Texas music legends Bobby Bridger and John Inmon join forces to produce Bobby's first studio album in 12 years.
A little history:
Over my five-decade career as a recording artist, I have been blessed to work and study with some of the best studio musicians and producers in the industry - Fred Carter Jr., John Hartford, Hal Blaine, Joe Osborn, Bob Moore, and Ron Kramer to name but a few. I have also been lucky to record in many of America's foremost studios, such as Nashville's legendary "RCA Studio B:"
as well as Columbia's B Studio/Nashville, Roy Orbison's old Monument Studio, and both of RCA's famed Hollywood studios A and B. At the age of 24, I produced my first album and sold it to RCA, which was, at the time, the largest recording company in the business. It was called Merging of Our Minds. Here's a link to some of my songs from this period on ReverbNation.
At this time, I was also signed as a staff writer to E. H. Morris, a large music publishing house now owned by Sir Paul McCartney. So if history provides any lesson, it seems that I know my way around the recording studio, and hope to allow that experience to shine thru in the present day. Here's a link to a song from one of my epic ballads about the Lakota Sioux Native American tribe, recorded in a tipi in 1975. I'm singing and John is playing acoustic & electric guitar. Gotta love that vintage feel:
Of all the recordings I have done in my long-standing career, I am most excited to co-produce this album with John in his studio in Bastrop, TX, because John and I have worked together for over 40 years, both in and out of the studio. We have recorded documentary film scores, feature film scores, and scores of commercial jingles (no pun intended), as well as on my entire epic trilogy A Ballad of the West, and my album Heal in the Wisdom. We've been in just about every situation in which a musician can find oneself. Simply put, John knows my music better than anyone and he also knows how to record my specific style.
John & I have spent the better part of the past two years planning this project, discussing new material, and deciding to carefully select the songs we want to record. We are a well-seasoned team and we're both confident that we will produce a beautiful, professional recording of original songs. Here's another song that John and I produced for my epic trilogy of ballads, from the story about William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody:
I am also very interested to do this record now because I have a keen opportunity to bring my son Gabe into the recording process for the very first time. A graduate of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Gabriel won a vocal scholarship to attend the renowned Moore School Of Music at the University of Houston, where he graduated Cum Lade in 2012. He enters graduate school in August to study Evolutionary Biology (perhaps a smarter "starving artist" than my younger self), at which time he also begins rehearsals with Houston's famous Opera in the Heights.
Here is a link to Gabe's performing "Blackbird" on YouTube. His vocal and musical training, of course, will come in handy for background vocals on the record, but Gabe is also a wonderful musician and we hope to use him on violin, mandolin, and his favorite instrument - penny whistle! I'm excited for him to participate in the process of putting a record together.
What's involved (or, why the heck do you need this much cash??!) ?
The continuing evolution of the digital age has made it possible to record an album much cheaper than in the analog days. That being said, many records these days have little chance of being heard other than by immediate family members and friends for numerous reasons; that much has not changed since the 'olden' days. Many artists, my younger self included, think that success is simply raising the funding and making the record, which is a feat to be proud of on it's own. However, once you get the record in the can, you have to make the world aware of your recording, which can be just as much, if not more, effort than making the record itself.
John & I have teamed up with producer Erin Galey from In The Flicker to help get this recording from idea to distribution, and have worked together over the past few weeks to create a budget that gets us all the way from start to finish. It includes everything from feeding & paying the musicians, mastering the tracks, creating the artwork, producing the discs, and eventually publicizing the record with a reputable company whom we have established communication with and have included their fees in our budget. Back in my RCA days, an album like this would cost $100-$200K to produce, and the execs would handle everything from start to finish, often including the creative process. Doing it independently changes a lot of things, mainly cutting a lot of those costs, and having the final creative say. However, it also means we have to do a lot more of the work ourselves, and so we've budgeted the album precisely. Here's how it all breaks down:
- 30% towards the actual recording & mastering
- 45% towards marketing & publicity with Shore Fire Media (Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Macklemore) who can bring us national coverage and radio play.
- 25% towards artwork, miscellaneous fees, and postage for perks!
What you get (Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!!):
We are absolutely THRILLED to offer a spate of wonderful incentives to help fund this project. You will find the descriptions of everything off to the righthand column, but here are a few of the featured items we'll be offering as "perks:"
Stay in Touch!
These are only some of the awesome prizes and perks available during the campaign - stay tuned for more to come by signing up to Bobby Bridger's mailing list, Liking him on Facebook, and Following him on Twitter. We are so thrilled about the opportunity to bring new music to you from John & Bobby!!
Hoka Hey! (In Lakota, this phrase means "Hold fast! There is always more!")
Bobby Bridger, Writer/Musician
John Inmon, Musician/Producer
Erin Galey, Executive Producer
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hi everyone, Erin Galey here, the album's Executive Producer, chiming in. As with any creative endeavor, encountering obstacles is a natural (and sometimes fun!) part of the iterative process. Although this is my first time producing a studio album, this is not my first time bringing a creative venture to life. Some of the obstacles we might face after production could include:
-- Production & PR delays as we get Bobby's team up to speed.
-- Bringing attention to Bobby's studio music after a vibrant and long-standing independent career as a painter, author, and writer of epic ballads.
-- Time constraints on our schedules as we bring the album to market with a small team.
Bobby, John, and myself are all seasoned veterans at what we do, and intend to handle each issue with persistence, confidence, and professionalism. I have known Bobby and John for just as long as I've been in the entertainment industry - in fact, Bobby gave me my first break. The fact that I've gone off and had my own career then came back to work with Bobby & John again might tell you something about the respect and admiration I have for the them as musicians. I encourage you to listen to their songs - they will win you over. Bobby's voice STILL soars! I know you're probably just as excited as I am for him to lay down some new tracks for the world to hear.
