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Long-awaited 11th album from folksinger Tracy Grammer, and the first ever to include her moving, poetic, original songs. Help fund it!
Long-awaited 11th album from folksinger Tracy Grammer, and the first ever to include her moving, poetic, original songs. Help fund it!
Long-awaited 11th album from folksinger Tracy Grammer, and the first ever to include her moving, poetic, original songs. Help fund it!
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Hello friends!

Mid-June, I'm returning to the studio to begin recording my first full-length album in 12 years… and the first in my 20-year career to feature my original songs. 

I’ve been a professional folksinger since 1997. I got my start in a duo with songwriter Dave Carter, and went solo (with the help of friends) after his death in 2002. I've performed all over the world, toured with Joan Baez, recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined festivals, and seen my name on a few marquees. For most of that time, I haven't been known as a songwriter, but as a legacy keeper. For years, I've sung Dave's songs almost exclusively, and made it my mission to get people to sing along. 

But that began to shift in 2014, when I was invited to participate in the RealWomenRealSongs weekly song challenge. I'd been writing bits of songs since college but hadn't finished any to my satisfaction. Deadline pressure and a supportive community worked their magic on me, and I ended up with a batch of new songs that I felt proud of.

It felt different to sing my own songs on stage. They were raw and deeply personal, written during a time of great stress and searching and sorrow. Singing them made my voice crack and my fingers tremble for the first time in years. But it also set me free. I felt alive, full-color, like I’d shed a skin. I was, at last, myself, singing on behalf of myself. My audiences rejoiced, having waited years for something from my own pen, and connected with the songs deeply, finding them relatable, moving, and true. It wasn't long before they asked me to make an album ... so here I am, ready to do this, and asking for your help.

This eleventh recording will be my most intimate, personal offering to date. Having your support would mean the world to me both personally and professionally. By way of this Kickstarter campaign, I’m making the invitation: help me raise the funds to record and release this first batch of songs so they can do their work in the world, whatever that may be. And then I'll get busy writing more...

I'm looking forward to sharing the album-making adventure with my backers and am deeply grateful for any and all contributions toward the goal. And remember: spreading the word about this project is as helpful as investing in it. Together, we can make this album happen; in fact, together is the only way it’ll happen.

To my longtime fans, thank you for walking this road with me, and thank you for asking for these songs. I'm emboldened by your years of love and support and determined to continue growing and evolving as an artist, in service of the greater good and whatever beauty I can bring to this world.

Blessings on us all. xo tg

PROJECT DETAILS

THE SONGS

The album will include songs about family, loss, hope, and relationships written for the RealWomenRealSongs project. Additionally, there could be newer original material and a few beloved covers. As is standard practice, we'll go into the studio with more songs than we need, and the ten mixes that convey the most compelling, true story will become the album. Up for consideration:

Good Life; Were You Ever Here; 49er; Mercy; Throwaway; Hole; The Verdant Mile; Daffodil Days; The Mark; Free; Stumpy's Last Dance (F. Tedesso); Cloudbusting (K. Bush); Like the Sun

PERSONNEL 

  • Lorne Entress - drums and percussion
  • Jim Henry - acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, Dobro, harmonies
  • Paul Kochanski - electric and upright bass
  • Me - acoustic guitar, violin, viola, vocals, studio toys
  • Plus special guests.

PRODUCTION 

We will track and mix at Signature Sounds in Pomfret, Conn., with additional recording as needed at Rubytone Studios in Shutesbury, Mass. and my home studio in Greenfield, Mass. Mark Thayer is our engineer.

SCHEDULE 

  • June 15 - July 15 - basics and overdubs 
  • July 16 - August 16 - mixing / mastering / art & graphics 
  • Late August - duplication, deliver digital album 
  • September - CD release!

BUDGET 

I am funding this project entirely on my own, with your help. Here’s how the numbers fall:

  • $25,000 covers production, musician fees, engineering, mixing, mastering, licensing, and original cover art. 
  • With $35,000, I can manufacture the CD, create a tour poster, and hire a radio and press team. 
  • With $40,000, I can bring additional musicians on tour. 
  • With $55,000 or more, I can invest in a small RV, which makes it possible to bring my beloved but ailing Miss Kitty with me (long story).
  • Note that Kickstarter charges 5% and Amazon charges another 3-5% beyond that for pledge processing. I have figured these fees into the budget.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

Special thanks to these beautiful people for their feedback as I built this campaign: Andrew Calhoun, Sonny Chehl, Ron Greitzer, Jim Henry, Judy Hensley, Bill King, Kristin McCue, Walter & Dottie O’Kon, Hannah S. Wiseheart.

By this merit, may all beings be free of suffering. May all beings be happy, safe, and well.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is this: If I do not meet my Kickstarter goal, the project will not be funded. But I did the math: if I pre-sell two of everything, and engage one backer at the Executive Producer level, we'll be good to go. :)

Even though this is my first songwriter album, I’m an experienced recording artist and producer. Mark Thayer and I set the schedule and chose the band together, and I see no personnel or scheduling issues, barring illness or calamity.

