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Help the American West record and release their Debut Album!
Help the American West record and release their Debut Album!
Help the American West record and release their Debut Album!
106 backers pledged $5,160 to help bring this project to life.

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Now that we have released our first single, "Heart of Stone," we at the American West would like to record and release our debut full length album. Since forming this project over the summer, it has been my intent to record and release a cohesive group of tunes. This will be the first full length record of my career, a milestone as a songwriter that I am eager to achieve. With the support of Maria Maita-Keppeler (vocals, violin), Will Haas (guitar), Tucker Jackson (pedal steel), and Jordan Richter (studio engineer), I know that now is the perfect time to create lasting versions of these songs- new and old. 

I view the material of this album to be a transition out of the confessional and into the conceptual. It is both the end and the beginning. I feel I owe it to you-my fans, friends, and family- to get these songs out there. After our album release in June,  we (The American West), plan on spending the second half of 2016 on the road, including an already planned European tour.

Our $5,000 goal will cover most of recording and mixing the album over a 10 day period. Anything above and beyond that will contribute to costs of printing CD's and promotion. We are fully prepared to cover the costs of printing ourselves, but any help will of course be appreciated. 

For tasty preview of the sound of the American West, please watch the video for our single, "Heart of Stone" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbT1Y_16Uek

Risks and challenges

Making a record isn't easy. It takes understanding the songs, finding the right complimentary musicians and studio engineer, and taking the time to do the song service, while not beating it into a dead horse. Another huge issue is having ballooning budgets. After 2 releasing two previous EP's, and helping on countless records by other artists, I feel that I can confidently go into this project knowing that I have the help I need to complete it, and that I have budgeted properly. We are asking for help with the first $5,000 in costs, as the biggest hurdle in recording is tracking and mixing. Over the course of the months leading up to release, we will be able to save for mastering and printing costs.

Costs of the record are as follows:

Studio time + mixing= $4500
Extra Musicians= 1000
Mastering= $1,000
=$6,500

CD printing (1000 copies): $1083

Total: $7583

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    For $10 you can be the proud owner of a digital download of our entire debut album.

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    $15 donation will get you a physical copy of our album, available before the official CD release show.

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    For $30, we will thank you with a signed copy of the debut album, an American West T-shirt, and a sticker. We might even throw in a few extra stickers if we are feeling frisky.

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    Signed copy of the debut album, a T-shirt, some stickers and an American West poster (signed by the band). This is our most American reward.

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    Signed CD, a t-shirt, and a limited edition lino-cut print American West Poster (signed by band member and artist Maria Maita-Keppeler).

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    Private concert in your home by Matthew. Signed CD, T-shirt, American West poster, your name in the liner notes. Currently available on the West Coast. House show scheduling will be based on tour schedule.

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    Private concert in your home by Matthew and Maria, for up to 50 guests. Signed CD, T-shirt, American West poster, your name in the liner notes. Currently available on the West Coast. House show scheduling will be based on tour schedule.

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    Private concert in your home by Matthew and Maria for you and up to 50 guests, anywhere in the continental United States. Signed CD, T-shirt, American West poster, your name in the liner notes. *Concert scheduling will be based on tour timing. Travel costs not included.*

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    Private concert in your home by the full band, for you and as many guests as you would like. You also receive signed CD, copy of T-shirt, American West poster, your name in the liner notes. *Concert scheduling will be scheduled based on tour timing, travel costs not included.*

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    Executive Producer. Full band concert in your home, all the other perks, and your name listed as our executive producer. Our eternal gratitude. *Travel costs not included.*

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