill it on keyboards for the first time. Of course, Jeff Cannata left it in the track!
- Taking inspiration from Minnie's character in The Help for the talking part in "Mean Country Men"
- Johnny Memphis's violin on "Don't Wait Too Long"
- The fact that I scored an original song from my friend Mike Michael's late wife, Steffy Michaels that has never been released
- All the crazy stuff that Jeff Cannata got Freddie Rathbun to do on "Mean Country Men." In fact, if you wanted to play bass exactly like the recording, you would have to tune the E string down a couple of half steps in the middle of the song and then back up again for the last part.
- The old-style harmonies reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters that Jeff and I worked out for Madeleine Peyroux's "Don't Wait Too Long"
Should I reach my financial goal for this project, I'll be able to make 1,000 copies of this CD, pay all the great songwriters for licensing, make T-shirts and concert posters, and throw a really fun CD release party for all the participants on Sunday, September 30.
A note on how to be a backer for this project:
To make a pledge to Your Prescription for the Blues, click the green "Back This Project" button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will be prompted to complete the purchase with Amazon. If my project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when I reach the funding deadline. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help!
You can also visit my website and sign up for my mailing list at www.tunechic.com.
Hope to see you at the CD release party for Your Prescription for the Blues!
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