Let's make a record together! Help me finish and release my first solo album!
Late one moonless November night in 2010, I chased a group of songs through a cornfield and in the morning found myself in a recording studio in Lancaster City. On the floor beside the mixing board, the songs were kicking and squirming, tied up in a burlap sack to prevent escape. Some of the songs are misfits that have been hanging around for a year or more, unwilling or unable to play nice with their cousins in the Vinegar Creek Constituency repertoire; others are brand new. They range over a diversity of styles, but one thing all of these songs have in common is that they're eager to be heard, felt, enjoyed, and sung along with.
Since that first day in the studio I've been hard at work creating an album I'm very proud of and crazily excited about. I truly believe this to be some of the best, most fully-realized music I have ever made. I've been able to do this thanks to A LOT of generous help from my friends, among whom I'm lucky enough to count many of the finest musicians in Lancaster, New Jersey, and parts beyond. My friend Chad Kinsey (formerly of Burning Bus, currently of Loretta Bilieux Band) has been invaluable as producer and engineer.
Here's the thing: Independent musicians are not renowned for their wealth, and I've gone pitifully broke in the process of funding this album. I can no longer do this on my own. With the help of kickstarter.com, I'm asking my friends, family, and all those who care about or feel some connection to the music I make to partner up with me in getting this album into the world. ***I WILL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE*** Not only am I confident that you're gonna love this album; in exchange for your donations (even 1$ will help!) I am offering a variety of cool rewards. This is the artistic free market at its best and most personal, folks. I have almost finished tracking (recording) the album; here's what we need to do:
-Mixing: We've pulled out all the stops to get superior sound quality and performances on the record. We need some expert knob twiddling to make it all shine like a silver dime.
-Mastering: This arcane but oh-so-essential process includes making volume levels consistent and much more; it's a job for a serious pro.
-Production: Pressing the album to CD with great-looking cover art and professional packaging.
**IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: The amount I am setting as this project's goal is the BARE MINIMUM I can use to squeak this through, and in accordance with kickstarter's ALL OR NOTHING funding requirements, if we don't raise the full amount in 7 weeks I will get NOTHING. On the other hand, if we do achieve the minimum, there's no need to stop there! The more I raise, the better this project can and will be.
Thanks, friends, for believing in me at lest enough to read this far. Let's make an album!! -Leo
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Digital download of the album BEFORE the official release date, highbrow "Patron of the Arts" status (with a card that says so), and my sincere and everlasting gratitude.
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A copy of the CD (signed by me if desired; let me know) and free admission for 2 to the release party (date and location TBA).
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Above, plus a limited-edition print of a hand-drawn (by my hand) poster for the album with my thanks to you scrawled thereon.
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Above, plus a hand-written lyric sheet to one of my songs (song of your choice, solo or Vinegar Creek Constituency repertoire). I will spring for fancy paper and use my prettiest scribble.
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Above, plus a copy of a limited edition songbook for the album, which will include guitar chords and lyrics for all the songs thereon.
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All 75$ level rewards, plus a free month of guitar lessons (one half-hour lesson per week) with me as your instructor. We can work on songs from my songbook (see above), your favorite Doc Watson solo, or the riff from AC/DC's "Back in Black." You choose the direction. (please allow for individual scheduling)
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Clearance sale house concert! I will perform a solo house concert- previously a 300$-level reward, for the insanely low price of 150$. I'm foaming at the mouth like a deranged carpet salesman and am ready to perform for you and your pals. This fire sale is limited to a quantity of 3 available shows before the concert option returns to normal price; get em while the getting's good! (If you don't live within an hour or two of Lancaster let's talk- with this kind of loony-bin price tag who can afford to travel?)
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All 75$ level rewards, plus free guest list admission to any headlining Vinegar Creek Constituency or Leo solo shows for the year 2011 (restrictions may apply when we are the opening act).
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
All 75$ level rewards, plus a free (solo) house concert. I will travel to your house (100 mile radius of Lancaster or let's talk about it) and perform a full-length concert for you and your pals. I will behave with social grace and aplomb and will not grimace or lose my temper no matter how many of your guests ask if I can play "Wagon Wheel." (Due to gas prices, locations more than 100 miles from Lancaster may warrant a larger donation- if applicable we'll work it out).
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
All 75$ level rewards, plus a free kayaking trip (lunch included) on the beautiful Susquehanna River that flows beside my home with me as your paddle guide. My pals at Chiques Rock Outfitters (Columbia PA) will generously donate the boats and services for the day's outing. We can spot for bald eagles and eat lunch on an island; good living. Or choose house concert.
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All 75$ level rewards, plus I paint your house. Seriously: I will put in a full week (Monday-Friday, 9-5-ish) of professional quality house painting, a trade in which I have years of full-time experience. Interior or exterior (in season), your choice. It'll look sharp. (all equipment and labor to be provided by me; some material costs may apply).
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