I’m thrilled that the recording of my first full-length Solo (not Silos) album in 18 years has begun. And by participating in this album pre-sale and Kickstarter campaign, you can be a part of it! The album pre-sale lasts until November 20.
As many of you know, I’ve been writing songs, recording, and touring for over 30 years. I’ve released 2 previous Solo albums, 10 Studio albums with The Silos, countless Live and Compilation albums, several Side Project albums, and performed thousands of concerts, all while meeting amazing people like you! Some of you have been with me since my early days in Florida with the Vulgar Boatmen, to the beginning of The Silos in New York, to my LA and Austin days, to my return to NYC, to my current digs in Flagstaff. Some of you I've met on the road in far-flung places, and some may be hearing my name for the first time. Regardless, I truly value each and every person I’ve met along the way. That’s why, throughout my career, I’ve only recorded and released material that I felt was worth the time and hard earned money of my audience. I believe that this project contains some of the best songs I've ever recorded, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
WHY KICKSTARTER? WHY NOW? Frankly, I am in love with the songs on this album, and with your help I want to give them the treatment they deserve. As many of you know all too well, the current digital environment, file sharing, etc, has made it more difficult to recoup the recording, manufacturing, and promotion costs once the album hits the internet. This time around I want to collaborate with you, my fans and friends to take this record to the next level and give it the exposure it deserves.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO? In the past I've either been given advances from Record Labels or simply put up my own capital to record the albums I've made, then hoped to recoup the costs once the album is released. This very risky method simply doesn't work for me anymore. This time you will have the opportunity to buy the album, and lots of other great stuff, including Paintings and Concerts, in advance to help me make it all happen.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? Over the next thirty days, I’ll give you video access to acoustic versions of songs from the album, answer questions from fans, take song requests, and work with you to make our campaign goal. As a reward for your help, I’m offering a ton of great stuff -- from Handwritten Lyric Sheets, to T-shirts and Caps, to WaltersDogs Prints, Paintings and Portraits, to Live Concerts in the comfort of your own home, and a lot more...oh, yeah, and signed copies and downloads of what I think will be the best album I've made so far.
BUT REMEMBER Kickstarter fund raising is ‘all or nothing’. We only get the funds if we reach our $12,000 goal. Otherwise, we get nothing. But I’m not worried. I’m sure we’ll get there. After all, we’ve come a long way together already.
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I've been working on a bunch of songs and begun some preliminary recording with friends old and new including Tom Freund, Charlie Salas-Humara, Wally Ingram, Groove Session, and Steve Drizos. I'm planning a kickstarter campaign to pre-sell enough copies to fund the payment of the musicians and audio engineers, and the manufacturing and promotion of the album. I'm hoping to get it released in the spring of 2014. Halleluyah!
Just returned home from perhaps the most exciting festival around. 70 plus songwriters of all ages and stripes writing and recording together in a motel for 4 days and then performing those songs in a multitude of ensembles and venues over the next 3 days. Words cannot accurately describe how much fun I had and what an honor it was to be a small part of it.
Many, many thanks to pAt mAcdonald, melaniejane, and all the writers, performers, engineers and volunteers that made it so very special.
Thanks to all who came to the Texas shows, and all who made it possible - Buttercup was awesome in San Antone, this years line-up at The Swollen Circus was amazing, and thanks to all the promoters in Austin - Lil Deb, Jon, Randy, and Killer. I had a soft buttery whirlwind of a time, one the best South By's ever!!
Announcing a San Antonio concert with local faves Buttercup as well as a bunch of South by Southwest shows in Austin, both solo and with The Silos. Gonna be a party..... Please tell your amigos Tejanos. I hope to see you in the Lone Star State.!!!!!
Announcing a WaltersDogs Art Exhibition at The Deerfield Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, CA. I will be there on Saturday, February 16 to perform at the opening party from 6-9pm It will be an apres-ski extravaganza. Then the following weekend I will be performing at the 2 best listening rooms in the greater Los Angeles area with my pals Tom Freund and Victoria Williams!!! The shows are Friday February 22 in Santa Monica at McCabes and on Saturday February 23 in Claremont, CA at the Folk Music Center.
I will be playing solo and with my old pal Tom Freund, my nephew Charlie (he calls himself Grapefruit and is releasing a new album), and my niece's husband Hans (who's wonderful band is called Birds In Weather) at Cake Shop in New York City on Thursday, December 27. It's gonna be a Family Affair of epic proportions. Then on New Year's Eve, I invite you to join The Silos and ring in 2013 in style at The Rodeo Bar. Let's make it Great!!!!
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Got home last week from all the Westcoast dates. Thank you to all the fans that came out, and all the musicians I was honored to perform with - The Groove Session (Manny and Ronnie Sanchez and Sarven Manguiat), Eric McFadden, Victoria Williams, Rich Brotherton, Jon Langford, and Jerry Joseph!
I have 2 more dates close to home this week - Thursday in Phoenix and Friday here in Flagstaff. They are both with Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons and gonna be a party!
I'm getting on the airplane soon. I'll be playing in Baltimore with Jerry Joseph tomorrow to start my September run. I wanted to announce a bunch of October Dates in California, Oregon, and Arizona that include The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. I am very honored to have been asked to perform there. It's awesome, 3 days long, and FREE!!!! so get your asses to San Francisco! All the details are in the Tour Dates section. Hope to see you out there!!!!!
Announcing the September Schedule! WSH solo, duo with Jerry Joseph, and The Silos are all coming up in Baltimore, New Jersey, DC, NYC, and Deluna Fest in Pensacola. Eastcoast for September. Westcoast will be coming in October and beyond. Start making plans!!
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I will be performing at The Wicker Park Festival in Chicago on Saturday, July 28. Go to http://wickerparkfest.com/music for details. I'm really looking forward to this Festival! It's FREE, and myself and my band (Tim Bennett - drums, Jay Bennett - guitar, and Billy Crompton - bass and vocals) will be doing our set at 5:45pm right before our buddies The Baseball Project at 7pm. Then, Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons are playing later that evening at The Double Door which is right down the block, so I'm expecting Jerry to play on a few songs with us. Don't miss this party! If you don't live in Chicago, make a trip to the Midwest or at least pass this on to your Chicagoland friends.
Just returned from an amazing run! Thank you to all the fans in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Sturgeon Bay, Salt lake, Steamboat and Denver. Specials thanks to Pat and MelanieJane at The Steel Bridge Songfest for making that such an unforgettable experience, and to Jerry Joseph and The Jackmormons for bringing the rock and having such devoted fans and friends. I have some more shows coming up in Chicago on June 30 and July 3, both solo and with band.
The Old Town School of Folk Music show last night was one of my favorites from my whole career. I feel honored to have been able to perform there. And thanks Phil for providing the after party!! I just arrived at the Holiday MusicMotel for the Steel Bridge Songfest. The writing starts tonight. Already ran into Victoria Williams. It's gonna be quite a week.