I spent the Summer of 2017 soaking up the heat and sounds of New Orleans. I went down in a rental car with my banjo, a couple of guitars, a synthesizer, a drum machine, and a Tascam 424 4-track cassette tape recorder to make a record, and that's exactly what I've done. While in the Crescent City, I spent my days tracking these songs and my nights hearing the heartbeat of that city in its historic clubs. So my Summer strolled on until I returned to Oklahoma in the Fall with 10 new original songs completely tracked! And now I need your help to complete the process of mixing, mastering, and pressing this record so that I can share it with you all.
My process for recording this new record was very different from my last full album release in 2014 of "Alright, Here We Go..." in which we recorded the whole album live with the whole band in the room. That process was essential to creating the sound we wanted for that record and I'm immensely proud of what of what we made. For this new record, I played every instrument you hear (with the exception of Kevin Stringfellow's trumpet on "Dancing Alone"). I would begin my process by mapping out each song on on my MPC1000 drum machine/sampler/sequencer and then perform my guitar and vocal tracks onto the tape recorder. Next I would add any other traditional instruments (piano, banjo, cigar box guitar) onto the tape recorder. At this point I would begin a process of sonic experimentation. Sampled stomps, claps, clangs, bags of coins, and radio static became my percussion instruments. Synthesizer parts were then arranged and sequenced on the MPC1000 to create orchestral, ghostly, or exciting atmospheres behind my tape performances. These seemingly disparate elements, both rootsy/organic and novel/electronic, came together to make a sound that I'm very proud of and very excited to share with you all.
At this point in the process I've handed my tracks over to Adam Taylor at Creaky Floor Studio for mixing. Andy Adams' new record "Back to Square One" was mixed by Adam at Creaky Floor to great effect and he's already begun sending me killer mixes! Once Adam has sprinkled his magic on these tracks, they'll need to be mastered and then we can get this album out into the world. I've chosen to press this album on CD and special limited run cassette tapes in honor of the 4-track cassette tape process that yielded this record.
I also plan to have a kick-ass music video made to help promote the new album. Any money raised over the set goal amount will also be used for promotional purposes.
Thank you for taking the time to listen and read, and I look forward to making this a reality with your help!
Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project are minimal considering the hard work of writing, arranging, producing, and tracking has already been done. At this point in the process we're just taking it across the finish line with mixing, mastering, and pressing. Once the project is funded, the final steps can be completed in a few months, allowing for the final mastering and production of CD's and cassettes. CD and cassette production time is dependent on many factors that are outside of our control (like the volume of other projects in the queue at the plant). I once had a 6 month turnaround on a vinyl record! For this reason among others I'll be pressing CDs and cassette tapes, both usually having quicker turnaround times than vinyl.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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