Having made a great record called Serpent Umbrella with The Gravel Pit via Pledgemusic about 5 years ago, I – Jedediah Parish, the singer and songwriter for The Pit – felt compelled to launch my own project so I could write and then sing some new songs and write and post many updates on this site. The release of this album will coincide with my 50th birthday on April 10, 2019. The schedule will be tighter, sounds will be sparser and sparer. Probably. The Casiotone CT-6000 keyboard will most likely figure prominently. It has built-in rhythms, for convenience.
I hope that folks who like solo Jed will be excited and folks who like The Gravel Pit will also be excited. Also people who’ve only heard me sing or who only know me because our kids are friends. There will be no need to set up dozens of mics and amps, drums, guitars and basses and get the people who know how to play those instruments well to play them well, so that helps with both the logistics and budget. What we’ll have is memorable tunes, good words and beautiful sounds.
The goal I’ve set for this project is to cover the production of CDs and, after much soul-searching, vinyl LPs (I just have to do it) as well as humble recording costs. If we’re able to exceed the goal, the recording will become less humble, the microphones will become more German and instead of 1 or 2 beautiful sounds per song there will be 2 or 3. If we blow the goal out of the water there could be as many as 5 beautiful sounds per track. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.
Once the goal has been reached, I’ll donate 5% of anything we raise to International Relief Teams. This organization sends volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to improve lives across the globe including the U.S. They are currently working in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
Thanks for reading. I’m almost 50. Let’s make a record.
Sample Artist Tracks
Access to updates and a digital version of the album. There will be many updates with photos, music and words. I genuinely enjoy updating.
The New Album on CD
Own the new album in the convenient Compact Disk format. Listen while driving in your not-very-new car or while jogging with your portable disc player.
The New Album on Vinyl
This format, popular from the 1950s through the 1980s and then again starting a few years ago, provides a keepsake that’s nice to look at AND listen to. You’ll need a turntable, though.
The Extra Jed CD
For aficionados, a big batch of songs from Jedediah Parish alter-ego Kid Nietzsche, alter-ego-band The Midsummer Knights, selections from the Single Of The Month series, demos and maybe a live track or two.
The Complete Jedediah Parish Compact Discography
Pick up CDs of the new Jedediah Parish album, 2004’s “Torch and Swan”, 2002’s “21st Century American” and 1999’s “Bloodsucker Blues” just as it celebrates its 20th birthday.
The Complete Parish and Pit Compact Discography
Sealed copies of every release from The Gravel Pit and Jedediah Parish, including the extremely difficult to find solo debut.
You’ll get the new Jed CD, Serpent Umbrella, Torch and Swan, 21st Century American, Mass Avenue Freeze-Out, Bloodsucker Blues, Silver Gorilla, Favorite (4-song thing), No One Here Gets In For Free, The Gravel Pit Manifesto and, recorded by Jim Dickinson at Ardent Studio in Memphis, 1994’s Crash Land, just as it celebrates its 25th birthday.
Jedediah Parish T-shirt
Jed’s Passport photo from the 1970s, on a t-shirt.
I’ll sign the back at no additional charge. Actually I’ll write ‘Jed!’ on the back.
Special Thanks in the Liner Notes (Plus CD)
Your name printed in a Special Thanks section of the liner notes plus a CD of the new album.
Special Thanks in the Liner Notes (Plus Vinyl)
Your name printed in a Special Thanks section of the liner notes plus a vinyl LP of the new album.
Executive Producer Credit
If you throw a thousand clams on the table, you’ll be credited as an Executive Producer.
Plus you’ll get a copy of the album in whatever format you like and probably other things since I’ll be so giddy.
Super Executive Ultra Producer Credit
If you’re willing to shell out two and a half large for this project, you will be credited as Super Executive Ultra Producer, unless you prefer to be credited as Grand Moff or some other title within the bounds of decency.
Illustrated Lyric Book
Complete book of lyrics with illustrations by Jed.
Illustrated Lyric Sheet
I will write out and illustrate the lyrics for any song you choose by The Gravel Pit or Jedediah Parish.
A Song Named by You Written By Jed
Give me a title and I’ll give you a high-quality song in a high-quality digital format. If you just want to provide a single word to work off of that would suffice (unicorns, anger, space).
Let’s work out a nice set list.
If you’re in the Northeast (of the United States) I’ll be inclined to accompany myself on the Casiotone CT-6000 keyboard.
Outside New England we’ll need to discuss reasonable travel expenses.
WAY Outside New England and I should probably play an acoustic guitar (or electric guitar if you provide an amp) and we’ll need to work out the cost of travel.
CD & Shirt
The new album on CD and Jed’s Passport photo from the 1970s, on a t-shirt.
Vinyl & Shirt
The new album on vinyl LP plus Jed’s passport photo from the 70s, on a t-shirt.
Special Thanks, CD & Shirt
Special Thanks in the Liner Notes, a copy of the new album on CD and Jed’s Passport photo from the 1970s, on a t-shirt.
Special Thanks, Vinyl & Shirt
Special Thanks in the Liner Notes, a copy of the new album on vinyl and Jed’s Passport photo from the 1970s, on a t-shirt.