Chris Eselgroth of Foureyes Graphics has been helping put together my CD package which is about to go to Discmakers for manufacturing. Chris did my last album “The Hungry & The Hunted.” It’s been great working with him again. I know you all want to see the front cover! I’ll be posting that soon. In the meantime, here’s the back cover. My neighbor Tracy Timmester was kind enough to shoot the photo of me and my truck. After all, you can’t be a self-respecting singer-songwriter and not drive a truck, right?
Some wonder why I would put out a CD at all since everything is streaming these days. Truth be told, when I released my last album five years ago, I had at least three friends say they didn’t own a CD player anymore. And these days, most new cars don’t come with a CD player. When I bought my new Dell computer last summer, the CD drive was an add-on. Despite all this, I’m doing it. There’s just something about handing a physical thing to someone.
Like my last two records, I’ll be including a lyric book with the CD. Sure, many won’t dive into it, and that’s okay, but for me, when I buy CDs (which I still do all the time), I’m beyond disappointed if the artist hasn’t included their lyrics. I love to study them, sit with them, sing them, but most importantly, learn from them. I was that kid with the ridiculously large headphones on, attached to the the record player, lying on a pillow on my bedroom floor reading and rereading the album cover forth and back. That unique pleasure has never gone away for me, and it never will.
CDs may be dying out, but they are still the lifeblood of independent musicians like myself who cart them around and hawk them at their shows. And in a few short weeks, you can pick up a copy of your own!