New album "Winter Hill blues"

I'm raising the funds to release my new album "Winter Hill Blues" in the spring of 2022. This record has been nearly eight years in the making, with material that was written and refined on stages across Europe, before I began traveling to Mississippi to learn more about the Bentonia style of blues with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes at the Blue Front Cafe. The music was recorded in Memphis by acclaimed producer Bruce Watson (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess/Bible & Tire Records) with a plan to release vinyl through CosiRecords in Europe and support with tour dates, but the pandemic changed things.

As one door closes, another opens. I'm now planning to self-release "Winter Hill Blues," with promotional support from my trusted friends at Nick Loss-Eaton Media. Nick has already helped me so much to develop as a musician and writer, so I'm very glad to take this next step together.

"Winter Hill Blues" is completely recorded and ready for the next phase of manufacturing and promotion. I am hoping to raise $4,000 to make this happen. In exchange for your support, I'm offering a list of exclusive, personalized, one of a kind rewards below, from house concerts to private guitar lessons, to recordings made just for you and more.

I will post regular updates here as we work together to get the album out there. Your kindness and the community that comes with it will help me bring this music out into the world. Thank you!

Join the mailing list for pre-order updates

Album pre-order and rewards

Winter Hill Blues

Ryan Lee Crosby

Pre-order download: Your price

Winter Hill Blues

Album download (pre-order)

Please choose a price: $ USD ($8.00 or more)

Please pay at least $8.00

or close

The new album of Bentonia and North Mississippi inspired songs, which were written and developed while touring Europe and the Deep South. Produced by Bruce Watson (Fat Possum Records) in Memphis, TN.

Expected release: June 14, 2022

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    0:00/3:23
  2. 2
    0:00/3:32
  3. 3
    0:00/3:39
  4. 4
    0:00/3:08
  5. 5
    0:00/2:57
  6. 6
    0:00/3:22
  7. 7
    0:00/4:55
  8. 8
    0:00/3:31
  9. 9
    0:00/3:16
House Concert
  • House Concert

House Concert

In cart Not available Out of stock
$500.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + I will play a solo show in your home or outdoor space. Expect an evening of original and traditional songs, numerous instruments, stories from the road and reflections on the musical life. Travel costs will be added for any concerts beyond the Boston area.

Read more… close
One Day of Recording Music Together
  • One Day of Recording Music Together

One Day of Recording Music Together

In cart Not available Out of stock
$400.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + I will record you and your music for one full day. My mobile setup includes high end microphones and tube pre-amplifiers with tape recorders and a DAW. I can record you and/or your band, or I can provide backing tracks and overdubs to go with your performance. Travel costs will be added for sessions beyond the Boston area. Multiple days may be purchased - contact me at info@ryanleecrosby.com to discuss.

Read more… close
5 Zoom Guitar Lessons
  • 5 Zoom Guitar Lessons

5 Zoom Guitar Lessons

In cart Not available Out of stock
$400.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + 5 one hour lessons on Zoom in which we work on any kind of music you are interested in. The lessons can be recorded and used for future reference. (This option is available for new students only)

Read more… close
Exclusive Solo Set Recorded Just For You
  • Exclusive Solo Set Recorded Just For You

Exclusive Solo Set Recorded Just For You

In cart Not available Out of stock
$200.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + I will record an exclusive, one of a kind hour long solo set of hand picked songs and stories, which will be lovingly tailored and dedicated to you in the recording. I will mail it in the format of your choosing. (digital, CD or cassette)

Read more… close
One Hour Guitar Lesson or Hang Time on Zoom
  • One Hour Guitar Lesson or Hang Time on Zoom

One Hour Guitar Lesson or Hang Time on Zoom

In cart Not available Out of stock
$80.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + let's meet for one hour on Zoom to play guitar - or if you don't own a guitar - to have a cup of coffee and talk about or listen to music together. (This option is available to those I have not previously seen for lessons on Zoom)

Read more… close
CD or Cassette + Handpicked albums from my back catalogue
  • CD or Cassette + Handpicked albums from my back catalogue

CD or Cassette + Handpicked albums from my back catalogue

Your price

CD or Cassette + Handpicked albums from my back catalogue

Please choose a price: $ USD ($40.00 or more)

Please pay at least $40.00

or close
$40.00

One CD or cassette and digital download of "Winter Hill Blues" with a signed thank you note before the official release date + 2 or more handpicked unreleased/out of print albums from my archive in formats of your choosing - LPs, 45s, CDs, Tapes. These run the gamut of musical styles from blues to rock to singer/songwriter and experimental. Have a request for formats? Let me know in the "notes" section at checkout!

Read more… close
Donation of Any Amount
  • Donation of Any Amount

Donation of Any Amount

Your price

Donation of Any Amount

Please choose a price: $ USD ($1.00 or more)

Please pay at least $1.00

or close
$1.00

If you simply want to help the project, but aren't looking for something specific in return, your support in any amount isn't too great or too small. Thank you so very much for your kind contribution!

Read more… close

FAQ

  • When will the album be complete? 

    The music is already done and ready to be heard! Your support in this next phase will go directly towards the cost of promotion and manufacturing CDs/tapes. The album will be released no later than June 2022.
     
  • How can I contribute? 

    By purchasing an advanced copy of the album and/or by selecting any of the rewards above, you will be helping me significantly in pursuit of the $4,000 goal.
     
  • Why is your goal $4,000? Isn't that a lot of money to release an album?

    It can easily take upwards of $10K or more to record an album in a studio, produce physical copies and work with a partner to release the music. I have already funded the recording of the album, but I need help with manufacturing, sharing and distributing the content. That's what this campaign is for. $4K will help significantly with this important phase of the process.
     
  • Why aren't you using GoFundMe or Kickstarter? How will I know if you’ve reached your goal? 

    Using my own website provides as open a connection between musician and listener as possible, with a minimum of third party processing. All your support will go directly to me, which I will only use towards the release of "Winter Hill Blues." If I reach my goal, any additional funds will go towards tour support when the album is available next spring.

    As things progress, I will regularly post updates here at this page and I will also send emails to those who sign the list. (Don't forget to sign up at the top of this page for exclusive news and behind the scenes aspects of the campaign!)
     
  • How can I share this with my friends? 

    Thank you for asking! Sharing the fundraiser is one of the best ways you can help. Please feel free to refer them directly to this page you're reading now. The web address is ryanleecrosby.com/new-album-fundraiser
     
  • If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me directly at info@ryanleecrosby.com.


    Thank you!

 

fundraiser updates

Live from Memphis with R.L. Boyce and Shaun Marsh 

It was an inspiring weekend in Memphis. On Friday, I played live on the air both at Radio Memphis (who premiered the new single "Down So Long") and also at WYXR. On Saturday, I played two sets at the Green Room at Crosstown Arts (one solo and one backing the Grammy nominated North Mississippi bluesman R.L. Boyce, alongside my dear friend Shaun Marsh). 

It felt great to get back out and play for people this month. I have missed it so much. Thank you everyone for your support. 

Videos by Maysey Craddock