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9/27/21: An entire palleted shipment of Vinyl Jackets, Inserts, and CDs are now in my possession! They. Look. AWESOME!!! Super weird and fulfilling to finally be able to hold this stuff in my hands. It seemed like such a distant reality from the time I started that I felt like these days might never come. The only unfinished inventory items left now are the Fine Art Prints and the actual vinyl discs from Third Man Pressing. The Test Presses are on the way, so as soon as those are approved, they'll be put in the queue for production. I over-ordered on all items so that I would have extra to sell at shows (and for stragglers who see all the cool stuff and yell "hey! I want one!" at me.) I have finished separating out the pre-sold stuff from general inventory so I can now start shipping product (all but vinyl orders for now). The hoodies are a bit thicker than the standard band hoodie which is PERFECT for the oncoming Fall and typical brutal Michigan Winter season. I'm very happy with how everything turned out so far. I reckon you will NOT be disappointed when your order arrives.

8/26/21: Puzzles have arrived and look fantastic (both sides)! The quality is great too - vibrant, slightly textured, durable pieces. They will be difficult to assemble, but I imagine they will look stunning when completed. Coffee has also arrived all the way from Pittsburgh, PA via a special delivery directly from the owner of Black Forge Coffee. It was the final batch of the S.O.S. Blend. I've also got about 75% of the screen-printed products done, courtesy of Outline Design & Graphics. As soon as I get the rest of the aprons and hoodies done, I can start fulfilling some orders. Koozies? Check! I'll soon be aiming my Merch Catapult at your shipping address.

6/4/21: Album layout is almost complete for the Vinyl and CD Jackets. I just have a few more tweaks to make for the CD layout since the formatting and dimensions are a little goofier than the vinyl. The production house that is handling the jackets and CD replication are estimating a 6 week turnaround time once everything is submitted and approved. I'm hoping to be able to submit that in the next week or so. Life has kept me incredibly busy with work, gigs, friends & family, etc, but I'm still carving out time every week to keep the ball rolling on this project so I can fulfill orders as soon as I can. Speaking of which, once the artwork side of things is done, I will be moving on to all the "soft goods" like T-shirts, Aprons, Hoodies, Puzzles, etc. It's highly likely I will ship all orders, excepting the vinyl copies, ASAP. I'll do a separate shipment for the vinyl when those are finally ready. By the time the CDs come in, the puzzles and coffee will probably be arriving, and I can work on screen printing all the shirts, aprons, etc. In the spirit of DIY, I'm doing all my own labor and personally screen printing all items myself. One of my friends' contribution to the campaign is that he's going to teach me how to screen print and let me use his facility to get everything made. I am very grateful for that as it's going to save me a ton of money that I can allocate towards helping offset the unexpected vinyl production expense increase. So, this summer, I need to balance work life, order fulfillment, and finding a few days to myself to try to relax a little. As always, I appreciate everyone's support and patience while I crank all this stuff out. Remember, I'm a one-man-Army over here so things move a little slower than other folks' projects might.

5/16/21: The 35th Annual Review Awards took place this evening and I managed to rack up a whopping SEVEN awards for my musical endeavors! That puts me in the All Time Top 3 for number of awards won in a single year. A few of the stand-outs include Best Website and Best Alternative Band. That's the first time in the 35 year history of the Review Awards that the Best Alternative Band was awarded to a one-man-band! What an honor! The following awards are now littered across my apartment: Best Band Website, Best Alternative Band, Best Live Streaming Performance, Most Innovative Artist, Best Instrumentalist, Best Rock Video (Pay Check), Best Rock Male Vocalist.

5/11/21: The vinyl order is submitted and my dream of using Third Man Pressing is actually happening! However, I must disclose a tiny roadblock that I encountered during my back-and-forth with vendors over the last month. Apparently, there was a fire at one of the main facilities that produce lacquer for vinyl production. As a result of the fire and Covid-19 supply chain disruptions, many companies have had to pivot and so will I. Long story short, I will no longer be able to use Welcome to 1979 to get the lacquers cut. Instead, that will be handled by Third Man Pressing so it will still be of the utmost quality. I will also be required to now press a total of 500 vinyl copies as opposed to the original 100 that I wanted. Pressing 100 copies was more of a function of reasonable expectations (and to be honest, budgeting) vs trying to create exclusivity. That said, the biggest chunk of the Crowdfunding Budget is now seeing a 400% increase. I will not be coming back to my supporters for more money. If you'd like to buy an extra bag of coffee or spread the word to help boost sales, you are more than welcome to but I plan to drain my life savings and simply press on. I budgeted conservatively enough to be able to withstand an unexpected monetary obstacle such as this. And since I'm way over budget now, adding some extra features to the vinyl release will be no more than a drop in the bucket. This will be a surprise and a Thank You for all those who ordered the vinyl. Turnaround window for vinyl production according to Third Man Pressing is about 6 months right now from the time all audio and artwork is submitted (which is pretty much what I expected and prepared for). Everything is submitted and in the TMP Queue. It looks like I'll be able to make good on my promise to deliver all merchandise before Christmas. So, if you wanted to get some Christmas shopping done WAY early, The Fireside Wake puzzles, coffee, and aprons all make great gifts! ;)

4/15/21: The dust is settling on the Crowdfunding and I thought I'd share some nerdy statistics. We were able to raise not only the goal of $15,000, but we've inched up to $17,203! That is absolutely incredible! 78 Copies of the Vinyl have been pre-ordered. About 2 dozen people and their friends and family are going to go insane putting the puzzle together. I get to cook 1 Spaghetti Dinner for my dear friend and his family. Another fan purchased a Porch Serenade along with a Private Concert so I gotta figure out how to put that experience over the top too. Aprons far outsold T-shirts which is a crazy surprise. As soon as the vinyl and CDs are ordered, I'll be working on those so they can still be used during the 2021 BBQ season. One of my best friends down in North Carolina took advantage of the YouTube Cover reward, so you have her to thank when she picks the song she wants me to learn since you'll all get to enjoy it. No idea what it is, but I really hope it's not something awful. Luckily, she has amazing taste in music, so I think we're safe and I'll have a lot of fun with it.

3/31/21: THANK YOU!!! The Fireside Wake 2021 Crowdfunding Campaign is officially FULLY FUNDED! We reached the final goal of $15,000 and then some! I am seriously in awe and incredibly proud & appreciative of everyone's support. Since I had some friends tell me they needed a little more time to contribute, I'm leaving the web store open until I'm ready to order all the specialty items. Getting the vinyl into production is the top priority as it's the main point of this project in the first place, and from a manufacturing standpoint it has the longest turn-around time. As long as the items are still posted, I'm honoring all Crowdfunding bonus awards like the free Koozie, and the free T-Shirt (with purchase of the Vinyl set).

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.