NewTown using pre-sale to help fund next CD

NewTownAs NewTown prepares to start work on their first album for Crossroad Music’s Pisgah Ridge label, the band is taking a slightly different approach with the now-familiar crowd sourcing formula to ask fans to help with recording costs.

Pisgah Ridge is set up to assist artists with promotion and distribution, while the acts remain responsible for their recording budget.

NewTown is based around the husband/wife team of Kati Penn Williams and Jr. Williams on fiddle and banjo, respectively. They are joined by CJ Cain on guitar, Terry Poirier on bass, and Clint Hurd on mandolin.

They are set to head into Crossroad’s studio in Arden, NC later this month, with Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett producing. The songs are chosen, and arrangements readied. All they need now is the dough.

But instead of working with one of the popular online crowd sourcing outfits, NewTown is offering pre-sale opportunities from their band site. A total of ten options are available, ranging from $10 for a download of the first single and a signed photo, to $10,000 for a private house concert, your name hidden in the cover art, a video shout out, and the chance to shave Jr. Williams’ hair on YouTube.

The last date to get involved is September 1, 2013, with the new project expected for delivery in December.

Cain put this video together to give folks an idea what the band is up to with this new album. The two songs you’ll hear are his contributions. Six of his originals are set to be included.


You can see all the CD pre-sale options online.

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