Well, good people, after 20 years of playing other people’s songs, I’m studying on playing a few of my own for y’all. And that’s where this GoFundMe page comes in. Right now I’ve got a dozen or so little gems that just need some polish and a few hours in the studio to make ’em just right and ready to be pressed onto an album. MY FIRST ALBUM OF ALL ORIGINALS!
WHEN WILL THE RECORD COME OUT?
MID-APRIL, 2020! Well, it just so happens that while I was laying plans for this recording, I got one piece of big news: the historic & prestigious New Orleans JazzFest was asking me - out of the blue! no application needed! - to be a part of their 2020 festival line-up! Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be a part of JazzFest this year, and we’re going to be making every effort to have these songs recorded and mixed in time to release before we hit the Lagniappe stage on Friday April 24th. (I know, crazy! But, sí se puede!)
SO, WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY BE GOING?
It'll all go towards making this endeavor come to life. So that's why any dollar amount is greatly appreciated! And here's what I’ll be putting your generous dollars towards:
- Hiring my guys for the 3-5 days that we’ll be in the studio at the end of February.
- Studio time, recording time, editing time, production work from Dirk.
- Mastering and finalizing the music before it’s put on the record.
- Album design work & time.
- Illustration work from Burt Durand here in Lafayette!
- Photography work from James Billeaudeau here in Lafayette!
- Making of the merchandise. (CDs, bandanas, stickers, & maybe even vinyl!)
- Publicity for the album to press & radio.
"WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME", YOU ASK?
(NOTE: ALL CONTRIBUTIONS receive a download code of the album! And I’m happy to discuss the details of any of these premium packages. Email for details.)
* THE WALTZ *
$20 - a limited-edition custom print, with a personal message, mailed to your door.
* THE CABBAGE PATCH *
$30 - CD & sticker.
* THE TWO-STEP *
$50 - CD & a custom-designed, wearable bandana & sticker.
* THE TWIST *
$75 - CD & a custom-designed, wearable bandana & sticker, and a limited-edition custom print, with a personal message, mailed to your door.
* THE MOONWALK *
$100 - 1 on-line lesson (guitar, voice, bass, songwriting, or cooking).
* THE FOX TROT *
$150 - 1 on-line lesson (guitar, voice, bass, songwriting, or cooking), including the TWIST PACKAGE.
* THE CHA-CHA-CHA *
$500 - 4 on-line lessons (guitar, voice, bass, songwriting or cooking), including the TWIST PACKAGE.
* THE DINNER PARTY *
$1,000 - 3-course meal prepared by me, including a 45-min solo set, including THE TWIST PACKAGE. (Email for details.)
* THE GET RIGHT *
$2,500 - have our full band perform for your own party, including THE TWIST PACKAGE. (Email for details.)
* THE GRAND BALLROOM *
$8,500 - Sponsor the entire recording, production, and publicity of this project, and you’ll also receive a custom-written song for you (subject of your choosing) included on this album as a bonus track. PLUS your choice of THE DINNER PARTY or THE GET RIGHT PACKAGE. (Email for details.)
WHO'S PLAYING ON THE RECORD? WHO'S RECORDING & PRODUCING?
I'll be recording these new songs with the Get Rights line-up that has been playing with me for the past year-and-a-half. My long-time, right hand man, fiddler and singer David Greely . And also two of The Revelers have joined in, Trey Boudreaux on upright bass and Daniel Coolik on electric guitar. Bill Smith, our fearless drummer, has become a dear friend and a great collaborator. Bill hails from a farm in Ohio, but he’s been known to do stints in Nashville and Los Angeles with his band, Truth & Salvage Co .
I’m also amazed and grateful to have Dirk Powell producing and engineering this record. I've been friends with Dirk for the past few years, although we’ve been swimming in the same circles of friends and musicians for what seems like forever. Dirk started dropping in our gigs last year, sometimes taking part (on keys, accordions, guitar, you name it!), sometimes offering insight and enthusiasm about the new songs I’ve been testing out. It's been great to speak with him about the kinds of sounds I enjoy, the setting I see these songs sitting in. I know his passion and deep knowledge of music and recording is going to make this an incredible session. I am REALLY looking forward to working with him on this album!
IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR?!
Amazing! I absolutely cannot wait to share this project with the world, and you being a part of it will help it get out there and shine as bright as possible. From the deep depths of mi corazón... THANK YOU!
- Jacob Pennison
- Gomer Pyles
- Christine Woods
- Rob Hecht