“Could I start over again?
I think I finally figured it out.
Maybe a second chance is all we ever need.”
--Ryan Chatelain, “New Beginnings”
Yes, I quoted myself, and I know that’s really weird. But what I’m about to tell you is weird, too, and the quote seemed appropriate: I have reissued “The Shoestring Sessions.”
Why? Without getting too into the nitty-gritty, I wasn’t thrilled with the mixes on the album. And as much as it bugged me, I kept telling myself: “It’s too late, Ryan. Let it go, dude! There’s nothing you can do about it now.” (I talk to myself A LOT!) But then I discovered there was something I could do about it. And if I was going to put these songs out into the world, I wanted them to feel right to me. I poured my heart and soul and a shitload of hours into this thing. These are my babies!
So, yeah, I’ve reissued the album. It’s weird. But that’s what I did. And I really do think it was the right call. The original version has essentially been erased. It’s no longer on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, etc. It might still be floating around there on some lesser-known download sites, but that’s all.
If you’ve already purchased the album …
You are eligible to receive this new version for FREE. (Seriously, trash the old ones.) If you purchased the digital album or physical CD through my website, I already know who you are and will be contacting you in the coming days to confirm your mailing address hasn’t changed. If you purchased it through another site, just send some sort of proof that you did (a receipt, a screengrab of it in your iTunes library, etc.) to email@example.com and I’ll send you a link to download the album or send you a CD (matching whichever media you previously bought).
If you haven’t purchased the album …
What are you waiting for? It’s never sounded better! You can buy the digital album at ryanchatelain.com (where you’ll find the best price), iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and elsewhere. Just be sure the version you are purchasing is called “The Shoestring Sessions (Reissue).” CDs are available exclusively at my website and shows.
If you’re a download service kinda person …
It’s also on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc.
Oh yeah, videos!
I had been posting a new song lyric video every few weeks. I got about halfway through before I stopped to focus on remixing the album. I’m picking back up with one video a week — first the ones I hadn’t gotten to yet, and then I’ll circle back to the ones I previously released but with the new audio on them. You can find those videos at ryanchatelain.com and on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, starting today with “Crazy" (below). So follow, like, subscribe, check back often, whatever you need to do to make sure you don’t miss the future ones.
Thank you for all your support!