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Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are working together with the common goal of creating music that speaks from their souls. Lou-grass.

Dear Friends,

We're recording a new album! Click here HERE to watch full videos of songs that will be featured on this new project!

It all started when four young college students got together in the tradition of bluegrass and began performing under a moniker given to them by the Greybeards, an earlier generation of bluegrass pickers. Soon after these Flatbellys recorded their debut album, entitled Get ‘Round, the band’s future looked dim as members ventured out into the world. But it wasn’t long before bassist, Spencer Cain, and mandolinist, Joshua Rilko swooped me up as lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter. Upon my return from an extended stay in Latin America, the three of us plus friend and banjo extraordinaire, Keith Billik, recruited a handful of local musicians to lay down eleven of my original tracks.

This debut album represents what a group of friends could do in an impromptu effort to put together a recording and it was a beautiful learning experience the whole way through. These days, however, Spencer, Josh, Keith, myself and now good human and dobro-enthusiast, Mark Lavengood, are playing consistently as a band and have put all our efforts into a new batch of original tunes. Lou-Grass at it's finest! The songs are arranged, studio dates scheduled and ducks are in order for this new collective to share with you what we’ve been working on together.

In order to bring this project to completion, we need help with the cost of studio time for recording, mixing/editing, and mastering; the cost of CD production; and the cost of promoting the album upon its release. This kickstarter is our way of asking fellow music lovers to be a crucial part of the creation process. And in return for the support, we’re offering a variety of gifts to show our appreciation. However, if there’s something we’re not offering that you’re interested in- just shoot us an email and we’ll see what we can do!

Love,

Lindsay Lou

www.lindsayloumusic.com

NOTE: The pledge gifts are cumulative. So, for example, if you give $50, you will receive everything that is listed in the $10-$50 pledge options.

***I meant to include a physical copy of the CD in with the $15 pledge gift, and still intend to do so. Sorry for any confusion this may cause! So... for at least $15 you will receive a physical copy of the album in the mail, and if you donate $25 the CD will have all of our signatures on it.***

We're all speaking to you from the basement of Elderly Instruments in the video you see above. Thanks to Stan Werbin and everyone else at Elderly for always lending us your time and support!

Don't forget to check out the music videos of us playing live (songs for the new album: The Power, My Side of the Mountain, and The Leaves Are Changin) by clicking HERE. Big Foot Films created the videos for us... they're the bee's knees!

FAQ

  • YES! I accidently left that out when I created this project, and now that donations have started coming in, Kickstarter won't let me edit the details for the pledge. Fortuntely, I am adding to rather than taking away from the gift so hopefully no one is upset over this :) For those who have already donated $25 thinking it was the only way to get the album and for all others who donate $25 from now on, note that your CD will be signed! And also, I'll be throwing in a Lindsay Lou koozie to your package. A little number to keep your drink cold and your fingers warm!

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    Bread and Butter - We’ll send you a digital download of the album before it’s official release, list your name on the homepage of our website as a public thank you, and send you a personal email thanking you for your support.

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    Toast and Jam - You'll get Bread and Butter plus the inside scoop on where/how/why the songs were written and all of the song lyrics.

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    Homemade Pancakes - We’ll mail you a signed copy of the album plus Toast and Jam.

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    Kropsu (Finnish Pancakes) - A limited edition t-shirt and an extra signed copy of the album for a dear one plus Homemade Pancakes.

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    Eggs and Breakfast Potatoes - Recordings of three unreleased Lindsay Lou originals that haven’t made it onto an album yet plus Kropsu.

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    The Grand Scramble - You'll get Eggs and Breakfast Potatoes but instead of one extra copy of the album, you’ll get 5 extra copies to share with your dear ones, plus your name will appear in the liner notes of the album.

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    The Grand Scramble with Black Coffee - Lindsay Lou will also write and make a home recording of a song on the topic or personal story of your choosing. You’ll get a copy of the recording sent to you once it’s finished for you to listen to and name. (If the song is used on a future album it’ll appear under the name you give it!) …Plus everything that’s in The Grand Scramble.

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    The Oasis Special - A home video of the song written for you and a copy of the notes I’ll rack up during the song-writing process. Includes the Grand Scramble with Black Coffee.

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    Gourmet Omelet - Joshua and Lindsay will come to your house and cook you a fabulous meal- whatever you’d like as long as you live in Michigan or within 200 miles of Lansing! However, if you don't live close by and/or just aren't much of a breakfast eater (even though it's been called the most important meal of the day!), you can opt for five personal instrument lessons from the Flatbelly of your choosing (in person or via skype). Includes The Oasis Special.

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    The Golden Harvest - We’ll treat you and your dear ones to a house concert, with a Gourmet Omelet on the side. (It'll have to wait until your house falls on a tour route if you live outside of Michigan or further than 200 miles from Lansing). This includes all the aforementioned gifts.

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