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This special recording of classic holiday songs with a distinctly Austin flavor feature preeminent artists.
This special recording of classic holiday songs with a distinctly Austin flavor features preeminent artists.
This special recording of classic holiday songs with a distinctly Austin flavor features preeminent artists.
60 backers pledged $7,703 to help bring this project to life.

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THE MISSION: Bring back a holiday Blues tradition to Austin!

Edit: Thank you to all the contributors so far. We have reached our minimum goal!

The more we raise, the more the players get paid.

This is what makes this project different from other albums for charity. These players are constantly asked to donate their time - and, if the cause is good, they almost always do. They give and give to their community because that's the kind of people they are.

Contribute now and give back to the performers for the joy they've brought to our lives and for literally building The Live Music Capital of the World.

A funny thing happens when pro musicians are getting compensated. The work is even better!

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My name is Pete Monfre. At 18 years of age, I moved to Austin, Texas and stumbled into the hottest blues scene in the world.

Stevie Ray Vaughn was just breaking huge and Clifford Antone was graciously hosting blues legends like Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, James Cotton and so many others. It was an amazing time to be in Austin. 

Live Music Capital of the World
Live Music Capital of the World

In 1985, Austin's blues legends got together and made "An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas", a heartfelt project that featured The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willie Nelson, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Denny Freeman, Charlie Sexton, Angela Strehli, LouAnn Barton and the late, great Paul Ray. 

32 years later, we need your help to make a new Texas classic. 

An Austin Blue Christmas Album

We'll be matching up some of America's top artists on classic holiday songs with a distinctly Austin sound.

Featured Artists*:

  • Derek Obrien
  • Denny Freeman
  • Roscoe Beck
  • Guy Forsyth
  • Malford Milligan
  • Mark Epstein (Johnny Winter)
  • Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff the the Texas Horns
  • Sarah Sharp
  • Erin Ivey
  • Red Young
  • Soul Man Sam Evans
  • Mike Schermer
  • Audrey Malone
  • Jacqui Walker
  • Regi Richards (B.B. King)
  • Dr. John Mills
  • Jeff Plankenhorn
  • Nevada Newman
  • Jason Blum
  • Al Gomez and more.

(Stay tuned for more major artist announcements! *Line up subject to change)

The Austin Blues Revue Large Band
Tapping performers from the original album and the current top Austin blues artists, we've assembled a super band of the hottest performers in American Blues all of whom are steeped in the tradition of America's true art form. 

Our Secret Sauce
The Revue Large Band consists of performers from bands ranging from B.B. King and Johnny Winter to The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, Muddy Waters, Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, Roomful of Blues, Willie Nelson, Joe Bonamassa and more. 

How you can help 

1. Contribute now!
2. Share this project to your timeline in social media.

How We Will Use the Money

The money raised here will be used to directly compensate the musicians and pay for studio time for recording and to cover the costs of rewards.

Studio time: 15%
Rewards: 15%
Musicians: 70%

The more we raise, the more music we can deliver!

We will record a 12-14 Christmas classics with an Austin sound as well as new and classic blues Christmas songs.

What you get

Contributors get rewards that are sure to be collectors items ranging from:

  • credit on the nationally released album
  • Limited edition T-shirts
  • Collector, clear, blue vinyl copies of the recording
  • Extra bonus songs not on the album.

Join the conversation about Austin Music at the $550 level Mansion Party, meet musicians and top business leaders, non-profit leaders and music industry titans. (Mid-June - date to be set)

Of course, you’ll get to download the album, and get physical CD's. Other rewards include lifetime passes to the Austin Blues Revue shows and events and private performances. You can even have dinner prepared by Pete Monfre and Guy Forysth!

New Reward: For $100 a few guitarists and aspiring guitarists receive a one-on-one blues guitar clinic by Pete Monfre. Monfre has taught hundreds of students over the years.

Risks and challenges

A project like this comes with many challenges from funding to logistics and managing so many artists (and their touring schedules).

By far, the biggest challenge besides raising money (we really need to get to $10K), is handling the logistics of the various touring schedules of the artists. That's why we are starting production now - recording sessions will happen April-August. Our production team is very experienced in producing albums and managing logistics.

We will be doing two Kickstarter campaigns - one to get the album recorded and another to mix and master the recordings. We are also seeking corporate sponsorship to further cover production costs.

Some of the rewards will be available shortly after the campaign ends. (Like stickers and T-shirts)

<strong>Pete Monfre</strong>
As executive producer, I've been producing media for some of the most successful brands in the world for almost 30 years with clients ranging from Harley Davidson and Rockwell to Abbott Laboratories and Kimberley Clark. I've run multimillion dollar agencies and performed with Grammy Award winning blues artists. I know how to get things done and manage the process and finances.

Mark Epstein
Co Executive Producer and founder of BuildSong, Mark is a studio engineer and longtime bassist for Johnny Winter. He has also produced work for Virgin, Orion Pictures, HBO and the History Channel and performed with Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Joe Bonamassa and many more.

Dan Gill Production CPA
Dan is a trusted accountant who will be in charge of tracking all income and expenses for the project and ensuring every penny is accounted for.

The Austin Community Foundation
The Austin Blues Revue is a special project of the Austin Community Foundation, Austin's most established non-profit (501c3). Founded in 1977, the Foundation is a world class operation that focuses resources on over 1000 local charities.

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    Digital Download

    Your ears will be the first to hear this timeless and amazing record. You'll be able to download An Austin Blue Christmas weeks before anyone else!

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    Physical CDs

    Best value option - get a CD for yourself and one for a friend!

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    • 2 CDs of An Austin Blue Christmas
    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
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    Limited Edition T-Shirt

    Show the world you support live music and fair pay for musicians with a cool T-shirt and other stuff!

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    • Download the Album
    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
    • Bonus tracks not on the album!
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    CD plus T-Shirt, bonuses

    By special request, this new reward Includes:

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    • Limited Edition Tshirt
    • Bonus tracks not on the album!
    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
    • bonus behind the scenes content via private group on Facebook
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    2 Front Row Seats to CD release Concert

    Get the best seats in the house when we officially drop the album in a cavalcade of Austin’s best!

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    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
    • Download the Album
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    Producer

    Get your name permanently associated with a timeless, world class album.

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    • Name in Credits on album (CD and Vinyl)
    • A CD of An Austin Blue Christmas
    • Download the Album
    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
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    Blue Vinyl Collector Record

    This level is for people that really care. Get one of only 50 clear blue vinyl collector album plus:

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    • Download the Album
    • A CD of An Austin Blue Christmas
    • Awesome FairPlay Sticker
    • Name in Credits on album (CD and Vinyl)
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    Private Mansion Party w/artists

    Two passes to an exclusive meet and greet with the musicians at a stunning location overlooking Austin, TX. Food, personal music performance, bar included. Only 25 available. You'll also receive a CD, your name in the special credits on the album and an awesome FairPlay Sticker for your BMW.

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    Guy Forsyth & Monfre Make You Dinner

    For eight lucky people, bona fide rock star Guy Forsyth and Pete Monfre serve you a delicious meal, hilarious stories and a little musical entertainment.

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    Patron of the Blues Lifetime Pass

    You'll receive one of only 46 available leather bound, VIP All Access Pass to the Austin Blues Revue and all associated events including the special Christmas concert in December 2018

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Funding period

- (27 days)