We Made Our Goal!
Thank you to everyone who supported me and contributed to this kickstarter. I could not be doing what I do without your support.
The kickstarter is now closed, but if you missed it and still want some of the rewards, please contact me for details. You can also visit the kickstarter to see what is offered.
I look forward delivering my music to all of you very soon.
“His credibility is instant and infectious. Pull up a chair and listen.” – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine
I am doing this fundraiser for first time ever for my 8th album, “I’m The Smile”, which I have been working on it for the last 3 years. It is definitely the best album I’ve ever made and I need to get it into the hands of as many people as possible
Six songs are my own compositions and I have also covered some songs written by friends. Most of the songs were found or written while I was down in Austin, Texas. I recorded most of them down there at a fantastic studio called, The Zone. Many classic albums by Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Joe Ely and many other legends of Texas music were made there.
I had the good fortune to work with co-producer, John Inmon, who connected me with some of Austin’s finest session musicians who are legendary and also world renowned. His guidance was crucial to get these songs recorded in only four tracking days. John did the overdubs in his home studio which was quite a lot of work and cost me plenty. All well worth the price I paid.
Two of the tracks were recorded in Minnesota with the help of my good friend Michael Shynes. One of the songs, ’Where You’ll Be’, I wrote for my mother after she passed and was blessed from the beginning. The music video went viral and started a series of blessings and fortunate events that would continue to happen. That is why I expect great things for this music.
HELP ME GET THIS MUSIC HEARD
I wrote and recorded a song called, ‘Serenity’, and there is a Jonathan Byrd song on here called ‘Clean’…these are songs that could help someone struggling with addiction. I am proud to say that this is the first album I have made as a sober person. It’s been over 3 years now that I’ve been alcohol free. This music has helped me more than I ever imagined it could and, with your help, we can perhaps help others as I believe this is real medicine.
’Where You’ll Be’ helped me thru my grief after losing my mother and it seems to be helping others as so many of us have lost or are losing someone in our lives. When I play live, particularly Serenity, I have people come up to me and tell me how many years they have been sober. Its incredible meeting people who have been touched by the music.
The title track, ‘I’m The Smile’, was another song that seemed to just drop out of the sky as a message of comfort to a family member of ours who had lost her husband.
So now I am asking for your help to get this music to as many people as possible. I have hired a publicist for the first time in the USA we will be sending out 600 CD copies to DJ’s and music journalists all over the country. I also will be hiring a publicist in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe. We want to make well produced videos for more of these songs. Even though I am an old hand at making records, I have never been able to promote my music properly. I am a full time working musician and an independent singer songwriter with no label support so I can’t do this alone. Please help me if you are able.
If you can’t swing a donation right now, it would help me a lot by just sharing this link. To all my friends who have believed in my songs for all these years and to everyone who has hired me to play in their house concert, bar, or backyard BBQ, from the bottom of my heart: I THANK YOU!
Update: The kickstarter is now closed. If you want to still support me and purchase one of the rewards, please contact me for details below.
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If you are here searching to find out what I do, and you can figure that out, please fill me in. Because I have been playing music professionally for most of my life and I am still searching, and wondering what that might be. I started out playing in bands when I was in my early twenties, while holding down a day job as a beer truck driver. So the bar sold beer as I played and then I would replenish their supply. I realized early on that my job was to make people happy and have fun for at least a few hours. Fast forward to 37 years later I am still essentially doing that same job. I quit delivering beer in 1981 but I never quite quit selling it. I am still very happy to be in the fun business!
I have learned and forgotten at least a couple thousand songs; I can still hold in my memory several hundred and perform them solo or with a band. I have always loved learning songs and consider that fun. I have also learned not to play songs that I have grown tired of, because to do a song justice you must first know it by heart and then, most importantly, have your heart in it. Perhaps by learning all those songs I have trained my brain to think lyrically. I started writing my own songs early on, and it is a mystery where they come from, you will be just plunking along and suddenly it just happens. I had been playing music for my living for 20 years before I made my first record. I now have made nine albums and I sell them wherever I can to help fund my traveling habit. In my set I usually mix songs I have written in with songs I love and wished I had written.
I have a family; Bev and I have been together since she was 18 and I was 23, we have been married now for 34 years. Dylan was born in 1984 and Jonah in 1991 and since then became grandparents! I
have written songs for both my grand kids Morgan and Carter, those songs have become mainstays when I play concerts and sometimes even in clubs. Bev has her own business training and boarding horses along with riding lessons. We own a farm of 74 acres, that includes a 40+horse stable with a full size heated riding arena, and both a cross-country and stadium jump field. We have a Bobcat, two tractors, a manure spreader, and an old farmhouse in Benton County Minnesota. Bev is hard working and good with the fact that I would never be happy or much good at anything else. I have written several songs for her, most of them are happy. I am one of the luckiest people I know. I also work very hard at my music and have managed to stay booked solidly for decades. I am also smart enough to understand that if something that weighs 1200 lbs wants to come between us it just will.
In 2010 my 5th album, Broken Ground came out and was well received in Europe, and, it went up to #6 on the Euro Americana chart. It was a dream come true. I was invited over for a short tour that year and have since released two more albums and have returned there every year touring mostly in the UK and Ireland.
That same year I joined the Celtic music group Ring of Kerry. When I started learning how to play Celtic music I noticed the similarities right away to the American songs I had been playing, and have always loved, coming mostly from Texas songwriters. I love a good melody and storyline. Country, Rockabilly, Blues, Folk, Cajun, Rock and Roll, I love playing it all. All over the world!!!