I hope my words find you enjoying your day! My name is Lyndsey Battle and I am a singer/songwriter living in Humboldt County. The land here is beautiful, and I've found a great community here of like-minded folks and musicians to collaborate with on an album. I truly feel that music is what I have to offer to the world and aspire to write songs that portray and affect the change I want to see on this here planet.
During the Summer of 2011, my (then two-year-old) daughter and I found refuge in the enchanting Mattole River Valley out along the Lost Coast here in Northern California. While living in a secluded farmhouse on a few acres of land, I was inspired to write a many new songs which reflected the romance of living simply and in balance with our surroundings.
Now we are asking for your help to share these songs with others by funding a full-length album which is almost ready to send off to press. We began recording the songs with Tim Gray at Myrtletown Records in late March. Cory Goldman on banjo and guitar, originally from Portand, and I are kind of the skeleton crew for this project. Incredibly talented Brian Hennesy, from Southern California, joined in on the upright bass. We laid down most of the tracks live. In addition to this core group of folks, a few of my favorite local musicians came in to add their talents to the songs:
Kris Lang played tenor steel pan on a couple of tracks.
Jeff Thomas sang vocal bass lines on a song.
Bird Jowaisis plays mandolin on a tune, and
Tofu Mike played a magical drum kit made of pots and pans, an abacus, suitcase and other fun noisy things.
Contributing their talents from afar, my former band mates in Florida added their own perspectives to a couple of songs as well:
Sean Peterson on the fretless electric bass and Brandon Warren on drums.
My daughter, Vela Citrine, helped out by drawing the artwork for the album... inspired by one of our favorite books: Mr. Impossible by Roger Hargreaves.
All around, this has been a whole lot of fun and a really magical experience. The success of this album will allow us to continue to make music that helps folks feel good. We really are excited to have an album that incorporates the ideas of many with a message backed by unity. We are also looking forward to sharing these songs with you soon!
Lots of Gratitude,
^ P.S. Here is a sneak preview of one of the tracks from the new album ^
Risks and challenges
When Cory and I started off recording this album at Tim Gray's studio, we were waiting on the arrival of my income tax return to start funding the whole recording process. Being a single mother and living on wages made from playing music, teaching music, and a once-a-week DJ shift on KHUM pose some major financial challenges in trying to invest in any musical endeavor.
Even with orchestrating studio time for various musical friends to come and play, working out mixes, and waiting on the tax man... things have been pretty smooth through the whole process. The final artwork is done, the tracks are in the last stages of mixing, and we are starting to book a tour to spread the album around once it is done.
We will be playing at some Summer Festivals up here in the Northwest (Oregon Country Fair, Folklife Festival, Roll on the Mattole) and really need to have the album done.
All the money raised to meet our goal here on kickstarter directly funds the recording, mixing, mastering and pressing of 1000 copies of the album to CD. Any funds that exceed our goal will be used to finance a P.R. campaign to promote the album and tour with it.
This album is what we need to take our music to a wider audience and we can't do it without your help! Everyone involved is deeply invested both emotionally and financially in this project and we have the support of an awesome community of friends and family who are ready to help us make our ideas a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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