I was voted number Two Country Drummer in the prestigious Modern Drummer Readers Poll, and Clinician of the year in 2009 and 2010.
A goal of my career has been to release a solo Jazz Instrumental CD project. Several years ago I went to New Orleans and personally funded several recording sessions with Grammy Award Winning Producer and world class Guitarist, Shane Theriot, who connected me with Legendary Bassist, George Porter Jr. from the Meters, and The crescent city’s finest Jazz Pianist, David Torkonowsky. This all resulted in some seriously exceptional tracks.
Unfortunately, due to the busyness of my career, and lack of funding, I had to to set aside this project, which remains unfinished. Right now, I have the time and drive to finally put a cherry on top of my lifelong dream. All that's left to do is lay down just FOUR additional tracks. Of course, I'll need to come up with funding for studio time, engineering, paying musicians, as well as post production mixing and mastering. Once the tracks are completed, printing and duplicating the physical product, and marketing expenses will also be required.
The donation goal is $7,000. Any amount pledged above that will be used to upgrade the project.
I’m reaching out to fans, friends, family, music lovers and music supporters to help make this project a reality. Every little bit of support is encouraged and appreciated; it all adds up in the end. If you can find it in your heart and budget to help out, please consider supporting this project.
Thank You for Your Consideration:
I thought it would be cool to create some awards for certain levels of donations:
$20 or more: A free download of the project
$50 or more: An Autographed CD mailed to You.
$100 or more: An Autographed CD and Drumhead mailed to You.
$150 or more: CD, Drumhead and Signature Drumsticks mailed to You.
The First Two $250 or more Donations to Receive: CD, Drumhead, Drumsticks and 125th Anniversary Gretsch Drum Poster signed. (This Poster is Out of Print - Only 2 Posters available)
$500 or more: CD, Drumhead, Drumsticks Signed personally delivered for a CD listening party with me. (75 mile radius of Murfreesboro, TN.)
$1000 or more: CD, Drumhead, Drumsticks Signed personally delivered for a CD listening party with me. (150 mile radius of Murfreesboro, TN.)
$2000 or more: CD, Drumhead, Drumsticks signed and personally delivered for a private performance. (Distance would be determined)
The First $2500 or more: CD, Drumhead, Drumsticks and a Gretsch USA Custom Solid Steel 5X14 Snare Drum used on the recording project. All items personally signed. (Only one drum available)
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