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“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid” -Goethe
You are the mighty forces. It’s so nice to see you. Welcome!
This album started a long time ago. In January of last year I was at the end of my rope. I was living in LA. My publishing advance had just run out. I’d turned down a record deal at the advice of a friend assuming that another would come along. There were lots of meetings with record companies, but no suitable offers. I had licensed five songs to TV and four songs that I’d co-written had been featured on major label records. I had made enough money in this industry to survive for two years (which is a quite a feat), but enough not to leverage it into something sustainable. I was waiting for something to happen.
Everything changed one evening last June when my fiancé (now wife) came home sullen with the news that her company was closing the LA office, and that she would either have to move to New York, or be out of a job (which would make two of us). That’s how my rich chapter in LA came to a close.
During my time there, I wrote somewhere in the ball park of 250 songs. Many were for pitching to bigger artists, many were for me. When I recorded my previous album The Golden Age & The Silver Girl in 2011 in my buddy Joel’s bedroom, I didn’t have the slightest idea of what I was doing. I’ve spent almost four years since then in rooms with some of the best writers and musicians and producers in the world and haven’t been kicked out once. I’ve found my voice. I have my songs. I know what I’m singing about and why.
So, two days after I got married to my intelligent and adorable wife, we moved to Brooklyn. My music team is in California. All my music contacts are in California. I don’t know anything about New York except that it’s cold, and that it’s where Bob Dylan came to find his name. It’s also where Paul Simon wrote pop songs in the Brill Building before leaving America and giving up on music (thankfully a radio DJ found a recording of “The Sound of Silence” and convinced him to change his mind and move back from England). Anyway, with another long season of life over, it seems like it’s finally time to release a follow-up.
The native genius of desert plants is that they can survive a long time without water. It’s been three years and six months since my last album. That feels long enough. Instead of continuing to seek out a record deal and trading some financial security for somebody else’s creative input, I’d rather do it myself with my people, the way I want it to sound. I’d rather take a chance and see what happens.
If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re who I’m talking to. I can’t release this collection of songs without your help. A lot has to go into it. I have to pay the producer. I have to hire a graphic designer. I have to pay for duplications and mastering and studio time and musicians. I’m also compiling a book of essays that I’ve written over the course of the last three years to serve as a companion to the album. The process is not bare bones, but it’s not cheap.
I’m so grateful to be doing what I love. It’s not lost on me what an audacious thing it is to ask others to financially support your dreams. I’m asking anyway, with the promise that I’ll put everything into it, and then when it’s done, it’ll be all of ours. Support in whatever way you can. Thank you for your time.
A digital download of the new album. Weekly updates. MP3s. Videos of me singing cover songs. Oh, it’ll be a party.
I will mail you three installments (June, September, December) of four, 2 oz tastes of different whiskeys that I think are exceptional and give a summary of what they are with tasting notes. For each person, that’s 12 big pours of the best whiskey I can get my hands on (think Jefferson’s Ocean, E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof, Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon, aged Willets- things only the best bourbon bars would carry- and some they wouldn’t).
I’ll record a little message for you or a loved one on voicemail! Happy Birthday! Happy Friday! Good luck on that test you totally didn’t study for! You’re being indicted for tax evasion! Have fun with it. I’m game for just about anything.
A download of my ENTIRE catalog, including unreleased tracks:
Some Songs EP 2007- out of print
Bare EP 2009- unreleased
Notes From The Parade EP 2009- out of print
Parry Sound 2010 Demo album- unreleased
Inland Islands EP 2010
Bad Things & Collard Greens EP 2010
The Golden Age & The Silver Girl LP 2011
Live From Eddie’s Attic LP 2012
Expatriates Demos 2013- unreleased
Expatriates EP 2013
SF Sessions 2013- unreleased
Ditch Digger 2014
Days of Thunder- The Midnight EP 2014
California Demos 2011-2014- unreleased
Anna 2015- unreleased
Download of album that features the extra tracks that I couldn’t fit on a 44 minute vinyl record.
A short book of essays that provides background info on songs, discussions of cacti, thoughts on the music industry.
Compact Disc version of my previous album “The Golden Age & The Silver Girl.” Signed.
Submit 20 questions for me to answer via email. Don’t hold back!
Deluxe Compact Disc Edition of “The Native Genius of Desert Plants.” Signed. Mailed to your home or place of employment.
Paper back companion to The Native Genius of Desert Plants. Contains essays about songs and cacti and Kanye.
The Native Genius of Desert Plants pressed to high quality vinyl and delivered to your door.
Screen printed poster for the June 3rd Eddie’s Attic show in Decatur GA. Hand printed by Brett Miotti and numbered. Signed by me.
The new album on vinyl + deluxe digital download of the album + a copy of the e-book.
Includes access to exclusive updates.
The Native Genius of Desert Plants on Vinyl and Deluxe Edition CD- both signed. The Physical version of the companion book “Infinite Enough”, plus an exclusive digital download of ten B-side tracks only available in the bundle.
The song of your choosing, written out by hand with chords and lyrics.
I’ll choose 10 of my favorite books (bought used on amazon/at my local bookstore)+ inscribe them.
Private concert over FaceTime.
I will take you whiskey (American Whiskey) tasting in New York, LA, or Atlanta (or if you live in Kentucky, you can take me whiskey tasting and I’ll pay the bill)+ The Native Genius of Desert Plants Deluxe Edition Signed CD +Infinite Enough in Paperback
My one of a kind fret-less nylon stringed banjo. Used in Bad Things & Collard Greens, The Golden Age, Expatriates, and The Native Genius, he’s quiet and quirky and his name is Ed.
*Shipping not included. We will contact you after purchase with accurate shipping costs to ensure your banjo reaches you safely
I’ll come to your place and play a full set for you and some of your close friends in LA, NYC, or Atlanta
It’s vintage, it’s boutique, it’s organic, it’s homemade. I’ll write a song just for you or your loved one- a wedding- a birthday- a graduation gift- a getting out of prison song. Give me the story, and I’ll write the song, record it, and send it to you.
- $1,000 for a simple production from my home studio
- $5,000 for a full band production in a premier studio