Scared Fearless is coming, my fifth studio album and the first to truly cross into both lyrical songwriting and my Appalachian beginnings. This is by far my most honest and raw project yet, and I’m thrilled to be recording it live at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter & Jim Carpenter at the helm.
The crew and I are tracking 13 new original songs- some travelogues, some cautionary tales, some confessions -all stories about the comings and goings of life, the folks who touch you for a moment and change everything forever, the folks you hold onto tight for a lifetime, and the folks that (however much you love them) it was never meant to last.
This album has been cooking for some time now and in the throes of a devastating loss, I had to put most things musical on hold for a while to endure the deepest dark of it. The songs hold new meaning now for me than when some of them were written and I love their changeability, their universal nature. It took a broken heart, but I’m growing into my shoes. It’s time.
The base goal is 5k, that will help cover the costs of studio time and manufacturing. My dream is to be able to press this to vinyl and get a publicity campaign behind it. We did that with Fall On Your Sword and it made my dream of a feature in American Songwriter a reality- boy would l love to keep building on that foundation, and now more than ever as I’m healing through this wild time.
So every penny counts, and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has been there since day one and climbed aboard since to help grow this thing. One of the things I learned about my relationship with music was that when I needed it to be a ‘brand’ and ‘commercially viable’ it lost something very important. I was raised with music as a piece of everyday life, a comfort in hard times, a motivator, a way of telling the story of life. With this new collection of songs, and the way I’m recording it, I’m getting back to the truth and substance of what it means and how it’s as much a part of the day as breakfast or tying my shoes. That said, the rewards for contributing this time are going to be far more personal than just the manufactured product and I can’t wait to share all of it with you! THANK YOU!