Every week in this space, I bring you some of the best new crowdfunding campaigns culled from an ever increasing list of campaigns from popular sites like PledgeMusic and Kickstarter. Crowdfunding, either as a method to raise funds for a project or a pre-order link offering additional merchandise to increase revenue. This week, we go to opposite ends of the Eastern United States, with an indie-folk songwriter from New York and a new release by one of New Orleans’ most treasured acts.
For over a decade now, Anders Parker has been a prolific artist and collaborator. The upstate NY native’s work includes albums with Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, as well as a number of solo albums. Now Parker is preparing to release his 17th album, titled The Man Who Fell From Earth. The play on the famous David Bowie title promises, according to Parker, “a dog, a baby, wind, mountains, divorce, stars, travel, regret, drunkenness, snow, dead trees, luck, agony, longing, despair, hope, helplessness, interstellar transmutation, naked women, rocks, books, breakdowns, and love.” Backer rewards include a bound lyric book, a variety of original paintings by Parker, and a Skype guitar or songwriting lesson.
There’s no shortage of musical heritage in New Orleans, arguably the most musically rich town in America. But there’s no one band that more symbolizes New Orleans’ musical style than The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. While Preservation Hall, and the house band there, are popular stops for tourists, it is the traveling version of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band who are New Orleans’ true musical ambassadors, traveling the world to present New Orleans-style jazz to fans at major music festivals (they’re booked to play Bonnaroo this Summer), and collaborating with some of modern rock and Americana’s best names. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is preparing to release their newest work, So It Is, and is offering a pre-order via PledgeMusic. This album of all new material was heavily influenced by the group’s visit to Cuba in 2015. Backer rewards include a commemorative drum head with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band logo, an autographed tambourine, and a curated tour of Preservation Hall by band leader Ben Jaffe.