Opelika native Trace Pridgen has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his debut EP, “Songs from the Road.”
“My lowest goal is $3,000, but I’ll need about $5,000 to do everything I want to do,” Pridgen said.
Pridgen decided Kickstarter is a better option than other popular fundraising sites like GoFundMe.
“I’ve had a couple friends do their funding through Kickstarter,” Pridgen says. “Kickstarter is a little more mainstream as far as new ideas go.”
Money raised through the campaign will help produce hard (and possibly vinyl) copies of the EP and pay the studio team.
“By not going the extra mile for quality recording, production, mixing, good musicians and mastering, I’m shorting everyone, including you!” Pridgen wrote on his Kickstarter page.
The EP is set to feature seven tracks. Extra money raised will go toward funding a full-length album in the future.
The EP is expected to debut early 2017, according to his website.
A Video Bonus
Pridgen also created a video to go along with his campaign, which is on the Kickstarter page.
“It’s a compilation video from a bunch of different places that describes the album from start to finish,” Pridgen said. “Through work or personal travel, I’ve logged right at 100,000 miles over the past couple of years.”
Lyrics to many of the songs featured on the EP were written in hotel rooms and while traveling. The video shows Pridgen in several states, including Arkansas, California and Texas.
“I refuse to release anything that does not give the listener a first-hand view of the last 100,000 miles,” he said. “Being able to do this requires a team of extremely creative (but expensive) individuals to bring this vision to fruition.”
Pridgen graduated from Auburn University in 2012. He used his guitar as a distraction from studying for finals his freshman year, which sparked the idea of a music career.
At the Hudson Family Foundation’s annual concert series in the Auburn University Arena, Pridgen opened for Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore and Frankie Ballard. He and his band are also nominated for the Atlanta Braves “Band of the Year.”
Pridgen’s first single, “Annie Sue,” is now available on iTunes, Spotify and all other streaming music services.
He is also selected to submit “Annie Sue” to the UK’s Pop-Up Music, a service that helps match tracks to television, film, commercials, etc.
In September, he became a finalist for “Nash Next,” a competition for “Nashville’s next country star” and named “Best Local Musician” by The Corner News’ “The Besties.”
Catch Pridgen playing at “On the Tracks” in downtown Opelika, then right after opening for Humming House at John Emerald Distillery on Oct. 7.
To donate to Pridgen’s Kickstarter campaign, click here.