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Asheville's Jon Stickley Trio captures their original sound and releases their breakout record with the help of producer, Dave King.
Asheville's Jon Stickley Trio captures their original sound and releases their breakout record with the help of producer, Dave King.
282 backers pledged $18,840 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello family, and friends, new and old! Happy 2015, and welcome to our Kickstarter project. Lyndsay, Patrick and I are SO excited about the possibilities and opportunities in the coming year, and we’d like to go ahead and say THANK YOU for stopping by this page to check out what we’ve got going on!

Our goal is to raise $18,500 to record and release the second full-length Jon Stickley Trio album, which we can then share with all of our fans and festivarians as we travel around the country performing in the upcoming year. All money raised will go toward the production, recording, mixing, mastering, design, duplication, and release of this album. Dave King of The Bad Plus is making the trip down to Asheville, NC from (brrrrr!) Minneapolis, to produce the record at Echo Mountain Studios. At first we were thinking about various bluegrass artists as potential producers, but decided to approach Dave because we wanted someone from outside of the bluegrass genre to bring a totally fresh perspective to what we do (not to mention that we are all huge fans!). We’re thrilled and extremely flattered that he is willing to spend valuable time between world tours to work with us. Thanks Dave!!! 

Echo Mountain is one of Asheville’s premier studios. It is an inspirational setting, housed in a converted church with stained glass windows and has been used recently to record albums by Dierks Bentley, Band of Horses, The Avett Brothers, and Steep Canyon Rangers just to name a few. Lyndsay, Patrick, and I have all frequently worked there as studio musicians as well and feel completely comfortable creating in that space.

Echo Mountain Studios
Echo Mountain Studios

The Jon Stickley Trio began purely as a solo project that I started after years of traveling, playing, and recording with other bands. In each new musical and personal setting I found myself in, I had experiences that lead to new insights about what music is, and what it means to me personally. These insights lead me to the music of the Jon Stickley Trio. Our first record was somewhat of an experiment with guitar, fiddle, and Mike Ashworth on drums. However, the experiment proved successful, and we got incredible feedback on the album. 

Now that we’ve been playing with Patrick Armitage for almost three years, the sound has gelled and we are ready to make a record that truly captures it. We also plan to record vocals on this album and include the fan favorites “All That I Can Take” and Lyndsay’s “9 Curves”.

Lyndsay Pruett
Lyndsay Pruett

 The Jon Stickley Trio has become the most intimate musical project I have ever been a part of. When making music with three people, every note that is played has an impact, and everyone’s musical soul is laid bare. Often times the thrill and challenge of playing this music feels like walking on a tight rope. At times we’ve fallen off, but we’ve always been able to hop back on. Many other times, the sparseness has been so exposing and bare that tears have welled up and we have to take a moment.

Freakin' out with Larry Keel
Freakin' out with Larry Keel

Bluegrass changed my life, and played a big part in the music of the trio. We aren’t a traditional bluegrass band by any means, but we employ the same collaborative, improvisational spirit that comes with the genre. Bluegrass flatpicking, and the music of Tony Rice had a huge impact on me, and Lyndsay grew up in close contact with Vassar Clements. In the trio, the drum kit fills in rhythmically for the bass, mandolin, and banjo. The sound isn’t the same, but it feels pretty close! Lyndsay is a classically trained, seasoned gypsy jazz player whos musical stylings span the globe. When you add Patrick’s deep groove, our music takes on a cross-genre personality that is full of energy.

Patrick Armitage
Patrick Armitage

The idea of crowdfunding took a minute for me to warm up to, but over time I have grown to see it as an amazing opportunity for fans and artists alike. As a backer of a project, you are helping the artist achieve their artistic vision in its purest form. In the past, artists received funding from parties that had more of an interest in profits and returns, and had the power to influence the art to drive those numbers up. By backing us directly through crowd funding, you are helping us to do exactly what we feel artistically. 

We are SO excited to begin this relationship with you. The rewards that we offer can in no way do justice to the amount of appreciation that we feel for your investment in our music, but we hope that you will enjoy them. Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts. We love you!

Risks and challenges

Since the beginning, The Jon Stickley Trio has been pretty much a one-man operation, with the help of booking agent, Johnny Buck. Recently, my lovely girlfriend, Julianne, has stepped in and helped me with the managerial side of things (website, taxes, merch, photo shoots, mailing list, planning, etc.). We have come so far with so little, and now we are ready to go further.

