Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers' High Octane Americana Roots & Rockabilly Children's Album!! Come & Get It ;-)
Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers have been rocking grown-ups with our high octane Americana roots and rockabilly sounds for over 10 years now, and in that time, we've noticed that a large number of our fans and friends keep having babies!
Taking into consideration that most venues are not kid-friendly, in order to continue to see all our pals, we've been playing a lot more afternoon and early evening gigs where folks can bring the little ones and everyone can enjoy their favorite rockabilly-roots music.
Taking that one step further, we realized that many parents might not personally enjoy most children's music that's out there. So why not provide our friends with something made specifically for the little ones' ears and minds that will appeal to both kids and Mommies and Daddies alike?!
And there you have it- the idea and creation of Rockabilly Playground! All Americana Roots and Rockabilly original songs by Ruby Dee and the Sbakehandlers, with lyrics written specifically for the kiddos, and musicality with Mommy and Daddy in mind :-)
Dionysus Records has agreed wholeheartedly to put out this album, but the costs of putting it together lays in our hands. So we need your help in covering the recording costs, mixing and mastering, and artwork.
The costs are as follows: $2000 to record, $500 to mix and master, and $500 for the artwork! So all we need to raise for those basics is $3000, with your help!! And not only do you get the satisfaction of helping us make this really FUN project come together, but you also get the great thank you gifts for your generous assistance, AND our undying gratitude!!
There are other costs involved with the project: paying the rhythm section for all their hard work and time ($400), postage and printing costs ($200), and printing and pressing the pledge CDs & gifts ($1000). We would LOVE to raise all the funds we need to cover ALL of the costs, yet are only initially asking for the basics needed to record the CD in the first place.
But here's the caveat, if we don't raise all the funds- the basic $3000- we get none of it. We get no funding, you don't get charged your pledge, you don't get your thank you gift, and the album doesn't get made. So to make sure everyone WINS, please make your pledge now, and we'll all enjoy this wonderful album!
Songs on the Album:
1. A House of a Smaller Size
2. I Remember 2+2
3. I'm Not Sleepy
4. My Big Brother
5. Rockabilly Playground- OK!
6. She's a Speller
7. No Rules
8. Stand Up On Your Feet
9. Super Best Friend
10. When I Steal (written for my pal Anita, a real little girl)
So please please please help us pull this together! Jorge and I just got through with over ten years of paying off past debts from the original Snakehandlers, and we really really really would like to not go into debt again. With your help, we can do that! And put out this great album! So please help us out, and we'll appreciate your generosity FOREVER, and THEN SOME! ;-)
Good question! While the basic funding covers the costs of recording, mixing and mastering the CD, there are other additional costs that we didn't include in the basic funding request, but that we would LOVE to receive your help with: paying the rhythm section for their hard work and time in the studio, and postage, printing & pressing costs for the CDs and other pledge thank you gifts. These items will cost us about another $1500, so while we still have the time before the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we continue to ask for your help :-)
pledged of $3,000 goal
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Aug 2, 2012 - Oct 1, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Electronic version of the album, along with digital 4 page insert with notes, lyrics, and other fun tidbits of information- all BEFORE the album is released officially! This is a Kickstarter donation item only- in other words, the 4 page insert will not be available digitally otherwise!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A signed copy of the album (by all the kids in the Snakehandlers) PLUS an early digital copy AND the backers-only digital booklet!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $50 or more
A hand-painted personalized thank you card signed by the entire band, plus a signed Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers poster, a signed, personalized-to-you copy of the album, an early digital copy, and the backers-only digital booklet!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $100 or more
We will dedicate our next kid-friendly concert to you and your little ones- and even sing your/their favorite song from the album just for you! Plus the thank you card, poster, copy of the album, early digital copy and backers-only digital handbook! Whew!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $500 or more
For folks in the Austin area: A special invite-only personalized concert where we play all our kid-friendly rockabilly rockin' tunes for your little ones and all their friends! Plus the thank you card, poster, copy of the album, early digital copy and backers-only digital handbook! Whew!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013