Crowdfunding Campaigns of the Week: The Honeycutters, Packway Handle Band, and CCR
Bands choose to crowdfund or offer direct-to-fan sales for a reason. Some are raising funds for a new album. Some are just bolstering pre-orders with additional merchandise to better compete for a shrinking album market. Some are classic artists revisiting past works or putting out previously unreleased material. And some are raising funds for other things, such as a new vehicle, a tour, or a new studio. In this week’s edition of Crowdfunding Campaigns of the Week, I’ve covered three of those bases, with a new album from Americana group Packway Handle Band, a photo book from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 visit to London, and a rare DIY campaign not hosted on one of the major crowdfunding sites from The Honeycutters.
The Honeycutters have slowly worked their way to the top of the Americana world, in the last couple of years finding a bigger audience at festivals and their own headlining shows in America. Now they’re off to conquer The UK and they’re raising money for the trip. Hosted on their own website rather than a crowdfunding site, The Honeycutters are ensuring they get maximum returns from their campaign. Incentives for backers include a UK Tour shirt, handwritten lyrics, and an exclusive track download.
Athens, GA based Packway Handle Band has certainly pulled out all the stops for their new album Go On Get Up. They’ve enlisted Scott McCaughey from REM and Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 to produce the new album. Bill Berry from REM and Brad Morgan from Drive-By Truckers contributed drum tracks. Former DBT member Shonna Tucker and Thayer Serano from Cracker provided guest vocals. Backer rewards include two tickets to an upcoming show with a pre-show picture with the band, a box full of children’s shoes that used to adorn the band’s van, a Mad Libs-style lyric book, and the bench seat from their van Big Red.
In April 1970, famed country rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival made their first visit to London and photographer Michael Randolph was commissioned to commemorate the trip as photographer. Now Randolph is allowing his photos from the trip, many of which have never been seen before, to be digitally remastered and published in book form. The print run of this book is limited to 999 copies, so it could easily become a collector’s item. Additional rewards include a photo folio and a “hand noted” edition of the book with annotations from Randolph and Keith Badman.