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It's just too dang fun not to do again! But maybe this time we won't just do covers...
It's just too dang fun not to do again! But maybe this time we won't just do covers...
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This is the fourth installment of the Covers with Friends series. That's crazy to me!! Each one has had it's own challenges and benefits. I was amazed, humbled, and elated to see that the last album made it onto billboards top 100 albums for the first time ever! I owe all of that to my kickstarters. I've been in the studio quite a bit since my last campaign, and have had the amazing opportunity to produce solo albums for a couple of the friends on my previous projects (Gil and Briana!) and non of that would have happened with out you guys. I've got a few more projects already lined up as a producer, and we're hoping to record another Station Breaks album before too long, so I'd love to be working on another volume of 'with friends' on the side while doing all that other stuff, which is why I'm starting the funding now.

As I detailed in one of my last updates for Re-covering with friends, even though the last one was the most successful fundraising effort of all the projects, at over $68,000, projects like these are amazingly expensive, and I spent every single dollar (and more!) on making the record. Not to go into too much boring detail, but about 40,000 of the total was initially set aside for taxes, fees, shipping, purchasing licenses to cover the songs, and printing the CDs, and the rest was pretty quickly spent on actually making the record through studio time, musicians, engineering, mixing, mastering, travel & food.  

There are obviously corners I can cut if needed, but I really enjoyed sharing the success of these albums with the folks that helped me make them sound so good! The musicians, and engineer all got a little extra for the last project, which they so very much deserved. I'd love to be able to do that again on this one if possible. I set the goal for the last album at $1, and was happy to come out of pocket however much was needed, thankfully the costs weren't too much more than what was raised. This time, however, if I'm going to make an album of equal quality, I'll need to make sure we reach at least a certain level of support so I can achieve that goal. I wish I could just go in and make the record by personally funding it, but unfortunately that's not in the cards at the moment. I've got a little baby boy arriving this month, and in addition to my addition, I have a couple other projects/artists I really believe in that I'm investing some time and capital into this year to help them make records. (I think you'll be really happy I did!)

Ok! All that to say, I love making these Cover albums with my friends, and I'm happy keep working hard on them as long as you guys want me to! It is, however, completely up to you guys if you want to make it happen. If you can't support this one right now, trust me,  I totally understand! Or if you wanna just wait and download it, or buy it from me at a convention, all good! I'll probably be promoting this campaign just to make sure everyone hears about it, but I'm definitely not gonna do the hard sell. I know there are a ton of worthy charities, causes, campaigns, patreons, and other kickstarters, not to mention bills, family, and just life in general. We all have our own financial ups and downs so if we don't reach the goal I won't be heartbroken, and I'll try again some other time!

Risks and challenges

This is (counting Gil and Briana's albums) the 7th time I'll be using kickstarter for this purpose. The challenges to slightly change for each project, but specifically, for this one, my main challenge will be to provide a more interesting look at the process for the backers. that was the thing I think most lacking from the previous projects, and I think I've got some ideas as to how to capture more interesting content from the process this time.

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    Music Bundle

    You'll be receiving email updates about the process plus The T-shirt, plus a signed physical album, as well as signed copies of ALL of my previous studio albums including Jason Manns, Soul, Move, Christmas with Friends, Covers with Friends & Re-Covering with Friends!

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    Personalized for a friend!

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    • two personalized copies of the new album, one for a friend!
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    • specially designed kickstarter t-shirt specific to this project.
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    VIP experience

    You'll be receiving email updates about the process plus The t-shirt, a of the CD PERSONALIZED, Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a special VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances) "special VIP" means regular ViP ticket plus a little something extra which will vary depending on the venue. maybe a coffee hangout, or a special mini concert, something fun for the backers that chose this level.

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    Signed by All!

    You'll be receiving email updates including pictures, stories, & videos about the process plus The t-shirt, plus 2 copies of the CD PERSONALIZED to whomever you'd like! Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances most likely)
    all that plus a copy of the album signed by each and every person on the album!! (will definitely take a bit longer to get this one out, so you'll get the regular one in that package signed by me and then the signed by all one a bit later on!)

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    • Email updates from the process
    • signed (by me) copy of the album
    • Skype hang
    • specially designed kickstarter t-shirt specific to this project.
    • VIP Experience
    • A copy of the album signed by each of the guests on the album
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    Executive Producer

    You'll be receiving email updatesabout the process plus The t-shirt, plus a signed copy of the CD PERSONALIZED! Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances most likely)
    all that plus a copy of the album signed by each and every person on the album!! (will take a bit longer to get this one out, so you'll get the regular one in that package and then the signed by all one a bit later on!)
    Plus you will have a specific thank you along with all the guests in the liner notes of the album!

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    • A copy of the album signed by each of the guests on the album
    • Email updates from the process
    • signed (by me) copy of the album
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    Studio Visit

    You'll be receiving email updates about the process plus The t-shirt, plus a copy of the CD PERSONALIZED. Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances most likely)
    all that plus a copy of the album signed by each and every person on the album!! (will probably take a bit longer to get this one out, so you'll get the regular one in that package and then the signed by all one a bit later on!)
    Plus you will have a specific thank you along with all the guests in the liner notes of the album! Plus, you get to visit the studio one day. Can't promise we'll have a guest in there that day, but we might!
    (Airfare & accommodations not included.)

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    • studio day visit!
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    Artist package

    You'll be receiving email updates about the process plus The t-shirt, plus 2 copies of the CD PERSONALIZED to whomever you'd like! Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances most likely)
    all that plus a copy of the album signed by each and every person on the album!! (will probably take a bit longer to get this one out, so you'll get the regular one in that package and then the signed by all one a bit later on!)
    Plus you will have a specific thank you along with all the guests in the liner notes of the album!
    Plus a day in the studio with me as your producer. It can be a studio session of your choosing. we can actually make a record of a song of your choosing, mixed and ready for iTunes!
    (Airfare and accommodations not included, but studio rental, engineer, myself, and mixing is included!)

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    • A copy of the album signed by each of the guests on the album
    • Email updates from the process
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    • signed (by me) copy of the album
    • VIP Experience
    • one full day in the studio with me as your producer
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    Pledge US$ 8,500 or more About US$ 8,500

    Full Artist EP Level

    You'll be receiving email updates about the process plus The t-shirt, plus 2 copies of the CD PERSONALIZED to whomever you'd like! Plus a Skype chat where I can play a song, or give a guitar lesson, or just... you know, chat! Plus 2 VIP tickets to one of my shows, (hopefully a release party, but as I'm finding out right now trying to book one for Covers w/Friends, it's tough to wrangle all these folks!) If we don't have a proper release party, we can do a VIP experience for any Jason Manns show (excluding convention appearances most likely)
    all that plus a copy of the album signed by each and every person on the album!! (will probably take a bit longer to get this one out, so you'll get the regular one in that package and then the signed by all one a bit later on!)
    Plus you will have a specific thank you along with all the guests in the liner notes of the album!
    Plus... Let's make a record! a five song EP produced by me, mixed and ready to go! Since I had a couple takers on the one song mix, I thought maybe I'd offer the full EP option, considering there are major economies of scale when producing music. The details would need to be worked out and there might be additional costs if you wanted a gospel choir or 30 piece orchestra, but for this level of support a well crafted 5 song EP is definitely doable!
    (Airfare and accommodations not included, but studio rental, engineer, myself, and mixing is included!)

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    • Email updates from the process
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    • A 5 song EP produced by me!
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