It’s been just over a week since I wrote about the project on Kickstarter for soul/rock/psychedelic/gospel musician Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, and there’s been some amazing progress in the last day or so in reaching his goal to record a new album.
The goal is to reach at least $39,000 on Kickstarter.com by January 9 just to reach the amount of money it would take to cover recording expenses. Today marks 20 days left in the campaign, and Wednesday was a big day for the project. By the end of the day on Tuesday, it had raised just over $9,000. By the end of the day on Wednesday, it was over $29,000. As of this writing, it stands at $32,219 with 1,331 backers.
There is some happiness in the Bay Area over that. There is some great joy. It helps to make for a merry Christmas indeed, and there’s still time to reach even greater heights.
Adding to the excitement has been the fact that Alexis Ohanian — a co-founder of the social news and entertainment site Reddit.com who’s partnered on the project with Lester — posted the video of his interview with Lester Wednesday on YouTube, and it’s already gotten close to 160,000 views.
There’s also talk of CNN looking at doing a story on Lester’s campaign, with a portion of the proceeds from that campaign to be given to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to help other musicians like Lester to meet his financial needs for things like health care or just basic living expenses.
It also warms the heart to see some of the comments made by backers on the project’s comments page …
Lilah Montgomery Smith about 15 hours ago
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full — pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Thank you all from the bottom of my own heart… you all ROCK!! It doesn’t matter what you give, it matters how you give and I’m just so floored by everyone’s love and compassion. It is so uplifting to SEE that people still “get it.” Be well, be blessed and Merry Christmas!
This, my first Kickstarter project to back, has been keeping me up at night since I first randomly came upon it.
I’m so excited to say that earlier today, with funding right over $9.000.00, I decided to just give it a rest and to fully believe that good hearted people would come together and support Lester. As I am typing this, we are ONE DOLLAR away from $23,000. If I’ve ever had faith in Humanity – it is right this second. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to everyone involved!! WOOHOO!!
Spoke too soon – now at $23,019!
Best Christmas EVER!
Axel Fredrik Hansson about 22 hours ago
Proud to support definitely. First reason for me to start backing up projects.
Matthew Katz 1 day ago
Great project, I can’t wait to see the project come to fruition. I’m also looking forward to seeing the t-shirt!
That’s just a sampling of the kind of spirit that’s behind this project. And here’s nearly 30 minutes’ worth of video showing the kind of talent that would be on the album, with Lester and The Mud Stompers playing on a Bay Area television show in recent months.
How high can this campaign go? There are more than a few people anxious to find out.
That makes for a happy holiday.
- Alexis Ohanian: Lester Chambers’ “time has come” (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian Taps Kickstarter And The Chambers Brothers To Prove Music Industry Wrong (fastcompany.com)