Who am I?
I’d like to tell you about myself, so you know a bit about the person who is asking for your help.
~I am a touring singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Nashville, Tennessee carrying on the tradition of the American troubadour folksinger.
~I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music and a minor in American Roots Music in 2014.
~This year I embarked on my first tour which lasted from April 1st to October 19th.
~To name a few highlights of the tour, I performed in the North Georgia Folk Festival, sang for 40 nights on the streets of Gatlinburg, TN in Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, and performed alongside legendary Greenwich Village folksinger, Carolyn Hester and her daughters in Columbus, IN.
~In my longer resumé as a musician, I opened for John Paul White of the Civil Wars at Musicians Corner in Nashville, TN (2017;) my song “Sickle In The Cane” was chosen out of all submissions college-wide to be featured at the Berklee Performance Center in the Women Musicians Network concert (2013) where I performed the song with an all-female roots rock band. I have also sung on such well-loved stages as Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Station Inn, in Nashville, TN.
...Now, I am about to embark on a new adventure that is very exciting!
I am preparing to record a tribute album.
My first encounters with folk music were when I was a teenager listening to the soundtrack of Forrest Gump, Bruce Springsteen’s album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, and Bob Dylan’s greatest hits, but the most captivating interpreter in all of my findings was Joan Baez.
The intense way she sang and the conviction she sang with has had a lasting impact on me. This year Joan Baez performed in an international farewell tour, which she called her “Fare Thee Well” tour, named after the song on her 1960 self-titled first solo album. In honor of her amazing career, I wish to record a tribute album called ""Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)" It will contain the 13 original cuts from her first solo album in the original album order. No one has ever done that before!
1. Silver Dagger
2. East Virginia
3. Fare Thee Well
4. House Of The Rising Sun
5. All My Trials
6. Wildwood Flower
7. Donna Donna
8. John Riley
9. Rake And Rambling Boy
10. Little Moses
11. Mary Hamilton
12. Henry Martin
13. El Preso Numero Nueve
(and maybe a few surprises ;)
This project is a labor of love.
Not only were these songs the soundtrack of my teen years that shaped my musical taste, the album impacted the direction my life and career are heading. Recording "Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)" is a monument to my past, and a gateway to my future. It represents transition and a great turning point that is happening in my career and in my music.
-How will creating this album impact you?
"Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)" will be my FIRST NATIONAL RELEASE! What a way to introduce myself to the music world at large, right?! Recording this album will give me a solid foundation establishing me as a noteworthy folk artist capable of carrying onstage the history of traditional folk music; and it will link me with a seminal artist who is known for the mastery she has had of her craft.
-Can you really pull this off?
You may be wondering if I’m equipped to cover the songs on this iconic album! Well, remember, I am me, not the incomparable Joan Baez, but I think you will find that I am true to the music and quite capable of doing these traditional folk songs the justice they deserve. To do that, I will not be adding drums, electric guitars, or electronic bells and whistle, I will be interpreting the songs in much the same manner/fashion Joan Baez did, with my voice and my acoustic guitar. There will be nowhere to hide and nothing to cover up the truth behind the music, or the artist interpreting the songs. I'm am a classically trained vocalist and a very capable finger-style guitarist. Solo folksinger is my job description! Yes, I know I can do this.
I am so ready to record this project, but I need your help!
This project will allow my fans, and fans of Joan Baez to come on board the journey of recording the album. I will love keeping supporters abreast of our progress as the pieces of the puzzle start to fall in place and I will be sharing videos and sneak peeks as we come closer to our goal.
~You're asking for a lot of money.
It's true, and I don’t take your contributions lightly. I want to do right by you, by the artist I am tributing, and by my craft. That's exactly why I am asking for this amount, because a project like this should be done professionally, and you deserve to hear and see it at it's best!
Funds gathered from the GoFundMe campaign will go to recording costs, radio promotion, graphic design, CD and (possibly vinyl) production, promotion and distribution to radio, public relations, merchandise creation, touring the album, travel/lodging.
$1-9.99 will receive a download of a single from "Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)"
$10-49.99 will receive a download of the entire album, "Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)"
$50-199.99 will get a signed CD, and a digital download of the album
$200 or more will receive a signed copy of "Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)" + a vinyl copy of the original self-titled album "Joan Baez"
AND The first person to contribute $500 or more will receive my copy of the "Joan Baez Songbook" with my handwritten notes on the inside, plus the signed "Fare Thee Well" CD, a vinyl copy of the original self-titled album "Joan Baez," and a digital download of "Fare Thee Well (A Joan Baez Tribute)"
~How soon do you need this project funded?
I need to reach the full amount by the end of January.
It is hard to put into words or measure the feeling of gratitude I will have for those who give toward recording this project. I will be forever grateful to you for being the ones who made this album possible.
Thank you for giving!
- Ed Sanders
- Peter Scheffler
- Alex Nairn
- FAY FIEDLER
- Matthew Sabatella
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