Patient Music Nerds,
We are nearing the end.
My hardworking band mates, clever and capable engineer (Suny Lyons), and I are almost gosh-darn done with that record I keep telling you about. There were some tricky moments along the way, it is true. Songs are like rabbits—some of them get away from you, some of them die in your grasp. But the handful that survived are lovely creatures, worthy of your attention.
YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR FRIENDS
The musicians who have clustered around this thing have been pretty amazing: in addition to my ever-evolving band, the Blackstock Collection (Georgia edition: Chris VanBrackle, Blake Helton, Anna Chandler, Daniel Beauregard, Susan Falls, Robin Sherman), musicians appearing on the record include members of the Modern Skirts, Of Montreal, Hope for Agoldensummer, and TV on the Radio. Marla Hansen, who has toured and recorded with Sufjan Stevens, the National, My Brightest Diamond, DM Stith and many others, lends her beautiful voice and viola to a handful of songs. Plus American Gothic teller of tales and singer-songwriter Jim White produced one of the songs, “Simon Says.” Not only did he produce it, he downright saved it from the trash vortex.
KEY DETAILS OUTLINED FOR CLARITY AND ENJOYMENT
Here's some other stuff we know: 1) It's going to be called Thugs and China Dolls. 2. Unlike my first record, there's hardly any electric instruments on the whole thing (save for an electric bass or two). 3. Suny intentionally smashed a piano trying to make one of my songs sound better. 4. There's a song about a true-life man who every day turns his will over to the care of a parrot he keeps in a cage on his back. 5. Without realizing what was happening at the time, I wrote and recorded yet more songs about public transportation. 6. We're aiming, with a bit of luck, for a fall 2011 release. 7. We need your help pushing us over the finish line!
WHAT WE SEEK
My goal is to raise $5,000—truth be told, a very dinky portion of the actual cost of making this record from start to finish. $5,000 will go a long way to help us complete the mixing and mastering, and launch the release and promotion of our new record. It won't cover it all, but it'll help a whole bunch.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We're asking you to consider doing the following:
1. Purchase advance copies of the music. You can buy a digital download or a CD.
2. Tell your friends and family. After making your own purchase, consider telling a friend or four about our music and this campaign. Tweet it. Facebook it. Sky write it. Get ten friend to bid $100 a piece and book me for a solo house concert in your living room!
3. Go beyond nifty to super nifty. If you're so inclined, there's also a bunch of other nifty stuff, like a CD of all the tracks in sloppy demo form, a limited-edition screen-printed poster of my show at the 2011 Stopover Festival, and a pair of Jim White's sharp white loafers, which he wore while performing at a house concert in my living room. Anything you purchase will go a long way to helping this DIY CD get out the door and into the homes of music lovers around the universe.
And know that we appreciate your business and your faith in our efforts. We think you're going to like this record a lot. Really, it's good. Thanks for all the love and goodness you send our way.
- (38 days)