What a thrill it is to introduce you to this new Big Kitty album! It has been a long time in the making: it is the true follow-up both to 2012's studio-recorded, full band Florence and 2013's home-recorded harmony-fest, Recordings of Ferns, incorporating the live, full-band energy of the first and the layered harmonies of the second, and painting on a much bigger canvas.
A lot has happened in the intervening years: Big Kitty moved away from Tennessee to California, and Cole Champion (drums) and Grady O'Rear (bass) both moved to different states as well. Only William Johnson (Lead Guitar) continues to reside in the fair city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now each member of the Big Kitty Band lives in a different state. So this album will be filled with vibes of reunion and homecoming.
This will be the most ambitious record that Big Kitty has made yet. The harmonies and arrangements are more complex and gorgeous, the songwriting deeper and more vibrant, the melodies even more delicious.
The album will be recorded in Nashville at the Bomb Shelter, the studio where Big Kitty pals the Deslondes and Hurray for the Riff Raff have recorded fantastic albums. Andrija Tokic will engineer and James Wallace will produce.
Budget (in USD):
Studio time: 2100
2 reels of 2-inch recording tape: 700
Transportation: 430 (my plane ticket) + 100 each for 3 other band members = 700
Total = 5600
*The total amount is less than the amount requested because Kickstarter and the payment processors take a cut amounting to about 6-8 percent*
*Do you want a different reward than is listed? Or would you like to pre-order 3, 4, 5 copies? Just let me know and I'll add the reward you want (within the bounds of common decency)*
Risks and challenges
Your help is essential to making this album! To be clear, however, this project is meant to fund the recording of the album. The physical production of the Vinyl & CDs and mastering costs will be handled by Big Kitty through money made primarily from playing gigs & other music-related income. If additional funds are earned from this Kickstarter campaign, they will go towards mixing & mastering costs and then production of the records and CDs (about another $5,000).
These additional costs are going to be handled by me--just so you know, I'm all in on this album myself and am committed to doing it right & doing it independent of a record company (other than my own darling DIY label, Teaberry Records (http://teaberryrecords.net).
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