As a general rule, I am sick of everyone Kickstarting everything. For one thing, the amounts requested have become rather exorbitant. Even as a Veronica Mars fan, I don’t understand why wealthy people backed by Warner Bros. need $2 million from us, up front, to make a movie happen. Or why fans were so enticed by ‘rewards’ like paying to appear as an extra in the Veronica Mars movie that they ended up giving millions beyond the original goal amount. In the country music realm, I don’t understand why Jo Dee Messina needs $100,000 to make an album – or why, at that price, we need another Jo Dee Messina album, given how little indication there is that she’ll do anything more interesting than what she did on Curb.
Still, you have to respect that the system is essentially democratic, and the projects that get funded are the ones that enough other people actually want to see happen. Even when the outcomes baffle us.
In that spirit, I will now shamelessly shill for two current Kickstarters I deem worthy.
The first is Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien’s Memories & Moments Kickstarter, which already appears well on its way to a $30,000 goal with 21 days remaining. Given that it’s a Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien collaboration we’re talking here, you’ll eventually need to buy the album anyway when it starts appearing on all the Best of 2013 lists. You might as well secure some early-adopter bragging rights by reserving your downloads, CDs, and other goodies now. The pair’s previous studio album, Real Time from 2000, netted them a Grammy nomination. More recently, we reviewed their 2012 live album We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This in glowing terms. Scott chatted and previewed some of the new music on WSM’s “Coffee, Country & Cody” recently.
The second is George Palmer Macias’ Water on Tin Kickstarter. Longtime readers might recall our favorable coverage of Macias’ first solo album, Firefly, back in 2009. This is his follow-up, and it’s easy to root for a scrappy passion project by a guy more people should know about. Rewards start at the very reasonable level of a full album download for a paltry $3 donation. Here’s the campaign’s video package: