I am very excited to launch this project to finish my second full length album Big Car Town. The bulk of the recording is finished and with your help, I can get this thing done.
In March of 2013, I went into Big Sky Recording Studio in Ann Arbor, MI with a bunch of new songs and a mission to get a second album recorded. I knew I wanted to work with Geoff Michael as engineer. I also enlisted the help of my friends Joshua Davis (guitar, organ, producer), Dominic John Davis (bass) and Mike Shimmin (drums, hand percussion). The musicianship of this trio is central to the whole project. In a few sessions, we got 8 tracks recorded live, including the title track, Big Car Town. As I listened to the rough mixes, I became more and more excited at how the recordings sounded and looked forward to the session we had booked to finish the tracking of the last few songs. After that, there would only be some overdubs of solo instruments and some of my vocal work. Unfortunately, before the final session, I had an accident at work with a table saw, severely cutting 3 fingers and the thumb on my left hand, and the whole project (and my life) had to be shelved.
Well, two and half years, a few surgeries, and endless hours of occupational therapy later I am determined to get this record done and out to the world.
Releasing Big Car Town:
This year I went back into the studio with Dominic and Mike and we finished tracking the last few songs for the CD. My good friend and outrageously talented musician Jeff Plankenhorn (jeffplankenhorn.net) came up from Austin, TX and laid down parts on the songs, including one that he and I cowrote. Plank played dobro, electric guitar, Weissenborn, acoustic guitar and the Plank, an electric slide instrument that he designed that sounds like nothing else. Oh, and he sings back up vocals, too. The result is more than I could have hoped for. These are, without question, the best recordings of my songs to date and I am very proud of the whole project. After a long lay off, the recording for the CD is nearly done.
The CD cover will be designed and printed by my good friend Chad Pastotnik at Deepwood Press (check out his work at deepwoodpress.com). Chad is creating an original linoleum cut for the cover and will be printing the CD covers on his individual, typeset printing press.
I have set the budget at $8350. This is the minimum amount I need to finish the recording, mix the tunes, have them mastered, pay all of the musicians (very important), pay all studio costs, design and printing of the CD covers and duplication of the physical CDs.
Thanks for considering my project as a backer. Music is central to my life and I'm very thankful that it is back into my every day existence. Your support on this project would be appreciated beyond words.
Risks and challenges
I know (all too well) that unforeseen challenges may arise surrounding this project. I will put the same effort into completing this project as I have into writing the songs and the therapy it took for me to be able to play again. The community support that sustained me and my family during recovery was invaluable and this record reflects not only my own recovery but your faith in my music.
I am 100% committed to fulfilling my end of this project no matter what the world throws my way.
- (29 days)