I'm Dave Jordan and I'm here to recruit you.
It’s about my new record – I have been working on it ever since my last record and the songs and arrangements are refined and ready to go to the studio. But I need you to back me so I can get it cut, get it distributed, and get on the road to get it out there.
I’m feeling great about these songs and I have to say, I feel it’s the best stuff I have ever written. Many of you are familiar with them from my live shows and legendary Meters/Neville Brother founder, Art Neville, has already covered one of the songs- which was featured in a short film, for which they created an award at the Beverly Hills Short Film Festival (and a copy of that documentary is a reward for backers!). And I have the musicians and producers lined up – and in New Orleans, you know these cats can lay it down.
A few of the players lined up for the record include Andre Bohren, Chris Pylant, Gregory "Wolf" Hodges, Bill Malchow, Will Repholz, and Harry Hardin. They're current or past members of some of the best New Orleans and Southern bands, including Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Lynn Drury Band, Eric Lindell Band, Col. Bruce Hampton's Codetalkers, 101 Runners, Shannon McNally Band, Soul Project, Mem Shannon Band, Flannel Church, and the Louisiana Philharmonic.
We are planning on releasing the album through the Threadhead Records network, which beyond being ardent supporters of New Orleans music, also gives 10% of all album sales to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic - a non profit network of doctors and health care workers that provide free medical service to New Orleans musicians.
That’s where you come in. Money from the backers will go to pay for studio costs, to pay the musicians a living wage, to cover my own expenses, and to do some very basic marketing of the new album. Without any significant hiccups you'll have the music in your hands in less than three months from our kickoff date, after the funding goal is achieved.
How do you know I can do this? This is the 6th album on which I have been a principal writer or producer. I have worked with some of New Orleans' finest musicians - Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr., and Joe Krown, to name a few.
After more than a decade as the bass player and band leader of the New Orleans funk and party band Juice, I started making solo music three years ago. My first record, These Old Boots (available on itunes, amazon, cdbaby, and streaming on spotify) was named one of the top ten New Orleans releases of 2010 by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. I’m proud of that effort, but I assure you that this record is already better.
I'm a musician. I don't have a day job - music is all I do. It's all I've been doing for the better part of 20 years. I've probably played 2000 gigs as singer, and bass and guitar player. I'm a New Orleanian, which means I have incredible musicians as my friends, and as my coworkers. We take pride in making good music here, and we don't mess around.
So I’m asking you to help fund this project. You'll be glad you did. Keeping local music alive in New Orleans, and on the road to other towns and cities, is a great thing to support. And you will have my eternal gratitude, as well as the satisfaction that goes with knowing you helped make a record, that was made for all the right reasons. Thanks for your help, and I look forward to seeing you at the record release party!
- (35 days)