I recently went into Compass Studios in Nashville and recorded my first instrumental record, "Crickets". The title has personal meaning for me, but it is just a clever way of saying "without a word".
TO BE HONEST, I didn't mean to make an instrumental record, never mind a jazz album. I just had the itch to record with some friends. I'm not a trained musician, but whenever I sit down to play the piano, something like jazz happens. When I played some of this music for a few intimate friends, the response was unanimous- "This music needs to be heard".
SO, HERE IT IS- "CRICKETS"!
The band is smoking on these 10 self penned songs, and I'm excited to share the music with my fans, old and new. All backers will receive the digital download before Christmas!
The record is finished, but I need to pay costs of manufacturing and marketing, and that's where you, the listener, come in. Most of you know the drill- this is how we get a lot of our music these days, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with you to get my music in your hands. $10,000 is the bare minimum to meet most of my expenses, and I'm happy to say we have met that goal.
So here are the "STRETCH GOALS", which need to be met by December 14th, less than two weeks away:
At $15,000 EVERYONE will receive a free download EP of me playing Holiday songs on piano- funky, jazzy, heartfelt renditions that no one has ever heard!
At $20,000, EVERYONE will receive "Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us" Volume 1, which includes Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, John Scofield, CIndy Morgan, Mat Kearney, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, and more! (At $20k, digital only backers will receive a download of Mercyland; physical backers will receive the CD and the download!).
I've got backer rewards that have been popular in past campaigns- a limited edition T shirt, my hand-painted postcards, songwriting sessions, CDs, Vinyl, and more. But the most exciting thing to me is the music. Long after your T shirt gets worn out, these grooves will keep spinning.
Thanks for your support!Meanwhile, below you can see some postcards I've painted that exemplify the span of ideas if you wish to order the custom painting from me.
Risks and challenges
This is my 5th Kickstarter campaign. My pledge is to get the products to backers before the various deadlines, but this is not a guarantee. I'll do my best to get everything manufactured and into the backers' hands in a timely fashion. Being a human endeavor from manufacturing to mailing, we may hit a snag here or there, but all rewards will be delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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