About this project
Tiger Moon is Making a Piece of Canadiana!
West Canadian folk act Tiger Moon is nearing completion of their uniquely Canadian album & short documentary Cariboo & Whiskey, and are looking to you for help in the home stretch!
The album will feature Tiger Moon's original music - 11 tracks chosen to be recorded in the small gold-rush town of Barkerville, BC. Tiger Moon's signature syrup-soaked harmonies will be drizzled throughout the album, cradled inside of the warm 150 year-old timber-frame churches native to Barkerville.
We have begun work on the final phase of realising this project; the final mixing and mastering. This is where we need you!
With A Little Help From Our Friends...
We need a little help from our friends to print, press and distribute our piece of art to the world! The tracking has been completed and the album is almost ready to be mastered and printed!
The album will be released on CD, Digital Outlets (Spotify, iTunes, etc.), and will be pressed on vinyl. The album has been co-produced by an all-star team - Tiger Moon, Mike Pedersen, Joshua Smith and Dylan Ranney, and is in the final mixing stages before mastering with Infrasonic Sound in Los Angeles on March 1st, 2017.
The documentary on the special experience of making 'Cariboo & Whiskey', produced by Chelsea McEvoy, will be released online on Album Drop Day - June 9th, 2017. The art for the CD & Record Jackets is being created by the wonderfully talented Liz Ranney. For backers only, limited edition DVDs of the documentary will be made and distributed.
Here's just a taste of what we were able to capture up in Barkerville - a live-off-the-floor video of our original tune 'Tennessee'.
Here is the Story of Cariboo & Whiskey.
Kasey Graff & Dan Tait of Tiger Moon have been planning this record with Mike Pedersen of Music City Studio for over 2 years. The original idea involved recording in total isolation at the Pedersen family cabin on Drewry Lake, 65 KMs ENE of 100 Mile House, BC.
Through those two years, the plans were changed numerous times - Tiger Moon changed their band lineup, delayed their recording dates, chose a new lineup of songs proposed for the record, produced and reproduced their songs, and in November 2016 the Pedersen family cabin was sold. This caused more than a little stress, and yet another major change in plans for the team.
Enter Island Mountain Arts (IMA) - an organisation based out of Wells, BC to teach, promote and support all things art. These folks came to the band's rescue in December 2016. They would host Tiger Moon in their Artists In Residence program and would help the team find suitable venues to record Cariboo & Whiskey in. This was exactly what the team needed - a place to record, a place to lay their heads and to be separated from the day-to-day distractions of life in order to focus on the record.
The duo travelled to Wells and Barkerville, BC in January 2017 with their team of dedicated artists to create an independent piece of Canadiana. The group lived in the small community of Wells, BC in IMA's artist residence, and recorded audio and video in buildings over 150 years old...
Now the team is completing the final mixing of the album, and are looking to you to help them make this dream a reality! Your donation will go directly to Digital & Vinyl mastering, CD printing, vinyl pressing, and the distribution costs. Please consider backing Tiger Moon - not only will the band be extremely grateful for your support, but you'll be an important part of this band's music career! (You'll also receive some super sweet gifts! Check out our rewards!!)
This team believes you will hear and feel the warmth of these small communities come through on the record, as well as the hard work and dedication that each and every person involved invested in it.
Tiger Moon is a West Canadian folk duo. Boasting harmonious sounds, heartfelt melodies and foot-stomping rhythms, this is a pair to be reckoned with. They perform with a guitar, mandolin, two sets o' boots, and two big, rich voices. Drawing their sound from traditional folk, Canadiana, soul, and rock, they are a minimalist barn-burning band with syrup-soaked harmonies.
Tiger Moon came to be in 2012 when Kasey Graff and Dan Tait, each forging their own music careers at the time, found one another in downtown Kelowna. They discovered a beautiful chemistry together and began performing as a duo at jam nights and coffeehouses. Shortly thereafter the couple became serious about their music together, and about their relationship and began wowing crowds with their rich, harmony-driven sound.
In September 2013 the pair ultimately put their money where their mouth was and sold all their possessions to undertake a massive tour across North America; learning about the land and the people; and sharing their music with the people in every town they visited. Tiger Moon travelled for seven months - over 22,000 KMs - in a 1981 Volkswagen Westfalia, across Canada, from BC to Quebec, down the American eastern seaboard, along the southern states, and up the West American coast. They met and jammed with locals, expanded their musical vision and compiled these experiences into a lyrical voice.
Kelowna welcomed their return and Tiger Moon started performing at many different venues; pubs, golf courses, wineries, yacht clubs, street corners, coffee shops, parties, wedding & funeral ceremonies, theatres, radio shows, and even an early morning set at a local BC Transit bus stop. They spent the winter of 2014-2015 hosting a jam night and honing their craft at Snowshoe Sam's at Big White Ski Resort before their released their second EP, Mama Nature's Finest.
After the release in June, the couple packed up again to tour across Canada, this time by train with VIA Rail's Artists On Board program. From Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS they shared their stories and music with people on and off the train, enriching their music and developing a library of experiences for songwriting. Tiger Moon packed in two 'off-the-rails' tours as well during this time. One in south-east Ontario in several different venues from Toronto to Montreal; and one from Halifax, NS through Moncton, NB to St. John's, NL.
When Tiger Moon returned home to Kelowna, they initiated a radical expansion of their quarterly touring network in BC & Alberta. They also returned to Snowshoe Sam's in 2016, and were welcomed back to VIA Rail's Artists On Board program for another tour across Canada in the summer of 2016, with another strong stretch of performances through Ontario.
The band is nearing the final stages of production of their first full-length album entitled Cariboo & Whiskey, set for release June 9th, 2017. They are working with Mike Pedersen of Music City Studio in Kelowna, BC and completed the tracking for the album in Wells & Barkerville, BC.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge facing Tiger Moon and their team on this project, is the time constraint! But we have prepared ourselves and given ourselves oodles of time.
To release the album on the proposed date of June 9th, all of the final tracks must be sent to the mastering HQ by March 2nd. After the mastering is completed the band can print CDs immediately, however pressing vinyl is a much more involved process!
Once the vinyl mastering is completed, the reference acetates will go to the vinyl manufacturer, which will begin an epic back-and-forth process of testing, mailing, listening, and sending back until the record is deemed perfect by the band and the manufacturer. Then and only then can the manufacturer begin pressing the vinyl!
The band has budgeted an extra couple of weeks to ensure that there is a nice buffer in case of any hangups! The album goes to vinyl pressing April 1st, which gives the team over 2 months until album-drop date!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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