Crowdfunding Campaigns of the Week: The Dustbowl Revival, Shawn Colvin, and Antsy McClain
Crowdfunding Campaigns of the Week will be taking a break next weekend as I will be on-site covering the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for No Depression. But before we go, we have one more batch of campaigns to send you. This week’s batch covers a wide range of crowdfunding styles, with a pre-order from an Americana fan favorite, a re-release from a genre legend, and a unique crowdfunding campaign from an artist who was doing the crowdfunding thing before it was popular.
The Dustbowl Revival has grown in popularity over the past few years with their horn-heavy New Orleans jazz influenced sound. Now, with their new eponymous album, they’re promising to explore more of their soul and funk influences. To do that, they’ve enlisted producer Ted Hutt, who knows a thing or two about crossing genres, producing for everyone from Dropkick Murphys to Old Crow Medicine Show. Backer rewards include a box of cookies, handwritten lyric sheets, a variety of instrument lessons, and a chance to request The Dustbowl Revival cover a song of your choice.
Shawn Colvin is undoubtedly a legend in the Americana world. The 2016 AMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a genre changing talent who has worked with practically everyone, most recently Steve Earle. Now Colvin is releasing a remastered version of her album A Few Small Repairs to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The album comes with an extra EP, titled A Few Extra Repairs, as well as a DVD featuring promo videos for the album and a live performance from Sessions at West 54th. Other backer rewards include a shopping date with Colvin in Austin, dresses worn in several of her videos, and a voodoo doll hand crafted by Colvin.
While not as nationally recognized as the other two acts in this week’s list, Antsy McClain has been a fixture on the roots music scene for over a quarter century now. He is also an innovator in the crowdfunding world. Years before sites like Kickstarter and PledgeMusic existed, McClain and his band The Trailer Park Troubadours, were already crowdfunding albums through their own website, offering things like names in liner notes, signed merchandise, and house concerts long before it became the standard. For McClain’s newest multi-media release, Under the Light of a Quarter Moon, its no surprise that he’s still skipping the major sites to do his own thing. Consisting of an album, book, and art print, McClain is taking a page from the Radiohead model, with a “pay what you can” link to pre-order (with a suggested donation of $60). Under the Light of a Quarter Moon was a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Pete Huttlinger and finished with friends of Pete after he passed away in 2016.