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Singer-songwriter Katie Dahl is holed up in Door County, Wis., working on a smart, honest folk album called Leaky Boats & Paper Birds.

***Hey, everyone! In addition to all the below information (which, if you're new to the page, I hope you'll read first), I just wanted say a huge thank you to all of you who've helped meet the $3,000 goal so quickly! I'm completely blown away by the generosity of the response. And I wanted to let you know that every dollar we raise past the $3,000 mark will still be used for the CD. I may be able to print more CDs at one time (making the cost per unit a lot lower), in better packaging, depending on how much money we raise. So keep telling your friends--this project could be even bigger and better than I anticipated. Thank you so much--I don't know how to say how grateful I am!***

WHO I AM:

I’m Katie Dahl. I’m a singer-songwriter based in Door County, Wisconsin. I think of my music as a literate, honest brand of folk. I love tennis, crossword puzzles, and raw cookie dough. In the last couple of years I’ve been named Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year, and I’ve shared the stage with some of my heroes, including Julie Gold and Dar Williams. I’m originally a Minnesotan and more recently have been surprised to find myself a Green Bay Packers fan. More about me at www.katiedahlmusic.com.

 

WHAT I’M DOING:

I’m making my second studio album, called Leaky Boats and Paper Birds. The new CD will contain nine original songs, one cover song, top-notch instrumental accompaniment from a stellar cast of musicians, and an assortment of my recent ruminations on life, distilled into lyrical form for your listening pleasure.

 

WHAT IT COSTS:

$10,000. That includes studio time and engineer fees (about $3000), mastering (about $500), musicians’ fees (about $3200), graphic design (about $300), album pressing costs (about $2000), radio distribution ($500), and other odds and ends (about $500). Believe it or not, that’s not too pricey as albums go. I’ve been frugal (preparing the above video myself, for example, as you may have deduced) at the same time as I’m trying to spend enough money to make the record sound as good as it can. I'm also trying to make the CD-making process as sustainable as possible (printing CD cases in the eco-friendly cardboard digipak format, for example, instead of plastic jewel cases).

 

WHY YOU’RE HERE:

I’ve paid for most of the CD already with my own savings (about $7,000 of the $10,000), but I need about $3,000 more to finish. This page is a forum through which you can donate money toward the effort of finishing the album—or, if you prefer, you can just think of it as pre-ordering the CD. Your donation will help me finish in a timely fashion and will ensure that the CD is as good as it can be. You’re welcome to donate as much or as little as you feel able, from $5 on up, and I’ve thought up what I hope are a lot of tantalizing prizes to thank you for your generosity, including signed CDs, posters, bumper stickers, house concerts, and even original songs, written on demand just for you! Here are the bumper sticker options (rectangle 10x3, oval 6x4):

 

THE CATCH:

If I don’t make my goal of $3,000 by the deadline, I don’t get any of the money. (Don't worry, though. If you've already donated, you get your money back--it's a no-lose proposition.) So—even if you can’t donate, or can’t donate much, please forward the link to this page onto your friends! Share it on Facebook! Anything helps.

HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR YOUR HELP:

This much! (I wish you could see my arms.) I feel humbled and amazed that I’ve been able to make a life for myself playing music—it’s not something I anticipated, and it’s not something I take for granted. I’ve thought of you—the people who listen to and support the music I make—with every song I’ve written during this process, every vocal track I’ve laid down, every bumper sticker design I’ve reviewed. I am hopeful that this project will be worthy of your time. And I am deeply grateful to those of you who decide it’s worthy of your money, too.

 

More Details (Non-Essential, But Interesting)

WHAT THE ALBUM’S ABOUT:

The album is a meditation on some of the things I’ve been thinking about most in the last few years—most notably, the conflict between wanting to accept the world (or other people in my life, or myself) as it is, and wanting to work to make it (or them, or me) better. Of course, the answer changes depending on the situation. And the person. And my mood. So these songs are an effort to get at some of those disparate and elusive answers.

 

WHAT SONGS ARE ON IT:

My cheerful protest song “Hometown Tables,” which a lot of you have heard already (if you haven’t seen the music video yet, check it out here). “Will I Fly,” which is from Victory Farm, the musical I’m co-writing, which premieres at American Folklore Theatre this summer. “Kathleen,” one of my favorites from the new batch of songs. “Across the Sea,” a French-bluegrass hybrid (herbes bleues, you might say). “The World as I Found It,” a song by my friend Doc Heide. And more!

 

WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED:

Multi-instrumental wizardry and co-production by Eric Lewis, Memphis dobro-guitar-mandolin-electric-guitar-player extraordinaire. Harmonies from California songstress Claudia Russell and, in some places, a whole chorus of singing friends. Bass and percussion from Rich Higdon. Lots of guitar, singing, and even a little harmonica from yours truly, Katie Dahl.

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    A piece of Katie-made pottery [fair warning: Katie is not a professional potter] and a page torn from Katie's secret songwriting notebook [she is also not known for her penmanship] (plus your name in the liner notes, a signed poster, a signed County Line CD, a signed Hometown Tables DVD, a signed new CD, 2 bumper stickers, and an mp3).

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    Katie will write a song for you or a loved one--you give me details, memories, life stories, etc., and I write a song out of it and provide you with a studio-quality solo, acoustic recording (plus your name in the liner notes, a signed poster, a signed County Line CD, a signed Hometown Tables DVD, a signed new CD, 2 bumper stickers, and an mp3). Want something you don't see here? Let's talk!

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