Vinyl Record Fund

$925 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 24 months
My name is Ben Lewis. I am a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Natchez, MS. I have been playing music for over 20 years now, and I'm excited to say that I am finally putting together an album that encompasses so much of who I am as an artist. I have been living and working in Arkansas for the last year, and I have taken a break from playing live shows to write. I write about happiness, about love, about heartbreak, about burning bridges. I write about life.
I have been travelling back to Natchez to record every so often since late August. This album will be 10 tracks of soulful music deeply rooted in the blues, with heavy influnces from Country and Rock 'n' Roll. I have funded the entire project up to this point including studio costs, session musician fees, travel expenses, online distribution costs, and website maintinence. I'm very pleased with the outcome so far, and I feel like these songs are my best work to date.
As an artist, I want to preserve my work for many years to come, and vinyl records seem to have the longevity that so many other forms of media lack.
There have been some amazing musicians that have played on these tracks, and I have enjoyed seeing them shine. As a "thank you" to all the musicians who shared their talents, I thought I would have a vinyl record pressed for each  of them and include a personal thank you note.  What I didn't realize is that it will cost almost $2200 to fill a minimum order of 200 records and have them shipped to me. Not to mention ordering CD's which will probably be close to another $1000, and might be a seperate campaign altogether. The rest of the records in the order would be good to have for merchandise to sell at shows. So here I am. I have never used this website before, but now seems like a great time to start.
I should be completely done with recording, mixing, and mastering by April 1st of this year. At that point I will be ready to place an order.  So far I have released one single on CDbaby, Spotify, iTunes etc so far. It's called "As the Bridges Burn". I just submitted a second single for release next week called "This Town". Please have a listen and see what you think.
I have a few live videos on YouTube, and you can also download/listen to music and read more about me and my musical endeavors including a complete biography and a studio blog on my website www.BenLewisMusic.net
I am very passionate about the music I write, and I have poured my heart and soul in this album. Thank you for reading this, and thank you for considering me as a recipient. I will be truly grateful for any help.
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Hey everyone,
We are nearing the end of this project and things are looking great! Burne is almost done with the mixing, and Lauren jones is very close to finishing the artwork.
Unfortunately, ordering a shipment of vinyl just isn't feasible right now. CD's however are much more affordable and have a lot faster turn around time.
So this is last call! Again, those who donate $20 or more will get a free CD from the first batch. We have had a blast making this album, and I can't wait to share it with you. Thanks again for all of your continued support. -Ben
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Thanks so much for all the support! With a minimum order of 200 records, the price comes to roughly $22 per record. So, anyone who donates $22 or more will receive a copy. Think of it as a way to preorder your copy at cost!
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Jason B Cutup
21 months ago

I got something for you soon man!!! At the very least... I got 5 on it! Lol

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$925 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 24 months
Created February 5, 2016
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$25
Richard Adams
19 months ago

Good Luck and Best Wishes, worked myself out of a job at the two hospitals....)

$50
James Hemelgarn
21 months ago

uuuuhhhh no sauce please no sauce!

$50
Peggi Wolfe
21 months ago

Wishing you all the best with this, Ben!

$60
Anonymous
21 months ago
JB
$50
JONATHAN BORUM
21 months ago

Hope it goes well. It was a privilege to be on it. Thanks for including me.

$50
Anonymous
21 months ago
SD
$75
Susan Dempsey
21 months ago

Great music, Ben! Heard you at Smoots recently and really liked it.

Jason B Cutup
21 months ago

I got something for you soon man!!! At the very least... I got 5 on it! Lol

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