3/23/21: We're a little over 2/3 of the way through the month and a little shy of 2/3 of the way to the final goal. That's not enough to make me anxiety-ridden, but it IS enough for me to encourage everyone to keep sharing and getting your orders in. I spoke with the nice folks over at Black Forge Coffee and they've agreed to let me toss in a bag of beans FREE (a $25 value) with the purchase of the Two-Sided Puzzle. I personally can't wait to do the puzzle, and I really want others to have the same joy but I know the price tag is a little steep. Hopefully this add-on helps sweeten the deal a bit. The Review Magazine did a nice write up on the campaign. Radio Wasteland's Jim Gleason had me on for Episode 8 of The Record Show. The finish line is fast approaching, so don't wait till April cause it'll be too late!
3/2/21: Milestone #1: Achieved! Wow! Thank you so much! In less than 24 hours of the launch, I have received enough funding to already begin the vinyl process! I'll be sending my album down to Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN where they will begin the process of creating the Master Lacquer. Files are loaded into a computer, then a fancy German machine with a diamond stylus cuts the audio into the grooves of an aluminum disc covered in lacquer (hence the term). Once all 5 sides are cut, they ship me the reference lacquer so I may listen for any audio issues (or lack thereof). Assuming there are no issues with the cut, I approve the record, they cut the Master, and it will be shipped up to Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI where it can begin the Electroplating process and eventually create a Stamper (big metal negatives of the record) that uses a bunch of heat and pressure to smash a puck of PVC into a Vinyl disc. The flashing (all the extra gook that spits out the sides) is then cut off giving you a nice clean edge. Normally, they would get put into jackets at this point, but mine will all just go onto a bulk spindle as I am getting the jackets pressed elsewhere, and will be stuffing the Records into the Sleeves myself. All 100 of them.
3/1/21: Crowdfunding Campaign & Pre-Sale Officially Launched!
2/27/21: For my Birthday, I have decided to open up orders to email subscribers, and anyone who has ever said "save me a copy!" (and honestly, anyone who stumbles on the site and realizes ordering is live). If that's you, you have officially been manually texted, emailed, or messaged directly to let you know you have a head start on everyone else before the big announce on Monday. My stomach is in knots with excitement and anxiety. This thing feels 10x more real now. March is going to be crazy!
2/20/21: Home stretch before everything goes live March 1st. Finishing up product mock-up images and descriptions, sorting out a way to utilize variable shipping to keep things as fair as possible, and adding a FAQ section to the Crowdfunding Page. For those that enjoy digging deeper and learning more about this project and what it means to me, there will be plenty of info there. If you have a question I have not answered, or something isn't clear, just get a hold of me using the contact form.
1/21/21: Online Store with Album Presale and Crowdfunding Rewards will go live March 1st through March 31st, 2021. During this window, you'll be able to pre-order the album on Vinyl and/or CD, in addition to T-Shirts, Puzzles, and other packages. Once all funds are collected, merchandise orders will be placed and put into production. I am hoping that all orders can be fulfilled within 6 months of completion of the Crowdfunding Campaign. I'm really at the mercy of the manufacturing plants and availability of materials. Rest assured, I will be aiming to fulfill orders ASAP, but I appreciate your patience and understanding during these strange times.
12/12/20: Album & Crowdfunding Update: At the current time, Covid-19 is still running amok though a vaccine is on the horizon. This continues to cast a shadow of uncertainty on the music industry, and life in general. The dismal brutal winter of Michigan is setting in as the days become shorter, darker, and colder. Crowdfunding preparation will resume at the start of the new year with a loose launch date of mid-to-late February, 2021. An ambitious set of goals and rewards is already in the works. This will be the most I have ever asked of the universe. I will absolutely not be able to accomplish this bucket list item without your support. The goal is to release the album on Glass Mastered CDs, and a limited edition run of 100 3xLP vinyl copies of the album. They will be of the utmost quality and contend with any major label release. Be sure to check back here for more information as things unfold.
11/20/20: Premiere of Under the Golden Ceiling Green Room featuring The Fireside Wake. This contains Andy's original performance from Episode 3 in addition to 2 extra performances utilizing electric guitars and backing tracks.
11/13/20: Premiere of Episode 3 of Under the Golden Ceiling featuring The Fireside Wake. One stationary camera and the Reed Recording Co. Mobile Rig captures Andy performing each instrument's part one at a time. Once edited together, it appears as if though Andy has been cloned 3 times to make this performance happen.
8/27/20: Taping of segment at Fireside Wake Studios for The Temple Theatre's Under the Golden Ceiling web series.
6/15/20: Premiere of the 34th Annual Review Magazine Awards. The Fireside Wake takes home Best Album Release Party for the event at Fischer Hall, Best Multi-Instrumentalist, and Most Innovative Artist.
5/30/20: Taping of the 34th Annual Review Magazine Awards. Social distancing was observed. No one involved became infected during the filming of the performances.
3/31/20: Covid-19 has officially derailed the course of humanity. As such, all crowdfunding endeavors for the manufacturing of physical copies of the album have been put on hold.
1/24/20: The Fireside Wake will be featured on Z93 The Rock Station's program Michigan Made. They showcase talent from all around Michigan and play songs that don't drop any f-bombs. Tune your outdated terrestrial radio dial to 93.3 FM on Sunday 1/26/20 at 8:00pm to hear one of the safe-for-work (SFW) Fireside Wake (FSW) songs.
1/23/20: Website facelift.
12/21/19: Album Release Party at Fischer Hall in Frankenmuth, MI. Private Event featured a listening party of the entire album, complementary Taco Bar & Desserts, complementary cocktails, complementary beer provided by Wildly Handsome Brewing Co. featuring a custom crafted Fireside Wake Smokey Porter, Album Art Gallery of the 5 oil paintings commissioned through Hargash Artist Studio, living-room-style listening station with couches & 4 separate headphone feeds for album audio AND soundboard audio, and 2 Live Performances of material from the album: an acoustic set featuring live looping, and an electric set featuring backing tracks from the album and an excessive amount of guitars & equipment.
12/20/19: Digital Album Release Date. Available here or on all major streaming platforms.
10/14/19: Album Release Party announced for December 21, 2019 in Frankenmuth, MI at Fischer Hall.
9/29/19: Digital / Streaming Release Date: Friday 12/20/19.
12/31/18: Album is mastered.
6/1/18: Artwork commissioned.
3/17/18: Launch Official Website.
11/16/17: Finish mixing and sequencing.
6/22/17: Finish Tracking.
3/1/13: Begin Tracking.