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A live and studio album featuring The Matt Angus Thing and performances from the documentary "Demand Your Independents!".

Hello, and welcome to the Matt Angus Thing's Kickstarter page.  As many of you who will visit this page know, it is hard for an independent band to get it's release made, let alone heard.  For almost 20 years, both solo and with his bands, Matt Angus has continued to make records, all on his own and with some of the biggest names in the industry.  This Kickstarter page is set up to not only help with cost for finishing the overdubs and studio production for the soundtrack of the documentary "Demand Your Independents", but to also help with mastering, the pressing and promotion.  $10,000 is our goal, but our hope is to reach much higher than that and help fund some tour support as well.

"Stay", The Matt Angus Thing - Live at Black Potatoe

During the last 6 years Matt has concentrated his efforts on promoting other independents acts and the job that he calls "the best job he has ever had", being a dad.  Although they have not had a heavy touring schedule, The Matt Angus Thing has continued to play festivals, choice dates (mostly benefits) and they have been fortunate enough to record with musicians that have not only influenced them, but entire generations.  As the production of "Demand Your Independents!"  went forward, it was clear that the Matt Angus Thing was the obvious choice for the soundtrack.

Our hope with this project is to raise money to get these recordings to as many music fans as possible.  All we are looking for is a fraction of the support for this project that Matt has given to other artists during his 20 years plus touring and promoting independent artists from all over the world.  Thank you for your time and thanks for checking us out.

So...

The Matt Angus Thing is proud to present the soundtrack to the documentary on Black Potatoe Records and it's festival called "Demand Your Independents!".  The Album is made up primarily of music by The Matt Angus Thing (both live from the Black Potatoe Music Festival and studio tracks), but also includes tracks from the Matt Angus solo project and some tracks from the band Angus.  It features 

The Matt Angus Thing 

The Matt Angus Thing with Rev. Henry Harrison for Harlem Street fair
The Matt Angus Thing with Rev. Henry Harrison for Harlem Street fair
Matt and Randy
Matt and Randy

as well as performances by 

Angus,

Levon Helm, 

Still shot of Levon working with Matt from "Demand Your Independents!"
Still shot of Levon working with Matt from "Demand Your Independents!"

The Harlem Gospel Choir,

Jamie Coan,

Pinetop Perkins, 

Autographed Pinetop Perkins poster
Autographed Pinetop Perkins poster

Jerry Jemmott, 

Jimmy Vivino, 

Bernard Purdie, 

"Demand Your Independents!" Poster signed by Garth Hudson, Bernie Worrell, Bernard Purdie & The Matt Angus Thing.
"Demand Your Independents!" Poster signed by Garth Hudson, Bernie Worrell, Bernard Purdie & The Matt Angus Thing.

Garth Hudson, 

Randy, Matt, Bernard Purdie, Garth Hudson & Bernie Worrell.
Randy, Matt, Bernard Purdie, Garth Hudson & Bernie Worrell.

Carolyn Wonderland,

Matt & Carolyn Wonderland Live.
Matt & Carolyn Wonderland Live.

Bernie Worrell,

Tony Garnier,

Pat O'Shea,

Matt, Tony Garnier & Pat O'Shea
Matt, Tony Garnier & Pat O'Shea

Larry Campbell,

Larry Campbell w/ Matt Angus during the recording of "Matt Angus".
Larry Campbell w/ Matt Angus during the recording of "Matt Angus".

Kathy Phillips,

John Ginty,

Anthony Morgan and his Inspirational Choir of Harlem,

Anthony Morgan & Matt Angus
Anthony Morgan & Matt Angus

Honeyboy Edwards

and many others.

Honeyboy Edwards recording with The Matt Angus Thing
Honeyboy Edwards recording with The Matt Angus Thing
Randy with Honeyboy Edwards
Randy with Honeyboy Edwards

With production by some of the best engineers in the business:

Scott Hull,

Tom Gordon,

Carter Humphrey

and many more...

