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Twelve Songs. All brand new. An exploration of stories and America and myself.
Twelve Songs. All brand new. An exploration of stories and America and myself.
299 backers pledged $18,403 to help bring this project to life.

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Last June I stepped away from a high school teaching job so that I could pursue touring my music full time. I couldn't justify hollering at my students to chase their dreams at all cost if I wasn't willing to do the same.  

Since then I've written a new album, toured across the US twice, and toured a month abroad hopping through Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, and Ireland. Music is going better than I ever imagined it could, and I'm really excited about this new batch of songs.

 I put out my last album back at the end of 2014. Despite feeling the pressure to put something out sooner, I've taken my time to write and craft this collection of songs, and to find a recording process that suits them. I like that there is some real time, some real life (while I was teaching) contained in all of these songs (not to mention some political angst...)  Sometimes when I make an album there are a few songs that I'm less than thrilled about, but they make it on the album anyway to fill it out.   Not this one. 12 songs, all of them I feel deeply connected to and proud of.

I think it's worth putting every last bit of sweat and time and money into releasing this album to the world as best I can.

Recording This Album My Way:  For this album I wanted to record differently than I had in the past.  I wanted the freedom and time to sit with these songs for a while, to try new things.  The guts of each song, my guitar and vocals, are recorded by me, on just two microphones in my kitchen at home and in a friend's cabin out in Willamina, Oregon (thank you Karen!)  

Then Tyler takes these basic versions and works at his studio in Eugene to add bass, drums, piano, etc to each track.    I love recording this way because the guts of each song that I send to Tyler are live and recorded all in one take.  There is no splicing or cutting in various notes and vocal lines.  Each song, from start to finish, is one live performance.  And because I used some great mics, and because Tyler Fortier is such a genius in the studio, the songs sound full and rich and real and beautiful.   You would NEVER know I recorded in my kitchen.  

Tyler Fortier is a hell of a producer, and working with him quiets all my concerns and fears and uncomfortableness about making recordings. Somehow he has wrangled my vague and rambling energy and ideas, and has focused it all into something beyond what I would ever be able to accomplish on my own. That, to me, is the definition of a good producer. I wrote these songs, but Tyler gave them feet. 

Featured on the album will be all these incredible folks: 

Anna Tivel is playing perfect violin parts and harmonies

Merlin Showalter is playing percussion and it gives me goosebumps

Milo Fultz makes the upright bass do things I didn't know it could

Bryan Daste is using his pedal steel like a cheese slicer on my heart

Tyler Fortier is tackling piano, organ, electric guitar, and all other beautifully weird noises he finds.

Please keep an eye on Tyler and all his future genius work at: http://www.tylerfortier.com/

 

  

 

$15,000 seems like a lot for an album ( I know ), but in reality it's at the very low end of the charts for album costs.  Here is a quick breakdown of the costs so that I can be as upfront as possible about where the money will go:

Producer/Studio fees:  $3700 

Studio Musician Fees (drums, bass, pedal steel, etc.):  $75/song, x 12 songs x 3 musicians =  $2700

Physical Printing of the Albums:  1000 units minimum, and will do 3000 if I have the $$$) at $1.80 per unit = Roughy $2000 - $6000 

Physical Printing of Vinyl (If I can afford it, I'll do it because vinyl is to CD's as slow churned custard is to calorie-free frozen yogurt.) = $2500- $3000 for a small run.

Publicity Campaign for the Release and the Release Tour: $6000  (For months and months these guys send my music to magazines (fingers crossed Rolling Stone), blogs, radio (fingers crossed NPR), promoters, music writers and critics and curators, etc, in the States and Internationally.  They also help do publicity along the way as I do a massive tour when the album releases.  'Tain't cheap, but it's necessary so that I can keep growing this music, reaching more folks, playing more and better shows, so that I can make more albums.

At this point, I've already spent the $15,000 goal... and I haven't even put gas in the van for the tour yet.  See what I mean?  

So if you feel inclined to support the music and my ability to keep making it, check out your reward options:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges with putting out this album:
- Paying for a publicist to help promote the release
- Paying the initial recording/printing fees
- If someone cowrites a song with me and then we win a grammy for that song, I won't know what to wear. Or what to do with my hair.

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    Broke, But Excited

    You're broke, but want to be a part of helping get this album released nonetheless? Thank you! Every little bit helps

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    Affordable Test of Faith

    You dig my previous albums, and want to roll the dice on this new baby? Perfect. This will get you a hot off the press digital download before anyone else.

