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An album of 100% original material featuring some of Asheville's best musicians and recorded in a state of the art recording studio.

The Fireside Collective

Hi, I'm Jesse Iaquinto and I am very excited to be putting together "The Fireside Collective Album". The concept for the Fireside Collective came to me over my years of attending music festivals. The bond of the community was always strengthened during the late night jam sessions around the fire. The Fireside Collective is greater than the musicians that make it up. It is the spirit of community and the warmth of the fire that The Fireside Collective represents. 

If you'd like to become more familiar with me, Jesse Iaquinto, check out the link to my bio on this page. 

Tuning up the ol' mandolin at the Altamont Brewery in West Asheville
Tuning up the ol' mandolin at the Altamont Brewery in West Asheville

If you'd like to hear some samples of my original music that will be going on the album, I have some unmastered recordings on my reverb nation page. To check 'em out click here

It is a beautiful thing when you mix great musicians with a great atmosphere and everyone is in the present moment. To me, the fire represents not what divides us, but what we share and the warmth and comfort that togetherness brings. 

Here's a throw back one for ya, with Aaron Iaquinto, Carson White, and Mark Romano!
Here's a throw back one for ya, with Aaron Iaquinto, Carson White, and Mark Romano!

The Musicians 

And now, the list you've all been waiting for, the amazing group of musicians who will be coming on board to share their unique musical talents!

Jon Stickley on guitar and Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle from the Jon Stickley Trio

Jesse Langlais on banjo and Robert Greer doing some singing from Town Mountain

Jake O'Connor on upright bass and Mike Evans on percussion from the Fritz

Justin Eisenman on guitar, Matt Dufon on upright bass, and Calder Baker on banjo from Mountain Feist

Rob Parks on upright bass from Blue Wheel Drive

Drew Matulich on mandolin and guitar (the guy in the hat tearin' it up)

John Owen, a great musician and vocalist from the Crossroads String Band

Josh Bertram and Justin Quinn, both great guitarists from the Native Sway

Carson White from my college band Beside the Fire on bass and vocals

Johanna Hagarty, one of the ever rotating members of The Fireside String Band, will be sharing her awesome vocal talents

Kent Spillman, a great local drummer who plays with a bunch of bands from around Asheville

Savannah Smith, an excellent singer with a beautiful voice

Tommy Maher on Dobro, a long time friend who has played with Beside the Fire and the Fireside String Band

...and stay tuned, we may have some additional musicians who make a surprise appearance on the album!!!

Playing some piano with Jake from the Fritz at the Sound Temple
Playing some piano with Jake from the Fritz at the Sound Temple

The Details

Once it's time to record, we're gonna be heading into the Sound Temple with Sound Engineer Robert George. Robert is certain to take this project to a whole new level with his knowledge and expertise.

http://soundtemplestudios.com

I'm also very excited to have Jon Stickley producing this album as well as playing guitar on some of the songs. Jon's an incredible guitarist and composer and has produced some great albums. Once again you can check out his music here:

http://www.jonstickley.com

My older and extremely talented brother Jeremy designed the logo and will be designing the album cover as well. Here's some of his versatile art:

http://www.theorangeolive.com

Very special thanks to Johanna Hagarty from Xpand Your Vision for coming on board to help me manage this project and Taylor Helhake for recording the awesome video, hope you liked it! Check out more of Taylor's work:

http://depthink.hellhake.com

Campfire jammin' with my brothers Aaron and Joe and Fireside String Band members Catfish and Carson and our friend Maci
Campfire jammin' with my brothers Aaron and Joe and Fireside String Band members Catfish and Carson and our friend Maci

The Budget

**A little breakdown of the funds that will be used. Out of the $5,000 I hope to raise, around 5-10% will be taken out for administrative fees by Kickstarter and Amazon Payments. So around 4500 will be what we're working with. The bulk of the funds, approx. $2,000, will go to actual recording time. Next, we'll have to mix and master the tracks which is hard to determine exactly, but for now lets say around $800. After all the recording, mixing, and mastering is done, we'll be ordering 1,000 CD's through the company Disc Makers, and that usually costs around $1200. At this point I will set aside some funds to make T-shirts and other merch, as well as save a little money to ship everyone their cd's and rewards. The rest of the money will be used to pay musicians.

Become a backer!

I'm very glad you stopped by and took the time to check out my page, I hope you'll spread the word and choose to back this project to make The Fireside Collective become a reality!

To say thank you in advance for choosing to back this project, I'll leave you with a little clip of me playing at the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Finals where I won crowd favorite!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the major challenges I may face will be potential delays. Trying to get 20 different musicians into the studio, who all have their own projects, will be a task. But I plan to give every musician a rough recording of the song well before they actually enter the studio. So when it comes time to get them in the studio, they will be ready to come in and knock it out. I'll be recording the bass, guitar, and mandolin tracks first, and then bringing in each musician individually to record all their parts. I believe this will help move the process along and ensure preparedness and efficiency.

And on the same note, the entire completion of the project is subject to change. I have set a pretty ambitious timeline to get this all done and have some great people on board to help with the process. But with recording, mixing, and mastering, it's hard to say this far in advance exactly when everything will be finished. As soon as all the studio stuff is done, we'll be contacting Disc Makers and moving the process along. So whether stuff gets delayed a bit or not, once each task is finished, the next will begin.

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