Kickstarter has given music lovers worldwide a chance to help in the creation process of an album. This website allows bands to set a monetary goal for the creation of their album. Afterwards, the public is allowed to donate money in exchange for various perks from the band, ranging from private concerts to pre-release copies.
Many Gulf Coast bands have enjoyed the benefits of Kickstarter. Now, blues diva Lisa Mills is asking the public to help her in financing her next project.
Mills is “reclaiming” her first studio album “I’m Changing.” Her desire to go back to the beginning came when she found an old copy of “I’m Changing” while cleaning out her home studio/office. After listening to the album, Mills decided that her vision for “I’m Changing” was lost during its creation.
For her, the album is “incomplete.” In order to finish her vision, Mills is asking for $30,000, and this money will be well spent. She has enlisted Grammy winning engineer Trina Shoemaker to add her touch to “I’m Changing.” This money will also finance musicians, studio time, graphic design, publicity, radio promotions, and many more moves that will be beneficial to the reclaiming of her album.
In exchange for their generosity, Mills’ fans will receive a variety of rewards, depending on the amount donated. Donators could receive everything from early releases of “I’m Changing,” autographed posters featuring original artwork, and even their name included in the album’s liner notes. Visit Kickstarter for more info.
For many years, The Ugli Stick reigned supreme as the kings of the Mobile music scene. This group made their way through the Southeast and beyond with their funky sounds.
Over the past few years, Mobile began to see less and less of The Ugli Stick. Members of the group began appearing regularly in other projects, but rumors of break-ups would be squelched by another performance from the band.
However, the suspicions of The Ugli Stick’s departure from the Mobile scene were justified when news of their break-up hit social media. While The Ugli Stick may be finished, several members of the band have decided to continue forward with a new project called Stereofauna.
Stereofauna features local singer-songwriter Gregg Fells on lead vocals/guitar. Dale Drinkard will be providing vocals and guitar as well. Quentin Berry will bring his bass into the mix, and drummer Tim Stanton will complete this quartet with his impeccable beat. The band has already given the public their first aural offering with the track “Lou’siana Valentine,” which showcases a soulful blues-rock sound.
Former Ugli Stick frontman Eric Erdman will continue with his solo work.