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    I Gotta Touch It (and Rub that Button)

    You like to wander back to the forgotten corners of the public library, slip an old hardback novel off the shelf, open it up and breathe deep. You rub the pages. You trace the letters. THIS reward is for you. A signed physical copy of the album, AND a special edition, matte finish, high quality 2.5" Jeffrey Martin button.

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    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
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    I Need to Feel More

    You want the signed album, you want the never-to-be-released song that didn't make the cut, you'll take the digital download, but you still feel like something is missing. How's about some Jeffrey Martin original photography from tour? You'll get a high quality 8 x 10 print of a photo from tour, with a personal note explaining a little about the photo, and thanking you personally.

    Includes:
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
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    IF IT'S NOT VINYL IT'S NOT REAL

    It's not that you think less of people who don't listen to vinyl, you just feel sorry for them.

    Includes:
    • Beautiful 180 gram LP, classic black
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • 2.5" BUTTON (see picture in description)
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    EXCLUSIVE COLOR COLLECTOR VINYL- 50 only

    Not only do you need the vinyl, but you need a ONE OF A KIND, SPECIAL EDITION COLORED VINYL, EXCLUSIVE TO THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, NEVER TO BE STAMPED AGAIN. There are only 50...

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    • Special Kickstarter Edition COLORED Vinyl. Limited Edition (50)
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • High quality digital download of the title track, ONE GO AROUND
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    Does He Only Write Songs?

    You love listening to music, at least that's what you tell all your friends. But secretly, you love reading more. You're glad Dylan won the Nobel, but quietly in the back of your mind the question has popped up once or twice... is that really literature? Lucky for you, Jeffrey Martin writes all sorts of things, and he'll share some prose with you that he hasn't shared with anyone, ever, anywhere.
    You can sit down at the end of a long day, put on the Jeffrey Martin LP, and then read some Jeffrey Martin prose, while wearing your Jeffrey Martin button, and occasionally look up to glance at your Jeffrey Martin original print photograph. Creep.

    Includes:
    • Prose, short story writing from Jeffrey, mailed direct to you
    • Beautiful 180 gram LP, classic black
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • HIFI download of the album before the rest of the world!
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    But I Want My Own Song

    It isn't enough for you that I am releasing a whole new album full of new songs. I poured my entire heart out into this new project, and still you want to tip me over and shake out one more drop. Go on, I dare you. (plus, you get all the other stuff too!)
    I'll write a song, professionally record it, and send only to you. No one else will have it unless you share it with them.

    Includes:
    • I will write, record, and send you a personal song as a thanks.
    • Prose, short story writing from Jeffrey, mailed direct to you
    • Beautiful 180 gram LP, classic black
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • 2.5" BUTTON (see picture in description)
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    Dinner and a Show? I'll Get Us a Pizza

    *U.S. / Canada only*
    Besides being eternally indebted to you for such generous support of my music, and giving you ALL of the previous rewards I will:

    -Thank you personally in the liner notes of the actual, physical, CD and Vinyl

    - And I'll come to your house (or any place you pick) where I'll put on a concert for you and whoever else you want to be there. I'll bring the pizza.

    Includes:
    • Private House Concert for You!
    • I will write, record, and send you a personal song as a thanks.
    • Prose, short story writing from Jeffrey, mailed direct to you
    • Beautiful 180 gram LP, classic black
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • 2.5" BUTTON (see picture in description)
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    Co-Write A Song with Me (Grammy?)

    I'll send you some ideas, you send me some ideas, and we'll start chipping away at a song that we co-write together. It's okay if you've never written a song, and it's okay if you aren't a musician in any way. We'll shape it together. I'll record the song and send you a version that you can have for all time. If the song works on the next album, I'll include it there, along with your co-write credit. AND if the song goes triple platinum and sweeps the Grammys, you'll be there along for the ride!

    Includes:
    • Co-Write a Song with Jeffrey for the Next Album
    • Private House Concert for You!
    • Prose, short story writing from Jeffrey, mailed direct to you
    • Beautiful 180 gram LP, classic black
    • Special Edition Print from "Tour Photography", with note! (8x10)
    • Signed physical copy of the album that you can smell and rub!
    • 2.5" BUTTON (see picture in description)
    • HIFI download of the album before the rest of the world!
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