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Jesse DanielBy Jesse Daniel
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Jesse DanielBy Jesse Daniel
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$12,314
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, May 14 2019 2:51 PM UTC +00:00.

About

With the success of his 2018 self-titled debut, Ameripolitan Award winner Jesse Daniel will be making his follow up record in 2019.

Whenever anyone asks me who is the next country artist to keep an eye on, I tell them Jesse Daniel from California. Every time. He is the future of country music, and he just won the 2019 Ameripolitan for Honky Tonk Male.” - SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

Photo by Saving Country Music, Memphis, Tennessee
Photo by Saving Country Music, Memphis, Tennessee

Hi everyone, Jesse Daniel here...

West Coast Tour - Photo by Jodi Lyford
West Coast Tour - Photo by Jodi Lyford

Over the past year I've recorded and released my first record (co-produced by Henry Chadwick), toured nationally and won multiple awards ("Musician Of The Year" from The Nexties Awards and "Honky Tonk Male" from Dale Watson's Ameripolitan Awards). When I released my debut album on May 26th of 2018, I had good intentions and high hopes. The record did well and received accolades from media sources like No Depression, Paste and Saving Country Music, as well as from fans across US, South America and Europe. It also allowed me the opportunity to share the stage with many artists I admire, which there are too many to name. The album wouldn't have been possible without the help from all the fans and friends who contributed to funding it,  I truly appreciate that. With a bag of brand new songs and a good forward momentum, it is now time to make a follow up album.


 - THE ALBUM -

Photo by Snake Eyes Cult
Photo by Snake Eyes Cult

Traveling has always stirred up creativity for me. Over this past year of touring, I've written a lot. Some of the songs were written at home with my partner Jodi Lyford, and others were written from behind the steering wheel on the way to the next town. Jodi is a great singer, songwriter and has a good ear when it comes to arrangements. She will be singing all the female backup vocals on this record, as well as singing on a duet we wrote together.

Jesse and Jodi writing at home in Ben Lomond, CA
Jesse and Jodi writing at home in Ben Lomond, CA

We've already started the demo process and hearing these songs come to life, I quickly realized that this new album will have a cohesive nature. I've grown a lot over this period of time and I feel like the songs have grown with me. We'll be hitting the studio with 12 + songs that are ready to record. My backing band for this album will be an all star cast of veteran musicians, hand selected by the producer, which brings us to the next point...

- THE PRODUCER -

I'm pleased to announce that Tommy Detamore will be producing this album.

Tommy Detamore
Tommy Detamore

 Tommy is an acclaimed engineer, producer, musician, and owner of Cherry Ridge Studio in Floresville, Texas. Having studied under steel guitar great Buddy Charleton, Tommy went on to record and tour with artists like Ray Price, Moe Bandy and Ronnie Milsap early in his career. He has engineered and produced over 150 albums, and has played steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and mandolin on well over 300 albums to date. He has recorded and produced numerous top-ten hits on the Americana and Texas Music charts.
 

In 2001 Tommy engineered a recording that received a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” with Bill Kirchen’s “Poultry in Motion”

        Throughout his career spanning more than 30 years, Tommy has produced and/or performed and recorded with many artists including Ray Price, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Sahm, The Texas Tornados, Gary P. Nunn, Augie Meyers, Robert Earl Keen, Clay Blaker, Sunny Sweeney, Rick Trevino, Bill Kirchen, Redd Volkaert, The Derailers, Eleven Hundred Springs and many more. Needless to say, it is an enormous honor to be making this record with him at the world renowned Cherry Ridge Studios, in Floresville, TX. 

Not only will he be producing the record, he will also be playing all the Steel Guitar.

- THE BAND -

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis (Drums/Percussion) - A sought after session player based out of Austin, TX, Tom has toured and/or recorded with artists like The Mavericks, Junior Brown, Augie Meyers and Jim Lauderdale (to name a few). 

Kevin Smith playing with Willie Nelson
Kevin Smith playing with Willie Nelson

Kevin Smith (Electric Bass/Upright Bass) - As one of Austin’s premier bass players, Kevin Smith has performed and recorded with many of the best-known and influential artists in the last two decades of American roots music. Over his career, he's toured/recorded with artists like Willie Nelson, OutKast, Kris Kristofferson and Dwight Yoakam, among many others.

John Carroll
John Carroll

John Carroll (Electric Guitar) - Austin's own, John Carroll will be playing all the electric guitar/baritone on the record. He's recorded with Jim Lauderdale, Micky Dolenz, and Cory Morrow, and recently did a live special sharing licks with country guitar legend Brent Mason.

T Jarrod Bonta
T Jarrod Bonta

T Jarrod Bonta (Piano/Keys) - T has been performing in his home town of Austin, TX, since he was twelve years old. He has played or recorded with a variety of Texas' elite: Rosie Flores, Johnny Bush, Wayne Hancock, Cornell Hurd, The Horton Brothers, Jim Stringer & the AM Band, Marti Brom, and many others. 

