About the Album
Some pay weekly, some for the night, others by the hour. Some are dying. Some cheating death. Some conspiring with it. A few are being reborn. Travelling Mercies' Motel lays open the stories of the world-weary characters that inhabit the lonely spaces in and around a seedy American border town motor court. They reside on disparate sides of the law, the border, the drug trade food chain, of luck itself. Their stories live alongside and sometimes within one another. Motel surveys a wide swath of American musical history and influences. It also explores both the transitory nature of existence and the arbitrary complexion of the boundaries we construct - geographically, morally, and otherwise.
But mostly, it's really not that pretentious - just a record of great songs. Plugged-in and fuzzed-out rockers, rambling story songs, tear-snatching ballads, and restless anthems. Pretty much everything you could ask for on one album.
The Man Behind the Curtain
I'm just a regular guy with full-time (English teacher) and part-time jobs outside of music; like you, I have kids to support and bills to pay. All of the band's recording costs come directly out of my nearly-empty pockets (or, more likely, onto one of my well-worn credit cards). Unfortunately, to get these songs ready to share with you, tremendous upfront expenses have to be incurred. Without a music label to front money to have the album made, I'm left to my own devices. Hold on now; take a deep breath - before you get that hot, sinking feeling like when they pass the offering plate at church, know this: my Kickstarter project is NOT a request for charity.
Your Role as Collaborator
What this Kickstarter project IS: On the most basic level, think of this project as a pre-order of our amazing new album, Motel. You're investing in our artistic vision, and you're getting something for it. The more you give, the more you get. Invest at any level and you will own the album. And from there, unbelievably, it only gets better. Take a gander at yon Pledge Rewards section (over there on the right). Everything from CD's to T-shirts to private Travelling Mercies concerts to my very own Bible. See - money can buy happiness.
Where Does that Money Go, Anyway?
The process of creating an album looks something like this -
1. Recording: This is the obvious part. We go into a studio and record the various parts, one at a time, for each song. Vocals, drums, guitars, bass, piano, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, whistling, weird noises... you get the idea. Literally hundreds of individual tracks are laid down.
2. Mixing: After everything's recorded, many hours must be spent getting each song to resemble something other than an unholy mess of sounds. Things are added and taken out, levels are adjusted and readjusted, and a whole bunch of other things are done that, frankly, are beyond my expertise.
3. Mastering: This process makes the songs sound good together, flow well into one another, and the whole project sound like, well, an album.
4. Creating a physical product to listen to: CD's, Vinyl Records, Cassettes, 8-tracks, whatever.
Most of these steps require thousands of dollars each. Our $4000 goal doesn't come close to covering the expenses of the project so far - we're well over that figure on recording alone - but it does ensure that the project can move forward through the mixing, mastering, and final product production phases. Anything invested beyond that means that more of those costs can be defrayed.
But Here's the Catch
...if we don't reach our $4000 goal by the deadline, we get NOTHING. Not a dime. And the album, already written and mostly recorded, is delayed indefinitely, or maybe never sees the light of day at all.
So if you're planning to buy the album, want to support a hard-working artist and his band, or are my mother and don't want to see your son rot away in debtor's prison - this is the time to get on board. Your support means everything!
Jeremy and the good folks at Travelling Mercies
Risks and challenges
Again - the biggest risk you face is our not meeting our funding goal, in which case you pay nothing. But you also get nothing, and neither do we. And neither does the world of rock and roll, which desperately needs this album. So share this project with as many of your friends and family you see fit, and let's make this happen! We'll see you at the finish line!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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