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$38,631
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
216
backers
10days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 29 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

You can get lost out here man...

It's an isolated existence

You might think, how can that be with so many shows, so much travel, meeting so many people….but it's true

You come back alone to these lonely little rooms with nothing but your guitar,….some pen and some paper, and the fragments of conversations of the people you meet and come across. 

I carry around their frustrations too, their hopes and dreams, their addictions, their tragedies, their loss…such incredible loss. I’ve met so many people who have endured SO much, so much tragedy, such mind bending loss, and I’m honored when they share their stories with me… Because in the face of that I am reminded of the power, the will and the beauty of the human spirit.

I have two years of stories, songs, secrets, like a travelogue of the human heart… in my book of songs and totems waiting to explode….

It's been two years of chiseling them out daily….

It’s been two years of meeting people from different worlds, different countries, different political affiliations, different religious affiliations…

If I didn’t feel compelled to do this…

If I didn’t feel a calling to do this

If I didn’t feel it was my vocation to do this….

If I didn’t feel a literal restless bursting passion to do this…I wouldn’t 

But the fact is….I do feel those things….

I do feel a sense of purpose,….I’m so lucky to do this….and I’m so lucky to have people like you to help me do it.

That we stand together in the midst of what tries to divide us but ultimately brings us together….I believe that. I believe we are better together and we are all in this together. I believe that music can change things.

We’ve done this thing a few times now and because of you…..Willow Springs, Six On The Out and Out From Under were made….without you those songs would have never been recorded…..Without you….without you…

So if you’re ready to do this again….so am I….I’ll be waiting…I’m ready…I’m ready….I’m ready…

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What kind of life that is will be up to the beautiful backers of this project. The challenge in the music world today is the expense of publicity and radio promotion. The goal is just that. The more money raised just heightens the chances of the record having a longer life, being exposed to more people and being heard by more ears. Each nickel will be carefully considered and thoughtfully used for the life of the record.

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