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$5,133
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
89
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 15 2019 3:53 PM UTC +00:00.

About


THE STORY

The collection of songs I'm working on recording were mostly born in solitude.  Over the course of three years of living in rural Paonia, Colorado's wine and fruit country, I spent a great amount of time alone, keeping only my creativity as company. Chopping wood, hauling water, and listening to nothing but the falling snow, I looked loneliness square in the face and demanded my own company be enough. I wrote my way through fear and disenchantment, and it was this music that kept conversation with my soul when I felt nobody bearing witness to my existence but the unending and silent snow covered fields. Soon enough, though, a hopeful inner flame appeared, and these songs sung me into Spring. 

Some older favorites also made the cut, including a song about my mother called "Big Unbreakable Heart" that is an homage to her resilience and my blueprint of how to keep a great attitude when times are challenging. 

I am delighted to work again with Tim Mitchell, my old friend and engineer/producer committed to excellence. You can find his work on many of my records over the years, and with his careful and delicate attention to detail, we've developed a process of creating tracks together that are both polished and honest at once.

I'm really proud of these songs, and I am thrilled to be able to capture them and present them to you, my friends, family, audience, and fellow music enthusiasts. I feel so fortunate to have this avenue of expressing myself, and to have your support for that expression. Thank you for your ears, and for your generous hearts in joining me on this journey of creativity. 


THE TEAM                                             

                                                             CORE MUSICIANS

  •  David Kaye: dobro, electric guitar, mandolin
  •  Jon McMillian: bass
  •  Greg Shochet: electric guitar
  •  Damon Smith:  drums

                                                         RECORDING. MIXING & MASTERING ENGINEER

  •  Tim Mitchell, Seattle, WA (Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and many others!)

GOALS

MY INITIAL GOAL: $15,000

  •  If I do not reach 15,000 in 60 days, your cards will not be charged and we will not receive any money.  If I do reach this initial goal, this will allow me to cover the costs of recording, mixing, and mastering of the album. (Costs listed below) I've listed stretch goals below in hopes to give this new album a shot at really being a success...Thank you!
  • Fact: I can make the best album possible, but if it doesn't have support it's very hard to take off.

MY FIRST STRETCH GOAL: $20,000

  • will cover above + manufacturing + allow for a bare-minimum publicity campaign. Thank you!
  • This goal will allow for VIDEO production. Videos are invaluable to booking and promotion. This is one of the most effective ways to maintain the connection between my music and my listeners.

 MY SECOND STRETCH GOAL: $25,000 and above 

  • This goal will allow us to hire a NATIONAL PUBLICITY team/firm to increase our chances of catching an ear at major outlets such as NPR, Rolling Stone, etc...as well as helping to secure song placements on influential streaming playlists...These outlets would not only help my music reach a wider audience, but also contribute to my ability to expand my support team with well-established folks in the music biz who can provide more opportunities for growth/exposure.
  • This goal will allow for effective TOUR PROMOTION which gets more people to the shows.
  • This goal may allow for a small RADIO campaign.

Thank you for believing that my music is worthy of greater exposure!

 COSTS: 

The financial realities of producing/releasing/promoting a professionally recorded album require some pretty heavy lifting. The costs include:

  • Studio Rental 
  • Engineering/Mixing/Production 
  • Paying musicians 
  • Transportation
  • Accommodations/travel expenses
  • Album artwork, layout, and design
  • Mastering
  • Manufacturing CDs
  • Distribution
  • Publicity/Promotional campaign
  • Videography 
  • Kickstarter fees/mailing costs

More info on WATERCOLOR REWARDS

Here's some examples of my watercolor paintings! You could pledge at the print level, or commission an original work! 

More info on POLAROID REWARDS

Here's a couple of teasers from the in-studio Polaroid collection. That's me at a (yikes!) Steinway piano. (That thing played itself!) and that's David Kaye and his dobro. This man was a magician in the studio. 

Risks and challenges

The most challenging part of working in the music business in 2019 is convincing our culture that music isn't free to create. :) It's certainly cost free to sing around a campfire, (and my god, do I love doing that as well!) but to capture it in a replay-able way is a large undertaking demanding the skillset of many dedicated craftsmen, from my fellow musicians to the graphic design on the cover. I'd love to be able to pay all of these dedicated humans a fair working wage, and with your help, I don't have to undervalue anyone in the process of making this record a reality. Thank you for seeing the vision with me!

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