Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Heidijo releases new CD

When a musician solicits Kickstarter funding for a project, the payoff for patrons comes when a CD gets released. Singer, songwriter and pianist Heidijo Smith, who performs just as Heidijo, does just that with her release party of “Magazine Street” at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Although a vinyl limited-edition isn’t yet ready, Heidijo will be rewarding her supporters with CDs and download cards. Last year, Heidijo raised $5,600 to help fund a recording session held earlier this year at The Music Shed, a New Orleans studio.

“It’s been an amazing little journey, that’s for sure,” Heidijo said of her recording project. “It was good to have that support from the local community. It gave me the boost to put out this album.”

Joining Heidijo on “Magazine Street” and at the release party are Spenard musician Yngvil Van Guttu, trumpet, and Colin Tolman, drums. Admission is $10 or pay as you can, and CDs also are on sale for $10.

Heidijo describes her music as more on the blues side than the jazz side, but with elements of both. She chose to record in New Orleans because of its musical tradition, she said.

“The music I love has roots there. It’s really obvious when you’re playing it how it permeates the sound,” Heidijo said. “It’s a whole streaming cauldron of creativity going on there.”

For more on Heidojo’s music, visit her website at

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