Hello friends! We are Grey Season and we are a five-piece rock & roll-folk band from Boston, MA. In May 2013 we released our debut EP, Troilus, and have seen an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement to continue pursuing our musical endeavors.
A few months ago, we were offered an amazing opportunity to record our first full-length album at Levon Helm Studios, also known as The Barn, in Woodstock NY. For those of you who don’t know about the late great Levon Helm, go to www.levonhelm.com to understand his legacy, and his instrumental role in keeping American roots music alive and breathing.
We have already written, performed and perfected the 10 songs for our album and we are set to record them on January 7th, 8th, and 9th of 2014. Levon Helm Studios will be a perfect place for us to kick off the new year.
About The Studio
The studio, located in Woodstock, NY, has recorded such artists as, of course, The Band, as well as Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, the Elvis Presley Band, Keith Richards, Booker T Jones, The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, Steve Jordan, John Hiatt, Dr. John – the list goes on. This is not to mention the frequent rambles held within the studio’s walls, featuring performances by Levon himself, as well as Dr. Ralph Stanley, Roger Waters, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Robert Randolph, John Mayer, Mavis Staples, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Medeski, Martin and Wood, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.
The other part of this tremendous opportunity is that we will be working with Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, The Dresden Dolls, 2010 Producer of the Year at the Boston Music Awards) and 3-time Grammy winning engineer Justin Guip (Levon Helm’s Dirt Farmer, Electric Dirt, Ramble at the Ryman).
We feel blessed to have a chance to work with seasoned professionals in a studio that has seen so much history pass through its doors.
We have always been an effectively self-sufficient band. We have crafted our sound playing at venues and by street performing (busking) all over Boston. This has been the most genuine and direct way for us to raise funds and build a following. Over the last few years our family, friends and fans have showed an overwhelming amount of support. Much like Kickstarter, busking can be seen as the original crowd-funding platform, but with winter approaching Kickstarter offers a warmer way to reach our goals.
What’s in it for you?
If you donate not only will your level of awesomeness elevate considerably, but you will also receive one the many rewards associated with the different donation tiers. We’re offering everything from stickers, T-shirts, posters, copies of the album, to more personal rewards such as instrument lessons, a cover song of your choice, and a private show at your house or venue. The true reward of your donation is intangible. Through your generosity you become a part of our collective dream; a part of this beautiful process of record making that will live inside each one of us forever.
Making a record with such established professionals isn’t cheap.
All of your donations will go toward:
Pressing and Duplication ($1,500)
Risks and challenges
WE MUST MEET OUR GOAL TO KEEP ANY OF THE MONEY DONATED. This means that your account will not be charged until our Kickstarter deadline is up and we have successfully funded our project.
$10,000 is just the bare minimum we need to raise in order to make the most of this opportunity. Further costs would include marketing/PR, extra studio time, extra mixing, and a tour, which is why many artists rely on a record label. The more money we raise; the more thorough we can be in providing you with the best record we can make. If we do go over our goal, here is how we would use the money:
$1,000 for Extra Studio Time (adding string arrangements to songs like Roslyn)
$1,000 for More Justin Guip Mixes (the more this Grammy winner can do; the better)
$3,000 for PR (basic 3-4 month contract for publicity to help spread the word about the album)
Total = $5,000+ (plus any extra money to help us go on tour this summer. You know you want to see us in your hometown!)
The way music stands today, you, the listener, can also be the record label. The industry is no longer dependent on a few major labels deciding who deserves the funding to make an amazing record. We are fully committed to making this album a collection of songs that you will cherish for years to come.
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