It's time for Folky-Tonk!
It's been over three years since we released our first Pushing Chain album, 2014's self-titled CD on Kingswood Records. Fans have been asking when our next album is coming out, and we can finally say that all the pieces are in place. It has taken time and lots of effort, but we are finally ready to record.
This project is the culmination of several years of writing, hundreds of live shows, patience, and finally joining up with some people we feel will give these songs the treatment they deserve. From now on, when people ask us what we mean when we say we play Folky-Tonk music, we will be able to point at this album. It's folk, it's country, and it's Pushing Chain all the way.
We are heading to Austin, Texas to begin recording our new album at the end of March. Many of you already know this, but the part we've been keeping more quiet is that we have acquired the assistance of both guitar wizard Bill Kirchen and Mark Hallman, owner of Congress House Studio.
Bill Kirchen is probably best known as a founding member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and is a longtime musical hero of ours. They call him the King of Dieselbilly as he likes to write and play trucker songs and loves the low end of the neck of his guitar. Bill is a great guy, and we trust him to make our songs into something special as both producer and guitar slinger.
Mark Hallman owns and operates Congress House, the longest continually-operating studio in Austin. He has worked with nearly everyone in the business, including Carole King, Ani DeFranco, Brandi Carlile, Slaid Cleaves, and tons of others in over 30 years of experience. He also plays just about any instrument you might need. The man knows how to make people sound good!
Of course, involving names like these in a recording project doesn't come cheap, and we need your help. The final cost of recording, the art, duplication, and promotion is going to be considerably higher than our first two recordings. For example, with Bill, Mark, additional technicians, and various musicians including an incredibly hot rhythm section, the cost of recording alone will fall between $9,000 and $10,000. Art and duplication costs will be around $3,000, and promotion to get the record out there and noticed can cost as much as we are willing to spend.
Our goal of $19,500 will cover the recording, art, duplication, some minor travel expenses, and mailing out your gifts, with the remainder going toward promotions and press. This is a record we will all be proud of, and in order to get it heard, we need to pay someone to get it in the hands of the right critics, radio folks, and music publishers - another expense, but a worthwhile one.
With pre-sales, and by giving more if you can, you will make this all possible. Just as important, please share this info with your friends, and ask them to share with their friends. Just like in the real world, many hands make light work.
Risks and challenges
As far as risks and challenges, the only one left is the money. We have lined up and reserved the studio, gathered the talent, chosen the art director, priced and chosen the duplication company, and organized everything we can organize. Now it is down to money. If this project gets funded, it is going to happen quickly. Recording, mixing, and mastering should be done by the beginning of April, and there is no reason the whole project can't be completed and in your hands by May.
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