The underground favorite "The Sinners" by Aaron Parrett will be re-released on vinyl.
The music you hear in that video is some of the music from THE SINNERS. This project is about putting that sound on a vinyl LP, with jacket artwork by Peter Koch, famous letterpress artist in Berkeley.
In 1993, I had just graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Philosophy, and had enrolled at UGA for graduate school. Mainly it was an excuse to avoid a real job, so I could spend my nights playing music, often until the sun came up. I was a bluegrass banjo guy, but lately I had started writing country-type songs and playing guitar.
I was dividing my time between Rimini, Montana, where I had spent the summer before building a log cabin, and Athens. On that long drive back and forth—I think it is about 2400 miles— I started to write down lyrics that came into my head. You see, I had no stereo in that rig, just the console radio, which you couldn’t really listen to, because the truck also had no air conditioner, so you’d have to roll down both windows and it was pretty noisy driving 60 mph. So I’d make up these songs and sing them while driving.
Some friends talked me into putting a few of these songs down on an old 4 track they had. One of the channels was broken so it was really a three track, but enough to where you could get a guitar and a few backing vocals on it. Eventually I recorded them all again at a real studio, over a period of about a year.
I liked the sound of it when it was finished, but considered it sort of a rough draft—a demo if you will. But the reception from other artists and critics was fantastic. The disc sold out in a couple years. People would often pester me to have more printed, but somewhere along the way I lost the master tapes and all the artwork, and had moved on to other bands. But fans were persistent. And other bands started covering or recording the songs.
A friend of mine called this disc “road music,” which I took to mean it sounds good to hear when you are driving. That makes sense to me since I wrote almost all of these songs while driving.
But like I said, this record has been out of print now for over fifteen years. And then a vinyl aficionado I know suggested I re-release the SINNERS on lp—33 format. One of the advantages of vinyl is that warmer, analog, homey sound, and as much as I liked the CD of the original, that was the one thing I always thought was missing in the final mix. I long ago lost the original tapes, so this record will have to be remastered for vinyl, which adds cost. Making this record is an opportunity to add the missing dimension to an old favorite.
So the cost of making this record: the actual vinyl discs cost about 2 grand to make. And in the spirit of the original sort of handmade recording, I want to house it in a work of art —hand-printed cardboard covers— adding a further dimension to the album’s physical presence.
The printing will be accomplished by Peter Rutledge Koch, a world-famous letterpress printer and book artist in Berkeley California.
Mr. Koch ordinarily works with more literary material and better known artists, but I think he likes this music, appreciates the aesthetic behind it and wanted to help make this project a reality. In a very real sense, people who purchase this record won’t be just getting a vinyl record of some time-tested and well-loved Americana music—they’ll be getting it housed in a work of the printer’s art. I appreciate all the folks who have encouraged me to go forward with this project and I hope anyone who sees what this is all about will contribute to its success. The rewards we are offering for an investment in this campaign offer a unique opportunity to collect a limited edition work of art and music coming together .
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I imagine that this project, like any worthy artwork, involves a lot more contingencies than you can ever anticipate ahead of time. But having had a lot of experience with musician, producers, artists, and editors, I think that that is one of the best parts of making art--collaborating and working things out in a way that everyone can be proud of. I tend not to consider a roadblock as a setback, but more as an opportunity for figuring a way around something. Never having worked with the vinyl format, I am sure unique challenges will arise, but I know from experience that you can usually find someone who has been through it before who is willing to show the way. As far as the letterpress part of it is concerned, I have the utmost faith in Peter Koch as a guy who can always find a way to make a project turn out the way you sort of dreamed it in the first place.
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For $250 or more, you will receive a copy of the LP enclosed in a limited edition letterpress jacket designed and produced by Peter Koch; signed by Aaron Parrett and Peter Koch, as well as links to digital downloads of the CDs "Stumbo Lost Wages" by Aaron Parrett & Ivan Rosenberg and "West of the Mason Dixon Line" by Aaron Parrett.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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For $1500 or more, Aaron Parrett will offer a live performance at your location (details to be worked out mutually); a signed copy of the LP encased in a limited edition letterpress jacket designed, produced, and signed by Peter Koch; credit in the liner notes as "Associate Producer"; and copies of all ephemera (stickers, offprints, posters, and more) on hand; and CD copies of the Aaron Parrett albums WEST OF THE MASON DIXON LINE and STUMBO LOST WAGES.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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