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Erin O'Dowd is recording her debut full length album, Old Town, with producer Travis Linville and an all-star band from Tulsa, OK.
Erin O'Dowd is recording her debut full length album, Old Town, with producer Travis Linville and an all-star band from Tulsa, OK.
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Erin O'Dowd's Debut Album, Old Town

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I made this lo-if music video for "Old Town" using my iPhone. Wouldn't you love to hear this song professionally recorded and produced?! I am an Americana singer-songwriter from Tulsa, OK. My first single, "Robin's Egg Blue," won the Searchlight Songwriting Competition hosted by Jason Wilbur, lead guitarist for John Prine. Four years later, I am finally releasing my long awaited debut album, Old Town. My music is influenced heavily by Psychedelic Folk, Classic Country, and American Roots Music, and a some of my favorite artists and top influences are Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, and Leadbelly. 

Photo by Draven Nicole
Photo by Draven Nicole

Named after the meaning of the word Tulsa in the Creek (Mvskoke) language, the album examines my life experiences in my hometown away from my other hometown (my first being Tampa, Florida), and the belief that a place is inseparable from its past. Old Town explores complete loss, past life recollections, and starting over. It follows heartbreak to the bitter end, when love is as fickle as it is everlasting. As vision-inducing as Old Town is, it is also honest. It seeks to tell stories rather than to seduce, but does both in the end. From the haunting "Wewoka" to the honky-tonkin' "Trick Pony," my album seeks to take you on a journey of space and time where your heart and mind end up aligned. I hope you'll come along!

Live at Soul City of Tulsa
Live at Soul City of Tulsa

Old Town will be produced by Travis Linville, Rolling Stone acclaimed singer-songwriter and longtime guitarist for Hayes Carll. Linville will be providing much of the instrumentation on the album, including dobro, mandolin, and steel guitar. He also produced Grammy nominated John Fullbright's first album, who will be playing keys on my record, along with Tulsa favorites Stephen Lee on electric guitar, Paul Wilkes on upright bass, and Jake Lynn on the drums. The album will also include several other wonderful musicians and very special guests. The recording process will be finished May 7-10 at a pop up studio in Linville's apartment and also at Ben Kilgore's home studio. 

Photo by Tony Shanks
Photo by Tony Shanks

I am currently on a tour of New York City, Toronto, and Ottawa. This year (so far), I'll be playing Folk Alliance International, Norman Music Festival, Mayfest, MisFest, Sunfest, G-Fest, and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Keep an eye on the Kickstarter for updates on my Northeastern Tour and live videos of the recording process!

Photo by Erin
Photo by Erin

The planned released date for the album is August of 2017 on Horton Records. About half of the funds raised will cover production costs and studio time. The other half will go to CD design and reproduction, paying musicians for their work, covering merch and artwork costs, Kickstarter fees, and publicity expenses. Help us make this dream a reality!

www.erinodowd.com

www.travislinvillemusic.com

www.hortonrecords.org

www.instagram.com/erinejodowd

www.facebook.com/erinodowdmusic

Listen on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Bandcamp. Track me on BandsInTown to keep up with show dates. Or, tweet up a storm @eo_ditty if that's more your style! Keep in touch! ❤️❤️❤️

Risks and challenges

Music is my full time job. I intend to put every ounce of my soul into this project, just like I have put into the songs! Part of what makes it so special to me is how long I have waited to do this. Many of you know that I went through some incredible life challenges over the past several years. My strength and determination has only grown thanks to the difficulty I experienced. The record was put on hold several times and now it has finally found it's time to shine. I truly believe in the message I have to share with the world and I would more than appreciate your support! As a financial backer, you are every bit as a part of this project as I am. Let's make this happen!

P.S. I really look forward to hand-making many of the rewards with love! My experience in art school and beyond has taught me the skills necessary to make this happen. The Tulsa City County Library offers invaluable resources for this project and I plan to take full advantage of that. I was happy to put my experience in video production into producing the DIY promotional music video for this project. I hope you enjoy!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Old Town LP Digital Download released several weeks before the official release, exclusively to Kickstarter Backers!

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    COMPACT DISC

    Old Town LP on Compact Disc for your old school portable listening pleasure. Also includes early digital download.

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    OLD AND NEW

    Early digital download and your choice of either:

    • a hand screened tee with original album artwork
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    • a hand printed and numbered poster with original album artwork by yours truly!

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    THE NEW CLASSIC

    •Early digital download and signed CD
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    •Your choice of either a hand screened tee or hand printed poster with original album artwork.

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    GIFT-A-GRAM

    I will call any person of your choice and sing them happy birthday, happy anniversary, or any friendly message of your choice encapsulated in song. I'll even propose for you!

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    TULSA QUEEN

    • Early digital download and signed CD
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    • Hand printed poster
    • Hand screened tee
    • All in a hand screened tote bag to put it all in.

    Woo wee!

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    PICK A SONG, ANY SONG

    I will do 2 one hour long writing/picking sessions with you- helping you flesh out your creative ideas, find the right chords, and learn to write a striking progression or melody hook. This reward can be more of a lesson if you are new to the game and just want to learn to write a song! I have taught folk/country guitar and songwriting to both kids and adults and this reward is suitable to any age group! The sessions can also be done via Skype or Facetime if you are far away!

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    I will learn a song of your choice and dedicate it especially to you (or a person of your choice) on YouTube! I will also perform and dedicate it to you (or your significant other?!) at any show of mine!

    Hint: this would make a great gift!

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    SILVER AND GOLD

    I will create your choice of either:
    •a handwritten and lightly illustrated lyric book especially for you.

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    •beautifully illustrated and framed art piece including handwritten lyrics to any song of your choice from the album.

    This reward also includes the early download, signed CD, and sticker. Thank you for supporting the arts!

    You can specify which when the reward survey is sent out, after the project is successfuly funded :)

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    HOUSE SHOW!

    • I will come play a house show for you anywhere in the US or Canada.
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    • My band and I will come play a show up to 3 hours away from Tulsa.

    The show can be scheduled on a mutually acceptable date! I will also send you a handmade thank you card.

    We can make arrangements once the project is successfully funded!

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    OLD TOWN TOUR

    I'll take you and a couple friends on a guided tour of all of the Tulsa spots that inspired the album, and take you to all my favorite haunts where I've done much of my writing. We'll grab lunch or dinner and I'll give you the insiders scoop behind the songs and into my songwriting process! I'll also play you the songs along the way! This reward also includes the early digital download, signed CD, sticker, tee, poster, and tote bag, plus a huge thank you in the album credits! (Does not include travel to or accommodations in Tulsa.)

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    A SONG FOR YOU

    I will write and record a song just for you, about whatever you want! We can work together and create the song of your dreams! This reward also includes the Tulsa Queen special. I'll also send you a handwritten thank you card and give you a big thank you in the album credits!

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    SEE YOU SOON

    I will play a house show for you anywhere in the world, or my band and I will come play a show for you and your friends or family anywhere in the US or Canada! This amount will cover travel expenses and lodging. The show can be scheduled on a mutually acceptable date, after the project is successfully funded. Also includes one Tulsa Queen special. I'll also send you a handwritten thank you card and give you a HUUUUGE thank you in the album credits!

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