We needed songs (check), a bit of practice (check), a sound engineer, graphics, a venue to release it (check-- 331 Club...yes!!), and a finished product. Oh...and a band of willing participants.
Start the whole thing out with a band discussion--questions about moving forward. Could we make the EP happen? What was the point? How much $$$? What bands would share the spoils of Happy Folkin' New Year? Who would record us? What's the square root of 8,000,651? etc.
--- And the result? ---
Well, one thing's for sure, Folk 'n' Thieves has been a ragtag combination of musicians and songwriters perty much from the beginning. The structure is loose in terms of who/when performances happen (at least that is the trend).
So naturally, heading into the project, yet sticking to our formula, we lost a member of the band (banjo) and picked up a substitute/potential new member (organ/accordion) later in the project!
At some point, the decision on the EP came down to what many earth shattering decisions in life come down to:
--------'Why the hell not?!? (pardon my french) Let's do this!!'--------
Our graphic man from the get-go, Jeffrey Nelson, had been feeding us great graphics for a time. We figured we had those in the proverbial grocery bag (read on).
Self-releasing an EP isn't too grand of an idea as long as you can figure out how to get graphics on a cd. Memorex CD Labels work great. So do nicely folded grocery bags and some sort of graphic/photoshop program. Me? I use GIMP.
To be continued...