Six years ago, I found myself at a proverbial crossroads. I had 8 albums, upwards of a thousand concerts and multiple songwriting awards to my name. I was having a blast playing in a rowdy bluegrass group, Barnstar!, and my phone was ringing off the hook with offers to record and tour as a sideman for other artists. I was also a father with two young boys at home, and I knew that if I kept firing on all cylinders I would miss seeing them grow up. So I decided to focus on my family, and let the winds of fate blow my musical career where they would.
As luck would have it, they led me to some pretty amazing musical opportunities. I toured the UK and performed at London's Royal Albert Hall with Josh Ritter, and traveled all across the States playing guitar for Grammy-winner Paula Cole. I released two well-received records with Barnstar! and produced another pair for CMA-winning singer/songwriter Lori McKenna. I got so comfortable with my supportive role outside the spotlight that when I finally did release another record of my own, I chose to pay tribute to the legacy of one of my musical heroes, Bill Morrissey.
Through it all, inspired by the wealth of music and family in my life, I kept on writing songs. Last spring, I headed back into the studio and recorded 13 of them in just two days. The result is my 10th album: FOR A SONG. I was going for the classic sounds and timeless feel of a Paul Simon or James Taylor, but in a voice that is entirely my own. From the haunting downbeat of "Oklahoma" to the long fade of "French King" (co-written with Jeffrey Foucault), I feel that I've made my best album yet.
I've already funded the recording of FOR A SONG. A successful campaign will allow me to pay for fun stuff (e.g. t-shirts, videos, musicians to join me on smaller gigs, etc), as well as the more pedestrian things the modern music industry demands to cut through the noise (e.g. publicists, radio promotion, website overhauls, etc). The last time I did a Kickstarter, I asked for help in telling Bill Morrissey's story. This time around, I'm hoping you'll help me tell mine.
If I don't raise what I'm asking for, I don't get any of the funds at all. Your contribution will help me reach that goal, and in return you can expect to hear FOR A SONG before anyone else, as well as exclusive updates, music, videos and access to advance info about the record. So please spread the word, share this campaign via social media, and if we end up surpassing the goal, I have plenty of ideas about how to put the surplus to good use.
You've supported me for 17 years, and everything I do is in the spirit of honoring that support. I probably can't thank you enough for all you've done, but I'll never stop trying.
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Risks and challenges
I ran a very successful Kickstarter for 2014's MILLTOWNS, and judging by my backers' feedback there were no regrets. Whenever art, public opinion and commerce mix, there are of course no real guarantees. It's possible that people won't feel as enthusiastic about this record as I do. But honestly, the biggest risk is that no one will even get to hear this record if I don't meet my Kickstarter goal. I have over 5,000 people on my mailing list, and if everyone just bought a cd or digital download, I'd have a bigger promotional budget than any of my other previous releases and we wouldn't have to bother with any of this. But the times they are a-changin' and this is the best model available to an independent artist like me.
You'll hear FOR A SONG before anyone else, and I'll do everything in my power to get you your rewards in a timely manner. You have my word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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