Crazy central Texas floods, weather, and rain have made for an interesting week…
First of all, YES, we are safe and dry. While we didn’t sustain any real damage (just a lack of electricity for a while…), lots of our friends have suffered quite a bit of damage here in the area and around the state. Please keep them and the relief workers in your prayers and thoughts as we reach out to each other.
Second, as I’m sending this out, the CD artwork has been mocked up, posters are done, and t-shirts are designed. This week, we’ll finish tracking a few final things and begin the final mixes. If you’ve been keeping an eye on my KICKSTARTER page, you’ll notice that we’re a few weeks behind schedule.
As happens with things like this, we’ve had to navigate lots of schedules and wanted to produce the best product we could. I couldn’t be prouder of the work my producer has done and the things he’s brought out in this project. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
Below is a SNEAK PREVIEW of the upcoming artwork! Let us know what you think! (photo credits to Janett Marie Jones!)
After a LONG weekend in the studio, I’m stoked about this upcoming recording project!
Thanks to many of you and the success of my Kickstarter campaign, we had an unbelievable time in the studio this weekend. We started each day @10 am (the ‘crack of dawn’ to a working musician..), and worked hard until we couldn’t take it any more. Then we slept a few hours and got up to do it again. With the help of my producer and long-time buddy Jeff Moore, I was able to call in some crazy-talented players to help me bring this project to life. Players such as:
Fred Mandjuano (Drums for Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Kevin Max of dc talk, Will Sexton, and more)
Lonnie Trevino, Jr. (Bassist for South Austin Moonlighters, Monte Montgomery)
Mike Hogan (violin for David Crowder Band)
….as well as a special guest appearance by renown guitarist David Grissom! (I’m picking my jaws up off the floor as I’m writing this..). Crazy, I tell you. And I can’t wait to get the finished product wrapped up in the next few weeks and into your hands.
In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new pictures, artwork, merchandise, and some release party announcements. If you’d like to host a CD release party or house party, just let us know!
Finally, don’t forget to check out the TOM COTTAR MUSIC page on Facebook…and follow @tomcottar on Twitter.…and tom_cottar on Instagram….. and watch for updates here…and reverbnation.com….and…..well, you get the idea.
After months of writing and performing, I’m hoping to get back in the studio to record a collection of my latest singer/songwriter material. I feel that this collection of songs are some of the best I’ve written to date…and I’d be honored if you decide to help be a part of it!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Last week, I attended my first ASG Symposium here in Austin. It was my first experience of a 5-day event surrounded by such talented people, songwriters, producers, and genuine people. Stumbling into this community a year and a half ago has profoundly changed me. And I’m truly grateful.
On Day #2 of the symposium, I pitched 3 songs to a crazy-talented producer. We enjoyed our time together and he was very complimentary. Surprisingly (as you’ll be able to tell), he chose me as the Producer’s Pick for the night and I was asked to perform the song for the conference! Very cool! It was an honor… and a pretty humbling experience. Check out the audio below!
THIS WEEK, I’m honored to be the featured VIDEO over at CreativeMondays.net! Headed up by the amazing Tim Noxsinz, I got connected to the #CreativeMondays community several months ago and feel humbled to be their first feature of the new year. I’m constantly amazed at the amount of talent and creativity in this crew. You can connect with them via Twitter on the #CreativeMondays open space, or on their website!
A few months ago, my 5 year old daughter had the privilege of being the flower girl in my niece’s wedding. Convinced she was an actual princesses for the night, I spent most of the reception time dancing with her…laughing, being silly…until she wore out around 10:30. After we got home around midnight, I wrote this song….
Hope you enjoy!
A rough demo of one of my #CreativeMondays projects…a recent co-write with friend/lyricist Mark Lambert.
For all of us who live beautifully crazy lives, and love it.