16 years ago, we sat across the table from each other in Cracker Barrel, trying to decide if we should quit our full time job and go after our dream of being "full time musicians". We were young, pregnant (literally) naive and chock full of hope and faith. We just wanted to be able to say that in our lifetime, we had really gone after the thing we felt like we were made to do. Right then and there, while Michelle was eating a catfish sandwich, (the whole pregnant thing) we decided to go for it and we handed in our notice the very next day.
16 years later, we have recorded 8 cd's and played for thousands of people. We have toured living rooms, coffee shops, bars, colleges, churches and festivals. We have worked a vast array of part time and full time jobs. Barry earned a Dove nomination and Michelle gave birth to four babies. We have played all over the world and driven our minivans and suburbans all over North America. We have been kicked around some and got back up some. Record deals fell through while artists all over the world have been recording our music. We moved to the mountains and moved back from the mountains. And here we are, 16 years later, having another catfish sandwich moment.
We are still sitting across the table from each other, trying to decide if we should keep going for it. We have learned a lot of things the hard way and we are much less naive these days (are we?). We still really want to say that we did what we were made to do. We are doing whatever it takes to keep food on the table and always trying to find a way to do the music we believe we are meant to do.
The Catfish Sandwich project is a group of songs that sums up our journey, from Cracker Barrel to today. There are songs about growing up, love songs, prayers, heartaches, hope and bustin' your butt. Anyone who knows us will hear the narrative of our crazy life in the words of these songs. It's a story worth telling because it ends with the future and hope we have always believed was ours.
We are returning to our Americana roots and taking the production somewhere grassy and rootsy. Banjos, steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle and honkey tonk piano will tell this story for us, the way we want it told. We will record this project in Dallas and hope to raise the funds to hire the studio musicians who speak that language the best. We want to raise funds to master Catfish Sandwich in Nashville, like we did Long Straight Uphill Climb.
We haven't packaged our cd's in anything but cheap envelopes in a decade, and we are aching for the packaging to match the content of this project in quality and class. We want to raise funding to make that happen.
We have never once, in the past 16 years, been able to get any single project done without other people helping to make it happen, so why should this project be any different? Partnering suits us and helps us know we are doing something that is of value to anybody else.
So, who wants to make a Catfish Sandwich?
If we exceed our initial goal, we will let ourselves dream bigger and plan for the most amazing cd release tour of our lives.
ps If you have never heard us before, here are some samples. :)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we would face in this process would be if we had a ton of people sign up for the "Rock Star" reward and ended up needing to record a bunch of other people while we were in the middle of recording our own project. This challenge could be kept in hand with serious scheduling. It would and will mean that the moment the funding comes through, scheduling begins. Good record keeping, prompt and pre-emptive communication and treating this production period like the full time job it will be will keep these sessions humming along.
The only other challenge we may face is if we sell a lot of Catfish Delivery rewards, where the recipient receives a house concert in exchange for their pledge. If we happened to sell more of these rewards than we could actually perform in the month of February, we could extend the delivery date and take this tour into March and beyond. Again, as soon as Catfish Sandwich funds, we can start scheduling these events. Administration, administration, administration. Interns?.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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