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Rachel Harrington: NEW ALBUM!

NEW ALBUM PRE-ORDER & FUNDRAISING: July 9-Aug 31, 2018

HUSH THE WILD HORSES:

After a long six-year hiatus from playing and touring, I'm happy to report I've fallen back in love with music and am making another studio album of original songs. The cd will be called Hush The Wild Horses. These songs come from six years spent at home - homesteading you could say. Time living, time with family. These songs include stories and images from a bedside vigil with my dying grandmother, the wildfires of the West, the suicide death of an uncle post-Vietnam, the end of a romantic partnership and the beginning of a new one, internal family struggles with addiction and homelessness, becoming a horse owner again, being a citizen in these troubling times, the death of my songwriting hero Guy Clark. There's even a song from a dream in which Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings sang me a new song of theirs - a song that did not exist before that dream. And, sticking with tradition, one gospel - an original, and one acapella.

The overall sound of the album is aimed to be acoustic and small - along the lines of Celilo Falls, but moodier. Michael (see below) will add sparse instrumentation here and there: upright bass, violin, lap steel. I hope to have a few special guest musicians appear as well. 

I'd be lying if I didn't tell you how very excited I am about these songs. I'd also be lying I didn't tell you how scared I am to make another album. Gulp!

MEET THE PRODUCER/ENGINEER:

My longtime producer, Evan Brubaker, with whom I made 3 studio records, has gone on to have a family and left the music business. Gut-wrenching acceptance of his absence forced me into producer-shopping. It's taken a while but I've finally decided. A Memphis transplant, Michael Thomas Connolly is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with deep roots in the acoustic music scene. You can learn more about him and his Empty Sea Studios here: https://www.emptysea.com

TIMELINE:

The official UK/Europe release will happen once the record is done. The official US release will happen in 2019. All pre-orders will be fulfilled as soon as I get cds from the manufacturer though.

BUDGET:

Making records is not a profit-making endeavor, at least not for me. Simply put - I can't do it without you. It takes a village. I'll be self-releasing this album under my own label (SkinnyDennis Records) and I've secured top-notch publicists for the UK, mainland Europe, and the US. I've put together an extremely bare-bones budget. Here's what we're looking at...

Studio: $8000
Musicians: $1000
Mastering: $700
Graphic design: $500
Manufacturing 2000 cds: $2700
Mailing estimate: $500
Rewards merch (gtr picks, stickers, t-shirts): $400
UK & Europe promo: $1600 
US promo: $2000

Total Cost: $17,400

Makin' music ain't cheap.

If we raise anything extra, I know I have a handful of fans who would love vinyl. For 200 copies though, it's $2700. So that's a luxury expense we can add if we reach our bare bones goal.

ARTWORK

My good friend and brilliant water-colorist Rachael Rossman is, as we speak, hard at work on the album cover. Her website is www.rachaelrossman.com. She does original, commissioned animal portrait work and is 25% now until July 31. Thank you so much, Rach!! You rawk!

If you have talents you might be able to donate or trade for cd rewards below, be in touch. 


FUNDRAISING THANK YOU GIFTS

Digital Pre-Order

$10 or more: Digital copy of the album before the official release date

CD Pre-Order

$20 or more: A copy of the new CD before the official release date.  

Backstage Level

$30 or more:  An autographed copy of the new CD before the official release date and the password to access BACKSTAGE PASS, my songwriting, recording and studio blog. BACKSTAGE PASS will include exclusive video, audio and text as I am writing and recording the new CD. Come along for the ride! 

Roadie Level

$100 or more:  All of the above PLUS a limited edition RLH t-shirt and your name(s) listed on the cd sleeve as a Patron.

Tour Manager Level

$250 or more:  All of the above PLUS a one-of-a-kind piece: pretty handwritten lyrics of the RLH song of your choice, signed and framed. PLUS new RLH guitar picks and stickers. PLUS VIP tickets for two to the CD Release show in your area.

Super Fan Level

$500: All of the above PLUS a one-of-kind ORIGINAL: Lyrics and song sketches from one of your favorite songs of mine. Not kidding. I have a file drawer full of completed songs (each song in its own folder) that have cassette tapes (yes, cassette) of early drafts, melody ideas, lyric scraps written on napkins etc. I can’t promise your favorite song has ALL the various fun goodies in its folder, but I’ll check – and together we’ll find a song folder you want. Can send to you as-is, or have it framed, depending on folder contents. 

Muse/Co-Write Level

$750 or more: Be my muse and co-write a song. I’ll write a song for you (or help you write one) on the topic of your choice. We’ll meet on the phone or Skype to discuss your idea or story. Once we’ve written the song, you’ll get a studio recording of me performing it, including my signed, handwritten lyrics and my song development notes. It’ll be an official co-write.  

Executive Producer Level

$1000 or more: Your choice of the above gifts PLUS your name(s) listed in the CD sleeve as Executive Producer, VIP guest list admission to any shows EVER, and invites to the pre- and post-show dinner/mixer at any CD Release shows. PLUS up to 50 copies of the new cd to give as gifts to your friends. PLUS my eternal gratitude and my first born son (good luck, lol!).

Executive Producer Level PLUS House Concert 

$2000 or more: Everything above, PLUS a free concert at your home (or special event?) for whomever you wish to invite. 

Any questions at all?  Email me directly at rachelharringtonmusic(at)yahoo(dot)com

Click the image below to donate with credit card or PayPal.  Or simply mail a check to:

Rachel Harrington
9614 SW 268th St
Vashon Island, WA   98070

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!  

With love and gratitude,

Rachel

 

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July 9, 2018: the cover artwork by Rachael Rossman in progress...