Pete Hanks is about to go on the road for the first time. This is the tour that begins it all. Come get involved!
ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF
Hello, I'm Pete Hanks. This has been a big year for me, but hopefully with your help, it can get bigger. This is only the start, and I want you to be a passenger from the beginning, but to quote the late, great, George Harrison: "It's gonna take money, a whole lotta spendin' money. It's gonna take plenty of money, to do it right." The goal is $1500, but it's going to take much, much more - to get to where we're going.
I recorded my new EP, Leave With The Lights On, at Spirithouse Studio in Northampton, MA with engineer and well known guru Danny Bernini. Danny had done everyone from Blondie, to Martin Sexton, to Notorious B.I.G, so I knew I was in the right place. As always, I was on a tight budget, so we got together a few of the best session musicians around, and we recorded and mixed the EP in less than 3 days. The songs spent many months in the digital ether, living only on my website, www.petehanks.com , but now I am happy to say, the cd's are printed. We are ready to press on.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of being on the road with only a guitar, amplifier, and the songs in my head. A lot of things get in the way and set you back, and you wonder whether it will actually happen. I decided the time needed to be now. With cd's in hand, a healthy dose of ambition, and my (un)trusty old Harmony across my back, I am ready for the road. There is only one thing standing in my way. The most common roadblock in the history of the songwriter - the ever elusive - money. You need to tour in order to have any chance of making money as a musician, but you need money to tour. A great catch-22 that I need your help to solve. There are so many daily expenses like booking, food, gas, and somewhere to sleep, and I'd love to say I could afford them on my own. The fact is, without your donations, making this tour happen is going to be a pretty sticky situation, and not just because I won't be able to shower.
The Dates thus far:
6.6.12 Piano's // 9pm // New York City, NY
6.7.12 Trocadero Theater (Balcony) // 9pm // Philadelphia, PA
6.8.12 Sounds of Hope Benefit (Potter's) // 730pm // Washington, DC
6.9.12 Chloe's // 8pm // Gaithersburg, MD
6.11.12 The Speakeasy (Preservation Pub) // 8pm // Knoxville, TN
6.12.12 The National Underground // 5pm // Nashville, TN
6.14.12 Smith's Olde Bar // 11pm // Atlanta, GA
6.15.12 The Nick // 10pm // Birmingham, AL
6.16.12 Neutral Grounds // TBA // New Orleans, LA
6.20.12 Headhunter's // 10pm // Austin, TX
6.21.12 Old Dirty Basement // 10pm // Denton, TX
6.24.12 The Lost Leaf // 9pm // Phoenix, AZ
6.28.12 Genghis Cohen // 730pm // West Hollywood, CA
I've never been one to think small. I may be playing a small room, but in my head it's always "how long before the Royal Albert Hall?" My ambitions sometimes lead before my feet. After this tour, the goal is to find a record label who believes in the music enough to make a full length album with me. Then back on the road to share it -- and you'll be the first I share it with.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Digital download of one track (of your choice) off Leave With The Lights OnEstimated delivery:
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Digital download of 6 track EP, Leave With The Lights On, and a big ol' thank you email.Estimated delivery:
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A signed and mailed copy of the physical cd, Leave With The Lights On, PLUS, a personalized postcard from the tour!Estimated delivery:
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A signed tour poster from your show of choice, unframed, along with the signed cd, and a personalized postcard from the tour!Estimated delivery:
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A video download of a live acoustic performance of any song off Leave With The Lights On, an unframed signed tour poster with cd, and a personalized postcard from the tour!Estimated delivery:
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A personal Skype (or Gchat) performance of your choice of three songs off EP. As a bonus, if you email your request prior to performance, I will cover any song of your choice -- excluding "Freebird." This reward also comes with digital download of Leave With The Lights On.Estimated delivery:
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A personal Skype (or Gchat) performance of a new, unreleased song, as well as an mp3 download of that song, or a cover of your choice. This reward also comes with the digital download of Leave With The Lights On.Estimated delivery:
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A personal Skype (or Gchat) performance of a new, original song, I will write specifically FOR YOU. You will also get to keep an MP3 of the track. Keep in mind, this will probably be a sad love song. And as always, you will also get the digital download of Leave With The Lights On.Estimated delivery:
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There ain't nothing like a house party. Along with rewards 1 - 5, I will come to your home (apartment, etc) and perform a full show, acoustic or electric. No regulations as to how many people you can invite - the more the merrier. (This reward excludes international donators...in most situations)Estimated delivery:
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