Between the two musicians, John and Bobby have over 100 years of experience as working musicians, songwriters, and record producers. They have both produced and recorded projects with the major record labels during the "Golden Age" of the recording industry, and have hard-won experience dealing with just about any situation that can arise in pre-production, production, and post-production phases of making a record. Because they have sustained long professional careers, they also have very broad and deep connections in the business to help us with any phase of production and marketing.
I myself have over 12 years of experience in the filmmaking business, and a keen sense of both problem solving and marketing. I am confident that I can handle any situation that arises during the production of this record (aside from technical or musical issues - I do, however, play a mean tambourine), and that I can seek out assistance for the situations that I may be unfamiliar with.
We will be available to answer any of your questions over the process should they arise. Feel free to shout at us with a question or message, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can! Please just keep in mind that with a small team, we may not be able to get back to you immediately, but we will get back to you.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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ONLINE PREVIEW AWARD: A secret online preview of 2 tracks from the new studio album, a signed color poster of "A Ballad of the West" original theatrical performances, plus a CD anthology of 15 songs from Bridger's renowned epic trilogy "A Ballad Of The West." (Downloadable version available).Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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BOBBY BRIDGER MUSIC FAN AWARD: The New Studio Album, inscribed and autographed by Bobby & John, plus two (2) inscribed & autographed CD's of Bobby's previous works. Choose from: "Heal In The Wisdom," "Songs From A Ballad Of The West," "Merging Of Our Minds (RCA - out of print)," and "And I Wanted To Sing For The People (RCA - out of print)". REWARD ALSO INCLUDES: 1 vintage, limited edition leaflet printed in 1981 to promote "Heal In The Widsom," which includes the story behind the song, sheet music, and original photographs of Bobby performing the anthem with legendary folk musicians at a "Kerrville Folk Festival On The Road Tour" in 1979 (see project description for photograph).Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES AWARD: See how the album is put together! Ask anything you want during a 10-minute Skype session with Bobby & John at John's recording studio in Bastrop, right while they're laying down the tracks. Reward also includes special access to behind-the-scenes photos from the recording sessions, as well as the complete BOBBY BRIDGER MUSIC FAN award.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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YOUR NAME HERE AWARD: Get your name in the liner notes of the new album! This includes a Thank You on the new album + a special video shout out to you on Bobby's social media. Additionally includes the BEHIND-THE-SCENES award.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE VINYL VINYL VINYL! AWARD: Get your hands on some vintage, limited edition vinyl that even the coolest hipsters won't have! This award gets you 1 of 50 SEALED original copies of Bobby's legendary folk hit "Heal In The Wisdom." Additionally includes the YOUR NAME HERE award.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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VIP CONCERT PASSES AWARD: 2 VIP passes to your choice of concert with Bobby & John on the new album tour next year, at any location. Includes the VINYL VINYL VINYL! Award.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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LITERARY & MUSIC FAN AWARD: Dig into Bobby's rich historical treasure chest of literary accomplishments praised by Eliza Gilkyson as "his own unique artistic expression," and Philip J. Deloria, Jr. as "nothing short of inspiring... a national treasure." Choose either "Bridger," his autobiography, the thought-provoking "Where The Tall Grass Grows," or the award-winning "Buffalo Bill & Sitting Bull: Inventing The Wild West." Also included: a consolation paperback edition of the epic trilogy of ballads "A Ballad Of The West." Additionally includes the VIP CONCERT PASSES AWARD, but does NOT include the VINYL award.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE COLLECTOR'S ITEM POSTER AWARD: A rare, and real, piece of theatrical and musical history! A framed & mounted poster of the debut 1988 "Seekers of the Fleece" theatrical production, mounted alongside a picture of the original company featuring Joe Sears, Wes Studi, Bill Ginn, Steven Fromholz, Melissa Tatum, Daryl Watson, and Bobby Bridger (Photo by Jim Bama). Additionally includes the LITERARY & MUSIC FAN AWARD.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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PICASSO AWARD: Bet you didn't know Bobby has sold over 300 paintings in the past 25 years, did ya? This award includes a 20x24" original commission by Bobby Bridger specifically for YOU, based on a phone consultation, done in the Abstract Expressionistic style. Bobby continues to exhibit in galleries across the South, but you can see some of his previous work at his website: www.bobbybridger.com/bb_painter_main.html. Additionally includes the LITERARY & MUSIC FAN AWARD but does NOT include the Collectors Item Poster Award or the Vinyl Award.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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A BALLAD OF THE WEST AWARD: RARE hard-cover, slip-case, French Marble paper, limited edition (number 109 of 250 copies) of the first publication of "A Ballad of the West" (Parts One and Three, "Seekers of the Fleece" and "Lakota") autographed by Bobby. These limited edition books sold for $150/each in 1982 and won the National Advertisers Book Design Award. This is 1 of 2 copies remaining in Bobby Bridger's personal collection, with the remaining 248 copies somewhere in circulation.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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HOME CONCERT AWARD: Bring Bobby Bridger and John Inmon to your home for an intimate fireside performance of original music, or the epic ballad "Lakota." Bobby & John have been touring together for the last 2 years, and would love to bring a set of 12 original songs right to your doorstep. It's your concert - invite as many people as you want! This is a great chance to chat one-on-one with the musicians after the performance. Booking offer available in Winter/Spring 2014. Award includes the VINYL AWARD, and the PICASSO AWARD, but does not include the A BALLAD OF THE WEST award.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AWARD - Be the boss, and get involved at the top! This award includes everything listed above, plus your name in the credits as an "Executive Producer" of the record.Estimated delivery:
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