Blending folk and Americana, Stone & Snow draw their inspiration from the western landscape, mainly the snow-capped Rocky Mountains. With an inviting, warm sound, the duo's music is the perfect accompaniment to a rainy day and a great cup of coffee. Made up of singer-songwriters Karen Bridges (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and Clint Thomson (vocals, guitar), Stone & Snow released their first album, These Are The Hills, in June 2014. Recently, Bridges discussed their new album and crowdfunding techniques with us, as well as playing the Taste of Chicago this past summer and how Sonicbids has helped their career so far.
Where does your lyrical inspiration come from?
Your debut album, These Are The Hills, was released earlier this year. What were the most memorable songs that you recorded?We went big on this. We tracked 15 songs thinking we'd cut a few, but we ended up wanting them all there. A couple of our favorites are "Hello," "How I'll Come Undone," and "Standing Still." We worked with producer David Rossi and owe so much of the sound of this album to him and his vision. Honestly, every track was memorable working with David, and we hope to work with him on the next one.
The album was crowdfunded, which is pretty awesome. How did you decide to go that route?
Like a lot of independent bands, we crowdfunded out of necessity. We knew our album was going to cost a lot of money to produce. It made sense logically when we asked ourselves, "Do we want to front the cost personally and pay ourselves back album sale by album sale, year after year, or do we want to pre-sell the album in a way that covers the cost of production, keeping us in the black when it drops and not saddled by any debt?"
In a perfect world, we could have saved up the money over time to pay for the album, but that's not always possible with a relatively new band that's still building a fanbase and might not be playing enough high-paying gigs to pay the bills, much less save for an album. Asking our fans to help fund the record really seemed like the best way to realistically get the music in their hands, and it paid off. We were able to fund the entire album production with additional funds left over to help us promote the finished product.