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An album of rock and country, inspired by the Lone Star State.
An album of rock and country, inspired by the Lone Star State.
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About Texana

In 2011 I moved from New York City to Austin, TX.  That change in my life precipitated a lot new songs.  New terrain, new friends, new roadtrips...I became entrenched in the facets of Texas life.  I discovered that few feelings surpass that of driving my beloved blue minivan down a Texas Ranch Road, with the windows rolled down, the sun in the triple digits, and ZZ Top blaring through the stereo.  

The lion's share of this material was written in Austin, and I looked forward to finally having it together in album form.  My first couple EPs (released in 2010) were pretty country-leaning, and I knew I wanted this album to rock a bit more.  In fact, my three requirements for this new record were: more rock, more choruses and more humor!  This was designed to be a car stereo record.

About The Team

This album was co-produced between myself, the illustrious Dan Knobler of Brooklyn's Mason Jar Music, and the iconic Sean O'Brien, an LA-bred, Brooklyn-based guitar hero.  We recorded it at Mason Jar Studios with a fantastic bunch of musicians, many of whom are longstanding members of my coalition band, The Ranch Hands.

About The Rewards

I do hope that you will enjoy the musical perks of this campaign and I am also very excited to offer you some lovely visual rewards, some of which I'd like to show you in advance.  Below is a set of custom artworks designed by Dylan Aiello, inspired by four songs off the album.

"Rodeo of Love"
"Rodeo of Love"
"Girl From Galveston"
"Girl From Galveston"
"Oklahomer Loner"
"Oklahomer Loner"
"Big Truck"
"Big Truck"

I've also been fortunate enough to have some fantastic concert posters designed for me by Stacie Willoughby.  One of which will be included in the rewards as a handbill.

"Miles & Miles of Texas"
"Miles & Miles of Texas"

About The Funds

The funds will compensate my co-producers and the musicians, who collectively played on, mixed and engineered this record.  They all dedicated huge amounts of time and energy to this project.  It will also be used to cover production costs for CD manufacturing.  The good news is that this record is already finished being recorded, so there won't be much lag time between your donation and the completion of this project (i.e. the receiving of the rewards!).

Risks and challenges

The big challenge I face is a quaint, age-old one: "How does the album get heard?" Well, I feel this record is an accurate depiction of who I am as a musician at this point in time and I'm excited to have it as my new calling card. That being said, it's always tough to get through to fresh ears, especially without any label backing. For me, reaching new people comes down to playing as many shows as possible, and touring is a tough row to hoe if you're an independent artist. However, I've got great musicians behind me, and have made some great booking contacts over the years, so I plan to keep hitting the pavement and expanding my touring range!

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    Rewards 1-4, plus a CD copy of my 2010 debut EPs Plumas County and Ranchera.

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    Rewards 1-8, plus a hand typeset lyric broadside by Janina Larenas.

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    Rewards 1-9, plus a Texana-themed (about Texas history and culture) book handpicked from my personal library, complete with a Texana album bookmark.

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    Rewards 1-10, plus Executive Producer credit on Texana.

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