In 2010 I recorded an EP called Trilogy. I had no real ambition for it at the time. I had pretty much given up on music and was ready to leave Nashville and go back to the land from whence I came (Alabama, in case you were wondering). But my wife and I had some savings, and I thought it would be cool to have one good week in the studio, since I had been here for so long with nothing to show for it.
And what do you know? People liked it. They started asking when I was going to do more. So that's what this is.
This Pilgrim Way will be my first LP. I am very excited to make it. But this time I need a little help. I have been working with my friend and fellow artist Aaron Long for some time developing this project. We have been choosing songs, recording demos, shaping and reshaping arrangements. He has been both gracious and demanding, as a good producer should. As of this writing, we are almost ready to go.
And that's where you come in.
Up to this point I have been relying on the kindness of friends (and a few relative strangers) to keep this project alive. Anyone who's ever recorded will tell you that this is doing it the hard way. What I need is a modest budget so I can get some studio time. The idea is to go in prepared and with a specific vision for each song, so the actual production process will be swift and efficient. This is much better than slowly grinding out a record because you can't afford to pay anyone so you have to rely on favors, agreed?
Aside from buying studio time, I would like to be able to offer a little something to a few talented musicians who have already agreed to work on the project. Being mostly a writer and singer, I depend on these people to make my songs sound good.
We want to record in April with an eye on a midsummer release date.
Again, the record is called This Pilgrim Way. It's all about tension and struggle and weariness and the hope that we shall one day be lifted from all those things. I love these songs; my heart is in them. I think you will love them too, and that's why I'm asking for your help (and believing you will come through).
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal, meaning that if I don't meet my goal, I don't get a penny. So if you have enjoyed my music in the past and would like to see what I have up my sleeve in the future, please lend me your support. Let's make a record together.
Seth Harper (AH+HB)
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