The Short Story:
The Drifter and the Dream (Part I) is the first EP in a two-part EP series. The album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC, produced by Michael Selverne of Welcome to Mars. It features new songs that are my best yet, and many of Asheville's finest musicians. I would like you to have it! By supporting this Kickstarter, you can.
Recording + Musicians: $7,000
The rest: Kickstarter fees, manufacturing costs of rewards
The Long Story:
I started writing songs somewhere around age 19. Lost my mind, and stopped. Picked it up a couple years later and been walking that road ever since. In 2012 I recorded my first EP and started gigging in earnest. From little coffeeshops to roadside bars, the release of my first LP in 2014 led to playing some clubs. Put a band together and hit the road, and played over 180 shows in two and a half years, including big ones such as the LEAF festival. Also during that time, I was selected to be a part of the Asheville Symphony Sessions, a collaboration with the Asheville Symphony, Echo Mountain, and Welcome to Mars Productions.
Sometime in 2014/15 I met Michael Selverne at an AMP (Asheville Music Professionals) event. A mutual friend of ours had produced my first LP, and we got to talking. One day outside a show, Michael said "I'd love to make a record with you". About a year later it came to pass, and we entered Echo Mountain Recording with a great band and put it to the (metaphorical) tape. We cut 12 songs in a few days, later did some overdubs and saw how the songs drew together. We picked 5 that spoke to each other and they became the first installment of a 2 EP series, The Drifter and the Dream.
The musicians on this record are Bill Berg (Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke, Cat Stevens) River Guerguerian (Free Planet Radio), Kat Williams, Jackson Dulaney, Carly Taich, Franklin Keel (Sirius B, the ASO), Charles Gately (Doc Aquatic), Ryan Burns, Michael Selverne, Rodney Easter Jr.
It was mastered by Eric Boulanger of The Bakery in LA.
As for the songs, 4 of the 5 chosen for this first EP were written in a burst sometime in late January/February of 2016. The recording of them were some of their earliest performances. To me they represent some of my strongest work. They explore the political, the personal and where the two meet. Societal forces that shape our world. The tension between spiritual awareness and walking in the material world. I would love for you to have them.
SO WHY A KICKSTARTER??
As an independent artist, you are my record label. The hope here is first to pay the bills for the recording, (which are DUE) and second is to create a sustainable, co-operative relationship between artist and fan so that I can keep making music and you can have said music. The modern music industry is one of constant re-creation, re-definition and re-invention. At the same time, the needs for an artist are still basically the same. We still need to pay for production costs, pay the musicians who worked on this project, as well as all the other people who contributed to this project, and promote the record. Record sales have been dropping every year since the early 2000's and we need to find new ways to cover the costs of making records. I was incredibly lucky to record in Echo Mountain, a world class studio, with a great producer and engineer. As a result we have a record that sounds great and I would love for you to have it (and not be stuck in debt).
I have been incredibly lucky/blessed to work with some incredible people in this project. Welcome to Mars is a Production company led by Michael Selverne, a 30+ year veteran of the music industry, as well as Jessica Tomasin. Their combined knowledge of the music industry is invaluable and enabled us to make a great record, and put us in a great position to succeed, but we need your help to get it out into the world.
PS. The record is made and I want you to have it!!
Special thanks to the contributors of this record:
Artwork by Ari D Art (www.facebook.com/aridixart)
Kickstarter video by Adam Macmillan of Peak of the Mountain Productions (www.facebook.com/PeakMntFilms)
Photography by Forest Wallingford (http://forestwallingford.com)
Album Design by Josh Rhinehart (www.joshrhinehart.com)
Thanks to Michael and Stacy Selverne, Jessica Tomasin, Julian Dreyer, Steve Wilmans, Autumn Greenfield and everybody at Echo Mountain.
Risks and challenges
Risks are minimal as the record is already made.
If however we don't meet our goal, we are in a pretty serious pickle of owing lots of money and not being able to pay it, which would limit our ability to get the record out and would make touring very very difficult.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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