Michael Guerra
Michael Guerra

Michael Edward Guerra (Accordion) -  Michael is an American musician from California. Guerra has performed and recorded with various bands, including The Mavericks, Los Tex Maniacs, and Raul Malo. Today, he continues to tour and perform as a member of The Mavericks.

Bobby Flores
Bobby Flores

Bobby Flores (Fiddle) - Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist and first call session musician. He's recorded and performed with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Doug Sahm, to name a few. In 2003 he received a Grammy Award for his string and brass arrangements/ violin performances on Freddy Fender's "La Music De Baldemar Huerta".




- WHERE YOU COME IN -

Jesse Daniel - Eugene, Oregon - 2018
Jesse Daniel - Eugene, Oregon - 2018

If it weren't for people like you, the fans, supporters and enthusiasts, there would be no people like me. Any working musician knows that the folks who buy music, go to shows and spread the word are the reason we get to continue doing what we do. Your support has been greatly appreciated over this past year.

Its time to make a follow up record. Not just any record, but the best one that I can possibly make. We've got all the ingredients and I'm ready to put my heart and soul into this project. Now all we need is your support.

I'm here to ask you for your help in making this album come to life. By pre-ordering this album, ordering any of our limited edition items, test pressings, or even just by sharing this Kickstarter campaign with your family and friends, you'll be playing a crucial part in making this project a success. 

- The Cost -

As you may know, making a record is expensive. Especially since I'll be traveling 1,800 miles to the studio, hiring professional session musicians and working with one of the best country music producers in the business.  The expenses have already been rolling in for the pre-production of this record: Recording demos, paying musicians, videos and promo etc... These are just a few of the out of pocket expenses we've had and they will certainly not be the last. This is why we ask for your support.

To show you exactly where your money will go, I've broken it down:

- Total Studio Time (120 Hours) = $7,200

- Total Musician Fees (Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Fiddle, Backing Vocals) = $9,600

- Mixing and Mastering = $2000

- CD and Vinyl Manufacturing = $4,000

- PR Campaign (This helps give the record the push it will need out the gates via radio, media and music news outlets) = $5,000

                               GRAND TOTAL = 27, 800


- THE GOAL -

As you can see, this album will cost well over the amount we've asked for, and thats not even including the food, lodging and travel expenses we'll be paying for out of pocket during the recording process, as well as the many unforeseen expenses that go hand in hand with independently releasing a record. 

I do know that by meeting our goal of $22,800 we will be able to make this record, but every dollar over that amount will help us to manufacture a larger quantity of records, build a strong publicity campaign and give this album the push it deserves.

If you help us reach our stretch goal of $27,800, we'll be able to assemble a publicity team that will push this album to radio, online media and print. It will insure this album a fighting chance in todays competitive music business.


- WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? -

I know my fans and supporters are people just like me who work hard for their money and I wouldn't ask them to give without getting something in return. Thats why we've set up this tier system of packages to fit your budget, and to thank you for contributing to the success of this campaign. To show you how much we appreciate your support, we've included many limited edition items that will only be available here. The packages include:

  • Digital Download of New Album
  • Copy Of New Album On CD (w/ option to be signed)
  • Copy Of New Album On Vinyl (w/ option to be signed)
  • Copy Of 2018 Self Titled Album On CD (w/ option to be signed)
  • Copy of 2018 Self Titled Album On Vinyl (w/ option to be signed)
  • Limited Edition Stickers
  • Limited Edition JD Trucker Hat
  • Limited Edition T-Shirt 
  • Signed Collectors Photo Of Jesse Daniel
  • Hand Written + Signed Thank You Letter From Jesse Daniel
  • Signed Lyrics Sheet (song of your choice)
  • Limited Edition Poster (w/ option to be signed)
  • Signed Test Pressing Of 2018 Self-Titled Record
  • Signed Test Pressing Of New Record
  • 2 Hour Solo Performance (see restrictions)
  • Full Band Performance (see restrictions)

- TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS -

With your help, I know we can make this campaign a success and bring this record to life. Like I said before, musicians like myself would not be able to do what we do without the people who support us in creating music and for this I'm very grateful. This is an "all or nothing" campaign, meaning we have 60 days to reach this goal. 

As an independent artist, my small team and I do virtually everything ourselves. Booking, advertising, show promotion, web/graphic design, merchandise, social media, music videos and tour managing are just a few of the things we take on to keep the wheels rolling on a daily basis. There are countless hours of work that go into being an independent artist that go unnoticed and unpaid, but we continue to do them out of the sheer love of creating... The feedback we receive from fans make it all worth it and keeps us going. 

Without crowd funding, it would be nearly impossible for an unsigned artist to put out a professionally produced record independently. By contributing to this campaign, you are combatting the myth that artists need a major label to be successful. Thank you for being a part of this journey and for contributing to the success of this campaign. Spread the word, it's time to make a record!

- JD

Risks and challenges

The biggest potential challenge would be the extra cost of unforeseen expenses. The best and only way to overcome this risk, is fund this campaign in the next 60 days, which I am confident we will achieve.

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