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Songs and stories dear to my heart, to be recorded as my debut solo release for your listening pleasure.
Songs and stories dear to my heart, to be recorded as my debut solo release for your listening pleasure.
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Jacob Miller's Debut Solo Album

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MY STORY

I moved to Portland, OR 9 years ago from a small town in the midwest - Eden, WI. I rode the Amtrak Empire Builder west with a suitcase, a Fender Jaguar guitar, and little idea of what my plan was - except to get out of the hometown mindset. As a youth I always loved singing, writing, playing guitar - and found myself more often than not becoming the band leader for the various groups throughout my adolescence (most were just ok). After a year of living in the PNW, I decided to travel North America - both to study various forms of American traditional music, and to learn a bit more about myself. After a year and a half of hitchhiking, working on farms, and having a strange-range of adventures - I returned to Portland to plant some roots.

Coincidentally, I started a roots band called Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners - which prospered in the city, and became what felt like my “life’s work.” We released several albums, toured extensively, and made a hell of a lot of folks dance. I poured my everything into the group, and it was a beautiful experience I was fortunate to share with my best friends and colleagues.

But, things change - and last year, I was overcome with conflicting feelings. I wasn’t content writing old time music anymore, even if it was as fun as it had been. I put it on myself that the people who enjoyed our music expected exactly what we had been producing, and I just wasn’t there anymore.

In August of 2017, I decided to disband the Crooners and focus my efforts on writing solo music.

At first, it felt a bit alien - “ What am I doing?" - I thought to myself most days. But as the months passed and the songs developed, I realized that this change was more artistically satisfying than I ever could have imagined. It was growth.
Music has always been the best vehicle for me to emote. The simple pleasure of moving a crowd, but more specifically - one person in the back of the room; expressing ideas and sentiments that are so completely personal and specific - but at the same time so universally resonate. It is my language, and it is the only kind of life I’ve ever seen for myself.

THE ALBUM

This album started out as demos in a Southeast Portland living room. Naturally, I put it on myself to do everything on this record - writing, arranging, instrumentation, etc. But through more than serendipitous happenings - it has grown into something so much bigger than myself.
It now holds the talents of some of the PNW’s most talented and charming players. Horns, strings, vocal choirs, immensely talented arrangers, composers, etc. Still, the album is, in the truest sense, autobiographical.

Though I wrote all of songs, I've collaborated with world reknown trupeteer and dear friend - Charlie Porter for string, horn and choir arrangements on the record. Charlie is one of the greatest musical talents I've had the pleasure of working with, while simultaneously remaining the most humble guy. His efforts and ideas will contribute in making this record really shine. 

I’m fortunate to be working again with engineer and musician, Ryan Oxford (Y La Bamba, Nick Delffs, Like a Villian, etc.) at Color Therapy Studios in Portland, OR for much of the tracking process. It will then go to Zachary Dyke (Liza Anne, Coin, Molly Parden, etc.) in Nashville, TN. Zach has produced some of my absolute favorite records, and it is a true honor to have him involved in the process. I feel beyond lucky to be working with such a team - and couldn’t be more excited to share these songs with you.

As one might imagine - creating an album as an independent artist is a costly process. From studio and instrument rentals to paying musicians - mixing, mastering, and PR to assure the album is received by a wider audience - I only have so many kidneys to sell on the black market.

You can pre-order it here - get the t-shirt, vinyl, or any of the other gifts, and all of the proceeds will go directly to making this whole thing possible. Every last dime will be used in the creation of this album, and anything over the goal will go towards more content for the fans - and more gas in the touring tank. Here is a breakdown of where the money will be going..

-Studio Rental/Recording Engineer

-Paying the Musicians

-Post Production/Mixing and Mastering

-Album Art and Design

-Printing CDs and Vinyl

-Kickstarter Fees and Mailing

-Promoting the Album: Press Campaign, Radio, and Tour Promotion

There are many ways you can help! Of course, every dollar pledged to this campaign gets us closer to an all-or-nothing goal, but you can share this link on your social media, or tell your friends who you think would enjoy my music. Word of mouth counts for so much!

Risks and challenges

Working and living as an artist is something that is both chaotic and beautiful. So many gigs, so many hours of booking/social media (not as fun), and so much hope in things clicking in a genuine way.
As uncertain as it all is, it is the kind of life that I just love, and I want to share these stories with you. Your support means more than I could begin to articulate; thank you over and over for your love, care, support, and belief in this dream of mine.

Here are some links if you'd like to check out my music for yourself..
http://jacobmillermusic.net/

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/watch-jacob-miller-old-new

Listen on Spotify..
https://open.spotify.com/album/6nE0iPGNAMgJIptaeUauwH…

Social Media..
https://www.facebook.com/jacobmillermusic
https://www.instagram.com/jacobmiller.music/
https://twitter.com/jacobmillertogo

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    DOWNLOADABLE THANK YOU

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    SHINY DISC AND HANDSOME STICKER

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    A VERY VINYL THANK YOU

    Thank you patron - you get the album on vinyl. Oh, my favorite; big design, big artwork, and that warm, special sound. You can put it on your mantle for display, or rest it alongside the other treasures in your prized milk crate.

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    A VERY WEARABLE THANK YOU

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    TOTE-ALLY WONDERFUL THANK YOU

    You don’t know where to put all of your sweet swag from supporting such a cause?! Well, you now have a custom tote bag to put your signed vinyl or CD, t-shirt, AND sticker. Digital download can rest in your digital tote bag (computer/Zune/Ipod shuffle).

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    SOME WORDS FROM ME TO YOU-THANK YOU

    You like to get sentimental. Well, so do I. This thank you-package includes a hand written note expressing my true gratitude for your contribution to my music. AND you get the mentioned other goodies.

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    THE WHOLE KIT AND CABOODLE THANK YOU

    You are a devoted supporter! You want everything but the kitchen sink - I respect that. This package includes all of the aforementioned - with the addition of a hand made lyric/art book for you to peruse while you listen to that vinyl in the living room - or CD through your sweet, sweet boom box.

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    WE BUILD THIS CD ON ROCK-AND-ROLL

    This package includes a cover song of your own choosing. Now, you could take this a lot of directions - Def Leppard, Bowie, Bach…DEVO...the choice is yours and the song is mine to crack! I love a good challenge! You also get an additional bundle of goodies including a signed vinyl or cd, tote bag, t-shirt, etc.

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    DUST OFF THE STRINGS THANK YOU

    Want to write a song but keep hitting a wall? Looking to pick up that old guitar in the closet? Well - this special thank you includes 3 one-hour guitar lessons in person or via Skype (depending on distance) for the aspiring guitarist or musician. What do you want to work out? Well, dust off those strings and let’s get to pickin’!

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    ONE JUST FOR YOU THANK YOU

    You like the album so much, that you want a song of your very own. Well, let’s make that happen! You give me a theme, a vibe - and I will make your story come to life through the epic magic of song.

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    A R-HOUSING THANK YOU

    Woah - you are into this music! You want to invite me to your place, have some friends over and hear me play the tunes in person. Well, you are in luck! Send out the invites, break out the chex mix, and crack open the wine - time for me to serenade you and your closest friends in your very own living room.

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    CREME DE LA CREME THANK YOU

    You are looking at a house concert, an original song just for you, and everything mentioned above. You are making some serious dreams happen. I can’t begin to express my gratitude!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WOW THANK YOU

    Your belief in my music crosses into another realm, and therefore - you will be rewarded with executive producer credits on the album. That is on top of most all of the various rewards from the lower tiers of support!

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