I've gone ahead and jumped into a twenty first century way of making records here with this Kickstarter campaign modality. What I'm doing here, or trying to do, is raise the money to get this next album done. Normally a label handles the nuts and bolts of funding the albums, but last year I broke away from my label, Luaka Bop, for a variety of reasons (hated to go, but it was time) and am now making records all by my lonesome. In certain ways it's liberating, but financially it's terrifying, particularly when you're working on two records at once, like I've been doing the last year or so. See, I've just released Sounds Of The Americans ( for a free download go to www.jimwhite.net) a side project that grew out of a score I wrote for a play that Julliard Music School put on.
For this next album, called Where It Hits You, I've got upwards of twenty new songs written. Already a fair amount of the core recording's been done---paid for with every last penny of my life savings---but I've come up short with the album half finished and need your assistance to complete it, so pitch in if you're able. Pray like hell for me if you're not.
In the FYI category, this album looks to be one of the most eclectic I've done so far, with songs ranging from a fun loving ska kind of number (Here We Go) that I recorded with Athens based The Heap Project (they kick ass) to some old time country numbers (Harry Allen and On The Best Of Days) with folk darlings Caroline Herring and Terri Binion. It's always been important to me to include feminine voices on my albums, and those two ladies are some of the best I've worked with. Throw in a few curve balls like my collaboration with the Australian experimental trip folk band Otouto and you've got about what you've come to expect when you get one of my albums---a crazy quilt of musical influences.
So there you have it. If you can pitch in and help get this done I'll be deeply obliged. Being a musician and selling records is how I feed my two kids and pay my mortgage. There are no words to express how grateful I am to any and every person who helps me accomplish that complicated task.
I wish you well, a peaceful Christmas with those you love.
Your friend in music,
- (45 days)