Pepper Proud tours the way a folk artist should. She’s just as likely to show up in someone’s living room as she is a club stage, and whenever she can, she camps out.
All that time outdoors gave Proud a deep appreciation for the one resource we absolutely cannot do without: water. It’s the reason she’s decided to dedicate her next album to exploring water’s impact on our lives. Her first song, “Salty Bodies,” is instructive.
Proud evokes images of nature and water before asking the essential question: “Aren’t we all just salty bodies waiting to come together in sweet community?”
Community means a lot to Proud. It’s what helped her make her release her debut album, “Riddles & Rhymes,” in 2012. Proud used Kickstarter to partially fund the album, raising $3,800.
“It was just the push I needed,” Proud said. “It felt good to have support from the community.”
Now Proud is hoping to get a second push as she works to raise enough money to release “The Water Chapter.” With 23 days to go in her Kickstarter campaign, she’s raised $4,247, just about half of the $8,888 she needs.
“I’ve done the part of my story that is specifically where I came from,” Proud said. “Water is something broader. If you can’t agree with people on that simple basis, that water is important, then something’s wrong.”
While the Kickstarter clock winds down, Proud will be back on the road playing house shows and living room concerts — intimate performances that Proud says are essential.
“It’s an opportunity to meet new people, tell them my story and get their feedback,” she said. “It’s been really sort of a trunk show.”
Proud ends her vagabond ways Dec. 1 at the Triple Door. By then, she’ll know whether or not she’s made enough money to enter the studio and write her next chapter.
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails