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$746
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
12
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 31 2019 5:03 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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Hi. My name is Woodrow Thomas. I am a northeast Texas musician. I want to introduce you to one of the best songwriters I know and invite you to help me record and produce his first CD.

Jerry Vann

I first met Jerry Vann about a year ago at the Commerce Texas Songwriters Showcase. I was immediately impressed with his songs and performance and only later came to find out what a nice guy he is; a friendly, funny, family man, (father of 3 girls), Viet Nam-era veteran, born in 1945 in Hillsboro, Texas to a Baptist minister.

His music is a wonderful blend of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Billy Joe Shaver, and a little J.J. Cale thrown in, all framed by his deep, rich voice and sensitive guitar playing style. You can also hear influences as diverse as Mickey Newbury, Jerry Reed, and even Leon Russell.

Jerry’s Background

He has been writing songs since 1973 and he has never had a professional CD released.

Jerry Vann spent four years in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1970s, at the urging of Mickey Newbury, writing dozens of songs that were published by a variety of publishing firms, including Acuff-Rose Music, (Hank Williams, Roy Orbison), Combine Music Group, (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson), HallNote, (Tom T. Hall).

Jerry had success with Mel McDaniel recording one of his songs entitled, “Reaching for Rainbows” and his composition, “Whiskey” recorded by Tom T. Hall and others, including Steve Young, the writer of the Eagles’ hit, “Seven Bridges Road.”

The Project

With your help we intend to make professional recordings of a minimum of ten original Jerry Vann compositions. We have already recorded one, (mixed but not mastered), “Self Portrait”, which you can hear at Jerry’s Bandcamp site: 

https://jerryvann.bandcamp.com/track/self-portrait

We have the commitment of Brad Davis of Brad Davis Music Studios in Commerce, Texas to act as a producer and studio musician to help us complete this project. Brad is an accomplished song writer, session man, and producer himself. He has credits touring with Marty Stuart, The Boxmasters, (Billy Bob Thornton), Sam Bush, and others. Brad has contributed to countless studio sessions including the 2003 Grammy-winning album “The Wind”, by Warren Zevon.   

To complete this project for Jerry Vann I will use my previous experience recording, producing, and publishing two CDs under my stage name Johnny C. Lately.

We will produce 100 physical CDs with Disc Makers Global Music Distribution Bundle which includes set up for physical, downloads, and streaming distribution through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, and others.

We are seeking to raise $2500.  Our costs will be:

Studio time for 10 songs = $1600

CD replication and music distribution = $500

KickStarter fee = $250

This gives us a little “padding” to add to the recording sessions for additional studio time if need be. Any extra money raised will go toward recording additional songs.

I think Jerry Vann deserves this chance to be heard by a wider audience and I think you will agree. Help us make this dream come true.

Thanks.

Risks and challenges

As with any human-powered endeavor, I suppose sickness could slow us down a little but we are COMMITTED to completing this project come Hell or high water! Jerry's music is too good not to be heard. :-)

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