In many ways this album comes down to growth. There is no doubt that we are going to grow musically from this experience. We plan to travel farther, reach more people, and make more music than ever before, and that will come with more logistics, investment, planning, and risk.

Making this album will require logistics and coordination between the producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, mastering engineer, artwork and design team, CD duplication company, radio, and publicity agents. All of this energy is going in, with the hopes that the album will sell, and that the music on it will be appreciated and lead to us playing more festivals, and moving from an opener to a headliner.

Another challenge is maintaining momentum in an increasingly difficult line of work. This is a project that we are truly committed to and believe in. It’s not “just another gig” for anyone involved, and we have experienced first hand the effect that the music has had on people. It’s music made with our hands, and that is some thing we can always rely on!

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    Pre-released DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of one of the best new tracks off the new record. Plus our love and appreciation!

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    BE THE FIRST to receive our new album via digital download BEFORE it is released to the public! Also know that the next bluegrass jam will be in your honor!

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    Receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new album, personally mailed directly to your door! We will package and put the stamps on ourselves ☺.

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    Receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members as well as a Stickley Trio Sticker!

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    Receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members as well as a Stickley Trio T-SHIRT or super hip racer-back TANK TOP in your size.

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    NEW REWARD!!! LIMITED EDITION LYNDSAY PRUETT INSPIRED TRIO T-SHIRT.

    Jon and Lyndsay are designing this shirt specifically for the Kickstarter, and you'll get an autographed copy of the NEW ALBUM as well!

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    ALBUM PACK!!! Receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members as well as a copy of THREE records: Jon Stickley “Lions”, Jon Stickley Trio “Self Titled”, and Jon Stickley “Stickley…”.

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    ALBUM PACK+T-shirt/Tank+Stickers. Some of ALL the merch we got! Receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members as well as a copy of the THREE records, A Stickley Trio T-SHIRT or super hip racer-back TANK TOP in your size. And some Stickley Stickers! This might cover a few gifts for friends and family…

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    1-hour, ONE-ON-ONE LESSON with Jon (Guitar, Mandolin, Bass), Lyndsay (Fiddle, Violin), or Patrick (drums). Lessons can be done in person in Asheville, prior to a show in your town, or via skype. Also receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members.

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    The band will make a home recording YOUR FAVORITE SONG or song of your choice, and send you a copy! We are actually really looking forward to this one! This could also be a really cool gift for a loved one… You’ll also receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members. YOUR NAME will also appear in the “SPECIAL THANKS” area in the physical album!

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    A SENSE OF HUMOR… “Let’s have some fun and share some laughs”. In the past, Jon has recorded some funny stuff including the popular beach anthem, “Salt Life” and a rap about the band “Wayword Sunz”. Let Jon write and record funny a song about a person or topic of your choice and send you a copy. Satisfaction guaranteed…+ Signed copy of the new album+ YOUR NAME will also appear in the “SPECIAL THANKS” area in the physical album!

    https://soundcloud.com/jon-stickley/salt-life
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESo39DwWBD4

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    LYNDSAY and JON DUO VISIT! Are you having a party or event that could use some fiddle/guitar accompaniment? Do you have an elderly or sick loved one who could use a musical visit? Would you like a private acoustic duo concert for your romantic anniversary dinner? Jon and Lyndsay will come to you and play acoustic music for a couple hours + your name will appear as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the album, and you’ll receive a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members. Must be within 1 hour from Asheville, NC.

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    Local HOUSE CONCERT! The Trio will come with a sound system and perform 2 sets for you and a group of your closest friends! (must be within 1 hr of Asheville, NC, and work within our schedule).

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    Further away HOUSE CONCERT! The Trio will come with a sound system and perform 2 sets for you and a group of your closest friends! (must be within 5 hours from Asheville, and work within our schedule)

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    WEDDING PACKAGE! We have had the pleasure of being a part of many special weddings since we started the band, and it’s always a beautiful experience. We can do classically inspired ceremony music, jazzy or bluegrassy cocktail hour, and a reception dance party. (must be within 5 hrs of Asheville, NC and work with band Schedule.)

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    ANY TWO of the aforementioned rewards, as well as YOUR NAME as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and a PHYSICAL COPY of the new record with a personalized THANK YOU message and autographs of all three band members as well as a copy of the THREE records, A Stickley Trio T-SHIRT or super hip racer-back TANK TOP in your size. And some Stickley Stickers! You will also receive a WHOLE BUNCH OF LOVE!!!

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