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I'm celebrating 25 years on the road by making my 12th CD!  Will you please consider helping to fund it? It's going to be a good one!
I'm celebrating 25 years on the road by making my 12th CD! Will you please consider helping to fund it? It's going to be a good one!
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It feels amazing to have been able to make my living on the road playing music for the past 25 years. Many thanks to all of you who’ve supported me by coming to my shows, buying my music, hosting me for house concerts, booking me for your venues and festivals, spinning my songs over the airwaves, and emailing me to let me know my music moved you…you’ve allowed me to keep going. I’m happy to let you know I’m recording a new CD, and I think it’s going to be great. But I have to ask for help to pay for it.

With the way more and more people are subscribing to streaming services (which pay artists almost less than nothing in royalties), CD sales obviously have dropped. Artists like me are having to live off of less, and without help we wouldn’t be able to bring our music into the world. But thanks to the emergence of a “crowd funding” site like Kickstarter, today it’s possible for YOU to help me directly to fund my album. I’ve been able to make two CDs this way in the past, thanks to those of you who love me and my music.

I’ve got a bunch of new songs I’m really proud of, and I couldn’t be more excited to be making another record with Chris Rosser here in Asheville NC. I’ve got a few friends lined up to play on it…you might know them: Doug Pettibone, who played on my last CD, Tell Tale Heart, has also played or recorded with Lucinda Williams, Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Joan Baez, and Sting, to name a few. Brandon Bush, who has been on several of my previous CDs, has also played with Sugarland, John Mayer, Train, Shawn Mullins, Tift Merritt, and Ellis Paul. My niece, Katianna Nardone, will contribute a violin track. Chris Rosser of course plays a bunch of instruments, and I’ll add a piano accompaniment or two. And like my last CD, Tell Tale Heart, I’m the producer.

I can’t wait to share the songs. But first…I need to raise the funds.

I’m offering a few premiums for various levels of support…signed CDs…hand written lyrics…a private concert…and more. But it’s really about helping fund this record more than it is about any of the premiums.

I will be most grateful for any amount you can add to the cause. I have 30 days to raise my target goal of $15,000, and your credit card won’t get charged unless and until I reach my goal. Your contribution will help pay for studio time and my recording engineer, the various musicians, the graphic designer, the artwork and photos, the mastering engineer, the manufacturing of the CDs and shipping costs, the several hundred copies of the album I’ll send to radio stations and streaming sites (plus postage and mailers), a website update, new posters, and any promotion I might do for some CD release concerts.

It’s an enormous undertaking. I can only do it with your help.

There’s just one caveat: if I fall even ONE dollar short of my goal, I won’t get ANY of the money pledged. I have to reach my target goal in order to receive any help. That’s why your support is so important. Even if you can only afford to contribute a couple of dollars, it will all add up!

In the event that I exceed my goal, I would like to use the extra money to fund a trip to Uganda where I could meet my dear friend Herbert Mugerwa and visit the village of Buyana, where he grew up, and which I help support through a beautiful little non-profit called The Ubuntu Project. Check out their Facebook page, as well as Herbert’s, and see what kind of amazing things can get done when a few people step up. If you can help me exceed my goal, together we can help even more people. Another reason I’d like to go to Uganda is to visit the facilities where the African Children’s Choir is based. They recorded my song “We Are Each Other’s Angels” a few years ago. Every child who sings in the choir is given a free education all the way through university. The choir is made up of new members each year, and at this point more than 10,000 Uganda children have been given a full education through their program. I’d love to get to go see their school.

Thanks for reading this far! You would only have done that if you believed in what I do, which I’m sincerely grateful for. Please support my Kickstarter project in any way you can. If all goes well, the album will be in your hands sometime this spring. Thanks!

Risks and challenges

Well...I suppose some people are uncomfortable hearing the truth, but the pursuit of truth is my reason for writing. There's always the risk one of my songs will melt a heart of stone. But that's my very intention.

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    The Early Draft

    I'll mail you a signed copy of the new CD, AND I'll email you an early draft of lyrics to one of my songs. See how the song deveIoped and evolved. I can't guarantee I have an early draft of a specific song you might want, but if I do it's yours. If I don't you can choose a different one.

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    The Boxed Set

    I'll mail you a signed copy of my new CD PLUS all 8 of my other CDs that I own the rights to. (Not included are the 3 CDs on Red House Records: Letters in the Dirt, Radio, Last of the Old Time).
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    I'll play a 60 minute private Skype or FaceTime concert for you and any friends and family you want to invite over to watch. I’ll sit in front of my laptop and sing the songs you request in advance (from among the songs I still sing). We can have a Q & A session as part of it too if you want. And I will mail you a signed copy of the new CD.

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    Along with mailing you a signed copy of the new CD, I will play a private concert for you and your friends and family in your home...as many people as you want to invite! **I would only be able to do this if I'll already be touring close to you. HOWEVER, if you are willing to cover my travel costs we could arrange this for anytime I might have an opening in my schedule.

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