“Sorrow Sings” Album Artwork

A couple years back, I found this picture in a box of my Grandpa’s old photographs and it completely blew me away. I don’t know who it is, or where it was taken. My Grandpa passed away many years ago, so I never got the chance to ask him about it.

But it’s with this mystery, that I let my imagination run wild. Many of the songs on “Sorrow Sings” are sort of an imagined narrative of this man on his journey. In many ways, this image set the tone, sound, and general artistic direction for the entire record.

I’m a sucker for album artwork, and I believe that visuals can help enhance (or take away from) one’s experience with a song or an album. So, when you finally get a chance to listen to the record, think about this man on the cover, and hopefully it will transport you in the same way that it transported me throughout the writing process.

Cheers,

KAP

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Emmanuel House Benefit Concert at The Union w/Andrew Belle

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Emmanuel House is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping working-class families save and work their way out of poverty in a responsible & dignified manner.

Qualified families are selected and subsequently given the opportunity to live in one of their apartments – usually for about 18 months. Families pay market rate rent just as they would anywhere else, but by leveraging a variety of created and existing resources, an entire year’s rent (usually about $10,000) is channeled into each family’s savings to provide a down-payment on their first home thereby eliminating the primary and often sole barrier—the ability to save a down-payment—to homeownership.

To help assist Emmanuel House in their mission, The Union in Naperville will be hosting a fundraising concert featuring Andrew Belle and Kevin Andrew Prchal.

This concert will take place on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 pm with all ticket sales going towards Emmanuel House. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at ( http://tickets.noctrl.edu/selecttix_nochart.php?s_id=1082&p_id=85944 )

We did it!

Friends,

We did it!  We reached our Kickstarter goal!

Thank you all for your kindness and support.  It means more than you know.

When doing a Kickstarter, it is encouraged to pledge the least amount of money needed to cover your project, which is what we did.

Even though we reached our goal, there is still plenty of room for donations that will help cover costs including shipping, CD and vinyl distribution, and Kickstarter fees.

Not to mention, the cool rewards you get from backing this project including your name printed in the album credits, and a copy of “Sorrow Sings” on vinyl!

The campaign will end on February 13th, so there’s still plenty of time to share and contribute!

Thank you all again,

KAP.

Lincoln Hall / Kickstarter Update

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Exciting news!

On Wednesday, February 5th, we’ll be making our debut at Chicago’s finest venue, Lincoln Hall.  This experience won’t mean anything without you, so come on out, grab a pint, and catch a sneak-peek of some of the songs off my forthcoming record, “Sorrow Sings.”

Tickets are only $8 and you can get them HERE

The Kickstarter campaign for “Sorrow Sings” is well on its way, you guys. To everyone who has donated, thank you.  I can’t tell you enough how much it means to me.  For anyone who hasn’t, there’s still plenty of time to contribute!  Click HERE to find out how you can be a part of this record.

All the best,

KAP

 

Sorrow Sings – New Record & Kickstarter Campaign!

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Friends, Family, Strangers, etc.,

It is with great joy (and relief) that I announce the details of my new record, Sorrow Sings. This project has been my companion, of sorts, over the past three years, seeing me through many good times and bad.  Thematically, these songs explore the concept of light and dark.  Light and dark, not only as they exist in the physical world, but within ourselves, as well.  And, in brief, I discovered that just as light cannot exist without the dark in a room, I cannot exist without the dark in me.  So rather than running from it, or trying to change it, I welcomed it. I let it define me, and by doing so, my light began to shine brighter than ever before.  I let my “sorrow sing,” if you will.

But that’s not what this project is about anymore.  The songs have been written, and I’m a better person because of it.  This project is now about you.

I turned to Kickstarter to finish this record because I love the idea of it not being possible without you.  By contributing to this project, you are, in return, responsible for it.  The mixing, the mastering, the pressing, and the experience of watching it spin on your record player will have only been made possible because you got it there.  Whatever this record ends up meaning to people, I don’t know, but, for me, it doesn’t get much more meaningful than that.

All of the Kickstarter funds raised will go towards:

  • Recording costs (studio time, musicians)
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Album Artwork
  • Duplication
  • Publicity

The $4,500 that I’m pledging won’t quite be enough to cover all of these expenses, but it will certainly be enough to get this project on its feet.

Thank you all so much for listening, and for caring about what I do. It’s going to be a fun year.

Kevin A. Prchal

MAKE YOUR PLEDGE HERE: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1653760352/kevin-andrew-prchal-new-album

Holiday Show Wrap-Up, Announcement Coming Soon!

Earlier this month, we had the great pleasure of playing two holiday shows for the Frank Lloyd Wright Association and all of their dedicated volunteers.  The first show was at the historic Robie House in Chicago, and the second at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio in Oak Park, Illinois.  What an honor it was to even step inside these buildings, let alone perform in them.  Much thanks to Linda, Richard, and everyone else involved for having us.  Hope to see you again soon! (Picture attached below).

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Up next!  A long overdue announcement.  Stay tuned, you guys.  It’s going to be a fun year.

MIKE CASTLE

My oldest friend (born a week apart, a house apart) released his debut solo record today and it’s fantastic.  If you feel like day-drinking, I recommend “Brown Sugar Blues” and if you feel like taking a walk and getting lost, tune into “Evelyn.”  Either way, you’re sure to find something in these six tunes that you can hold on to.

The record is called “Nighthawks” and it’s available over at Bandcamp.  Give it a listen here:  https://mikecastle.bandcamp.com/album/nighthawks

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Wentz Concert Hall / The Hideout

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What a privilege it was to play inside the beautifully crafted walls of Wentz Concert Hall! Thank you to everyone who came out to share the experience with us, and a special thank you to Whitney Roberts and The Union staff for having us.

Up next!  The Hideout in Chicago on Thursday, October 24th with our friends Escondido!  Check the “Tour” section for details.

 

Fall Listening

It won’t be long before the leaves at your feet, folks.  Here are some recommendations for records that will fit nicely with that new hoodie of yours:

1. Grateful Dead – American Beauty

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2. Feist – Metals

3. Townes Van Zandt – Self-titled

4. Neil Young – Harvest

5. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

6. Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On

7. Yo-Yo Ma – Influenced by Bach: The Cello Suites

8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

9. Explosions In The Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

10. The Milk Carton Kids – The Ash & Clay