Thursday, July 3, 2014

Music - Wes Kirkpatrick

My brother Wes is a musician.  Actually, my brother Ryan is too, as well as my dad, and my grandfather played the mandolin.  I guess the music and singing talent skipped me and went to them instead, because I can't sing to save my life.  I'm not what we're talking about here though, so I'll get back on topic.  My brother Wes recently spent a few weeks in Bozeman, Montana recording a new EP album, and it is going to be nothing short of incredible.  As an independent artist, he doesn't have people footing the bill for studio time, production, etc. and those items are not cheap.  It is both good and bad, because he has total control in how his songs are recorded and owns all the rights, but the downside is that he has to pay for all of it.  The glory of Kickstarter campaigns has been such a blessing to independent artists like my brother.  It gives fans an opportunity to help make the album happen.  There are different pledge amounts and different products (like a signed CD or VIP tickets to an upcoming show) to pick from. You essentially place a pre-order and then when the campaign goal is reached, everything gets made and sent to you.  Pledges start at $5 and can go up as high as you'd like.  If you haven't heard of Wes Kirkpatrick before, take a minute to watch his Kickstarter video, consider supporting the release of the new EP, and share it with your friends.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

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