This project "Easy Keeper" has been a result of time away and big life changes. I've been taking some time to reflect, write good songs and make some wonderful lifestyle improvements! My wife Haylan and I have left the big city for the starry skies of the Manitoba Parkland. We bought an old farm, keep horses and chickens, we have the world's greatest dog, and this past March were blessed with our first child. That's right, I'm a dad! Welcome Guthrie Isabel Barber!
With all of these great changes have come dozens of new songs that I cannot wait to share with you.
A new album in the making!
Easy Keeper will be my 5th studio album. This new group of songs and this crowd-funding platform is my way of reconnecting with all the people who have supported and encouraged my songwriting craft over the past decade of touring! Kickstarter seems to be the best way for me to get people to join in the process of making and releasing a record under my own label.
It's about having and enjoying full creative control over a project that comes straight from the heart. I guess if you want roots that run deep you need to tend to them. This is what this project is all about: community, roots, honesty and backbone.
Easy Keeper is an album of songs I've written in my hiatus from the music scene. Time has allowed me to write carefully, and sincerely. I believe this is my strongest and most honest collection of songs to date and I hope you agree!
Some of you folks know that I rarely write from my own perspective though lately I've been trying to write about my own life a little more. Check out one of the new songs I wrote for the album in video below shot last year at the Bow Valley Folk Club: Patient Man. It's a simple song of an honest memory of me at a social on New Year's Eve dancing a little too earnestly to Patio Lantern by Kim Mitchell. I hope you like it!
It takes a village to create an album
Though I'm technically an "Independent Artist" the truth is I'm thoroughly dependent on so many people. I'm not just one guy with a guitar and a pen, there's a community of crafts-people, artists, musicians and fans who have come together asking me to keep writing and recording music. I need to take a second to highlight and thank some of the folks that are dearest to me and have really gone the extra mile for this project.
First, my family. My wife Haylan and my brand new daughter Guthrie. Art is supposed to make our lives better, bring us closer and I think this album will do just that. Thanks for your love. I'm a lucky man. I'd like to thank my folks and my sister as well. Your love and support has been steadfast, honest and true.
My band and the team that has come together to make this recording happen is first-rate. Co-produced by Grant Siemens and myself, recorded by Scott Franchuck (Riverdale Recorders) with Bernie Thiessen on bass and Ivan Burke on drums, this is a group of really good friends and world-class musicians who understand me and put the song first. I'm humbled to get to make music with you guys.
I'd also like to thank Nathalie Kleinschmit at Prairie Mix. Her belief and support in me has come at the perfect time. I'm really looking forward to the work we're going to do together in the future.
I'm so thankful to the craftspeople and artisans that have helped me create the incentives. In a world of disposable stuff, these handmade, well crafted pieces mean a lot to me. Thanks to Ray Magnan, Daniel Iseli-Otto, Steven Laurie, Steve Schlacter, Will Bergman and Dana Slingerland for all your time and attention to detail. You're all inspiring people. I'm proud to present your work alongside my music and introduce it to those who, like you, value what is beautiful and true.
More about the incentives
As you'll discover, you'll not only be able to pre-order the Easy Keeper album as a digital download or CD, you'll be able to bring home a special gift - a work of art or unique experience - for yourself or a loved one. You'll find details on the side and some photos to explore below:
Handmade Butcher Block::::
Manitoba Cribbage Board::::
Hand made Felted Pendant::::
Custom made Canoe Paddle::::
Del-raised Roasting Chicken::::
1/4 Cord of Birch Firewood::::
And for those of you who choose more than one incentive, know that I'll have an extra special gift for you as a thank you for your support!
To my friends, family and fans who've never stopped encouraging me to keep playing and writing my songs, thank you. I can't wait to share "Easy Keeper" with you!
Risks and challenges
Without the financial backing of a label, I am carrying the risks (and rewards too!) of this album. The short-term challenge is raising the remaining budget to cover the costs of producing and pressing the album. With your help in pre-ordering, this will be possible.
Fortunately, in having already released four albums, I can build on the knowledge gained from those experiences as well as the network in industry that has been supportive of my music. I'm not trying to do this alone - which is a risk for DIY projects - I have a super team of people at my side and believe that together, we'll share the hope and excitement that comes with a brand new collection of stories and song.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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