My name is Evan Patrick Donohue. I was born outside of San Francisco where much of my extended family still resides. I moved to New York when I was nine; Went through puberty, learned to drive, and worked in a family-owned hardware store. I played lead guitar in an Episcopalian band, offering the congregation selections from the catalogs of Emmylou Harris, Johny Cash, The Staple Singers, Gillian Welch, and Bob Dylan.
In High School, I started a band called The Beverlys with some of my best friends, Dylan Vandenhoeck, Josiah Miller, Elizabeth MacDonald, and Rosie Slater. We performed at the Pound Ridge NY forth of July Picnic two years in a row and skipped out on senior prom to play a battle of the bands in a neighboring county - we won. Our cohorts up in the northeast included musicians and groups such as Aaron Maine, Jillette Johnson, Anthony DaCosta, and Sons of an Illustrious Father.
I moved to Nashville in 2008 to pursue a major in Audio Engineering at Belmont University. While there I started three bands with friends, The Forties, Diarrhea Planet, and a band that performed under my name which, at different times, included Michael Kavouras, Steven Holmes, Bennett Foster, Meagan Proctor Kavouras, John Gentile, Jordan Smith, Joey Dykes, Robert Gay, Beta Angarole, Kitana Louise, Benjamin Weber, Kate Grom, Matthew Campbell, and Benjamin Jones. We recorded and released four EPs, I'll be somewhere in the valley (2008), Look Bleak (2009), The Rabbit Sampler (2010), and The Late Autumn Cassette (2010), and one full length record called Rhythm & Amplitude (2010). We performed just about every weekend in some form or fashion from the years 2009 through 2011.
After I graduated I focused on live sound engineering as a career, touring and mixing front of house for acts such as, Kopecky Family Band, Apache Relay, Meg Myers, Empress Of, Rodney Crowell, Kacey Musgraves, and Margo Price. During time at home I was able to record one single called Jazzputin (2011) and one more full length record called, Stairway to Evan (2014). The latter featured a track called, Tell Me, Sara which was used in a documentary called, Cam Girlz by Sean Dunne and Cass Greener and has seen over 400k streams on Spotify.
I have written material with Natalie Prass ("Christy" 2015), Diarrhea Planet ("Ain't a Sin to Win" 2016), and Brent Cobb ("High in the Country" 2018). I performed, wrote, and recorded with a band called Warm Ryders featuring Michael Harris (Apache Relay, Brent Cobb, Chris Stapleton), Stephen Smith (Apache Relay, Brent Cobb, New Pleasures, Frank the Fuck Out), and Coley F Hinson (Tristen, Calicocat, Plastic Bags), and another band called Moruga Scorpio with Coley and Josh Minyard (Colorfeels, Airpark).
Josh and Coley and I have been playing music together since 2012, compiling bedroom demos, live performances, and studio tracks in hopes to release a record that approaches the bar set by the immeasurable talent we have bore witness to in our peers. We scraped together what we could and bought studio time at Reel Recording with Mark Galup and Erik Thompson. We tracked keys with Jimmy Rowland and some vocals with Kitana Louise. Songwriting credits on the record include Austin Manuel and Aaron Raitiere. We have recorded at least bass, drums, and guitar for 10 songs with 4 remaining and further overdubs such as vocals, keys.
We need your help to go back into the studio and finish Page of Wands, a title chosen to celebrate the nature of jovial collaboration, exploration, adventure, and dynamic terrain. We will mix it our selves and send it off to John Baldwin who mastered, "Stairway to Evan" to prep the audio to be sent up to Detroit, MI. Up there it will be pressed onto 130 gram (180 if we surpass our goal) clear green vinyl at Third Man Pressing. My Father and I will be silk screen printing the album artwork together up at my family's house in Milwaukee, WI by hand.
I am very happy you took the time to read through my story. Thanks for coming.
Sealed in Love,
- Evan P Donohue
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is not making the goal. It is a lot of money to me and so I would like to share with you the breakdown of expenses I currently have generated:
- Page of Wands Postcard ($125)
- Cassette Tapes: ($350)
- Record Pressing: ($3200)
- Album Artwork: ($550)
- Further Recording Expenses:($1200)
Once the campaign is completed, we will finish recording during May. June will be spent mixing "Page of Wands" and screen printing the album artwork. We will send out masters to Third Man Pressing up in Detroit and mailing out rewards in September. The Nashville Celebration show, which all of our backers who have donated $8+ are invited to, will take place in Nashville TN in November. You might have looked at the expense projections and said to yourself, "wait, that adds up to more than your goal, evan!" That is correct, we are asking for enough to finish the record, press vinyl, and fulfill rewards. If we surpass our goal, monies will go to further recording expenses like studio time, and hiring musicians. If we exceed our goal by $1100 we would then like to upgrade the vinyl order to a 180 gram weight disc for higher fidelity. If we do not make our goal, we all go home empty-handed, accepting the impermanence of things.
Thank you in advance for your support, your time, your ears, and your hearts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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