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Old school meets the digital age with dreamy mod-jazz re-imaginings of the 1970s, 80s, 90s. RETRO Trilogy: 3 EPs rolled into 1 album
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New Album RETRO Trilogy - Pre-Order & Join the 70s 80s 90s Journey!  

Hey music lovin’ friends & family – My name is Allison Adams Tucker, and I sing (in a few languages) to create beauty & connections. Connections with the present moment we face, with each other across borders and barriers, and with our past memories and experiences. I'm so grateful for the beautiful connections my voice has brought me. 

Over the last 12 years, I've performed for audiences big & small throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and have made music art with some incredible musicians in the jazz world, like Josh Nelson, Peter Sprague, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Romero Lubambo... We all make something with our time on this planet, and it is truly an honor to be able to make art for a living - I aim to stir your soul.   

Photo by Robert Fisher
Photo by Robert Fisher

It’s been 4 years since my last album, and I'm seizing the day to make my 4th album a reality. Please help make this happen! In this crazy new world of free digital music and self-funded art, I’m relying on YOU. Albums rarely make a profit anymore, but each is a vital work of art that documents and enhances our community and culture, and remains an inspiration and a reference for future generations. Again, truly an honor.

Time always flies FORWARD, but you know how a song can instantly bring you BACK to a place, a smell, a feeling, a taste, a scene from your past, all in technicolor… A birthday party, your first breakup, the wedding day, the birth of your child, your grandma’s smile… That song unites people across borders of time and space and can make those memories real again and again. We all have these musical Stories, and I want to bring these to life. 

Allison Adams Tucker is going “RETRO”! I’m going back to my musical roots with a 3–part album Trilogy as I explore the music connected to those memories that define a generation – Generation X. Think 'old school meets the digital age'. These will be modern jazz re–imaginings from 3 decades of music we all love: the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s. I’m exploring how the power of this generationally-charged music makes us who we are today, and I’d love you to join in the journey!

Some of the artists covered on this project are: (several of whom also recorded their albums in the same New York studio) David Bowie, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Queen, ELO, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, Sting, Gipsy Kings, Beck, Prince, Annie Lennox, Massive Attack Fun stuff, and talk about bringing back memories!

RETRO Trilogy – 3 EPs -> 1 CD: Each decade of 6 songs will be released separately as an EP across streaming and digital platforms (1970s, 1980s, & 1990s Editions), ending with 18 total songs. 15 selected songs will be released on the final RETRO collection CD. If we have enough interest, there’s also going to be Limited Edition (color) vinyl pressings for all you retro lovers! We're hoping to release the 1970s EP on streaming platforms in August 2019 with 80s in September and 90s in October, and then the final CD release in early 2020. 

Everyone who pre-orders the digital album on Kickstarter will get all 18 tracks before the first 6-track EP is released to streaming. I’ve created some totally groovy & fly rewards that I hope will compel you to stake a claim in this work of art as well. (See them on the right and pictures below too.)

I recorded in New York City this last January. I booked the plane ticket from sunny California and the studio time at historic Sear Sound Studios in wintery NYC (recording site of iconic Steely Dan, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Chick Corea, Sting, Björk) to record another album under producer Matt Pierson and an amazing band. 

We performed the project live for the first time at the Blue Note NYC, and then went into the studio to lay down 16 tracks over the next four days. I returned home to SoCal and finished up the final 2 songs with long-time mentor and collaborator Peter Sprague in his studio in Encinitas, CA. Exciting times! Now the tracks are in the editing stage, and will soon be ready for mastering and release.    

Blue Note NYC
Blue Note NYC
Sear Sound Selfie. The star of this photo is the vintage Neumann M-49 microphone used to capture the voices of great greats through the decades. RETRO honor!
Sear Sound Selfie. The star of this photo is the vintage Neumann M-49 microphone used to capture the voices of great greats through the decades. RETRO honor!