With hundreds of unreleased live tracks and dozens of unreleased studio tracks, this album will serve as a vehicle to not only support the film, but as both a live album and retrospective of the Matt Angus Thing's first 10 years and the previous 10 years with Matt Angus' other projects.  

Your support will get this record mixed, overdubs finished, mastered, printed and promoted.  As well as getting most of the unreleased material archived and ready for future projects.

Matt with Tom Gordon, Kung Fu Sophie, Jaime Coan & David Neumann in Reno, NV
Matt with Tom Gordon, Kung Fu Sophie, Jaime Coan & David Neumann in Reno, NV

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    A autographed poster from the "Demand Your Independents!" concert in 2007 featuring the Matt Angus Thing. The posters are limited and are signed by The Matt Angus Thing, Bernard Purdie, Bernie Worrell & Garth Hudson. A thank you on the CD and an autographed copy of the CD. Very rare, 2 available.

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    An 8 song acoustic set at your residence with Matt, Randy and one of "The Thing Singers" (must be within 100 miles of Bridgewater, NJ or additional travel and lodging may apply). The autographed copy of the CD, the poster, the two unreleased digital downloads, the bumper sticker and the guitar strum. Thank you on in the album credits.

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    Sing back-up on a previously unreleased Pinetop Perkins/Matt Angus Thing track at Randyland Studios in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Yes, that is correct, you will be on what is maybe the last ever released new/original song featuring blues legend Pinetop Perkins. Your name in the album credits as backup singer. The autographed copy of the CD, the poster, the two unreleased digital downloads, the bumper sticker and the guitar strum.

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    Weekend (Fri, Sat) in Atlantic City with the Matt Angus Thing. Two night stay for you and a guest at the Tropicana. Dinner with "The Thing" at The Palm on Friday night. Saturday night dinner at either Hooters, the Hard Rock or House of Blues (yes, cheezy, but still a little rock n'roll - again drinks excluded via kickstarter rules) and then a showing of whatever is at the IMAX Theater and then a 3 song acoustic set in your hotel room. You must leave your own credit card for incidentals, so we would not recommend going Keith Moon on the room. The autographed copy of the CD, the poster, the two unreleased digital downloads, the bumper sticker and the guitar strum. Thank you on in the album credits. Only 1 available, airfare not included, you must provide your own transportation to AC.

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    The Matt Angus Thing will come to you. Any gig, any where (almost, no political rallies or politically affiliated gigs). You will get the full 4 piece Matt Angus Thing with 4 "Thing Singers" for one 90 minute set. You get to make the set list, based on previously performed material and recordings. (must be within 120 miles of Bridgewater, NJ or additional travel and lodging may apply). The autographed copy of the CD, the poster, the two unreleased digital downloads, the bumper sticker and the guitar strum. Thank you on in the album credits.

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    Matt's 1915-1919 Gibson Guitar (the date has not be verified - but thought to be 1917) autographed by Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards and Louisiana Red. Thank you on the CD and a copy of the CD autographed. Limited to 1, because there is only 1.

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    Weekend in Reno (Fri & Sat night) with members of The Matt Angus Thing with a guided tour from Tom Gordon. Two nights for you and a guest at the Peppermill in one of the Imperial suites. Airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US. Dinner on Friday night at the all-you-can-eat LOBSTER buffet at Boomtown Casino (drinks not included as per kickstarter rules) and then off for a night of live music. Saturday during the day get a tour of Historic Carson City, with tour guide Tom Gordon & then a tour of the Imirage Studios during the day and then dinner at the Sterling's Seafood Steakhouse (drinks not included as per kickstarter rules) followed by a public performance of Matt with a band from Reno. A thank you on the CD and an autographed copy of the CD. Limited to 2, because it would be cool to do twice.

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    A weekend in the Napa Valley with The Matt Angus Thing (Thur, Fri, Sat). This package includes three night stay for two, airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US, three bike tours (accompanied by Randy) and visits to the wineries (as per kickstarter rules, you must purchase your own tasting packages). Dinner each night with members of "The Thing" and a private acoustic show at one of the wineries. A thank you on the CD and an autographed copy of the CD. Limited to 1.

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