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Singer/Songwriter's colorful inspiration for 4th studio album rooted in nostalgia and American history, ready for prime time.

Welcome, and thanks so much for having a look at my Kickstarter proposal.

I’m an independent singer/songwriter who’s been performing for a living for 12 years, on the road for the last 3 of those years; I currently have 3 self-produced CDs under my belt for which I never had a budget to properly promote or distribute, and have reached the point in my career where some backing would really help to make this next album the best it can be and reach the audience it needs to reach in order for things to grow and get to the next level.

"So you're asking me for money... What's in this for me?"

By contributing to my project, you are helping to elevate and draw attention to a unique flavor of truly inspired music and extending it to a broader audience. Music that evokes empathy and hopefully throws a little sunshine in the window, whether folksy and contemplative or loose and rockin'... My wife Kim and I have been performing most of the songs for a while now and have really dialed them in. There are some common threads through the songs and things like that, but I don't want to say too much about the music before its release. I like a few surprises when I get a new recording, don't you?

Thanks for watching my video above, and if you haven’t, I hope you will... I had a lot of fun creating it, and hope it gives you a chuckle or two while giving you information about the project (and some background on this guy who’s asking for your support)!

“Walls that Talk”, the proposed album’s title song, was inspired by and written for some good friends of ours in the Athens, GA area.  An artist couple who spent a lot of years in Key West and share a deep appreciation for the past, they’ve brought their funky and whimsical sensibilities to the Southern countryside and currently build the most amazing art pieces from vast elements of Americana. Pre-Civil War wall sections that have been painted over and over throughout the generations, the paint now carefully removed from the hand-planed, century-plus-old boards to reveal a colorful, layered history book for the eyes… Springs, gears and rods from antiquated farm equipment; hand-forged fire pokers, antique brass water spigots and other hardware, rusted wheels, walls draped in rusty old hand tools… All these things are salvaged, refreshed and put together in brand new works of art, and so very tastefully and skillfully so. To stand on the property, anywhere in or out of doors, you can look in any direction and just be mesmerized.

Thanks again sincerely for your interest. Please check out the rewards, and know that I look forward to working with you!

~Roy

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    "Good morning. Did you sleep well? Here is your home-cooked breakfast in bed with juice from oranges I flew to California for this morning and squeezed by hand... Would you prefer to read the Globe or the Journal this morning, and would you like a song with that?"

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