Winter is peak time for studio recording. Festival season doesn’t ramp up in full until April and the outdoor amphitheaters are still shut for the season, offering less tour options. Peak recording time also means peak crowdfunding time, and there are loads of roots-oriented acts looking to raise funds to pay for that studio time or just to offer pre-orders of the new album with perks. Each week, I will feature some of the best new crowdfunding campaigns here. Think your band’s campaign is worth a feature? Send me an e-mail with a link to the campaign, a press photo, and a sample of your music and I’ll pick my favorites to highlight here.
Portland’s Sallie Ford is best known to many roots fans as the leader of The Sound Outside, a rockabilly-infused rock outfit. After that brand broke in 2013, Ford began recording as a solo artist and is preparing to release her newest album, Soul Sick, on Feb. 10. Ford is working with producer Mike Coykendall and a backing band that includes musicians who have worked with The B-52s, Tom Waits, and Modern Kin. Backer rewards include what she calls “cheesy gas station postcards sent from the road”, a disposable camera filled with pictures from the studio and touring, an embroidery hoop hand-stitched by Ford, and a chance to hang with Ford in Portland.
The hole left by The Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia’s death was so large that it took numerous bands to fill it. One of the leading groups in the post-Dead jam movement is String Cheese Incident. The Colorado-based group’s musical influences range wide from bluegrass to classic rock to funk to reggae. The band has their own branded music festival and a fanbase dedicated enough to fill any venue they play. String Cheese Incident are currently working on their new album, called Believe. It will be the first released from their newly built Sound Lab. Backer rewards include a vinyl bundle, and exclusive limited run poster, and a signed limited edition clear smoke vinyl.