I would be so grateful and honored if you would be part of the creation and success of my debut album. Many of you already have helped by attending my shows, giving me words of encouragement, performing with me - or simply by being my friend - thanks so much for that. The tunes are now in place, and I've assembled an incredible cast of collaborators. At this point, all it should take for a truly special record to be born is some more hard work, and the money needed to pay for people and things. That's where you all come in!
Home Again is about loss and renewal, sorrow and hope. Dealing with the hard stuff, like losing a parent, the BP oil spill and Katrina, Home Again also celebrates life's joys, friendship, family, and love. For the last two years I've been focused on finding the perfect setting for each piece, as well as making sure the album will sound compelling and cohesive. In the process, I've worked countless hours with my producer and with scores of fantastic musicians around New Orleans and the world. On May 28th, I will be headed to Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana for 4 days to record the bulk of the record. After the initial recording session, I will be hiring percussionists, drummers, backing vocalists and other string players to add to and fill out some of the songs.
The musicians on the Dockside recording session will include:
My producer, Brian Seeger, who has worked with Aaron Neville, Stanton Moore, and Davell Crawford and produced two Offbeat Award-winning records, will be playing all sorts of guitars and running the show. He is a very creative spirit and has a knack for creating an atmosphere of trust.
Chris Adkins who plays with Maria Muldaur and Gal Holiday will also be on guitars and other things with strings. Chris' sound and playing never fail to touch me.
Dan Loomis on acoustic bass and cello. Dan is based out of New York and has performed at the Blue Note, Lincoln Center, and at festivals around the world. I first played with him in Brooklyn a few years ago. He has a sound that just won't quit, a wonderful time feel and is extremely generous musically.
The session will be engineered by Grammy-Award winning engineer Neal Cappellino. Neal has engineered sessions for Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley and Jewel. I am a big fan of his work and am excited that he is a part of the project.
I was honored to receive an Artistic Merit and Advancement Grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts at the beginning of this year to cover the cost of renting the studio. Still, there are several other costs associated with this record. Which include:
- Paying the musicians
- Paying the engineer
- Paying the producer
My $7,850 goal will allow me to cover these expenses. I know that with your support I can make a really beautiful and meaningful record. Often people come up to me after shows and tell me how one of my songs opened a door for them emotionally, or gave them some hope and light to deal with their own challenges. These experiences show me concretely how necessary artful expressions are to all of us. Please know that by being part of projects through your support, even if just by sharing this project with others, you are making a difference.
I would like to thank my dear friend Van Robichaux and Lee Fritz and Jenna Morse at Calm Dog Productions for shooting the video portion of this Kickstarter project, and Zack Smith for the photo. Extremely talented folks all of you! Many thanks!
Peace & Love,
Risks and challenges
Though I've made some recordings of these songs in the past, it's taken years of singing, playing and growing with this music to really understand what this record wants and needs to be. I am scheduling the release of the album for the fall of 2013 so that there's time to promote the record and tie down shows in order to share it which will present a whole other set of exciting challenges.
Along with the musical efforts of the last two years, I also have been setting aside money to put towards the mastering, packaging, manufacturing, cover photo and the design/artwork for the record. If I'm able to exceed my goal, all the surplus funds will go towards promoting this record so that as many people as possible get a copy in their hands!
I've learned so much in the process of making this record, not just about music but about striving for excellence on every level. Making this record, the way I always wanted to make it, has been a dream of mine for a long time. It's been a humbling experience, and nerve racking at times but always rewarding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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