Since the release of The Other Side, (2015) I have taken my time developing new songs, performing solo and with my band, and raising my three children in Kalamazoo, MI.
I been gratefully gathering experiences and storing precious memories from the performances of the many great songwriters of the SW Michigan area.
From the precise and controlled yet vulnerable songwriting and delicate performances of May Erlewine, to the outrageously funny Stephen Lynch, this last year in particular has added a massive collection to my inspiration bucket.
Friends, fans and family began nudging, asking when the next album was coming out, eager to hear the new songs we were performing in their own homes.
You're not quite ready and until you're ready, and near the end of 2018, I once again counted the list of new songs I had written since 2015. This time, there were enough, and they were (finally) good enough.
This past December, the Kaitlin Rose Band took on an intense project: recording a live album.
Not only a live album, but the night of the recording also included an in-studio audience to witness the experience.
It was a wonderful evening. Two performances on the same night. A packed house. We laughed, we cried, we hugged, drank and ate. Everyone who bought a ticket that night was promised a copy of the album when released.
A very special thanks to our two glorious guest musicians, Matt Gross and Jeffrey Niemeier, who added their excellence to two songs.
Recorded at Overneath Creative Collective, the album is now in the hands of Ian Gorman, who is handling the mixing & mastering at La Luna Recording and Sound.
This is the next to final stage of making this live album a tangible object. After Ian has mixed and mastered, the finished tracks and album art will be sent in digital form to a reproduction facility.
And now, my band and I are here to ask for your help to get this work of art to and through those steps and into the hands of the people.
I am very proud of the work we have accomplished as a band unit over the past few years together. Our whole band sound is more, "us," than ever before. I'm a broken record of thanks to my band mates each and every time we play together - their contributes to my music are truly priceless.
The Kaitlin Rose Band consists of:
Jim Beebe, electric guitars. Greg Orr, bass. Ryan Demenick, percussion. Patti McNulty, backing vocals, tambourine.
The songs on this record reveal much of my personal growth since The Other Side.
While I have allowed the place of sad songs to exist, I've also found it easier to incorporate the yin and yang of life's journey into my songwriting. As said in the song, Everything Belongs:
"You can't have the highs without the lows. No, you can't have the highs without the lows. One without the other, there's no way we can grow. No you can't have the highs without the lows.
Thank you for supporting the making - the birth - of this album. I so hope you enjoy it.
Risks and challenges
I was able to cover most the costs of the actual recording session through the ticket sales of the event, but not all. The mixing, mastering and reproduction costs, as well as album art, graphic design and guest musician fees, are outside of my personal reach (budget!) at this time. It is with your help that artists like me can produce work of this magnitude.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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