The Band

  •  Kevin Hays - piano/fender rhodes/melodica
  •  Tony Scherr - electric and acoustic bass/guitars
  •  Kenny Wollesen - drums/electronic toys/vibraphone
  •  Yotam Silberstein - guitars
  •  Peter Sprague - guitars
  •  Bashiri Johnson - percussion  

The Music

The song list is loaded with favorites from my musical past, including some super hip arrangements together with Josh Nelson, Danny Green, Kevin Hays, Yotam Silberstein, and Peter Sprague that magically took form in the studio. (Love that part!) Also included is an original composition "Wonderland" I wrote one day in Central Park. It takes a village: Lyrics for this song came from a poem I wrote for Deepak Choprah and Kabir Seghal's book release for "Home". I also gleaned inspiration and ideas from songwriter vocalist extraordinaire Mark Winkler and guitar maestro Peter Sprague. 

Songwriting quest in Central Park NY. Haha! Found my childhood muse for writing the song "Wonderland"
Songwriting quest in Central Park NY. Haha! Found my childhood muse for writing the song "Wonderland"

Why Your Support Is Essential

As many of you know, the way the world listens to music has changed drastically with the rise of streaming apps like Spotify, AppleMusic, Pandora, SoundCloud, YouTube... As a result, album sales have fallen, many record labels have closed, and this has transformed the music industry, leaving most artists on their own to continue to create music. Only a handful of major record labels have survived, and 3 superpower labels (Vivendi, Sony, and Warner) now have the monopoly on streaming music profits. In order for the beautiful diversity of the arts to continue, like never before it is essential that each of us supports independent artists.

Making an album is very expensive $$$ as many artists fly solo. I've already paid out of pocket (and credit cards) roughly $29,000 for travel costs, hotel, music arrangements, musicians, studio time, photography, and producer fees. When I release the album, there is another $15,000 minimum to be paid for mastering, cover song royalties, CD duplication, distribution, publicist, radio promotion, advertising, touring costs... The list is long, but I have faith in the music and in YOU to keep the music flowing! It’s all worth it. 

This is where I would like to invite you to be part of this project by pre-ordering the album and choosing between different rewards.

Kickstarter All Or Nothing:
With a grand total of $44,000, you are probably asking yourself why my Kickstarter goal is only $8,000. I'm playing it safe! If my goal of $8,000 is reached by the deadline, then I will receive the money and will be able to pay for the basic costs to release the album. If we surpass the $8,000 goal, I'll be able to promote the album and begin to pay back the debt I've taken on to make RETRO. 

If I don't reach the $8,000 goal, I get nothing. In short, this goal is a small part of the money needed to complete this project, and I want to make sure I can at least reach the minimum. 

What You Get With Your Contribution

From $1 - $5000, every dollar makes a difference. I've created some cool bonus rewards for getting involved in this project. Everything from digital downloads and signed CDs to an exclusive listening party (Del Mar, CA May 5, 2019!), your name in the liner notes, I'll sing your song on stage, voice lessons, hip & original RETRO merch (t-shirts, wall clocks), YOUR story on my YouTube channel, a house dinner party prepared by Chef Allison for you, VIP tickets, and more... I want to THANK YOU for hopping on board with this project. Check out all the rewards.

Merch 

Designed by Allison & her designer hubby David and uniquely handmade works of art, these T-shirts are unisex super soft combed "heather" cotton/poly blend - Allison's favorite shirt, complete with her brand name on the back.
Designed by Allison & her designer hubby David and uniquely handmade works of art, these T-shirts are unisex super soft combed "heather" cotton/poly blend - Allison's favorite shirt, complete with her brand name on the back.
Original artwork by Allison & hubby David paying homage to artsy 45 record spindle adapters, this battery powered clock is printed on the highest HD quality acrylic. Tick tock!
Original artwork by Allison & hubby David paying homage to artsy 45 record spindle adapters, this battery powered clock is printed on the highest HD quality acrylic. Tick tock!

Important for Contributors outside of the US:
    Yes, you can contribute from any country of the world! 

