MUSIC NEWS - Jill Sobule's fan-funded album is coming to life! Her new release, called California Years, will be released on April 14, 2009 via her Pinko Records label. The album was produced by Don Was and features an all-star cast of players, including drummer Jim Keltner and pedal steeler Greg Leisz. It was recorded at Henson Recording Studios in LA. Henson is the former A&M Studio in Hollywood where Joni Mitchell made Blue and Carole King recorded Tapestry, what history there !
Over the course of Jill's long music career, she's been dropped by two major labels and found herself languishing on two indies that both went bankrupt. "Needless to say, I was hesitant to go down the label road again," she says. So, in November 2007, Sobule sent a message to her fans asking them what they thought of her idea to record a fan-funded CD. "It would be sort of a patronage thing, where you guys are the Medici family," she wrote, "except I give you prizes for donations of certain amounts." When she receiveduseful advice and encouragement, she launchedjillsnextrecord.com, where folks could donate cash in exchange for "gifts." A $10 contribution earned you a free digital download of the album; $50 got you an advanced copy and a 'Thank You' in the liner notes; $200 earned you free admission to all of Sobule's shows for the year; and $1,000 got you your own personal Sobule-penned "theme song." Three people who donated $5,000 got Sobule to come play at their house, which she loves to do ("They always have really good spreads"), and the one fan who donated $10,000 got to sing on the album (listen for her on "Mexican Pharmacy"). The website launched in mid-January 2008. By March, Sobule had reached her target of raising $75,000 through donations from more than 500 fans and even a few non-fans. "I got a message from this one guy saying, 'I don't really like your music, but I'm donating because I like this idea,'" Sobule recalls with a laugh. Because of those generous fans, Sobule was able to raise $85,000 and finance the recording, mastering, pressing, distribution, advertising and marketing of California Years. The initial goal was $75,000, but the fans' enthusiasm never waned and with that, the pressure was on to make the best record she could to satisfy her hard-working investors.
We look forward to hearing the results of her efforts, in the meantime, pick up her 04 Underdog Victorius release . Look for Sobule to tour during all of 2009 and beyond, tour dates will be announced soon. Check out HER I Kissed A Girl video clip below-
JILL SOBULE Spring 2009 Tour-
Tue 04/14/09 New York, NY Joe's Pub
Fri 04/17/09 Montclair, NJ Outpost in the Burbs
Sat 05/09/09 Northampton, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Sun 05/10/09 Larchmont, NY Watercolor Cafe
Wed 05/13/09 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
Thu 05/14/09 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Sat 05/16/09 Port Washington, NY The Landmark
Sun 05/17/09 Arlington, VA IOTA Club & Cafe
Wed 05/20/09 Los Angeles, CA Largo