Hey folks ~ Miss Tess here, full-time working and touring DIY musician for the last 15 years. So happy to say I have a brand new album in the bag. It's got twelve original tunes and if I do say so myself it came out pretty dang good. It's been three years in the making between writing and recording, and I hope we can get this baby out into the world with the attention it deserves!
We recorded right here in Nashville with a fella named Andrija Tokic, who has a beautiful analog studio (pictured below in the video). We used tons of great vintage equipment and recorded & mixed straight to tape, to bring out all the warmest and coziest tones in the music the old-fashioned way. Joining us we had an incredible cast of musicians helping to bring these songs to life: Co-producer Thomas Bryan Eaton on guitars and pedal steel, John Pahmer (keys + piano), Jon Estes (bass + keys), Dennis Crouch (bass), Jack Lawrence (bass), Jimmy Lester (drums), Larry Atamanuik (drums), Dave Racine (drums), Dave Grant (drums), and singing partners Rachael Price, Oliver Craven, and Lauren Balthrop.
Below is a clip from one of our recording sessions, a peak at the album's first single "True Flood", featuring the lovely vocals of Rachael Price. Check the tune out here if you haven't already, and we'll send a copy to you instantly when you support our kickstarter. Rolling Stone gave us a nice review on the tune, saying "Miss Tess’ “True Flood” swings and swaggers, rooted in a retro groove that’s equal parts blues, mid-century rock & roll and Booker T-worthy R&B.” Woohoo!
The full album is due out Feb 7, but all who participate in the pre-sale will get an early signed copy before anyone else, estimated to arrive this December (hopefully by Christmas we'll keep ya posted!) If you don't see a particular reward combo you're into, please contact me directly and we'll figure it out.
I am an independent musician. This means I am doing this without a record label, and also funding everything independently. The recording is finished, but that's only half of the game. It's a daunting task when your primarily making a living on the road, but I've done it before and I know I can do it again with your help and support!
REAL ALBUM COSTS = $25,500
- Recording: studio time, paying musicians & producer, tape costs = $12,000
- Promotion: publicity, radio promotion, mailing costs = $9,500
- Manufacturing: printing vinyl + cds, mailing costs = $4,000
- Kickstarter, Mailing, Credit Card Fees: 8-10% of the money that comes in
As you can see the actual costs far exceed our goal, but I am hoping we can get a big chunk of it covered, and most importantly, get the album into your hands and ears. Thanks so much again for keeping this musician afloat all these years, and I hope you'll consider picking up a copy!
xo miss tess
p.s. For backers, please check Update #1 to immediately download the first single!
Risks and challenges
It's very challenging to maintain being a full-time creative these days. The music industry is tough, changes quickly, is very saturated, and many of our revenue streams are disappearing. I am releasing this album on my own record label, and with your help I can give this album the attention it deserves.
And of course this is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if we don't meet our goal we won't get a dime. Thanks so much and I hope we can do this together!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter