24 days and $11,210 to go. Thanks to all of you who have been sharing the link to this project. Word of mouth is crucial to grassroots campaigns, and we appreciate you for helping us spread the word. If each you tell one friend about this Kickstarter, and they pledge $35, we'll be over $5,000 closer to reaching our goal. Speaking of our $35 reward, we have an update about Cousins!
We are happy to announce that local artists Avi Vinocur (of Goodnight, Texas), Debbie Neigher and Roem Baur are contributing tracks to Cousins, an EP that will feature our awesome musician friends covering our songs. Read on for more information about Avi, Debbie and Roem, and be sure to check out their music.
Avi Vinocur of Goodnight, Texas (covering The Valley Below)
The ghost town of Goodnight, Texas sits halfway between the homes of San Francisco's Avi Vinocur and North Carolina's Patrick Dyer Wolf, whose transcontinental collaboration has taken on the name of its geographic midpoint. After meeting in San Francisco and learning each other's melodies, the pair of songwriters found their stylistic midpoint amidst old wooden instruments and a vision of late nineteenth century blue collar America - a grittier, simpler, more mysterious world full of raw pain and beauty. Recommended listening: Maggie's Farm
Debbie Neigher (covering The Bells)
Debbie Neigher is not another polite female songwriter sitting behind a piano; her provocative songwriting and years of classical training command the force of a full band on the keys. Her nuanced, jazz-infused vocals are testaments to a life lived beyond her 25 years, narrating topics ranging from deeply personal to dark to whimsical. Since its release in July 2011, Neigher’s self-titled debut has been featured on AOL Spinner, Under the Radar, and the San Francisco Chronicle hails it as “…a lush, beautifully scored album on par with those of her personal icons Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple.”
Recommended listening: What Say You Now
Roem Baur (covering Got Soul)
Roem Baur is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a "stirring vocal range and a passion for his music" (Nina Ragonese, WMATT) that proves to be worthy of the unusual distinction of his epithet (which came to his young, single mother in a dream shortly before he was born). A classically trained tenor with a four octave range and award-winning singer (MAMA and Elly Awards), Baur has begun to distinguish himself in the San Francisco scene with his unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music coupled with the wit and energy he brings to his live performances. Baur's song work also draws inspiration from 60's folk music, his early operatic training and touring internationally in choirs. As he takes the leap from performing singer-songwriter to a fuller, more realized sound, Baur's band will include organ, guitar, drums and the conceptual bass horn section, with tuba and bass trombone.
Recommended listening: Paper Man (live at Yoshi's)