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"Songs For The Band To Learn," 14 new songs from Jim Walsh and the Dog Day Cicadas, intimate and soulful and ready for your earbuds...
"Songs For The Band To Learn," 14 new songs from Jim Walsh and the Dog Day Cicadas, intimate and soulful and ready for your earbuds...
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"Songs For The Band To Learn" is an album of songs I've written over the last few years. Fourteen songs about love, life, loss, happiness, hope, Scrabble, God, sunfish, Paris, great horned owls, Minneapolis, and gentle men. 

I'm in the process of recording it with my friend, Dan Kowalke, who plays guitar in my brother Terry's band, the Belfast Cowboys and St. Dominic's Trio. We're making it in Dan's basement studio in Andover, Minnesota. We've laid down the basic tracks, just me and my guitar. The original idea was for it all to be very spare and acoustic, with my voice and songs acting as the main flames, and the project was truly meant only to be a template for my (soon-to-be-formed) band to learn the tunes, or at least to have them finally recorded as I've heard them in my head. As it's progressed, it's much more than that and I'm loving the results.

Magic Dan is taking those canvases and splashing them with beautiful acoustic, electric, and slide guitar, along with percussion and organ. I'm very excited about it. It's the best rendering of my songs and the best representation of my music that I've ever been part of. This is my first album since my/The Mad Ripple's "Her Tattoos Could Sail Ships" seven long years ago and I'm excited to share it with you. 

But first I need your help! Hat in hand, down on my knees, appealing to your independent music-supporting soul:

Dan is co-producing, recording, mixing, and mastering the CD and I'd like to pay him, myself, Joe Fahey (the CD's graphic designer), my brother Terry (harmonica and vocals), Pete Christensen (Hammond B-3 organ and melodica) and Helen Heyer-Walsh and Mary Beth Hanson (vocals). After that I need money for photography (David Tanner), manufacturing, printing,  shipping, gas, envelopes, equipment and instrument repair, food, rent, promotional t-shirts and posters, licensing and download distribution fees, etc... 

How can you help? Give some love to independent music and make a Super Sweet pledge and you will have my undying gratitude and you'll be the first on your block to hear these tunes, not to mention grab some fresh new Dog Day Cicadas swag and good vibes. 

This project is truly a new start for me as a songwriter and bandleader. These are the songs from which all my music activity over the next year will spring, the songs that will help guide me and my bandmates over the next year and beyond and will finally give me something to add to the Mad Ripple Hootenanny merch table when the Hoot resumes at Studio 2 and Harriet Brewing in December. 

This campaign is also a fundraiser to set up travel and studio time for the recording of my "Songs For The Band To Learn" follow-up EP, to be recorded in Sparta, MN with producer Rich Mattson in early 2017. Yes, I've got more songs squirreled away and I'm always writing and I can't wait to rock. Working title: "Songs The Band Learned."

I'd appreciate any help that you, Super Sweet backer, can muster. Every little bit helps, every lotta bit helps, and I greatly appreciate the support. Thank you from the bottom of my wide open heart for checking it out. And now I leave you with the the last song from the new (coming soon!) Jim Walsh and the Dog Day Cicadas CD (key lyric: "They sing 'til they drop")...

Flight Of The Dog Day Cicadas

Hot August day, sun going down

Dog day cicadas' siren song 

Born in the spring, 90 days to go

Dog day cicadas never grow old

They sing 'til they drop, they sing 'til they drop 

They sing 'til they drop

Louder and louder, hum to a buzz

Dog day cicada does what it does

Same time next summer, we'll be getting high

Dog day cicadas live fast and they die

They sing 'til they drop, they sing 'til they drop

They sing 'til they drop

 

Risks and challenges

I foresee no problems or obstacles at all towards completion if the project is successfully funded. All the wheels are in motion, the CD and artwork are finished and I'm looking foreward to getting my new music out there and into the world.

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    Booklet of hand-penned lyrics from all 14 songs from the CD, personally scribbled out for this pledger; pre-release sneak preview of forthcoming Rich Mattson-produced CD; signed pre-release hard copy of CD and pre-release download of entire “Songs For The Band To Learn” album (14 songs); signed suitable-for-framing album poster; Dog Day Cicadas T-shirt; private house concert with me, Mr. Dog Day Cicada (travel expenses/lodging provided by pledger), and a signed copy of my new book, “Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh On Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits.”

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