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Pre-order our NEW ALBUM, produced by Dave King (The Bad Plus), and also receive an advance copy of our NEW 5-song EP!
Pre-order our NEW ALBUM, produced by Dave King (The Bad Plus), and also receive an advance copy of our NEW 5-song EP!
428 backers pledged $29,120 to help bring this project to life.

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It's been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! First off we want to personally thank those who helped with our Kickstarter for our debut album, Lost at Last. We were thrilled that the album garnered praise from The New York Times, NPR's Heavy Rotation, NPR's World Cafe, Premier Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and many others. 

We made it into rotation on radio stations both nationally and internationally, performed at over 110 festivals and venues across the country, attracted attention of thousands of new fans, and landed a top notch booking agent. All of this interlocks, proving that the release of a recording can translate directly into touring traction and financial returns that propel the band into the future.

Budget Breakdown:

Producer / recording / mixing / mastering: $11,550

Graphic designs / album art / photos: $2,000

Initial pressing of full length album: $3,000

Mailing / Kickstarter fees: $6,100

Publicity / radio promo: $11,300

Initial total = $33,950   

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This is a breakdown of the most basic expenses that we know we have to pay. We fully expect to incur many other costs associated with releasing this album, but the above breakdown will "kickstart" us towards our goal of making and releasing the best album we can. We've set our goal at $28,000 which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!

 

 

What's the plan?

We have our studio time booked (December 1-5 at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville), we have our producer, Dave King (The Bad Plus), we have the material (mostly), now we just need YOU. 

This budget figures in the recording, mixing, mastering and pressing of the new full length album. A portion of the budget is also dedicated to promotion of the new album as well as the EP, including print and radio. This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn't plan for it last time we added it in this time around. We've also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well. 

We are so excited to start this process again, and work in the studio with our hero, and now friend, Dave King. Last time we worked with him it changed our sound forever, and we can't wait to see what happens this time! Our songs are stronger than ever, our band is stronger than ever, and this will be our strongest album ever. THANK YOU for helping us make it happen.

Live from Echo Mountain Studios as a part of the "IAMAVL" Sessions
Live from Echo Mountain Studios as a part of the "IAMAVL" Sessions

 

Who is this Dave King character?

Dave King is the drummer of The Bad Plus, also a trio, whose music combines elements of modern avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences. The Bad Plus, also an instrumental group, has had an influence on our band since the start. We all loved Dave King independently and when we found out one day he used to be Patrick's drum teacher we freaked out. Dave's presence on the last album was unmistakable. His sometimes subtle guidance, and other times obvious counsel made Lost at Last what it was. We're so excited about going into the studio with him for a second time around, now that we've gotten to know him and are less fan-girly.

We are extremely excited about the new full-length recording we are planning to make in December with Dave. We first met him the evening before hitting the studio to make Lost at Last. In a way, that session was a “getting to know you” experience for all of us. We became fast friends, and clicked musically in the studio, but in the end it left us wondering what we could accomplish if we were to have the same opportunity again. The exciting prospects led us to decide to work with Dave on this upcoming record in the same studio. 

Echo Mountain was the perfect fit for us because the setting of the old church, the creakiness of the wood, the vintage hum of the gear, and the discerning ear of Julian Dryer added an audible realness and character to the recording that was totally complimentary to our improvisational, original instrumental music. Since the recording and release of Lost at Last, we have travelled over 50,000 miles, playing shows in new territories all over the country, and evolved into a fully formed, musical identity that was just beginning to take shape on the first record. Our musicality has matured individually, and collectively to the extent that we can read each other, and respond to each other in a completely intuitive and natural way. We can’t wait to take our matured sound back into Echo Mountain with our mentor and producer, Dave King.  

Dave & band at a recent show in Minneapolis, MN
Dave & band at a recent show in Minneapolis, MN

What's the deal with the EP?

One of the coolest parts about pre-ordering the album through this Kickstarter is that you can have early access to a 5-song EP titled Triangular that we have pressed and ready to go. In this case, you don’t have to wait until the new album is completed to get your first reward! The EP will be shipped to or sent to you digitally you AS SOON AS WE MEET OUR GOAL! We are super excited to offer the EP in advance as an exclusive gift to those who help us make our next full length album. 

We recorded Triangular at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg, VA and are super proud of how it turned out! We can’t wait to share the new songs with our friends and fans!

Our EP "Triangular"
Our EP "Triangular"

 

This video for "Point to Point" from Lost at Last won THREE awards at Music Video Asheville this past year. Best Soundtrack, Viewers Choice, AND Judge's Choice. Totally blew our minds. 

 

"Rice Dream", which was also on Lost at Last, is a song about a dream Jon had about Tony Rice. It was also premiered by Folk Alley, which was super cool. 

 

This photo was taken the night of the Lost at Last CD release party
This photo was taken the night of the Lost at Last CD release party

 

 

Risks and challenges

The main change that we have made with anticipating risks and challenges this time around is being more realistic when it comes to what type of prizes we can actually deliver, and a realistic time line in which we can deliver them.

