The Wayside Ballads Vol 2 (USA)
The story of the project
Pozible Crowdfunding is about community and i am appealing to ours to help us make these Wayside Ballads complete as we dreamed it. Being independent is hard work but totally worthwhile when your music makes a connection. That’s what inspires me to never give up. So here is the story and I hope that you can see value in supporting this project.
I have been visiting the US since 2008, playing and recording and have built up an excellent network of friends in the Nashville Music Community. For a songwriter it is a very inspiring environment and I feel that it has brought out the best in me throughout those visits. During 2014 my brother Ross and I were writing lot’s of new songs with a view to recording two albums under the guise of ‘The Wayside Ballads’ – one in Australia and one in the US. One electric / One acoustic – nevertheless, both with the song at the center of the narrative. The Wayside Ballads Vol 1 has been completed in Melbourne and completely self funded, however I need your help to complete Vol 2. These 10 songs will be produced by Thomm Jutz at his studio, TJ Tunes just outside of Nashville. Thomm is an incredibly gifted musician/producer. He has been a sideman to some of the best like Mary Gauthiere and Nanci Griffith as well as producing brilliant albums for folks like Nanci Griffith, Otis Gibbs, Jon Byrd etc. It is his connection with the hardworking singer-songwriters of the East Nashville community that really appeals to me and the credibility and love that he gives the songs. We have been talking about this for a few years now and the opportunity/songs have finally aligned to make it happen.
Many of these songs we have been playing ‘live’ for a while now and those who know my music will recognise ‘Rollin’ into Rosine’, ‘Three China Ducks’, ‘Every Day’s a Drinkin’ Day’, ‘Come As You Are’ etc – so I am really looking forward to finally recording them. Thomm has a fine array of the finest acoustic and bluegrass musicians ready to jump onto this project and I can’t wait to get started, get it done and get the music out to you.
THE BEST NEWS IS THAT PETE FIDLER WHO HAS BEEN SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY MUSICAL JOURNEY WILL BE CENTRAL TO THIS PROJECT AS WELL. AS SOMEONE ONCE SAID ‘PETE HAS A CONVERSATION WITH OUR LYRICS….’ I heard him described recently by an American music aficionado as a ‘black belt Dobro player – that’s gotta be cool!
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How the funds will be used
4. Musicians Fees
5. Production Fee (Thomm Jutz)
The above will account for approximately AU$8000.
Travel and related expenses (post recording) like artwork and manufacturing will account for at least another AU$5000 so it doesn’t take long to get into the red.