Breadfoot here and I'm real pleased to have you along for the ride
Salvatella, my third as Breadfoot and fifth full length career recording, is an Americana Roots Tour de Force from the opening solo acoustic picking of the title track to the Dixieland style rave up of Still Can’t Find My Heart that will close out the side.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a musician and songwriter who these days calls North Carolina home. I have shared the stage state-side with The Avett Brothers, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, and Langhorne Slim and in the UK with acts such as Richard Buckner, The Decemberists, and the Larry Love Show Band (the acoustic branch of Alabama 3).
I’ve written and recorded albums with both Anti-folk legend and Ramseur Records recording artist Paleface, and London based violinist Anna Phoebe, who has performed with Jethro Tull and Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music to name just a few.
You can find my music featured in several episodes of 'Roadtrip Nation' on PBS and also in the full-length films '10 MPH' and 'The Karaoke Brothers'. In addition, I contributed music to a work in progress reel for the locally produced full-length documentary 'Bringing It Home' and have also provided music for the online documentary video series 'A Fool's Idea' as well as the Emmy Nominated TV series 'Art Or Something Like It'.
Again, may I say I'm real pleased to have ya along for the ride and am confident that Salvatella will prove to be an album that you all will be proud to say you was part of and enjoy listening to for years to come. Fingers crossed if all goes as planned, we will begin recording not long after the new year’s upon us.
Salvatella is an album with musical requirements that go beyond my own talents and abilities. The album I hear in my head is really quite something and fortunately there is wellspring of fine local talent. Pleased to say we have three of the best already committed to the project, Mark Simonsen, Phil Cook and Tom Maxwell.
Mark, who is doubling as our producer, is an excellent vibraphonist, keyboardist and guitarist and has performed and recorded with long revered local darlings, The Old Ceremony. He also currently performs with Phil’s most recent project the Guitarheels as well as Tom’s latest, the Minor Drag.
Phil Cook is so darn talented it’s scary. Guitar, banjo, piano, organ – the list just goes on and on. We’re still waiting to see if there’s anything he can’t play well. Originally from Wisconsin, Phil relocated with De Yarmond Edison, a band lead by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. Since then he has been involved with multiple projects including Megafaun, the recording and production of Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s most recent effort and his most current outfit, The Guitarheels, have an album on the way. Have a look see at what more Phil has cooking at www.philcookmusic.com.
Tom Maxwell is a force of nature. As the the lead singer for the multi-platinum Squirrel Nut Zippers he penned their biggest hit ‘Hell’. These days Tom has a fine new release available with his new band The Minor Drag. In addition he has recently published a book titled ‘Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers’. We’re sure looking forward to Tom lighting it up some on the drum kit and assisting with production. Check out what all else he has going on at www.tommaxwell.com.
StudioM, located in Durham, NC, was recommended to me for the recording of Salvatella by Tom Maxwell of Squirrel Nut Zipper fame and is owned and operated by Mark Simonsen and Thom Canova. Mark, though extremely talented and able, is easy-going and likeable. His quiet confidence and enthusiasm serves as a release valve for the pressures of the studio environment. Thom, while in San Francisco, worked in the studio with many of the musicians that have appeared on Tom Waits's recordings. Beyond being a fine engineer, Thom is a technical wizard and has wired up many a high-end studio which, despite all their bells and whistles, lack the cool, comfortable, funkiness of StudioM. I am indeed thankful to have both Thom and Mark at the helm.
U R Here
As is the case with Salvatella, Kickstarter provides us an amazing platform to come together to realize that what might not otherwise fulfill its promise. Plain truth is that without your generous support, the album that for the most part has existed only in my head, will not see the light of day. That fine acoustic picking, the smokey barroom piano and the stand up bass, the horns and the clarinet rising up and jiving with the banjo and the drums. Damn. Can ya hear? It really is something.
And you all - you're really something and you'll be along the whole way. Your support making it happen each and every day.
Studio Time $3600
Production / Engineering $1200
Talented local musicians $1400
Mixing & Mastering $1000
CD replication $800
There ya go. Them is the bare bones of it. Keep in mind we must also factor in the cost of processing fees, rewards and incentives and well, taxes.
Okay so dig deep in them seat cushions, give them incentives a good once over and pick ya one out. Please share the video with yer friends and family and know that from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate everything yer doing to help get Salvatella recorded.
Right so stay tuned for all kinds of cool updates and videos and pics from the studio and, uhm, yeah so, ya ready?
Cool. Let's go make a record.
Risks and challenges
In all my professional experiences in and out of the studio what it all comes down to in my opinion is preparation. Having a crackerjack team like Mark, Thom and Tom on board ya can rest assured that all the t's will get crossed and the i's will get dotted.
Now don't get me wrong sh*t can happen and getting all the musicians ya need for a particular session in the same room at the same time can take some finagling but short of a major system failure that dumps all the data well I'm feeling pretty confident that we'll be able to avoid any major hiccups.
Keep in mind that we're looking forward to bringing you all along for the ride with regular updates on the albums progress and tell you what if a data dump or botched CD run delays things you all will be the second to know.
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