We appreciate everyone's patience as we got our prizes out for the Lost at Last Kickstarter, and we do not expect this time around to be as timely of an experience.

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    Immediate digital download of 1 song

    Every single person who pledges $5 or more to this campaign immediately gets a digital download of one of the songs from the EP, "Triangular".

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    Digital Download of EP

    The day we meet our goal you will get a digital download of "Triangular" emailed directly to you.

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    Double Digital

    Digital download of "Triangular" the day we meet our goal, AND digital download of the new full length album the day we get it done!

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    DIgital + Physical

    Receive our digital EP the day we meet our goal, and physical copy of full length album as soon we get them!

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    Double Physical

    Receive a physical copy of the "Triangular" EP and the new full length album. The EP will ship the day we meet our goal and the full length in the spring. This package also includes a "Triangular" STICKER!

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    Triple Physical

    Receive a physical copy of the "Triangular" EP the day we meet our goal, a physical copy of the new full length album in the spring, as well as a "Triangular" STICKER & T-SHIRT.

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    Signage

    This is for people who don't like t-shirts. Receive a signed poster along with a physical copy of both "Triangular" and the new full length, as well as a sticker.

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    Person Package #1: Jon

    This is a package for those of you who LOVE Jon. It features physical copies of both albums, a sticker, and a special, one of a kind, never before seen Jon Stickley T-shirt. This shirt shows Jon rocking out at a show, and features a phrase, coined by a fan, describing Jon's music.

    **This shirt will not be available except through this Kickstarter!**

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    Person Package #2: Lyndsay

    This is a package for those of you who LOVE Lyndsay. It features physical copies of both albums, a sticker, and a special, one of a kind, never before seen Lyndsay Pruett T-shirt. This shirt shows Lyndsay rocking out at a show, and features a phrase, coined by a fan, describing Lyndsay's musical style.

    **This shirt will not be available except through this Kickstarter!**

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    Person Package #3: Patrick

    This is a package for those of you who LOVE Patirck. It features physical copies of both albums, a sticker, and a special, one of a kind, never before seen Patrick Armitage T-shirt. This shirt shows Patrick rocking out at a show, and features a phrase often said to Patrick during his years with the Trio.

    **This shirt will not be available except through this Kickstarter!**

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    Hat + Shirt + Albums

    "Triangular" goods including trucker hat, t-shirt and EP, as well as the new full length album when it comes out.

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    Previous Recordings...

    Did you know that Jon has two solo albums, and that Lyndsay has one, and that the Trio has two previous albums?

    Receive a digital download of all previously recorded albums. They feature lots of special guests!!

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    • Digital download of "Lions"
    • Digital download of "JS3"
    • Digital download of "Stickley"
    • Digital download of "Blindfold Staircase"
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    Vinyl Vinyl Vinyl...

    Get a digital download of "Triangular", a digital download of the new full length album, and a ULTRA LIMITED EDITION vinyl of "Triangular".

    We are only having enough of these made for Kickstarter prizes.

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    • "Triangular" EP Vinyl LIMITED EDITION
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    People Package

    This is a package for those of you who LOVE EVERYONE! It features physical copies of both albums, a sticker, and one of each special, never before seen Jon, Lyndsay, and Patrick T-shirts.

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    Hang out with us...

    Meet up with us and grab a drink before a show of your choice along the tour route. We will also give you a free pair of tickets to the show, and a physical copy of "Triangular" and the new full length album.

    **Clubs only, certain shows excluded**

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    *NEW REWARD* COVER SONG!

    Last time around this was one of the most popular rewards, so we decided to bring it back. Jon and Lyndsay recorded cover songs from The Beatles, Steve Winwood, Bombay Bicycle Club and Tony Rice last time and we can't wait to hear the requests that come in this time.

    This level comes with a physical copy of BOTH Triangular and the new full length album.

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    Individual Lesson

    Individual lesson with a member of the band. These can be for guitar, mandolin, bass (Jon), fiddle/violin, mandolin (Lyndsay) or drums (Patrick). You'll also get a person specific t-shirt from whoever gives you your lesson.

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    Hang in the studio...

    Invite for you and a friend to come to the studio for a half a day of recording and a meal with the band - and maybe shoot a game of pool! Plus physical copies of EP and new full length.

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    Everything together...

    This is one of everything we've got. You'll get the "Triangular" EP the day we meet our goal, as well as the sticker, hat, shirt and poster! Then, in the spring when the full length album is done you'll get that in the mail as well. You'll also get a digital download of all previously recorded CDs, a hand written thank you note, tickets to a show of your choice, and lesson from one of us.

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    • "Triangular" trucker hat
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    • Digital download of "Blindfold Staircase"
    • Digital download of "JS3"
    • Digital download of "Lions"
    • Digital download of "Lost at Last"
    • Digital download of "Stickley"
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    House Concert

    House parties are the best, we'll come play your party (as long as it works with our tour schedule) and entertain you and all of your friends!

    Must be within 60mi of Asheville or work out with our routing.

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