About this project
Eight Dollar Mountain's 3rd studio album is in the works, produced by Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon & Great American Taxi) & recorded by Grammy award winning Dennis Dragon at Steve Miller's studio in Williams, Oregon.
You may know Eight Dollar Mountain for our foot-stomping rhythms, our story-filled lyrics or our huge grins as we play. We have been performing for audiences up and down the West Coast with our unique brand of Southern Oregon bluegrass for four years. In that time we've released two albums into the world, and we are excited to step things up a notch for our third album, to be recorded this spring. That's where YOU come in.
We love playing music, but it wouldn't be the same without you—our foot-tappin’, dancin’, spinnin’, whoopin’, clappin’ music lover! You inspire us and cheer us on. We love that energy, and want to bring it into the studio with us. That is a big part of why we are using Kickstarter to fund this project. You contribute some finances and energy, and we'll come back with rewards and the MUSIC. With a little help from our friends, fans, fellow musicians and artists, this album will be playing in apartments, living rooms and backwoods cabins by May!
You can help make this album our best yet by backing our Kickstarter campaign and helping to spread the word. Kickstarter funding will cover the producer, engineer, studio time, marketing, promotion, and CD printing. Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you were a part of this recording, you also receive actual tangible rewards, from first dibs on the new album to a private house concert and more! Take a look to the right, and THANK YOU for your support!
Some of you might be wondering what it takes to make an album like this...
If you haven’t heard us yet, we invite you to have a listen! Please visit www.eightdollarmountain.net for bios, videos, upcoming gigs, and all that fancy stuff. But for all you loyal fans out there, you know us by our sound and our love of the music. We are a Bluegrass quintet based in Ashland, OR and known for our hard-driving rhythms, original song-writing, and that southern Oregon Bluegrass sound! We are excited this project is coming together, and we are even more excited to include all of of you in the process! If you follow us on Facebook, we will be providing updates along the way, and maybe some sneak previews.
We find ourselves abundantly inspired by the region in which we live and the people around us. It is this inspiration that drives our song-writing and collaborative energy. We feel very proud of this new collection of songs—some crowd favorites, some reworked originals, and a few never before heard tunes. We can't wait to share this latest collection of songs with you, our fans and friends, in the new album, Tied to the Tracks. It will bring new storytelling and a fresh energy to our well-loved Southern Oregon bluegrass sound.
We’ve enlisted jamgrass pioneer Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi) to produce the album with us, and we can only say the collaboration thus far has been magical! We feel bringing in a genre-busting veteran like Vince is a significant step in ratcheting this album up a notch, both in terms of the musical expression, and the potential for additional reach in promoting this album and sharing it with the world. It has already helped expand our musical horizons, and….well, he just fits right in!
We have teamed up with legendary Grammy-award winning recording engineer Dennis Dragon to work the dials for us in the studio. He's got over 50 years in the music industry, as a musician, sound engineer, and video producer. Dennis Dragon also kindly took us in one windy day as we sought refuge from a marauding Sasquatch. This music master is so at home in the studio, he lives there – literally!
The Studio at Pacifica, where we have chosen to record, is located just outside of Williams, Oregon, in the heart of the State of Jefferson. Built by Steve Miller in the 1970s, it now has a unique combination of modern and vintage equipment and is ideal for gleaning the vintage tones out of bluegrass instruments. This is the perfect combination of the right place and the right people to capture the sound we are looking for.
Our fabulously creative banjo player, Stuart Green, is developing the album artwork and posters for our CD release party. You’ve seen what he has delivered with our eye-catching concert posters. Just wait to see what he pulls out of his hat for this.
Marketing & Promotion
If we have the funds left after recording this album, we will hire a publicist to help us get the word out. In the past we've done our own promotion, but we feel so good about the new album, we really want to spread the love. A publicist will help us connect with new audiences, and share our music far and wide.
Risks and challenges
Truth is, we are bound and determined to make music. It is what we love to do! But there are a few challenges we've learned to deal with.
Five cooks in one creative kitchen will test anyone! We all write songs, all play, all sing, all take part in the business side of the band. But being a highly motivated group of best friends, we’ve found there is little we cannot accomplish once we set our mind to it.
Producing a professional album is expensive, but we have budgeted carefully, and we are committed to seeing this project through to completion. We have financed the process to date with band earnings, including retaining Vince Herman and funding our Kickstarter video. If expenses run over, we will foot the remainder of the bill with gig revenue and/or organize a local fund-raising house party. We already have some upcoming gigs scheduled and more in the works. Heck, not only will this album be completed, it will be a smashing success!
If we meet our $10,000 project goal in the 30 day time frame, recording will begin in late February (woohoo!). If supporters pledge anything less than $10,000 (even short by $5), your pledge is cancelled—no charge to you. But you won't let that happen, will you? We will reach our goal, together! THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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