Hello friends, fans, and music supporters,
After a year or so of dodging the question “when will the next CD come out?” I finally have an answer! It will be recorded in Boston this summer, and produced by the talented Brian Packer. (Those of you who have seen my band in action in Boston will recognize him as my super awesome guitar player.) This spring will be spent fundraising (cough, cough) and the album should be released in the fall. It’s going to have an amazing band, and some of my favorite songs from the past few years (Kamikaze Love, Nothing to Do With You, Franklin…) You can hear some of my new songs on this very blog.
The ultimate fundraising goal is $10,000, which sure sounds like an awful lot of money, but is actually on the low end as far as CD budgets go. While times are tough, I’m confident that it can be done, and welcome any support you can give. If 100 people give $100, we’re there! If you don’t have $100, give what you can. Pre-ordering the CD costs $20, and if half this mailing list does that I will still exceed my goal! No matter what you give, a donation will grant you access to my recording blog, where I will keep you involved in the recording process (videos from the studio, title suggestions, etc.) I’m also looking for some Album-fundraiser house concerts, so please shoot me an email if you think you could contribute by hosting one of those!
Here are the levels of donations (ALL of which are appreciated!)
$20 – Autographed, pre-ordered copy the CD, which will be released in fall 2010.
$50 – 2 Autographed, pre-ordered copies of the CD, which will be released in fall 2010 AND a thank you in the liner notes (Note: Deadline to be in the liner notes is Dec. 8th, 2010)!
$100 - 4 Autographed, pre-ordered copies of the CD, which will be released in fall 2010 AND a thank you in the liner notes! (Use them as Christmas gifts!)
$200 or more – Sponsor a song! Receive everything from the $100 level, but also your name listed as the sponsor of a song of your choice (first come, first-served) on the CD.
$500 or more – House concert! Receive 4 Autographed, pre-ordered copies of the CD, which will be released in fall 2010, a thank you in the liner notes, and a house concert performance for you and your friends. (House concerts must be within 100 miles of: Nashville, Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, NYC, Boston, Chicago and fit within my existing tour schedule)
$1000 or more – Lots of CDs. I’ll make you brownies. You’ll be listed as an “Angel” donor on the CD with a really long thank you. I’ll make a video of me singing whatever song you want and put it on youtube. Hand-made puffy paint T-shirt? You got it. You get the idea ☺
I have a paypal donation button set up here:
or you can e-mail me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d rather mail a donation. I’m really looking forward to making a terrific album, and appreciate everything you’ve done for me in my crazy musical adventure so far. The era of major-label backed albums is over, but I look at this as an opportunity for this new album to be a shared effort. I can’t do it without you ☺