POTSDAM - A Potsdam native says a popular crowd-sourcing website called Kickstarter enabled him to obtain enough funding to record a solo album.
Now, Galen K. Curry is hoping contributors will chip in again so The Currys - a band he has formed with two cousins - can hit the studio to record their first-full length album.
I grew up in Potsdam. Ive been playing in bands there a long time. My parents and friends still live there, so I have a connection to the place, Mr. Curry said during a telephone interview from Virginia, where he and The Currys will be touring, along with gigs in Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. He said theyve been playing around Florida all summer.
The Currys, he said, is a family band based out of Port St. Joe, Fla., that includes two brothers, one cousin and a rhythm section. The melodic folks rock group has been playing together casually for the past three to four years and have performed all over the United States and Ireland. They have also been the subject of a PBS documentary.
One of members was a school teacher in Connecticut and quit teaching last year to focus on music.
This is his first summer of not being a teacher basically, Mr. Curry said. Were getting more serious. Now its full-time. This will be our first full-band release.
Still, he said, their music is one part of their lives.
We all still have part-time things to do. Some people are more serious about it than others, said Mr. Curry, who works as a part-time nanny. I watch little kids.
He described their music as a mix between pop and bluesgrass-y.
The former frontman of the north country rock band The Beds, Mr. Curry moved to Virginia after high school, where he attended the College of William and Mary.
After graduating, he passed on an opportunity to attend New York Universitys music therapy program, opting instead to move to Texas and concentrate on his first album.
Mr. Curry had used Kickstarter as a platform last year to convince donors to contribute $8,000 for the release of his second album. He had recorded his debut album, Some Perspective, in 2010. The fundraising site for creative projects had been launched in 2008.
The last time I got funded. It was a complete experiment for me. I didnt know what to expect. It was awesome, he said, noting he had support from the north country and Florida.
Now he hopes music lovers will support their next project. As of Tuesday they had 175 backers who had pledged $17,611, putting them over their goal of $12,000 with the pledge period ending at 12 a.m. Aug. 13.
Theyre not charged when they make a pledge. Theyre charged when the goal is made. Then we go to the studio, Mr. Curry said.
He said they pretty much know 90 percent of the music they plan to record when they hit the studio. With extra funding, he said, well probably be able to cut a few extra ones. Right now were kind of playing it safe.
Donations can be made at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1396350862/the-currys.
The Currys are offering special gifts for those who make pledges. For $5 or more, You have our heartfelt thanks. And as a bonus, The Currys will dream about you for one week, they said.
For donations of $10 or more, Receive a digital download of the new album + everything listed above, they said.
On the upper level, for those who donate $1,250 or more, The Currys will come to your backyard/house and put on a full band show for you and your friends.
A $2,000 donation will entitle the donor to be named executive producer of the new record, they said. You will be listed in the album credits and have early access to the tunes as they are being recorded.
For now, Mr. Curry said, theyre looking forward to hitting the studio to begin their work.
We are chomping at the bit to record, he said.