Ten years ago my band and producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel convened at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland, Oregon to make Nowhere Nights, the album that, in all likelihood, introduced you to my songs. Nowhere Nights is an album I'm extremely proud of, particularly "I Was a Photograph" and "Like Teenage Gravity", which Counting Crows went on to cover on their album, Underwater Sunshine. In the decade since the release of Nowhere Nights, I saw some pretty significant ups and downs - most of which were well-publicized - and subsequently stepped away from anything having to do with the music business, I thought for good.

That plan changed due to encouragement from a bunch of really wonderful friends and in 2018 I joined the band Hawks and Doves and we released an album called From a White Hotel. I was surprised and encouraged by the response the album received from press ("From a White Hotel shines its spotlight on a new, improved Anderson: sober, sharp, and ready to make up for lost time." - Rolling Stone), radio (WXPN, KEXP, etc.) and audiences. I went on tour and people came to the shows. I had not expected that. I cannot express what it meant to me to feel welcomed back by my friends, and by people who listened to my songs.

I've released three albums since Nowhere Nights in 2009 - the aforementioned From a White Hotel with Hawks and Doves and two albums with my band the Honkies - but I have not yet done what I set out to do before I got in my own way and sent my life spinning sideways: I have not gone back into the studio with Eric Ambel to make the follow-up to Nowhere Nights. This April, I'm going to do that.

Nowhere Nights was my first (and only so far) truly autobiographical album, written at a time when I'd left Bellingham and come home to Portland. I've written what I consider to be the "sequel" to that -- a collection of songs about my life since (everything you read about) and my life now (sober, stable, married, and working in counseling and recovery as a mentor and advocate); songs about the things and people who helped me come back, and who've stayed behind me and beside me. From a White Hotel was, by and large, an album about the world I saw around me when I came out of prison. This album is about the life I built in that world, and the people who helped me build it. I can't think of a better way to make this album than to go back to the legendary Jackpot! (former session home to Eddie Vedder, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith and others) with Eric Ambel, and some of the friends I've made along the way, and I hope you'll help me do just that.

The goal for this project is $17,500, which would cover the making of the album -- studio time for tracking and mixing, mastering, rates for producer, engineer and session musicians. This project will run for 35 days, from February 18 through March 24. I will update the progress of the project weekly below.

Your support means so much to me. Thank you for sticking with me.

- KA

CAMPAIGN: February 18 - April 15

GOAL: $17,500

RAISED TO-DATE: $11,100.00 (63% funded)

Kasey Anderson