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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.

The Backstory:

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.

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    EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get a digital download of my new album Big Car Town before it is available anywhere else.

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    SIGNED CD: Get a signed copy of Big Car Town before it is officially released. You also get an early digital download.

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    T-SHIRT & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Get an official Big Car Town T-Shirt before they are available anywhere else. You will also receive an early digital download.

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    T-SHIRT & CD: Get a first of its kind Big Car Town T-Shirt plus a copy of the CD before it is officially released. You also get an early digital download.

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    ORIGINAL ALBUM ART PRINT & CD: Get a limited edition frame worthy original print of the album cover art plus a a copy of the CD before it is officially released. Plus you get an early digital download.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS: Get a one of a kind handwritten, signed copy of lyrics to any of my songs. You also get a copy of the CD before it is officially released and an early download.

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    OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY: You will be invited to a special party to celebrate the official release of Big Car Town in Ann Arbor, MI (travel not included). There will be food, drink and a short acoustic set of music followed by general merriment and camaraderie. You will also get a signed copy of the CD before it is officially released and an early digital download.

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    VIP CD RELEASE SHOW PASS: You will be on the guest list for the official CD release show at the Ark in Ann Arbor, MI (travel not included). You will also receive a signed copy of the official show poster, a T-Shirt, a copy of the CD and an early digital download.

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    VIDEO by REQUEST: I will record a video of me performing a song of your choice (mine or an appropriate cover) and post it to youtube. You will also receive a copy of the CD and an early digital download.

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    SONGWRITING LESSON: I have taught songwriting one on one, in schools and at songwriting conferences over the last 20 years. You will receive one (1) half hour initial session and one (1) one hour follow-up session (in person in Ann Arbor or by Skype). We can get you started on a tune or finish one you've been working on. You'll also receive a copy of the CD before it's officially released and an early download.

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT of "THE VIRGINS": You will receive a very special, limited edition intaglio print of The Virgins (the print that inspired my song of the same name). Artist and friend Chad Pastotnik will be printing ten of these special prints which will include some lyrics from the song.
    You will also receive a copy of the CD before it is officially released and an early digital download.

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    HOUSE CONCERT or VENUE: I will play a solo show in your house or venue in the next year. Must be routed within a tour or within 500 miles of Ann Arbor or you pay travel costs. Message me any questions and we can work it out. You will also receive a copy of the CD before it is officially released, a signed copy of the poster designed for the show, and an early digital download.

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    BAND CONCERT: I will bring a hot band and play a full show at your house or venue in the next year. Must be routed within a tour or be within 300 miles of Ann Arbor or you pay travel costs. Message me any questions and we'll see what we can work out. You will also receive a copy of the CD, a signed copy of the poster designed for your show, and an early digital download.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Your name will be typeset onto the back of the CD cover as Executive Producer. You will also receive a personally inscribed copy of the CD before it is officially released, T-Shirt, Official Release Party Invite and will be on the guest list to the CD Release Show at the Ark.

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    SONG COMMISSION: I will write you an original song. Send me an idea, story, concept....and I'll write a song around it, record it and send it to you. You'll also get a copy of the CD before it's officially released and an early digital download.

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