What can I do if I can't contribute financially?
Get the word out! Tell your friends, family, anyone who will listen. Share this page on Twitter, Facebook, emails, chatting with friends.

Thank you!  Peace & Music,
Allison  

Photo by Andy King
Photo by Andy King

Risks and challenges

If I don't make my goal, I won't be able to release the album. Mixing, mastering, cover-art, making the CDs, royalties, and basic distribution will be paid under the $8000 goal. Touring, CD release show costs, radio campaign, basic promotion and publicity to get the music to more ears will require MORE than the minimum goal. Thank you!

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    1 EP DOWNLOAD (you choose 70s-80s-90s)

    Choose one of the 3 RETRO EPs (Digital Download): 6 tracks each 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: RETRO Album - Dig it!

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    +Digital download of all three RETRO EPs (1970s, 80s, 90s) – and you’ll get them before anyone else!
    +Bonus tracks

    Each decade EP will be individually rolled out on streaming and download platforms worldwide over a 6 month period, but Kickstarter pre-orders will get the entire collection first.

    Digital downloads will include 3 bonus tracks not included on the CD!

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    RETRO MERCH: T-Shirt

    Hop on the RETRO fashion train with an official RETRO t-shirt designed by Allison and her lifelong muse/designer/screen printing master, hubby David. These are uniquely handmade screen-print works of art!

    Unisex short sleeved cut, super soft combed "heather" cotton/poly blend, printed on Allison's FAVE shirt, and including Allison's brand name on the back for good luck.

    Choose between 1970s Tan, 1980s Black, & 1990s Blue
    (Adult Sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL-XXXL & color specified before delivery.)

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    SIGNED CD - hard copy that!

    RETRO Trilogy signed CD

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    SIGNED CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    *Signed CD hard copy
    *Digital Download - all 3 EPs of music - that's 18 songs

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    RETRO MERCH: Wall Clock - tick tock!

    Official RETRO design keeps time in your home! Super hip original artwork by Allison and her muse/pro designer hubby Dave. Vibrant, highest quality HD printing on round acrylic clock, battery powered.

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    RETRO LIVE: RSVP Listening Party 5/5/19

    You are on the List for an exclusive, intimate live jam session with Allison & friends, including libations, food, and the live performance REVEAL of RETRO Trilogy months before its release. A rare opportunity in San Diego County only.

    $50 or more per person for this fundraiser concert.
    Add $50 or more to your pledge for each additional person who will attend. (eg. 2 people $100, 3 people $150...)

    Featuring RETRO collaborators/arrangers: Guitarist master Peter Sprague & award winning pianist Danny Green. Special guests TBA.

    RETRO Live Listening Party is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2019 5-7PM at private residence in Del Mar, CA.

    (+Also includes RETRO Trilogy album Digital Download - Arrival time by August.)

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    OLD SCHOOL BUNDLE: T-Shirt + Signed CD

    RETRO Signed CD & an official RETRO t-shirt designed by Allison and her lifelong muse/designer/screen printing master, hubby David. (Adult Sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL-XXXL specified before delivery.)

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    ALLI SERENADES YOU+: For your ears only!

    Singing telegram? Happy Birthday greeting? or a special song – for you or a special someone... Allison sings just for you! You choose the song (or she'll improvise ;). Alli records a video or sends a live FaceTime/Google video-call direct to you.

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    ALLI'S COMPLETE COLLECTION: 4 SIGNED CDs

    A special 4 album CD set of all Allison’s projects (present & past) including RETRO, WANDERlust, April in Paris, and Come With Me. Signed and personalized for you!

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    • WANDERlust Signed CD
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    VOICE LESSON + DOWNLOAD: You're singin'~

    Hone your vocal skills or sing just for fun. 45 minute voice lesson via Skype or in person at Allison’s Del Mar, CA studio on a mutually agreed upon date and time.

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    2 VIP TICKETS + DOWNLOAD: Tour!

    Priority seating & meet-n-greet for two to any RETRO trilogy tour show PLUS Digital Download Album. Allison will even give you a shout-out during the concert!

