I have always had a hard time focusing on more than one thing at a time. For the last two months, that focus has been centered on recording my newest collection of songs, Fault Lines. But when I finished recording, I realized that other parts of the record-making process had not received the focus they deserved. Specifically, the “how to pay for this” and the “letting people know about it” parts of the record-making process.
As an independent singer/songwriter, I have always believed that it is very important to make “sustainable” records – ones with budgets that will not put me into debt and make it hard for me to do what I love over the long term. I also believe in working with people that I know, love and respect and I want to support them as much as I can in the process as well.
My new record, Fault Lines, is a self-produced collection of 13 songs that is in keeping with the style and approach of my previous records. So if you hate my other records, you might hate this one too. But I am excited about getting these particular songs out into the world. I am planning on officially releasing Fault Lines in mid-to-late January. But I need your help to avoid having my knee-caps broken by bill collectors in the meantime.
So welcome to this glorified “pre-sale”. Although the record doesn’t officially release until 2016, the wonderful Kickstarter supporters here will get their copies in early December. There will be no other place to get it online until later in January.
I am trying to raise at least $6000 by Thanksgiving. The campaign actually ends on Black Friday because I wanted to allow any people who were in an unusually unhealthy spending mindset to have a chance to contribute as well. The $6000 is not the entire budget for the record, but helps to cover a part of the costs of recording – including the artwork, mixing, mastering and replication.
There are many ways to contribute, from getting an early digital download to hosting your own Andy Gullahorn house concert. There are also things available like handwritten lyrics, songwriting workshops, and a Nashville CD release concert.
I am incredibly grateful for the generosity of everyone who has made it possible for me to make a living doing something I love for the last 18 years. The best way I know how to give back is by trying to write songs that are honest and true to my experience in the world - in hopes that we can all find common (and healing) ground there. Thank you for your help in making a home for these songs on Fault Lines:
1. “Not Too Late” – written for a friend who thought he had gone past the point of no return.
2. “Is It Real?” – wrestling with questions and doubts about things like faith and Donald Trump’s hair.
3. “I Want To Be Well” – about wanting to be well – or at least wanting to want to.
4. “Over and Over” – a kind of a love song written with my friend, Rose Cousins
5. “Not Bad Enough” – an angry song turned not angry
6. “God-Forsaken Place” – in the worst of our darkness, we are never alone
7. “Freedom 2.0” – a song about the traveling life and leaving the kids at home
8. “Broken Heart” – written with my friend, Jonny Diaz
9. “Not Going Anywhere” – a song about ambition or the lack thereof – written with the help of Elizabeth Huett
10. “Dad Like Mine” – another Liz Huett co-write, about breaking generational patterns
11. “I’ll Meet You There” – written for a few different friends in low places
12. “Make It Through” – written as an encouragement for a marriage in trouble, remembering to “fake it until you make it”.
13. “If You Want To Love Someone” – one of my favorite co-writes with Jason Gray.
Risks and challenges
If everything goes according to plan, the physical CDs and digital downloads should be ready by the end of November. I plan on shipping out all orders before I head out on a Christmas tour that starts December 2nd.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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