JULY 3 UPDATE!!! WE MADE OUR GOALl! But we undershot our goal by about 3K, thinking we would NEVER make 2k, so why shoot for higher! :-) Well, here we are, 20 days out, and over 2k So, anything you can give past our "goal" is so much appreciated! If you believe in this project, spread the word around. Put it on your FB, on your Twitter, anywhere you hang out on the interwebs. Thank you so much!!!
We (my friend and record producer, Evan Brubaker) are making three records before the end of the year: one live record (which is finished!), one covers record (almost halfway done!) and one original record (which I am just starting to think about).
Most people make one record at a time, but I don't have that luxury.
In May of 2009, while performing at the Northwest Folklife Festival, I lost my singing voice. I had been losing some of my vocal range for a couple of months, and my hands had been giving me trouble, which I attributed to the aging process.
When I completely lost my voice on stage, I got myself to a specialist.
After seeing a rheumatologist, I was diagnosed with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis), both inflammatory diseases that attack the body's joints.
(Here's a little further explanation, for geeks like me: There is a joint in our throats (called the cricoarytenoid joint) between the cricoid and arytenoid cartilages in the back wall of the larynx that are rotated by the vibration of vocal cords, and change the tone of voice. In my case, this joint swelled and was causing my voice to change within moments of speaking, let alone singing. Singing was out of the question, and both my RA and AS were out of control.)
After trying every type of medication on the market for both diseases with no success, I had given up on singing. I spent a year in silence. I stopped listening to music, stopped thinking about it, and didn't pick my guitar up for fear that I would miss it too much.
It wasn't until this past spring, when I started taking massive amounts of corticosteroids for an asthma exacerbation, that I noticed my joints seemed to be recovering. I slowly weaned myself down to a dosage of prednisone that wouldn't make me sick, but would allow me to sing.
Or so I thought.
It turns out that the prednisone, taken long term in the dosage that I was taking, is making me sick as well, and it isn't something that I can continue on at the dosage that keeps me singing.
So, I am prepared to go off of prednisone completely and to lose my singing voice again. But I want to make these records before I do that.
I'd like you to be part of that.
We raised a good bit of the money we need from my long time fans and supporters who gave through my website, Paypal, checks, and cash at live shows, and we're trying to raise the last 2k here. (or more! We actually need another 4k, but I wasn't sure how well this would work, so I decided to undershoot and hope for the best!)
The money raised here goes toward the recording process, getting HFA licensing for the cover songs, and paying for musicians to perform on the records. We aren't producing too many physical cds or vinyl records (see the reward levels below), but are releasing the recordings digitally on Itunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and everywhere else. Not printing tons of cds/vinyl of all of these projects is partly due to budgetary constraints, but was a conscious decision we made early on. We are trying to be environmentally responsible, and keep our carbon footprint at a reasonable level.
When I am not in the studio, (and not taking care of my two children and two stepchildren), I am collecting and archiving every live performance, demo, video, etc, that was ever recorded from 1995 to 2010. This is a labor of love, and I am getting video, pictures, bootlegged shows, etc from all over the country, and putting them all in one central location.
Thank you for reading this far, and hey...every dollar counts, so thank you for anything that you can contribute. I have made my last 6 records by taking pre orders, and I am hoping that these projects can be funded through the kindness of supporters as my last 6 have been.
- (46 days)