So I’ve been sitting on these songs for ‘Acres’ for quite some time now, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to share them with you all. Bruce and I have been waiting for COVID to lift so that we can put the finishing touches on the album since March. His amazing wife, Erin assists in life saving surgeries at one of Massachusetts’ busiest hospitals, so for the safety of everyone, Bruce had made the tough but right decision to shut down American Bull Studios during the pandemic.
Yes, unfortunately that means delaying the release of the record, but it’s the right move. There are a handful of extra pieces to record, some mixing to do, our mastering engineer is waiting in the wings, and the artwork is all being finalized, so at least we’re using this time to get all of our ducks in a row so we can release when we’re finally able to return to the studio and finish up.
With all of that said, I’ve been itching to share these songs somehow. Enter Leesta Vall Records in Brooklyn. I’ve teamed up with them for what they’re calling Direct-to-Vinyl Shut-In Sessions. Here’s how it works:
- You visit this link: leestavall.com/products/shut-in-bernardjohn
- You select a song that you’d like me to record for you by August, 4th.
- I record a stripped down acoustic version of that song from my own home with a personal message to you
- They cut it directly onto a 7″ vinyl for you and mail it to your door
Here’s the cool part – THESE RECORDINGS ARE NOT REPRODUCED. No one gets the recording that you have. They do not live on in some other form. You pick a song, I record it for you and only you, they produce one and only one vinyl of it, then it’s gone forever. If multiple people request the same song, I play and record it as many times as it takes.
Now, I know these are all songs that you’re not familiar with as I haven’t recorded them yet, so I’ve put the lyrics from each song on my website here: bernardjohnmusic.com/music. This way you can have some context before you make your big decision!
If you place an order as a gift or would like a special message included in the recording, please be sure to add a note at checkout or simply send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thanks for all of your support! Please take care of yourselves and stay safe!