"Songs for the Hangman's Daughter"
Thanks for taking time to even look at this.
Nearly two years after I released my debut solo CD 'Southern Discomfort," I have recently completed a new solo effort "Songs for the Hangman's Daughter." It's a real "solo" release, with just me singing my song accompanied all by myself on either guitar, banjo or mandolin. There's 11 original tunes, a great new tune written for me by Shinyribs (aka Kevin Russell) Many of the tunes are very timely given the recent changes in America, along with a traditional number and an old Bad Livers tune. It's the most raw and naked record I've ever been involved with and I am very proud of it. Matt Smith produced at the 6 String Ranch Studio in Austin.
I put it all on the credit card thusfar and as of today it is mixed and mastered. (The later thanks to an Angel investor, bless you.) But that's it, sadly. We are stalled only due to finances. The origninal plan is to release a companion book with essays that relate to the music, along with poems and prose, to be illustrated by my artist partner Howard Rains. Should we collect the goal, then we have a shot at producing that as well. The more humble plan is to simply get the CD produced and available.
To that point, anyone who releases recordings today is well aware that without hiring radio and press publicists you might as well not bother releasing at all. Sad, but it's our reality today. A very large chunk of the goal, nearly half, is to fund that. The good news is that much like the studio, the artist, the CD designer, and even the pressing plant, these expenses will go into the pockets of people I know, love and respect, creating a virtuous circle of economic support within the Arts community.
To be totally open about, I will share the lyrics of the tunes on the CD. Some of my ideas are very personal and you may not want to support them. I entirely understand and respect that, so I'm posting these lyrics so that you can be aware and make your own decision.
Rewards? Let's talk and come up with something that makes a win-win deal for everybody. Any donation over $25 will get a hard copy CD and download code. Donate more, and I'll add another recording or two that I have produced over ther years, (going all the way back to Bad Liver 12" vinyl EP's.)
No foolin, getting this recording released and distributed will represent a major accomplishment for me. I hope the messages contained in it will resonate with others as well.
Thanks again for even reading through this. If you are unable to contribute, please consider sharing this on your social media as I have abandoned it for my mental well being;-)
Additionally I'm headed up to the SERFA conference outside Asheville NC May 16-20. If you live between New Orleans and there, me and my music partner Chip Wilson would love to drop in and meet you. Would be lovely if we could play a little show, even in somebody's back yard, along the way.
My gut tells me that this what the music "business" looks like. Much the same way my patrons made the recording possible it seems we are to rely on our fans to help us tour around. In my 32 years of touring I never imagined I would be right back where I started in the hardcore punk scene where we networked and helped bands out while they tried to get their music out there, friend to friend, word of mouth. I feel like a kid again! LOL. However I'm not and I foresee a day when I won't be able to come visit so I'm focused to making hay while the sun shines;-)
Thank you again for this:
I realize its taken ages, but the surgery and present recovery has really put a major hitch in my giddyup as it were. I'm on the mend and on course to full recovery.
I need to get you your special little token for funding my efforts. Please pop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me a good address for you.
Wanted to share with you a few comments I've gotten on the release from folks I truly respect:
“Everything Mark Rubin does is done with no compromise. He is fearless, fearsome, and most of all, completely musical!” - Gurf Morlix
“With Passover beginning tomorrow night, I can't think of a better time to listen to Mark D. Rubin's fabulous "The Dark Side Has Doughnuts" over and over and over again, along with all the other songs on his really remarkable (and often very funny) new album, "Songs for the Hangman's Daughter." Check it out at Band Camp, where Mark's selling it on a pay-what-you-can basis. It's the best singer-songwriter album I've heard in a very long time.” - Michael Wex, NYT Best Selling author and Yiddishist
"Mark Rubin has created a masterpiece of American dark humor and grief. A bucket of personal history thrown into the wagons,mixed with the southern subterranean gravy of love and loathing. Since leaving Austin for New Orleans he has somehow managed to position himself as the Godzilla of Gypsy Juke N' Tuba Two-Step." -Kevin Russel (shinyribs)
What's your comments? Did you like it? Do you take issue with anything on it? For instance, one of my Angel investors sure did and we had a healthy conversation about it where I could see her POV. And more than a few of you have checked in with "are you Ok?" and ""everything alright" s and I appreciate that as well:-) At any rate, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
And please, feel free to share your comments on your social media, positive or negative. By doing that, you all really help me spread the word and invite more folks to listen. Ultimately it's the message couched in these tunes that I'm trying to get across and I couldn't have done it without you all.
AND, next week I'l be up in the DC and surrounding area for a few concerts and leading a brass band for the March for Climate Change. We hope you'd join us.
Much love to you all and always look forward to hearing from you.
(PS: still working on the investor gifts. Had no idea it would be as hard as it has been!)
Wanted to check in and make sure everybody got their download of the album ok. There were a few folks who preferred a burned CD and I've sent those out today. Please let me know if you'd prefer that as well.
Here again is the Bandcamp link to download in whatever digital format you prefer. You can even send the album to a friend as a gift, again for no cost.
In the meantime, I will be coming to DC area April 28th to perform at a synagogue there. No more touring plans until after my surgery and recovery, sometime in the Fall. If you think you have a venue or audience that would be appropriate for me to come play for lease do let me know!
Thanks again, Chag Pesach and all the best!
Please check out Mark and support him. His unique blend of songwriting craft, musicianship and humour should not go unheard. You might have enjoyed the Bad Livers unique blend of Klezmer, Americana with some nods to Frank Zappa (lyrically and this is my interpretation) and other styles. How many bands had a tuba and a banjo. I caught Mark's show at Ashkenaz and bought Southern Discomfort on the spot (don't regret that one as it is a great LP)