Star Noir: Book One

Help Produce The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Jeffrey Gaskill

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A tribute to Blind Willie Johnson takes you into the world of early blues and gospel and the making of an all-star compilation.
Backers: 956
Average Pledge Per Backer: $131

Funded: $125,154 of $125,000
Dates: Oct 15th -> Nov 16th (33 days)
Project By: Jeffrey Gaskill
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If we can increase pledges by $30 per backer we will succeed!

November 15th - via:
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November 13th - via:
Hi All! We are picking up steam here but we still need to raise another $33K in a little over 24-hrs.  If we can increase pledges by $40 per backer we will succeed!  If you haven't already, please consider increasing your pledge or bringing on a... (Read More)

62% Funded! 4 Days To Go!!

November 12th - via:
Dear Blind Willie Johnson Backers, Your support is greatly appreciated. I want to thank you all for contributing to the campaign. As much or more than the money, the support of this project, the moral support, means a lot. We've got just four days... (Read More)

48% Funded!! Down to the Wire!! All or Nothing!! 9-Days to go!!

November 6th - via:
Hi Everybody! We are down to the wire with 9-days to go and we need your continued help getting the word out!   Please continue to share links and spread the word as often as you can!!  HERE IS A POST YOU CAN CUT AND PASTE: Time is running out... (Read More)

Sinead O'Connor to pay tribute to Blind Willie Johnson

November 4th - via:
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor is to take part in a crowd funded tribute album for Blind Willie Johnson. (Read More)

New Interview and Article!

October 28th - via:
Hey Everybody! DJ Grandpa had Spike Lee on his program a few weeks back.  Today he posted a podcast interview with me regarding Blind WiIlie Johnson and it starts at about 24:00 min There was also this piece in CrowdFund... (Read More)

On Kickstarter: A Star-Studded Blind Willie Johnson Tribute Album

October 28th - via:
Jeffrey Gaskill is a Grammy-nominated executive music producer with a passion for the blues, and he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a tribute album for Blind Willie Johnson. (Read More)

35% There. Please Help Us Reach Our Goal! This Campaign is All or Nothing!

October 24th - via:
Dear Songs of Blind Willie Johnson supporters, I have a very important favor to ask each of you...

 We are ten days through our Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for a long overdue tribute to the great Blind Willie Johnson featuring an... (Read More)

Blind Willie Johnson Tribute LP Kickstarter Launched

October 23rd - via:
The influence of legendary gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is without question. Johnson's phenomenal slide-guitar tone and technique informed everybody from Delta blues legend Robert Johnson to contemporary six-string wizards Eric Clapton and Ry Cooder while his haunting lyrics impacted artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt and Jack White (The White Stripes). You can hear Johnson's tormented soul across a wide range of modern blues music. (Read More)

Blind Willie Johnson Influenced Son House

October 22nd - via:
Son House, who was a primary influence on Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson covered Blind Willie Johnson's "John the Revelator" after he had been "churchified."  Tom Waits has agreed to record this song for our project as well as "Soul of a Man".... (Read More)

Blind Willie Johnson Historical Marker Dedication

October 21st - via:
It was a very windy day in Beaumont, TX in December 2010 when the city unveiled a historical marker at the location of Blind Willie Johnson's home and house of prayer at 1440 Forrest Street. Spread the word about our project! ... (Read More)

Tom Waits and Sinead O Connor to appear on Blind Willie Johnson covers album

October 17th - via:
A kickstarter campaign has been set up to help fund a covers album of songs by legendary blues musician Blind Willie Johnson. The album is set to feature covers from the likes of Tom Waits, Sinead O' Connor and the Blind Boys of Alabama. (Read More)

KickStarter Campaign Begins For Tribute Album to Blind Willie Johnson

October 17th - via:
Jeffrey Gaskill has the dream of bringing the music of blues legend Blind Willie Johnson, as performed by a group of classic veteran artists, to the general public with the album God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson. (Read More)

Tom Waits, Sinead O’Connor & more to feature on Blind Willie Johnson covers album

October 17th - via:
A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund a tribute album to bluesman, Blind Willie Johnson, with the likes of Tom Waits and Sinead O’Connor getting on board to contribute music. (Read More)

Blind Willie JOHNSON

October 17th - via:
В Kickstarter запущена кампания по сбору средств на запись трибьюта Слепому Вилли Джонсону (Blind Willie Johnson). Фанатам предлагается профинансировать участие в проекте таких исполнителей как Том Уэйтс (Tom Waits), Шинед О'Коннор (Sinead O’Connor), Люсинда Уильямс (Lucinda Williams), Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys of Alabama и Рики Ли Джонс (Rickie Lee Jones). Организаторы планируют собрать 125 тысяч долларов, и это им почти наверняка удастся: за первые два дня на счет кампании поступило почти 30 тысяч. (Read More)

Blind Willie Johnson covers album to feature Tom Waits, Kickstarter campaign launched

October 16th - via:
With his unique bass thumb-picking style and gravelly voice, Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the founding fathers of blues. His music inspired acts like Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, and Steve Vai, all of whom would eventually cover Johnson. In fact, Johnson is such an icon that his song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” is etched on a gold-platted 12″ that recently became one of the first man-made objects to leave our solar system aboard Voyager 1. (Read More)

Thank You For a Great Start!!

October 15th - via:
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