Take. What’s. Mine. These three words signify a journey through a complex spectrum of emotions, experiences, and ideas that define me and my music. They’re the result of the support of my peers, my family, and my friends. A representation of a struggle with self-confidence and identity. A message to anyone who’s ever made me question why I am where I am, or why I do what I do. They’re not an explanation, and they’re not an apology. Take What’s Mine - these three words are the title of my first full-length album.
That's where you come in. I want to do this right - the best musicians for my sound, a quality studio to capture the fidelity, an established producer to elevate my songs and message - and that takes money. So let's chat about it!
I'm thrilled to be working with Daniel Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studios when I record this baby in May. Daniel has worked with a ton of Americana and American Roots acts that have both inspired and influenced my work, from Josh Ritter to Joy Kills Sorrow and Lula Wiles. It's a dream to be spending a full week tracking and collaborating with him. The first time we met to discuss the project and check out the studio, we talked for two hours about the sound, the intention, the arc of, and my goals for this record - all over a hand-poured light roast Ethiopian coffee from one of my favorite roasters no less. Needless to say, we hit it off, and I think we're going to make something really special.
Now let's talk about the band, because I've got some spectacular talent lined up to lay it down. Andrew Walls will be riding that low end on the upright bass. He is a fantastic musician who plays with tangible joy, and he lights up a room with his groove and smile. Adam Berkowitz will be supplying us with that steady drum beat, and his sound is gonna make these songs pop. He's got a bit of a punk background, but also a love of country music, so he brings a unique voice and a fantastic energy into the room. Last but not least, I'm so happy to have the inimitable Parker Goessling on electric guitar. He's a player who innately knows exactly where to place lines for maximum effect, who hears arrangement ideas that I would never think of on my own but somehow are exactly what a song needs, and who finds the right tone and timbre needed for each tune he plays. This lineup is stellar, and I can't wait for you to hear what these guys do with my tunes.
Per usual I'll be leading these tracks on fiddle and acoustic guitar. We're gonna have some killer harmony vocals going. We're gonna play around with some fiddle effects. We're gonna push and pull with the timing. We're gonna add some sick overdubs. If we can pull off what I hear in my head, this record is going to just fill a room with crazy beautiful sound.
And it's gonna look great too. The cover art will be bright, happy, and collaborative. I've asked women from my community to send me headshots of themselves posing with an object that represents something they've taken as their own - paintbrushes, books, journals, nameplates, backpacks, and more. Take What’s Mine isn’t just about me. It’s about women and those who identify as women establishing who they are and what they want, without apologizing for it. They're my Take What's Mine ladies, and they make this project that much more special to me.
Now that we've gotten to this point, I have a question for you. Do you want to be a part of it? Then invest in me today! I've got some spectacular rewards packages planned out for all my backers. You can check them out below. There's a little something for everybody - stickers, cds, t-shirts, cover songs, demos, executive producer credits, you name it. Every little bit helps, and I could not be more thankful for your support in this.
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