I’m thrilled to announce the Deluxe Edition of my latest album, Easy Street! I recently learned about Pledgemusic.com and thought it sounded like a fantastic way to share some of my time, new music and some special memorabilia with all of you. Plus, for the first time ever, “Easy Street” is available on VINYL, the first time ANY of my albums has been on wax. Cool.
I’ve spent a lot of 2016 educating people about Myotonic muscular dystrophy, a condition that has affected my dad and my family a long time. Part of the proceeds from this PledgeMusic campaign will go to support The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation and Myotonic Dystrophy Research.
I produced “Easy Street” myself, and one of my favorite parts of making this album was stacking instruments and layering details into the tracks. I had some of my favorite, most talented musician friends come to the studio and lend their talents. My favorite part of every day was getting to watch and hear these insanely creative folks do their thing. While working on the record, I would lament to my recording engineer, Roger, how it bummed me out that people would never be able to hear all the little sounds I loved in the record.
I wanted a way to share all of these musical and sonic details from “Easy Street” with you, the way I got to hear them in the studio at the mixing board, and I came up with the “Less Is More” mixes. Here, I’ve stripped away all the drums (which sound AWESOME, but take up a ton of sonic space and make it hard to hear other instruments).
Now, you’re able to hear the creative percussion of Shawn Pelton, the keyboard skills of Erik Deutsch, the dynamic guitar and piano work of my great friend Elliott Blaufuss and the heart-stopping backing vocals by Nathaly Lopez, Daniel Woods and Chaz Langley. It makes me so happy to know you can throw on some headphones or crank the stereo and dig into these arrangements in a whole new way.
I’m really excited to be able to offer this new version of my album, some cool items from the process of making my music, and some cool ways to get to know more about me and my life! You can ONLY get these items on PledgeMusic. Hope you enjoy!