    Stay tuned on www.alllisonadamstucker.com for tour dates and info. You can choose a concert scheduled in the city nearest you.

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    YOUR NAME IN CD CREDITS + CD

    Your Name in Liner Note Credits of the RETRO CD + Signed CD. Super cool Bundle, and Allison gives you a proper Thank You for all to see. Thank you!

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    RETRO LIVE BUNDLE: 5/5 Party+CD+TShirt

    This is a combo of the RETRO Live RSVP Listening Party X 2 + 1 Old School Bundle (CD+T-Shirt).

    You and your +1 are on the List for this exclusive live jam session with Allison & friends, including libations, food, and the live performance REVEAL of RETRO Trilogy months before its release. A rare opportunity in San Diego County only.

    2 tickets to this fundraiser concert including digital download for both.
    Add $50 or more to your pledge for each additional person who will attend. (eg. 3 people $205, 4 people $255...)

    Featuring RETRO collaborators/arrangers: Guitarist master Peter Sprague & award winning pianist Danny Green. Special guests TBA.

    RETRO Live Listening Party is scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2019 5-7PM at private residence in Del Mar, CA.

    Unisex short sleeved T-Shirt, super soft "heather" cotton/poly blend.
    Choose between 1970s Tan, 1980s Black and 1990s Blue T-Shirt colors.
    (Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) Size and color specified before delivery.

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    DREAM BUNDLE: CD+Name+TShirt+VIP TIX

    You like the extras!
    Priority seating & meet-n-greet for two to any RETRO trilogy tour show PLUS Signed CD (will arrive by September). Allison will even give you a shout-out during the concert!
    Unisex short sleeved T-Shirt, super soft "heather" cotton/poly blend.
    Choose between 1970s Tan, 1980s Black and 1990s Blue T-Shirt colors.
    (Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL) Size and color specified before delivery.
    Your name in the CD Liner Note Credits.

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    • RETRO Merch: T-Shirt
    • 2 VIP Tickets to one RETRO Tour concert
    • Your Name in the CD Liner Notes
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    TRIPLE BESTIES VIP: Three is Company!

    Go RETRO with your friends in Trio style~

    Note: All 3 CDs will be mailed to you, and you can gift them to your 2 Besties.

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    RETRO House Dinner by Chef Allison

    Allison loves to cook! She will create her culinary faves from 1970s-80s-90s recipes with you and your +1! Oh la la.

    Mutually agreed upon date and time. Travel and accommodations not included if more than 75 miles from San Diego, CA.

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    DUO HOUSE CONCERT: Feelin' groovy!

    Allison + her accompanist for a 60 minute concert in your home on a mutually agreed upon date and time. House concerts are the new rage!

    Sound System, Travel and Accommodations not included if more than 75 miles from San Diego, CA.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT BUNDLE

    Help this project become a reality with an associate producer credit!
    Also included:
    +Big shout-out on Allison's social media! (unless you'd prefer to be incognito ;)
    +A heart FULL of gratitude

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    • RETRO Album Digital Download
    • 2 VIP Tickets to one RETRO Tour concert
    • Your Name in the CD Liner Notes
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    QUARTET HOUSE CONCERT: Full house!

    Allison will bring her quartet for a 60 minute concert in your home to take place on a mutually agreed upon date and time. House concerts are the new rage! Includes Signed CD, your name in Credits, and Digital Download.

    Sound System, Travel and Accommodations not included if more than 75 miles from San Diego, CA.
    If you live outside of San Diego, a private house concert can be scheduled around tour dates near your city.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT BUNDLE

    Help this project become a reality with an Executive Producer credit. The Trilogy Trifecta!
    Also included:
    +Big shout-out on Allison's social media and at the concert of your choice! (unless you'd prefer to be incognito ;)
    +A heart FULL of gratitude

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    • RETRO Album Digital Download
    • Your Name in the CD Liner Notes
    • 2 VIP Tickets to unlimited RETRO Tour concerts
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