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Next week, the PledgeMusic exclusive update on my current campaign will be something very special. For a limited time, pledgers will receive a free live album.

As a nod to one of my favourite live albums of all time, it will be entitled Live Undangerous. The recordings were captured at my recent UK shows with The Dowling Poole by my amazing friend Dave Draper, who has been closely involved with everything I’ve recorded for over a decade. I’ve taken the recordings away and given them some TLC in the studio, and Dave has mastered the finished mixes. Surprisingly, this is the first live album I have recorded and the finished result is really exciting. As Dave commented: ‘That’s a cracking record. Glad I recorded it. Would’ve missed some gold.’

I recently posted on social networks about this forthcoming giveaway and a number of people have already questioned the wisdom of my giving away an entire album. ‘Why don’t you hold it back, sell it as a stand alone album,’ etc. Well, sure. I could do that. But that would miss the point of what my Pledge campaign is about. Marketing and promotion are not my speciality. Ask any independent musician and, if they are honest, they will concede that they concentrate on doing what they do best: making music and, when it comes down to it, they are frankly clueless when it comes to effective self-promotion. We are inundated with advice from all quarters advising how best to maximise impact, monetise this and that, extend the reach of whatever. It’s something I accept I will never understand and, were I to dedicate the necessary time to learning the hows and how-not-tos, it would ultimately dilute the passion I invest in my music. Promotion and marketing are the remit of of other professionals, whose services currently fall well outside my budget.

The purpose of the Pledge Music campaign is to raise funds to enable me to cover the costs of recording and releasing the new studio album and merchandise, and I was determined from the outset to ensure those who joined me on the journey would receive as much free, unique content as possible as a sign of my appreciation for the incredible level of support I’ve received for the project. And, of course, I wanted to offer incentives to encourage people to get involved.

I can’t think of a much better incentive than a full free album - my first ever live album at that!
Once it goes live, it will be completely free to download in Wav/Flac and MP3 formats for one month.

I know that after that month expires my inbox will be filled with many questions, and, pre-empting that inevitability, I have prepared a list of them. The answer to all of them is a resounding NO!

1. Is there any way I can get hold of the free live album that was on your Pledge campaign?
2. Can you make it available on CD (NO… but, if you pledged in time, then you could burn your own CD from the WAV files)
3. If I sent you some money, would you send me the files.
4. Would you burn me a copy on CD, just for me
5. Will you consider releasing it for sale

And so on.

To everyone who has pledged so far, I cannot thank you enough. So far, the project is approaching around 75% of what I dreamed it might, and I am overwhelmed by your support and faith in what I do.

Those who haven't pledged, you can do so here:

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