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!
1. I’m The Smile
2. Good Times
6. Say Never
7. Where You’ll Be
8. Pretty Little Lights Of Town
9. The Possibilities Of You
10. My Chair
11. Yankee Dime
12. I’m The Smile (Reprise)