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This project was successfully funded on February 16, 2013.

Original music steeped in an authentic Americana sound

About this project

Why We're Different:

Our campaign is a bit different from most musicians out there on Kickstarter because we have already gone through the process of recording the raw tracks for our EP! At this point, we need your help to fund the mixing process, which will be done by an amazing professional engineer, and our duplication process. 

The EP:

South Rail's self-titled EP consists of five original songs- three by lead guitarist Jay Byrd and two by keyboardist Lara Supan. Jay's background is steeped in blues, Americana/roots music and rock, with wide-ranging influences, including Clapton, Wilco, Dylan and Gillian Welch, among others. The subtle combination of Lara's jazz and soul influences are more akin to artists such as Norah Jones and Adele. These songs are Interesting and varied, imbued with tight harmonies and thoughtful lyrics, and serve to represent South Rail's unique sound.

The Band: 

Jay was raised in North Carolina, where he began his professional music career in his late teens. He co-founded a blues-rock trio The Groov, then joined a Grateful Dead cover band named Wavy Train. With Jay's influence, the band forged a new sound that combined original pop-oriented melodies with extended improvisation. After moving to the DC area in 2001, Jay began his journey into the Americana style. Since then, Jay has won multiple awards from NewSong, and also won the Gold BMI Songwriter Award in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for his original works. He currently lives in the DC area with his wonderful wife and two children and continues to write amazing original tunes with a strong Americana feel.

Lara was born and raised in the DC area, then traveled to upstate New York to earn a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Jazz from Ithaca College. It was there that she began her songwriting, and developed her jazz influences and song structure. She currently works as a private voice and piano teacher, as well as singing professionally at Saint Matthew's Cathedral in downtown DC. She finds that most of her music is autobiographical, but has started to venture into the art of storytelling after hearing how poignant the style can be from Jay's original lyrics.

Ben was also born and raised in the DC area. Influenced by his musical family, he began drumming at an early age. Throughout his time studying music at UMBC in Baltimore, Ben played in various performing bands of different styles before finally settling into an acoustic rock group called Fiction 20 Down. With this group, he recorded two full length LP's and toured numerous venues in the Eastern US. Throughout his career, Ben has learned that being a successful drummer (especially in a roots genre) is about the subtleties of rhythm and feel which, although not always easily identified by a listener, can make or break a song.     

South Rail:

Our name comes from the Southern Railway- a line that had stops in North Carolina, Maryland and New York. We relate to this because the three members of our band come from different styles and backgrounds, but together create a unique, unified sound that transcends a specific style or genre. We hope you enjoy our EP and stay tuned for our first full length album and tour dates!

Risks and challenges

We really don't foresee many risks to donating to our project. Since the wheels have already been put in motion, as long as our mixer doesn't breach our contract we are on track to have our EP ready by the end of this campaign. As far as merchandise is concerned, we already have our logo and designs prepared for each piece of merchandise so we are just waiting for the funding to pull the trigger on production!

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    The Dabbler: A hug at one of our shows!

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    The Starter Pack: An official South Rail bumper sticker and a hug at one of our shows!

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    The CD Baby: A digital download of our new self-titled EP, and the Starter Pack

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    The CD Adult: A signed, hard copy of our new EP, in addition to the CD Baby package.

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    The Poster Boy: A signed, official South Rail poster, in addition to the CD Adult package.

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    The T-Shirt Tycoon: A signed, official South Rail T-shirt in the size of your choice, in addition to the Poster Boy package.

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    The Informer: South Rail will learn a cover song of your choice and add it to our repertoire, in addition to the T-Shirt Tycoon package.

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    The Patron (not the tequila): South Rail will write you a personal thank you in the liner notes of the EP, in addition to the Informer package.

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    The VIP: Free admittance for you and a guest to any (and every) South Rail show through the entire 2013 season, in addition to the Informer package.

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    The Gotta Have It: Free admittance for you and THREE guests to any (and every) South Rail show through the entire 2013 season and a signed picture with the band, in addition to the Patron package.

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    The Ultimate Choice: South Rail will come to a venue of your choice and perform a personalized 45 minute set for you (in the Tri-State area) in addition to the Gotta Have It package.

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    The You Have a Lot to Give: South Rail will write a personalized song for you, in addition to the Ultimate Choice package. Plus, just know that we'll think you're the best thing that's ever happened to us.

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Funding period

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