Vari-Colored Songs on Kickstarter

Hey Everybody!!

I would be honored if you would be a part of the success of my first solo record!

What began several years ago as an inspired idea to set a Langston Hughes poem to music, has since flowered into a very personal exploration of African-American and Haitian history through song. Vari-Colored Songs is an album that has been waiting at least 5 years to be made! The moment is ripe and the momentum is strong!!!

Lucky for all of us, there is a small break in my touring schedule with the legendary Carolina Chocolate Drops, that will enable me to physically be in one place for a bit and focus on creating a gorgeous record to share with all of you beautiful people!!

The bulk of the recording will happen this January, 2013 at Joseph “Joe Bass” DeJarnette’s Studio 808A in Floyd, Virginia. I’ve chosen to work with Joe because I know that he will be able to capture the nostalgic feeling of my songs while maintaining the authentic sound of my instruments and my voice.

Aside from my playing and my voice, some of the musicians who will be featured on the album include the incredible Rhiannon Giddens on vocals, lady killer Hubby Jenkins and on bones, frighteningly talented Don Vappie on tenor banjo, and master drummer Damas “Fan Fan” Louis (featured in the video above) on percussion. Seriously heavy hitters!!

I was honored to receive an Artist Advancement grant for $3,000 from the Louisiana State Arts Council to cover the actual cost of recording. Still, there are several other costs associated with this record.

They are:

  • paying musicians
  • studio time for overdubbing
  • mixing
  • mastering
  • photography
  • packaging
  • design
  • travel expenses

My $5,000 goal will enable me to cover these expenses. If I’m able to exceed my goal, all the surplus funds will go towards promoting this record so that as many people as possible get a copy in their hands!