I appreciate everybody’s patience during this learning experience for me. I never realized the timeline/length of the vinyl process. I am happy to say the record should be delivered to me by the end of September. Which means it will be in your hands a week or two later. Mid October would be a conservative delivery date for all the Kickstarter contributors.
Matt Edwards, at United Record Pressing, Nashville TN has been my contact person. Really nice guy who has been updating me whenever any news drops.
There also will be download card in every record pressed. The download will be through Bandcamp.
“Rob Eldridge, known for his band Steelesque, departs a bit from his classic-rock roots to present Rooms Full of Gardens. One might guess that in preparation for this solo effort, Eldridge has been listening to more Wilco and The Kinks than The Rolling Stones. The vocals are soft, the lyrics introspective and poetic, and while the percussion is primarily of the machine variety, it adds an edgy element rather than cheapening the experience. Definitely worth a spin or two. “
— Seth Pfannenschmidt – Pittsburgh City Paper
Rob Eldridge a Burlington, Vermont Singer/Songwriter now based in Pittsburgh PA has a name around the block having supporting the following National Acts: The Jayhawks, Big Country, Government Mule, Warren Haynes, members of Phish, Blue Rodeo, Edgar Winter, Aimee Mann, Tea Leaf Green, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Big Wreck, Uncle Green, Raging Slab, Animal Bag, God Street Wine, Moonboot Lover.
After garnering accolades with his rock and roll outfit Steelesque. He decided to hole up with Producer Steven Foxbury in Yellow Couch Studio and write a batch of tunes that drew the attention of Grammy Award Winning – Mastering Engineer Rueben Cohen- Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood CA. Cohen added his dustings to the EP and Rooms Full Of Gardens was conceived. The EP can best be described as flowing 6 song acoustic atmospheric tornado that swirls with vocal harmonies reminiscent of late Beck records and the acoustic songwriting charm of a Josh Rouse offering. Eldridge plays a 1965 pawn shop piece Stella in the open E tuning throughout. With no songs barely going past 3 minutes all the little nuggets abound like low lying fruit for starving music aficionados.
So this is where we are folks……and decisions need to be made soon which will require some feedback from YOU! Below is the tentative artwork for the vinyl record. I was able to add a lot of you to the liner notes on the back sleeve of the LP. I certainly wouldn’t be here without you guys!! “Rooms Full Of Gardens” is set for digital release July 1st. You will be able to stream through iTunes Radio, Spotify and Shazaam after July 1. The EP can be downloaded through iTunes and Bandcamp. Upon research I have read that Bandcamp has higher quality download files. Which means the songs might sound a little better to a trained ear. This means the download link you will receive from me will most likely be through Bandcamp. You can easliy add the EP to your iTunes library by doing THIS.
Q and A…..
Would you like a download code emailed to you the first week of July or would you rather receive it in your Reward Package?
I’m adding a sticker to the $25 Reward Package and tee shirt/sticker to the $50 + Reward Package.
Timeline or Vinyl Production Breakdown:
Recording of EP: done
Mastering of EP: done
Artwork Design: done
Merchandise Design: tee-shirts in production, stickers ordered
Cut Mastering at Capitol Records/Studio: in production now and should be done by next week.
Pressing of Record on Vinyl: Once United Record Pressing (Nashville TN) receives the lacquer/metal parts from Capitol they will begin the pressing process. They have indicated that this usually takes about 8 weeks. So if all goes well then you all will receive your vinyl copy by mid September. I am so pumped to send these records out to people!! Just keeping you all in the loop.
So I just realized how much planning and brainstorming is required in properly releasing a creative project. In this case an EP. The only thing I’m firm on right now is track order, title and mastering company. Now the real work ensues with following topics circulating in my head like a paperback book in a tornado: Kickstarter, vinyl, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Shazaam, duplication, distribution, live performance, promotion, investors, social media, review outlets and bloggers.
These sort of things don’t lend themselves to kindly to the creative process. I mean how can I start writing again and ignore exposing these little gems I’ve recorded? Songs not exposed or revealed to listeners remain unborn and never grow. So my plan is to get behind these songs and give them wings. Till next time…..send me an email..email@example.com love to hear from all artists and people.