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Joe Craven & Stanton West Team Up To Create A Concept Album About Birds

by Ed Lemar


Birds inspire us to be more.  Birds were once lizards that sprouted wings and took flight to become something better.  Their story is our story.  Each song is a chapter about an injured songbird who takes flight from the nest, has many adventures amidst friends and foes, and returns home transformed.  

The new concept album, Songbird, written by award-winning songwriter Edward "Stanton" Lemar and produced by creative genius Joe Craven, will be recorded on May 14-18 at Foxtail Studio.   It will be released Summer 2017.  

Joe Craven & Ed met at Feel Good Music & Art Festival in 2006.  They realized instantly that they were musical brothers who shared a love of music, travel, percussion, and songbirds.  They have both had outstanding solo careers and are now teaming up to create a new audio adventure in the folk tradition.  

This journey starts where it always does. Where all was well with the world.  Then calamity and chaos create pandemonium. There is a call to adventure. Then hard times and turmoil must be endured, a Love Story, and a shining moment when everything comes to Light... and all is good again.


1. Come & Get It (All is well, foreshadow)

2. South for the Winter (Main character introduction)

3. Black-eyed Susan (Take flight, a call to adventure)

4. Caravan (Seek Truth in a world of friends and foes)

5. Ray of Sunshine (Fall in Love, Meet Mentor)

6. Wedding Day (Crossing the Threshold)

7. Dig A Hole (put down roots)

8. Spiders in the Window  (Blown off course)

9. The River Knows the Route (The path home is shown)

10. Grateful 432 (transformation and the power of gratitude)

11. Wallowa Mountains (happily ever after)  

We are looking to raise $7,500 for production costs, studio rental, studio engineer, mastering, session musicians, and travel to California.  Our stretch goal will fund the printing of the CD's, CD artwork & graphic design, and hiring a publicist to get the album out into radioland.

We are so grateful that you are interested in collaborating with us on this project!  Please share with your friends & family.  

In Harmony, 

Joe Craven & Stanton West