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After two years of touring, we are excited to get into the studio this January and record our very first full-length album!
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Hello Friends! Hope this finds you well, hunkering down, readying for winter… Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter page! First, a few facts about the Lonely Heartstring Band…We met up through the American Roots Music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  For a gig in September of 2012 we were asked to play only Beatles' music--using bluegrass instrumentation.  From the first rehearsal, there was great chemistry, and we decided that we’d take the band seriously and carry it beyond that gig (and beyond just the Beatles!).  Our inspiration ranges from bluegrass, old time, jazz, classical music, and more.  Since 2012, we’ve been writing and arranging our music, exploring traditional music, and touring the continent. This past summer, we toured extensively from May until September, playing festivals on both coasts and in both Canada and the USA. Being our first tour, the band matured in a way that only tour can do, and we feel that we’re ready to make our first record!

LHB at Grey Fox, NY 2014
LHB at Grey Fox, NY 2014
Freight and Salvage- Berkeley, CA 2014
Freight and Salvage- Berkeley, CA 2014

WHAT?!

With your support, the Lonely Heartstring Band will make the record of our dreams! With a dozen songs ready to record– most of them originals – and a handful more just around the corner, we think that this January will be the right time to get into the studio. It’s late November now, and we haven't booked any shows between now and mid-January so that we can completely focus on preparing to record. We’re rehearsing almost every day, getting our material studio-ready, and with each day that passes, we’re all a little more excited to get these songs recorded and into your stereos!

WHERE?!

We’ve chosen the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine as our studio of choice for this record. It’s a beautiful 18th century farmhouse converted into a remote, tucked-away, cell-reception-free (yesssss), live-in studio. It’s been the studio-of-choice for some amazing sounding records (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Joy Kills Sorrow), and we’ve booked ourselves a full week! It’s got a large open main(e) room for all the bed tracks, and the rest of the house will serve as isolation booths for all the extra bits… not to mention sleeping spaces and tri-harmony-around-the-fireplace-zones.

Great North Sound Society
Great North Sound Society
The Barn
The Barn

WHO?!

We’ve enlisted the masterful work of David Travers-Smith of Toronto, Ontario to come to Maine and engineer, produce, mix and master this record. He’s worked with fabulous artists (Wailin’ Jennys, Jayme Stone and many many more) and his knowledge of traditional, pop, vocal and new acoustic music makes him the ideal man for the job. He’s got a ton of experience, and he’ll be coming down early to work some pre-production with us. He’s an awesome guy, and we’re really excited to be enlisting his help for this project.

David Travers-Smith
David Travers-Smith

HOW?!

We’ve lined up everything we can to make this record the best it can possibly be, from David the producer, the studio, the material, the warm wool sweaters and the excitement… Our last big step is your support through this Kickstarter! So THANK YOU! We love you all. It would he a HUGE help to us if you could share our Kickstarter with your communities. We look forward with sharing our music with you, we couldn’t do this without Your Help!!!

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the release date!

Risks and challenges

The main challenges involved with recording this record are preparing the material and making sure that we are all healthy both mentally and physically before we get into the studio. We have a limited time to complete this project and we are on a tight budget. But we feel confident that with the love and support of our friends, family and community, we can work through any obstacle that will arise.

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    PRE-RELEASE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD- You'll receive a link via e-mail to download the full record as soon as it's finished!

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    SIGNED PHYSICAL ALBUM- You'll receive a signed physical copy of the CD in the mail + pre-release digital album download

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    BONUS TRACKS PACKAGE- You'll receive a link for 3 Bonus tracks from our recording session + a signed physical CD + LHB sticker

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    T-SHIRT PACKAGE- You'll receive a first edition LHB T-shirt + signed physical copy of the CD + Bonus tracks + LHB sticker

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    LESSON PACKAGE- You'll receive a private music lesson from a band member of your choice via Skype or in person (within the greater Boston area) + a signed physical CD + Bonus tracks + LHB sticker

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    TICKETS TO A SHOW- Two free tickets to any show of your choice + signed physical copy of the CD + Bonus Tracks + LHB T-Shirt + LHB Sticker

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    MUSICAL GRAM – We’ll make a short “musical-gram” video (30 seconds) to send to anyone of your choice. We’ll write a jingle (you can supply the words, if you’d like) for any occasion you’d like (birthday, retirement, bar mitzvah, etc.) Plus all the physical prizes

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    RECORD LINER NOTES – We’ll thank you forever. And, we’ll immortalize our thanks by putting it in the liner notes on the physical CD! Plus! All the physical prizes.

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    COVER OF YOUR CHOICE -  We’ll work up and arrange a cover-song of your choice, make a high-quality recording of it, and send it to you! Any song… Even that really terrible one from the 80s. Plus all the physical prizes!

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    COOKIES! Everything below, including private lessons and a cover song recording, PLUS – we’ll bake you a dozen cookies, mailed directly to you (in time to stay fresh!), that you can enjoy while listening to our new record!

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    HOUSE CONCERT – We’ll come play a show (~90 minutes of music) for you and your friends in your own home! You’ll also receive all the other physical prizes: CD, T-shirt, and sticker. Transportation costs not included, dates will be discussed to fit both the band’s and your schedule.

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    HOUSE CONCERT WITH DINNER! We’ll cook you a glorious meal for you and 4/5 others, then play a show (~90 minutes of music) for you and your friends in your own home! You’ll also receive all the other physical prizes: signed CD, T-shirt, tickets, name in liner notes, etc. Transportation costs not included, dates will be discussed to fit both the band’s and your schedule.

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