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It’s been some time since I’ve posted an update here. I have been updating my Kickstarter

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page since that’s where the activity has been happening for the past month. Now, with the CD project nearly finished I’m moving a lot of information back to the blog. So, what’s been happening?

Well, the CD is almost done. All recording is completed and we’re down to mixing. I got to tell you, was there ever a lot of great performances captured during our five days of recording. I think the final total was just over 40 hours of studio time! The band was amazing, we captured some killer vocals (thank you!) and I really can’t wait to share. As of this writing we are expecting to ship for manufacturing towards the end of June. That means I should have the CD in my hands mid- to late-July.

In addition to the actual recording there is also all the legalities and side projects. Copyrights have all been filed and paid for, the ASCAP title registrations are done, and all the performers have signed their releases. Our artwork is getting done (should have a report later today) and once the CD art is done the t-shirt art will be close behind. I’m going to be working with publicists to help with getting the word out and developing some press to support the project, and you can expect some news of the CD Release Party variety soon. Just working on the venue and scheduling the band next week.

So many decisions …

There are a couple of performances coming up that I wanted to let you know about. First, tomorrow, Friday June 15, I will be appearing at the Curious Comedy Theater with the “Time Out!” Rad Dad’s Show. This is always a great show and I hope you can make it. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available online at www.curiouscomedy.org

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Saturday June 23rd we will be hosting Steve Key at the Lighthouse Concert Series. Steve is a great pro-songwriter with several cuts to his name. He’s just released a new CD and will be doing a show at our home from 7pm until we kick him out! Send me an email for the details. It’s a great opportunity to see an amazing songwriter in an intimate setting. Just $15 and it all goes to the artist. If you’d like to join us send me an email.

On Monday July 16 I will be opening a concert at the Doverlaff House Concerts in Portland. I’m really looking forward to this one since I will be opening for two of my favorite folk poets, Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin. We’ve hosted Danny and Carrie at the Lighthouse and now I’m going to open for them at Dan Dover and Cheryl Mitzlaff’s great garden venue. This will be the first performance where I might even have some CDs to sell! Go to http://doverlaffhouseconcerts.org/

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 to RSVP.

And remember, I’m also at Columbia View Park in Saint Helens every Thursday for the 13 Nights on the River concert series. I don’t perform, but I do work the sound system and occasionally emcee. It’s a great music series and always a lot of fun. Music starts at 6pm and runs to 9pm each Thursday night. www.13nightsontheriver.com

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That’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer!

Lyman

My pet project
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I’ve got a lot of work to do. For the past month I’ve been laying the ground work for my first Lyman Louis photo

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“real” CD project. Real in that I’m going to hire a producer, drummer, bass player and some other musicians and vocalists. Real in that I’m going to go into a full time studio with all the knobs and switches and – more importantly – someone who knows what they all do. Real in that I’m going to hire an artist and photographer(s) and graphics designer to make the package look as good as the CD sounds. Real in that it’s all going to a big company (with a plant in New Jersey) to be manufactured and sent back to me in boxes. And real, in that I am looking harder at numbers relating to dollars than I have since we shut down the business in 2008.

Yep, that’s real.

The nice thing is I’m not going to do this in a vacuum. I’m interviewing producers and studios as we speak. I had one in mind but after a long hard talk with an industry voice I trust I’ve decided to shop around a bit. I may still go back to my A-#1 choice but there are some great smaller studios out there that are cranking out some excellent product so it would be foolish not to at least check them out.

The other thing I’m doing is setting up a Kickstarter

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campaign. For those who aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it’s an “all or nothing” crowd funding system. If you’re interested in a CD, you can pre-purchase one. If you’d like to support at a higher level, you can not only get a CD, but a river cruise with me as your personal tour guide, guitar or songwriting lessons, or have me come and (get this!) DUST your house. Actually, I’ll bring the cleaning crew and while they dust I’ll entertain you. We’ll work it out!

Last thing, I’ve just posted a bunch of new shows on the website. If you haven’t seen the website in a while go check it out. Tyler Stenson

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just did a bunch of revisions and it’s looking pretty darn good. Go check it out and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Lyman