In January 2015, I gathered up my good friends and musicians and set up camp at a great space called River Junction studios in Willoughby Ohio. It overlooks the Chagrin River, with bluffs and forests lining the river, and bald eagles floating through the air. It was snowy and cold outside, but inside we had vintage warm tube amps, freshly tuned and strung guitars and basses, a Hammond C3, a whole bunch of great rack gear, and most importantly, new songs that meant something. We set up all in the same room, recording live as much as we could, and at the end of four days, we had 15 tunes to be proud of. The best part to me was that in the end, everyone had put everything they could into the tunes, and we connected because of that. Lots of hugs, back slaps, and a better understanding of who we are.
The fifteen new tunes traversed and uncovered many different paths; rootsy, Americana, anthemic, loud and crashing, triumphant, passionate, delicate. Sometimes I wasn’t quite sure where they were going until they got there. It was an inspiring four days, and with each tune came a different approach, different sound. One of the tunes I wrote after the first full day of recording, at night after everyone had bagged out, and recorded it the very next morning. As a songwriter, this is the environment you long to be in.
His Luck, the new band, features Chris Hanna on everything keys, Ben Nieves on electric guitar and sounds, Kevin Johnson on bass and vocals, and Travis Payton on drums. My old friend JJ Juliano played drums for a bunch of the tunes. Ray and Russ Flanagan came by after their gig one night and we recorded into the wee hours.
Jim Stewart, a man with a golden ear, engineered the whole thing with some assistance from his friends. Stewart is the man behind many great Northeastern Ohio acts, such as Welshly Arms, Nights, Ohio Sky, Ray Flanagan & The Authorities, among many others. Simply put, he makes things sound outstanding.
I am really looking forward to everyone hearing these songs, and this is where you, the fan, friend, and supporter come in. Recording a record these days, even as an independent artist can be quite costly. This isn’t even counting the time to write the songs, demo them out, and rehearsing the musicians. All that stuff takes some serious time, focus and energy. But the true cost comes in as soon as the equipment is being loaded into the studio. There is a cost for studio time, musicians, engineer, drum tuning, equipment rentals, mixing, filming, mastering, artwork, photography, CD duplication, promotion, merchandise, publicity, travel and food expense.
I cut corners where I thought I could, and have paid a significant amount out of my own pocket already. Everyone involved was as frugal as they could without sacrificing the purpose for doing it.
I need some financial help to finish this thing out. That’s where you come in. In exchange for your pledge and vote of confidence in this record, and me you will get some pretty cool gifts in return. You can find these to your right. Some are pretty unique. If we don’t reach our goal, your credit card isn’t charged and I will have to figure out how to move forward.
My favorite part about this process is getting to know you and sharing this experience with you. I’m a lucky man.
Risks and challenges
This record is a work in progress and I'm halfway there. By investing in it with me, I will keep you updated as each milestone is met. I've been told by many that I'm one of the hardest working musicians in Cleveland. While I think there are many of my musician friends that work awfully hard at their craft, know that whatever challenges I might face in the completion of this project, I will tackle them passionately.
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