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COMMON MAN | An Intimate Folk-Rock Conversation About Hope, Love, and Loss | Featuring My Beautiful Band | Thank You For Your Support!
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Joe Iadanza and co-producer Jagoda. Photo: Paul Silverman
Joe Iadanza and co-producer Jagoda. Photo: Paul Silverman

"I have hope, I have love, and I have faith. The tears are gone, the fears have gone away. I was lost... Lost, but now I've found my way. We'll rise up, we'll rise up again."  

- Common Man / Words and Music by Joe Iadanza

I'm excited to announce that after 9 years since my last full-length album, I'm stepping out to record my upcoming, third full-length album, COMMON MAN. 

As a backer, you are the life-blood for independent artists. Your support is critical to this music finding it's full voice and reaching larger audiences.  

Over the last 9 years, I've helped artists to express and record their music. The albums I've produced have been joyously received and critically acclaimed. And yet, it has taken me this long to find my voice again, to unblock the parts of me that were in the way of sharing my own songs with you, and to see the path to properly releasing it.

And now I need your help! You are the record label and together we can make this happen!  

There are so many cool ways you can get involved! Every bit helps, and there are treasures at every level: Album downloads, CDs, vinyl! t-shirts, demos and outtakes, guitar and songwriting lessons, private concerts, album credits, ONE OF MY GUITARS - the one I learned to play in open tunings on - and yes... I could even cook dinner for you and then serenade you as you eat (That's not something to be afraid of... I actually went to culinary school!).

Here is what it takes to make this record:

TO MAKE THE ALBUM: $12,000 

This is the BARE MINIMUM to get the album made (without manufacturing).

  • Recording and Musicians: $8,500 
  • Mixing/Mastering: $3,500 

TAKE ME ALL THE WAY HOME: $18,000 

This is what I would LOVE to raise to cover all costs associated with making this album.

  • Printing CDs/Vinyl: $3,500
  • Promotion/Shipping/Radio: $2,500

INSPIRATION

Joe Iadanza at Carriage House Studios.  Photo by Paul Silverman.
Joe Iadanza at Carriage House Studios. Photo by Paul Silverman.

In 2010, I came off of the road to focus on my family and to support them through what was, at the time, a bit of a rough patch. It's hard to put aside the things that you love to do, but sometimes that's the most important thing you can do - as it can help you to get a better perspective, and can help you remember what it was about those gifts that inspired you in the first place.

Songwriting is a vehicle by which I process the world, its challenges, joys, and its effect upon me. Life is quite symbolic, and those symbols inform and guide my life. Until I started writing music, the soundtrack of my life was filled with songs I only wish I had written. But rather than sit on the sidelines admiring those creative forces, I explored them and started sharing my own stories. 

Over the last nine years of being off of the road, I dove even deeper into myself. Meditation, self-study, service to my community and family, producing, teaching, all of these things have helped me to ground what were some very scattered energies. But it wasn't until the past year that so many life changes would draw me back to my own songs so that I could make sense of it all. 

So much of my life has changed in the nine years since my last album. This past year alone has brought the biggest shifts, including my only child going off to college. I find myself standing at the threshold of a completely new journey, faced with infinite possibilities, and surrounded by incredibly supportive people.

COMMON MAN is a musical bridge between the life I set aside nine years ago, and the new world I find myself in today. 

My first two albums, Traveling Salesman and All in Good Time, were both well received. They introduced me to a world of folk and Americana music fans I never knew existed. Those albums launched my touring career in America and Europe, and helped me realize an incredibly long-held dream. But, the truth is that both of those records came together on a wing and a prayer. I had no idea what I was doing!

COMMON MAN is being approached more mindfully and deliberately. I've now had the experience of working with many more musicians, honing their songs, and producing their albums. 

The production, the players, the mixing of COMMON MAN... All of it has roots in the classic music that has inspired me and supported me over the course of my life. 

We're working hard now, before we ever get to the studio, to hone these songs so that we can work meaningfully and efficiently during the recording sessions. This approach is combining the best elements of where I came from, and then elevating them to the next level; a level I couldn't express or produce at the time when those first two records were made.

THESE ARE THE MOST PERSONAL SONGS I'VE EVER WRITTEN, AND THEY'RE THE MOST HOPEFUL.

Joe Iadanza and co-producer Jagoda at Carriage House Studios. Photo by Paul Silverman.
Joe Iadanza and co-producer Jagoda at Carriage House Studios. Photo by Paul Silverman.

I've been amazed at how songs that I thought were meant only for me would travel out to people I'd never met, only to meet them years later to hear them share the impact that my songs have had on their lives. It's truly humbling to know that I have had even a small impact on someone else's journey with my music. 

COMMON MAN endeavors to become part of the soundtrack of your life. Please help me to continue this beautiful work. 

Thank you for listening! And thank you for supporting my project, COMMON MAN!

Much Love,

Joe

COMMON MAN - Music and Lyrics by Joe Iadanza - Produced by Steve Jagoda and Joe Iadanza - Featuring Craig Akin (Bass), Jagoda (Drums), Paul Silverman (Keys), and others! Recording at The Carriage House in Stanford, CT - Mixing by Jon Castelli at The Gift Shop in Los Angeles, CA.

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges. As with any creative process, snags may arise, though I have the benefit of learning from the experiences of my two previous albums; the second of which was funded by fans like you.

I'm a producer by trade and have experience moving albums through from concept to completion. "The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1", which I produced for the roots band, Spuyten Duyvil, was nominated for album of the year by the international folk DJs.
As for COMMON MAN... The songs are written and we have already begun pre-production. The studio and the players are booked, and I am committed to keeping on track with my production schedule. Recording should be completed by Mid May. All Collateral (CDs/Vinyl) will be manufactured by mid June. Rewards should be delivered by the beginning of August.

If the album takes longer than our proposed release date it is only because I want it to be perfect. I will absolutely keep you updated if this occurs.

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