This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, February 10 2019 1:42 PM UTC +00:00.
Let me open up by saying thank you for visiting this page, it means a lot to me that you did.
I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee when I was 22. Soon after, I went down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and recorded my first full-length album “Homesick Blues” with the great Jimmy Nutt and Gary Nichols (The Steeledrivers) and signed a publishing deal with Edenspeak Publishing. I was a young green horn with starry eyes, but quickly realized the difficulty and sacrifice the music industry brings. After 5 years and more rejections that I can count, I moved back to Arkansas to catch my breath and try my hand at a new market; then of course the inevitable happened.
After a year of working the Texas and Oklahoma markets, Nashville came calling again. I found myself back in my old stompin’ grounds regularly playing shows and writing music. I partnered up with my old pal Darren King (Project 86/The Overseer) and the demos we were working on quickly turned into a record.
I’m proud of these songs. They mean a lot to me. I cover a lot of ground on this record, from the foster system and abandonment, to death and a blue-collar workday. I’m related in one form or another to each character in these songs. Maybe it’s from growing up in the folklore-enriched Ozarks, or maybe it’s simply from hearing Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stanger” at a vulnerable age. Maybe it’s both, or neither. But it is what it is, and I’m proud of it nonetheless.
The reason why I’m crowd funding this record instead of going through a record label is simply so I can keep 100% control over my music. When you buy my record through this website, the money goes directly to the making of this record. It pays for production, album artwork, and digital promotion. This isn’t a handout or a bait-and-switch; it’s simply you buying a product earlier than everyone else so the record can get made. For you, it costs the same. For me, it’s make or break.
I love what I do. It’s a weird way to live, but it’s a life worth living. It really does take a village, and I’m honored that you chose to be a part of it. God Speed!
Support for those who have supported me!
- Video by Power Supply Media.
- Logo and Art Design by Austin Cox of 85 Supply
- Coffee Roasted and Packaged by Onyx Coffee Lab
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk for this campaign is the crowdfunding itself. It's an unbelievable way to fund a record for independent artists like myself, but there's always the inevitable fear that the goal won't be met. I'm a songwriter, which makes me a risk-taker by default, so I'm fairly comfortable with an uneasy feeling in my gut. It happens every time I play a new song, or walk on a new stage, or book a new show in a new town I've never played before. New isn't bad, and fear isn't weakness, but it's your response to those things that defines your character.
This campaign is a journey for me. I feel like I'm hitching my wagons and heading West to the great unknown in hopes that my risk will result in my reward. Thanks for your support, and thanks for supporting independent music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter