Pedal Steel Project Phase II: Mastering, Artwork, Publicity
Country stars Willie, Emmylou, Rodney, Vince, Duane Eddy pay tribute to pedal steel legend Buddy Emmons. We need a publicist!
15 Tracks. 15 Artists. 15 great pedal steel players.
- Scroll down to hear a rough mix.
What a dream come true this Kickstarter project has become!
While we've been busy in the studio this fall making "Blue Jade: The Pedal Steel Guitar Project" (a Kickstarter project that has evolved into a tribute to pedal steel guitar titan Buddy Emmons...more about this later!) with music legends like Duane Eddy, John Anderson, Albert Lee and Raul Malo of the Mavericks, something extraordinary happened.
Word spread to some of the most respected and beloved names in country music about the fun music we were recording, and they were inspired to join our project. These are Grammy-winning legends with names so well-known it would require hours on the phone just to get permission to mention them here: beloved artists - and very kind and gracious people - like Willie N., Emmylou H., Rodney C. and Vince G. You know who I'm talkin' about!
All of them are now recording tracks for our project launched last summer right here on Kickstarter.
Now we need your help to properly release and promote this great album!
Our project has quickly outgrown the nearly $12,000 we raised here last August. Release expenses are mounting fast - this album will be an independent release on our own label - so we need LOTS of help creating an album cover, mastering the album, publicizing, manufacturing and promoting the album. We need to give it the proper promotional push it deserves! We want to hire a great publicist, a marketing team, plus cover legal expenses for all the clearances involved.
- We'd like to share some our new music with you. Here's a rough mix of John Anderson and steel guitarist Buck Reid playing a song first recorded in 1958 by Ernest Tubb with Buddy Emmons on steel called "HALF A MIND."
Please pre-order the album today by pledging right here at Kickstarter!
This album, which began as a tribute to the pedal steel, has now evolved into a salute to the man considered by many to be the foremost pedal steel player on the planet, Buddy Emmons. Mr. Emmons set the standard for technical wizardry on the modern-day pedal steel - and contributed countless innovations and firsts to the instrument's development - through thousands of masterful recordings beginning with his first sessions at age 18 with Little Jimmy Dickens in 1955 right through to his last recordings with Vince Gill in 2007. Later that year, Buddy's wife Peggy - who was always his strongest supporter through his ups and downs in the music business - passed away unexpectedly. This album is dedicated to her memory.
Thank you to all of the talented people in Nashville and Los Angeles who have performed on this album: without the generosity of all the musicians, studios, engineers and especially the recording artists involved, this project wouldn't exist.
And a very special thanks to all of you who have helped us along the way with generous contributions through the best friend an indie artist ever had: Kickstarter.
Steve Fishell, Nashville, TN
Risks and challenges
Delivery delays from some of the major artists involved could understandably delay the release of this project by a month or two.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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