In August of 2017, after three years of touring with Half-Light, Kelcy Mae traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, with an opportunity to work with producer Neilson Hubbard. Kelcy had fallen in love with Caroline Spence's Spades & Roses, which Hubbard produced shortly before working with Mary Gauthier on her AMA "Record of the Year" nominated Rifles & Rosary Beads. Hubbard's knack for highlighting a songwriter's strengths and striking Americana sensibility made him a no-brainer, go-to producer for Kelcy, who was looking to start fresh with a new sound and new project. Ever More Nest and The Place That You Call Home were born out of that trip to Tennessee and a creative week spent at Skinny Elephant Recording, an intimate East Nashville studio with Hubbard, multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough, bassist Dean Marold, guitarist Kenny Hutson, and fiddler Eamon McLoughlin.
Now performing under the name Ever More Nest, Kelcy Mae shows that her work over the last few years—a music-driven journey of self discovery—has paid off. And with The Place That You Call Home, she displays just how at home she is at the intersection of Americana, Alt-Country, and Rock ‘n Roll. Where 2014’s Half-Light toyed with country and Americana, The Place That You Call Home welcomes it with open arms and a shot or three of bourbon. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that nods to the likes of Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and Neil Young without sounding too much like any of them. Kelcy’s oft-lauded poeticism remains a calling card of her songs and is on full display on The Place That You Call Home.
Kelcy Mae used up every penny saved over her touring years on making The Place That You Call Home, and now that it's finished, Ever More Nest has to take the necessary and costly steps to cross the bridge from production to release. Printing, promotion, distribution, merch management, video production, and booking are just a few of the costly, unsexy aspects of the business behind a record release and can cost as much, and sometimes more, than recording the album itself. With the project complete, Kelcy Mae needs pre-orders from fans old and new to get The Place That You Call Home across the finish line and onto the airwaves.
If we're able to exceed our $10K goal and reach $13K, we'll add a vinyl reward option for those who love that large-format, classic listening experience. Help us reach our second goal!
Risks and challenges
Since the album is finished, there is not much that can keep this train from leaving the station. That said, printing delays of CDs, vinyl, and merch could mean a delayed delivery date of rewards. Though unlikely, should the distributor opt to push back the record's release, that could also extend the delivery date by days or weeks if they determine a later release date would benefit the project. Kelcy Mae has successfully funded two previous albums on Kickstarter and delivered all rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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