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I am making two new records. One is just me and my acoustic guitar. The other will feature electric guitar and a full band.
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    If you know me, you know that my passion is making music. I have a large collection of new songs and I would like your help to get them out into the world. Kickstarter is a great way to ask you for that help. In return for pledging money towards this project you will get to own and listen to this new music. There are also a number of premiums available which correspond to different pledge amounts.

    I have two new records in the works. The first record is just me and my acoustic guitar and harmonica. It is recorded to sound as if I were sitting in your living room and playing for you.

    On the second record I sing and play electric guitar, backed up by my current band, and some guest musicians on background vocals and various instruments. Most of my previous records have been just me and my guitar and I am very excited by the prospect of making a record that will have a more full, textured sound.

    Most of the songs on these records are original compositions in a variety of styles: pretty instrumental music, rock and roll, Afro-pop (yes indeed!), a reggae tune, some Coltrane/Sharrock inspired jazz, and even a song sung in Italian. Two or three of the songs will be on both albums so you can hear me playing them both acoustic and with a band.

    Both projects will be recorded, mixed and mastered at Machines With Magnets, a great studio in Pawtucket RI, where I’ve recorded my last 3 records. In fact, the acoustic album has already been recorded. If this Kickstarter is successful I’ll be able to release the acoustic album before the end of 2014. The electric album and all the premiums will be delivered by March of 2015.

   My expenses include: recording/mixing/mastering in a professional studio, paying the musicians who appear on the recordings, and paying for graphic design and tech support work.

    If I do not make my funding goal I will not receive any of the money and all pledges will be returned! Please pledge as generously as you can!

    Thank you very much for making these projects happen. I cannot do it without you.

             -Chris Monti

www.chrismonti.com

photo by David Ward
photo by David Ward
photo by Lucy Churchill
photo by Lucy Churchill
The cover of "Three Weddings And A Funeral" released 2012
The cover of "Three Weddings And A Funeral" released 2012
The cover of "The Yankee Peddler" the soundtrack of the children's puppet show performed by Brad Shur and I. Released 2013.
The cover of "The Yankee Peddler" the soundtrack of the children's puppet show performed by Brad Shur and I. Released 2013.

Risks and challenges

The biggest creative challenge of this project will be arranging the songs for the electric record--that is, deciding which instruments should play which parts and how many musical parts there should be. How to make the songs sound full and exciting but not overdoing it? (Iggy Pop made sleigh bells work just fine, but not everyone can pull that off.) I am up for this new, creative challenge, and I'll think I'll come out on the other end as a better arranger and maybe even a better songwriter.

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    A copy of the soundtrack to Chris Monti and Brad Shur’s puppet show "The Yankee Peddler: Songs and Stories of Old New England"… plus a copy of both new records. This premium is great for kids!

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    A copy of Chris Monti’s 2012 release "Three Weddings And A Funeral" (the wedding songs Chris wrote for his sisters and a song he wrote for his grandma)… plus a copy of both new records.

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    Original, hand-printed, Chris Monti poster by artist Lucy Churchill… plus a copy of both new records.

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    A one hour guitar, banjo, ukulele or harmonica lesson, good for you or a friend… plus a copy of both new records.

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    Lunch with you and Chris at The Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown, MA (May I suggest the fried chicken?)… plus a copy of both new records.

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    A strange collection of books, records and kitchenware, selected just for you from the shelves and cupboards of Chris Monti's apartment..and a copy of both new records.

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    Chris Monti will record for you the cover song of your choice on his acoustic guitar. Britney Spears, Slayer, George Jones… you name it, he’ll record it… plus a copy of both new records

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    Two tickets to the November 2014 run of the for-children puppet show "The Yankee Peddler: Songs and Stories of Old New England" performed by Chris Monti and Brad Shur at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA... and a copy of both new records.

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    Four tickets to the November 2014 run of the for-children puppet show "The Yankee Peddler: Songs and Stories of Old New England" performed by Chris Monti and Brad Shur at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA... and a copy of both new records.

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    A house concert by Chris Monti within 200 mile radius of Somerville, MA… plus a copy of both records. You provide the spot and Chris will play the music.

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    A house concert by Chris Monti and his band within 150 mile radius of Somerville, MA… plus a copy of both new records. You provide the spot and Chris and his band will play the music

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    Almost all of the premiums: The two new recordings, the poster, the lunch, an instrument lesson, a solo house concert, 2 tickets to the "Yankee Peddler" run in November 2014 and all 9 Chris Monti CD's or Downloads.

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    A framed photograph of Chris Monti naked except for a panama hat in the outdoor public place in RI or MA of your choosing. (Schools, police stations and courthouses are excluded)... and a copy of both new records

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