I have not yet commissioned an artist for the cover because I don't have a title for the album yet. Commissioned cover art can take some time and revisions. Workarounds would be to license an artist's existing work, or create the cover art myself. Either way, I am firm on a September delivery.

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    Maybe you're waiting to get the CD at the show, but want to play along? I love you for that :). Thank you.

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    A Kickstarter exclusive: an EP with studio outtakes (alternate mixes, songs that didn't make the record) and/or demos. Limited quantity. Includes the new CD and a digital copy of the album.

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    Something Old, Something New

    The new CD plus any two recordings or songbooks from my web store. We'll coordinate by way of a survey upon project completion.

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    TG Solo Box Set

    The new CD; outtakes/demos EP; plus The Verdant Mile EP, Flower of Avalon CD, Book of Sparrows EP. Includes a digital copy of the album. Excellent value. Add $5 to have it all signed!

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    Meet & Greet + Signed CD

    A signed CD plus one (1) guest pass to an upcoming Tracy Grammer concert, with a 15-minute backstage meet & greet before the show. Date and time to be arranged. Includes a digital copy of the album. Limited quantity.

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    Your name printed in the Thank You section of the liner notes, for all to see. Includes a signed copy of the CD, a digital album download, and a small, handmade surprise. I'm deeply grateful for your support.

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    Two (2) guest passes to a Tracy Grammer concert and two (2) signed CDs, plus we'll have a little 15-minute meet and greet backstage before the show. Date and time to be arranged. Includes a digital copy of the album. Limited quantity.

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    Handwritten Lyrics + Gratitude Package

    You choose the song, and I'll make it pretty for you on archival paper, signed and suitable for framing. You do know I am a former fourth-grade all-district handwriting champion, yes? Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Coffee/Skype Date + Gratitude Package

    Hey hey! Let's set a 30-minute coffee or Skype date (knowing it'll likely go over)! I will thank you profusely for supporting this album, and then we'll talk about songs or writing or the music biz or whatever's on your mind. Details to be mutually agreed upon; coffee date works best within 30 miles of an upcoming tour stop, as travel is not included. Includes the Gratitude Package above. Limited quantity.

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    Cover Song (Solo) + Gratitude Package

    This makes a fun gift. You choose the song, and I’ll record a creative cover of it in my home studio and send you a high quality digital copy for your private use. Delivery date to be determined. I'll aim for a two-week turnaround but it could take a bit longer if I'm touring. Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Vocal/Violin Tracks + Gratitude Package

    Send me your tracks and I'll add a vocal harmony or violin part here in my studio and send it back to you. If you're within a 75-mile radius of Greenfield, Mass., I may be able to come to you -- let's discuss. Date to be arranged. Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Cover Song (Duo) + Gratitude Package

    You choose the song. The multi-instrumental Jim Henry and I will put the love on it and send you a version you didn’t see coming. Song and delivery date TBD; minimum two-week turnaround. Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Solo House Concert + Gratitude Package

    I'll come sing my heart out in your living room for you and as many friends as the space will allow. You can make requests ahead of time, the show will go about an hour, then we'll hang out a bit -- it'll be super fun!

    There are some legal and safety ground rules. This show is NOT for commercial resale, but you are welcome to solicit donations to cover costs. For audiences over 25 people or for any outdoor performance, a sound system will be required. Travel and hotel lodging are additional; it'll be most economical for you if we find a date that corresponds with an upcoming tour. I'll do my best to make it work well for everyone. US/Canada only. Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Duo House Concert + Gratitude Package

    Get Jim & Tracy in the house for an extra special acoustic concert featuring polished multi-instrumental musicianship and off-the-cuff banter. Artist travel and hotel lodging is the responsibility of the pledger, so this works best if the duo is already scheduled to play nearby. Sound system required for audiences of 25 or more. Date to be mutually agreed upon; continental US only. Includes the Gratitude Package above.

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    Associate Producer + ...

    Oh holy generosity. You do this because you care, and because you can. Thank you.

    Your name and credit will appear on the back of the package and in the liner notes. This pledge also confers the Gratitude Package plus five (5) copies of the CD; two (2) permanent guest passes to any and all Tracy Grammer concerts; the outtakes EP; a solo house concert to be arranged; the digital album download; and a handwritten, homemade thank you card from me. Mercí.

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    Executive Producer + ...

    Maybe you believe, as I do, that music is good for the soul, and we need it now more than ever. Maybe you want a shotgun seat to the adventure. Maybe you simply have the means to help, and would like to see this recording fly high, fast, and far. Whatever the reason, I thank you.

    I'll keep you in the loop with private updates and sneak peeks as the album comes together. Your name and credit will appear on the back cover of the CD, in the liner notes, and anywhere the complete album credits are listed online. Along with the Gratitude Package above, you'll receive ten (10) copies of the CD to share; two (2) permanent guest passes to any and all future Tracy Grammer concerts; a solo house concert to be arranged; the outtakes EP; and a handwritten, heartfelt thank you card from me, for helping make this dream a reality.

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