Music fans have the opportunity to help Reggie Williams and Matthew Fowler fund their upcoming Bring A Friend Tour and earn some unique goodies in the process. Williams and Fowler have teamed up on a Kickstarter project not only to help fund a major tour but a split EP as well. Their Kickstarter campaign ends on August 13 at 9 a.m.
The two Orlando based singer/songwriters went to Pittsburg to put together their exclusive perk for contributors and fans along the tour – their split EP. There will only be 500 copies pressed. This live acoustic EP will only be offered as a Kickstarter reward and for sale at venues during the tour.
The Orlando Local Music Examiner asked Williams about the Kickstarter, the tour and the EP. “There are two new tracks on the record and ‘I Don’t Know How’ was re-recorded in a new version that I’m super proud of,” he said. “I love it when you can take the same song and the same subject matter and just shine the light a different way and it becomes an entirely different experience. It’s like the first time I heard Ray Lamontagne cover Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. It was like ‘Man, I can’t believe this is the same song’.”
Williams explained why they chose to record in a studio in Pittsburg. “Matthew’s manager Steve runs a studio up in Pittsburgh and I was all about exploring what’s up in Pittsburgh,” said Williams. “It seemed really right to get all the recording done within the family of our project/tour. It was good to work with someone who has such a different philosophy on recording than I do and it really presented some unique challenges for all of us and I think we all grew from [it]. Also, Pittsburgh is beautiful. Any chance I get to go to a big city, I’m for it.”
The plans call for the duo to embark on a 50 day, 40 city tour starting the last week of September. The planned stops include Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, DC, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and of course select dates in Florida.
While it’s fairly common for singer/songwriters to team up for tours, it’s not that common for them to tie everything together from a Kickstarter to a recording. Williams said this about their partnership, “Matt’s a great guy. It’s nice to work with someone who I can legitimately call my friend, especially someone who is a music fan, first and foremost. I learn a lot from him just in his enthusiasm for the music itself and I hope I can reciprocate that on tour.”
Other than the exclusive split “Bring A Friend” EP, they are offering music fans other unique perks for contributing to their Kickstarter project. The perks include good karma, exclusive and limited press T-Shirts, handmade bracelets from Fowler, handwritten letters, unique tour photos, a house show, a Skype performance, a producer credit on the EP, an all-day picnic and canoe trip down the Wekiva river and even Williams in his infamous zebra striped tights for a show.
Williams and Fowler have a tour kick-off show in Orlando at The Social on September 6. “This’ll be our last show in Orlando for a while and I’m super excited to be headlining, especially with the new songs on this record,” said Williams. “Another one of my local favorites Landon Pontius is gonna be joining us as well to celebrate his successful Kickstarter as well, so I think this is gonna be an event to remember.”