Hello Fabulous People!
Some of you know me from my 2 decades and 11 albums worth of touring and recording.
I have toured all over the U.S., Europe, UK, Ireland, Canada and Japan on my own and with folks like Arlo Guthrie, Carlene Carter, John Fullbright and many other incredible artists known and unknown.
"Back to My Green" is my first new album in FIVE YEARS.
In the music business, that is a lifetime.
I feel like I've lived a whole lifetime since 2014 when I released "Learning Faith." In that time, I fell in love, got married to fellow singer-songwriter Mike June, moved away from Austin, TX and my musical community of eight years to Hillsborough, NC, a tiny town where I'd never been.
Then the 2016 election happened and everything that came with it. Like a lot of people, I was terrified. As a result I developed an RSI in my arms that made playing guitar and writing very painful. I felt isolated and restricted and depressed.
But "no" is death for artists, so I had to come up with new ways of doing things, new ways of conceptualizing music, and be willing to put myself out there and collaborate more.
As a result, "Back to My Green" is about becoming someone new. It's about facing challenges and rising. It's the musical equivalent of standing unprotected with my arms and my heart wide open. It's terrifying...but it's real!
I had the pleasure of working with Producer Mark Simonsen and Engineer Thom Canova at StudioM in Durham, NC, an extremely creative and uplifting couple of dudes. Mark was the lead producer and Thom and I co-produced. This is the first album I have ever co-produced! I had to learn to take charge in new ways, but also to let other people in in new ways. The result, to my mind, is a different kind of album for me, expansive, hopeful, out on a limb.
Although Mark, Thom and I played most of the instruments, we had help from Jonathan Byrd (who also co-wrote 'In Dreams' with me) and Gaelynn Lea on vocals, Mike Grigoni on pedal and lap steel and our string trio: Laura Thomas, Aubrey Keisel and Leah Gibson.
I am asking for $10,000 to help with the release costs of the album: CD & Vinyl duplication, radio promotion, publicity and marketing all cost mega bucks as you may know. If we reach my stretch goal of $15,000, I will be able to start paying back my recording costs and will offer MY ENTIRE DIGITAL CATALOG (9 albums) PLUS an EP of 3 extra unreleased songs to all backers!!
This album was partly inspired by my love for and connection to the natural world. To offset the carbon footprint of CD production and shipping I will be donating $.50 per CD sold to the Environmental Defense Fund.
Many thanks for you help -- if you can't afford to donate, please help by sharing the link!
Risks and challenges
I have already completed the recording of the album. The only risk in this project is that if I do not hit my fundraising goal of $10,000, I won't be able to offer these lovely rewards! But I know together we can do it so I'm not too worried : )Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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