Reluctant and skeptical, Reagan Boggs decided to attempt her first-ever crowd funding effort. On July 6, just over two weeks after launching, the curvaceous singer-songwriter learned she was being busted for her Kickstarter Campaign.
John Malcolm McRae, an artist and sculptor in Knoxville, TN, reached out to Boggs to offer his talent to create one of his signature bust’s (or torso’s) of Boggs to include as a reward for a pledge package.
“I am very pleased to have an opportunity to support Reagan Boggs in her plans for a new album. Through my work as a sculpture artist I am honored to make a contribution to this effort. The Appalachian influence of her special sound is something I have become more familiar with since moving to Tennessee several years ago and joined the faculty in Architecture at UT. Reagan’s music contributes powerfully, through these roots, to Americana, country, blues and other genres of the world of music. I urge all who are not already familiar to acquaint themselves with the wonderful sound of Reagan Boggs.”
An independent musician, Boggs has self-funded all three of her previous albums. On February 11 of 2014, she released her third solo album, that February 24th, Quicksand emerged to number 35 on the Americana Music Chart. It remained on the chart for 20 weeks. The purpose of the campaign for Boggs is to afford radio promotion and publicity for a new release to be titled Empty Glasses and help sustain success.
McRae’s striking statue of Boggs’ torso is being offered as a unique package that includes a house concert along with other gifts that are also available at different package levels, including; signed copy of Empty Glasses, Curves & Words (a collection of short stories, poems and photos), signed poster and a personalized recording of a requested song.
Boggs is a product of the “Crooked Road.” She grew up in a “holler” outside the depleted mining town of Pound, VA. Her songs have been likened to the writings of Darrell Scott, Dave Alvin and Buddy Miller. She’s been referred to as a “Throwback Artist.” Lee Zimmerman of No Depression compared her to such legendary singers as Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, describing her voice as “filtered through a mix of hard-wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.” Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote, “Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing.”
Boggs is a two-time Mountain Stage performer and will be featured in the fall of 2015 on the PBS syndicated live-performance of Song of the Mountains. Her 2011 single, “Thank You (Miner’s Song)” was requested for a compilation honoring Mother Jones. The record includes nationally recognized artists, Gretchen Peters, Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell, Katy Moffatt, Kieren Kane, Utah Phillips, Fred Eaglesmith, Si Kahn, and many more. Boggs was the “Fan Favorite” in the 2014 Orthophonic Joy contest put on by The Birthplace of Country Music. Her rendition of the Carter Family’s song “Storms are on the Ocean” garnered over 3000 votes. The song was so well received; she decided to record it as the only cover for Empty Glasses.
For more information visit www.reaganboggs.com