Some videos of my playing:
Ever since I was thirteen years old, which incidentally is when I first picked up the guitar, I've always dreamed of making an album of my own music. There was just something so alluring behind the idea that I could conceive of something, pull together the resources and know-how to make it happen, produce it, and then put that album out there for the masses. It was almost a kind of "here I am, this is my story, take it or leave it" kind of dream. I didn't really care if people liked it or not, and I didn't want to get famous. I just wanted to get something out there, for my own satisfaction. I think many artists, musical and otherwise, share this desire with me. I, as a boy in my early teens learning to play the guitar, became obsessed with what kind of album I would make someday. I poured over what it would sound like, band names, potential titles, cover art possibilities, tour destinations. Every photo I snapped and every little tune I wrote was almost immediately turned into something that could fit into a 4"X4" square. The first few attempts at making "albums" were feeble at best. The first was recorded on an old Tascam 4-track machine with WAY too much reverb on everything. Others were tracked completely live with a little computer mic that looked more like a retainer than a microphone. Sound quality, as you can imagine, was lousy. Nothing close to the quality needed or desired. I burned copies on my computer, with no labels, just permanent marker. Not really something you'd want to buy, is it?
Fast forward ten years or so...
Now I've been employed as a full-time, professional musician for over five years. I've played anywhere under the sun, taught classes and workshops, been a studio musician, and peddled my "albums". I've paid my dues and I'm one of the best at what I do. But here's the rub: I still don't have a good quality product. Mainly because the costs involved with making an album and doing it right are very overwhelming. Studio time, studio musician pay, duplication costs, promotion, graphic design, photography, distribution...Yikes! Too much for this poor musician from Tennessee to afford. A good recording can be the "make it or break it" in today's market, and so far I'm leagues behind the rest. I've reached a plateau of how far I can go with my career without having a good recording. Bottom line, I have nothing that I'm proud to hand to someone and say, "This is how I sound."
But the dream is still there...that's where you come in, friend.
Your generous donation will make it happen. A large chunk of funds raised will go to duplication costs, and the rest will go towards paying personnel, distribution costs and fees, promotion, etc. "Home to the Highway" is an album, yes, but it's so much more! An album is a tool that will enable me to do other things. I plan to tour in June (Lord willin' and the creek don't rise) behind the release of "Home to the Highway". My two favorite things to do in this world are to play music and to travel. Combine the two and I'm on cloud ten! I really feel at home when I'm on the road. I guess it just comes natural being a bluesman. Your contributions will literally help me get home to the highway as I do an extensive tour in venues and living rooms across the nation. This album will also give me something that I can put in the hands of venue owners, festival booking agents, record labels, radio stations, and the like. By supporting the creation of this record, you support the continuation of good music everywhere!
I hope you will consider this project. Thanks so much!
See you on the road,
- (31 days)