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Join us in creating something memorable as we finish our third album, release it on a larger scale, and take the babies to a new level!

Releasing records these days is a much different game than in years past. In some ways, it's much easier and more artistically freeing, but with that comes a whole new set of obstacles. 

We love making albums, and that in itself is our reward, but it takes a team to write, record, and release a record. Your funding will go towards making sure those folks are all fairly compensated and that the new American Babies album gets the attention it deserves.

We have some really nice and fun rewards for backers including two goodies from our old drummer and good pal Joe Russo, who now holds down the drum chair in Phil Lesh and Bob Weir's Furthur.  Check em out over to the right.

Remember, if we don't reach our goal we don't receive any of the money, so please please please help us get to $12,500.

Here's where the loot goes:

Recording and Mixing: This includes studio time as well as the engineers who assist us; these are the fine folks who bring our songs to life and make the sounds sparkle.

Graphic Design: Every album needs artwork, right? We will be releasing this album on CD as well as vinyl (yay!), and this requires cover art and separate layouts for each product. Gotta make this look tight, yo!!!

Listen to the new song "God Damn" LIVE from Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on 1/25/13

Publicity: We gotta let the masses know about the music!! We have ourselves a wonderful publicist that will be shouting our praises from the rooftops to every paper, magazine, blog, and hipster's twitter account but this gentleman's time needs to be compensated for.

Radio Promotion: Sure, commercial radio is a joke, but alternative, listener-supported, and satellite radio are still thriving throughout the country, and can get our music out to a wider audience. We are fortunate to have found a killing radio guy who will help us get the new music onto the airwaves.

Listen to the new song "When I Build My Fortune" LIVE from Brooklyn Bowl in NYC on 1/25/13

Promotional Materials: Along with the release of a new record comes a whole lot of touring so we can bring the music to your town. This requires posters, hand bills, music videos, press photos, and much more to help advertise our shows.

Tour Support: If this project is over-funded, all of the extra funds on top of the $12,500 will be put towards supporting our fall tour.  The more support we have, the more places we can travel to.  And the more rocking we can do.

Watch the new song "Old Fashioned" LIVE from Highline Ballroom in NYC on 4/24/13

Thank you so much from all of us here in the American Babies camp!

We couldn't do this without you.

psssssssst If you would like multiple rewards, just add up the total amount and pay that.  We will be sending surveys out after the project is funded to find out exactly what rewards everyone wants.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our album release date is Oct 22 2013. This isn't our first rodeo, so we are giving ourselves enough time to navigate whatever challenges may arise.

The team we have assembled are all brilliant and hungry, so rest assured that our hands are on the wheel and we'll get where we're heading.

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    Guitar chords/tab and lyric charts for 3 of our original songs of your choice. Learn how to play your favorite tunes at home on your ol' six string! Charts will be sent digitally around the time of the release. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    Do you just have too much "stuff"? How about this - A special thank you with your name written in the liner notes of the new album. Mark your place in history!! Includes a CD & digital download of the new album.

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    Special invitation for you and a friend to attend a private listening party in Philadelphia for the new album before it comes out to the public. We will play a little music too. It'll be a fun night, we promise. Date and Location TBD. Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    BABIES ALUMNI SPECIAL - A pair of Joe Russo's drumsticks, used on a Furthur gig, signed by the man himself! Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Music Lesson from one of us! Want to get better at your instrument? We'd love to show you a thing or two. An hour long private lesson on your choice of guitar, drums, bass, piano, trumpet or vocals. Must be in the Philadelphia or NYC vicinity or on one of our tour stops. Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    History of the American Babies bundle - Digital Download & CD & Vinyl of the new album, our previous 2 albums on CD, an original screen printed Babies' poster, and a copy of all three of the babies' promotional posters that we have used over the last few years.

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    Lunch with the band at our favorite sandwich shop in Philadelphia, Paesanos! Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    2 hour songwriting session with Tom. He will talk about his process and help you with some of your songs. Must be in the Philadelphia area, on a tour stop or include travel. Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Tom will bowl against you and a friend at the next Brooklyn Bowl show.....and he will win. Tickets to show included. Also includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Tickets for you and up to 5 friends to a Babies' show of your choice and a private preshow hang with the band. Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Tom and Dave will cook you and up to 5 friends pasta dinner from scratch. mmmmmmmm Must be in the Philadelphia or NYC vicinity. Tom's Italian grandmother's recipe, we're not messing around! Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Go to a Flyers game with Tom. He loves hockey almost as much as he loves himself so this should be a blast! Date & Time TBD. Includes a digital download of the new album.

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    Executive Producer credit on the new album. Includes a digital download, CD & Vinyl of the new album.

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    Private Tom Hamilton solo acoustic show. You provide the venue and PA (if needed), Tom plays and sings his little heart out. Must be in the Philly area or close to an American Babies tour stop or you must provide travel. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    Private American Babies show. You provide the venue, PA, and backline, we rock for you and your friends. Must be in the Philly area or close to an American Babies tour stop or you must provide travel for 5 people. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    Go to the recording studio and have American Babies be your band for a day. We will punch the clock for 8 hours, work hard to play and make your tracks sound amazing. Must be in the Philly area or close to a Babies tour stop or you must provide travel. You must provide the recording studio and engineer for the session. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    Proposition Special - Let us help you propose to your girlfriend or boyfriend. We will plan with you and perform and make it an experience you will never forget for the rest of your lives. Tom is a pretty romantic dude, so we will make the day unique and amazing. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    Tom Hamilton will produce a 5 song EP for you or your band at Lorelei Studio in Philadelphia. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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    BABIES ALUMNI SPECIAL - 5 hour recording session with the magical Joe Russo from Furthur. That's right, here is an unbelievable chance to get one of the top drummers out there today, to record with YOU. NYC area only, and you provide studio and backline. Includes a CD and a digital download of the new album.

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