The Misty Mountain String band has been given an amazing opportunity to be featured on a concert with the Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra on June 13, 2013. We have written and recorded our debut EP, "Went to the Well", and with your support we will release it just in time for our largest show to date.
UPDATE: The project has been funded, so anyone who pledges will receive their pledge reward. Please keep sharing these last 24 hours or so and get this EP in as many hands as possible! Here is the song "Canaan" a little early. Thanks.
Having played together on a variety of each other's earlier music projects, banjo player Paul Martin and bass fiddler Derek Harris were asked to provide music for the 114th annual meeting of a camp revival in Hancock County, Kentucky. The boys decided they wanted to put together a full string band and Brian Vickers was asked to join on guitar. No string band is complete without a fiddle player, however. Enter Neal Green, former violin wunderkind, concert master for no fewer than two orchestras in Louisville, and brilliant fiddle improviser with a developed personal style.
From the start, what set The Misty Mountain String Band apart from our previous projects wasn't just the merging of many decades' worth of music education and experience, but also the knowledge that this was the beginning of a deep friendship.
The camp revival lead to invitations to play at farmers markets, parties, cultural events, charity fundraisers, churches, and even a bourbon festival. We also performed at a few weddings. Seeing our popularity grow, we wondered what would happen if we opened the door to public shows.
What happened was that our calendar filled up with gigs at venues that filled up with fans. Folks soon realized that the way Brian greeted them at the start of every show, "If you have half as much fun as us, you'll have a great time," wasn't just a line. Our joy at playing music we loved with people we loved was infectious.
Drawing influence from old-time music, country, Americana, bluegrass, and songs of labor and protest, The Misty Mountain String Band doesn't stray far from our upbringings in Louisville, Western Kentucky, and West Virginia. When Derek sings John Prine's "Paradise," he likes to tell stories of actually visiting the World's Largest Shovel on field trips as a child.
Like any good string band, MMSB pays homage to classic tunes like "Molly and Tenbrooks" and "Cherokee Shuffle," but after several months of playing other people's music, we felt a pull to write our own songs.
That's where Went to the Well comes in.
Went to the Well is a celebration of where The Misty Mountain String Band has come from and where we're going. It features songs about individuals members' roots in various parts of the U.S. as well as stories, parables, and the original fiddle tune "Bonfire."
The EP was recorded at Red Couch Studios in March 2013 over two long days of hard work, very little sleep, cheap pizza, and a feeling not unlike the same one that comes from wrapping up finals week as a college student. The work was intense, but the feeling of accomplishment and pride was worth it. The hard part is over; now the fun begins.
Your Part in This:
Went to the Well would never have happened without the support of our fans and friends (many of which are one and the same). Seeing the crowd grow at every gig made it clear that the music of The Misty Mountain String Band is as good for hearing as it is for making. These songs are fun, but they're also personal. They're everyone's story.
The EP is nearly finished. The recording wrapped up that long weekend in Nashville, and the mixing is almost done. All that's left is mastering, and then getting it to the fans. That's where you come in.
We do need your help funding the distribution of our album, and we're excited about using Kickstarter to do it. This gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for you, and to connect with our fans in a distinct way. We want you to have our album, and we want you to enjoy some one-of-a-kind art. We even want to play at your wedding!
Risks and challenges
We work with professional engineers, printing companies, and other persons that will be working hard to make sure everything is done right and on time. Money really is the crucial factor in this campaign, if and when our goal is met any potential delays would be minimal and not critical. We will be in touch with you as a backer every step of the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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