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We're raising funds to cover the recording and post-production costs of my new album. The working title for this project is "Brave."
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    Dopio

    Every little bit counts: Pitch us the cost of your dopio & we'll send you a sticker featuring a photo of the album's cover image by Alaska photographer Brian Adams.

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    Wake-Up Juice

    My mom raised me to write thank you notes after every birthday and holiday. Backers at this level will give me something to do when I'm up early those crisp fall mornings in AK and sipping that first cup of wake-up juice: You'll receive a handwritten thank you note on a full-color postcard featuring Brian Adams's beautiful album art for this project.

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    Early Risers

    Backers at this level receive a high-quality digital copy of the new album ahead of the official release date. Be the first to hear the new record!

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    Saturday Coffee

    Fill the French press, skip the morning news, and ease into the day exploring a copy of the new album on CD. You'll also receive a personalized thank you note on a full-color postcard featuring album artwork by AK photographer Brian Adams.

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    The Morning Stroll

    Contributors receive a CD copy of the album with a single-run, special-edition insert thanking all the Kickstarter supporters contributing to this project and a sticker featuring the cover photo by photographer, Brian Adams. These cd's will also be signed by Jonathan, the new album's musicians, and Brian Adams.

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    Off-Trail

    How about everything above and three postcards featuring Brian Adams's wonderful photos for this record? You'll also receive a handwritten lyric sheet for a song on the new album, with a short note from JJB about how Brian's work (and others') informed the new material.

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    The light the light the light...

    We've named this package for a chorus from a song on the new record. Backers at this level receive all the above and the complete postcard pack, featuring the 10 photos comprising the record's full-color artwork by AK photographer/author Brian Adams. If you've ever struggled to find images that depict your experience of Alaska - inside and outside your skin, beyond the tourist's view - it won't take you long to understand how Brian's work influenced the songwriting process last year...

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    The Scenic Drive

    Make it a trilogy: You'll receive all the above along with CD copies of 2012's *but so beautiful* EP & 2014's *Hope, Alaska* albums. We'll also throw in one of the remaining American Apparel, 100% cotton, black *Hope, Alaska* t-shirts, featuring photographer Michael Wilson's cover image for that album. (Ltd S-M-L-XL sizes available)

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    The Road Trip

    Enjoy all the above, AND go for a drive with your own homespun, JJB "mixtape"! If you pitch for this offer, JJB will contact you after the campaign and ask if you prefer your mix "old school" - on a CD - or as a playlist for your streaming service of choice (sorry - no cassettes). Along with the track-listing, you'll also receive a short write-up explaining how specific songs or artists influenced or informed the writing process for the new album. While some of your playlist's songs appeared in his weekly "Coping Skills" music column in last year's "Anchorage Press" newspaper, others simply pair well with choice songs on the new album. Taken together, your mix and the new album will prove road-friendly compilations for wherever your journeys take you in the days ahead.

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    Weekend Adventure

    Bump your road trip up a notch and settle in for a ride. In addition to the mixtape, backers here receive a notebook loaded with notes, quotes and excerpts, photos, song ideas and verses "that got away" (or that became other songs), and short reflections (from a variety of sources) loaning to the songwriting process for this record. Jonathan's handwriting received low marks in grade school, so you're welcome to contact him if you need translating or deciphering.

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    Cabin in the Woods

    While many of JJB's favorite local bands & family members thrive in the bar & club scenes, his own songs feel most at home in the house concert setting. Backers at this level receive all the above rewards, then arrange for an intimate solo show w/ JJB. Good for one year from the date of album release. Call your friends and neighbors, whip up a potluck, tell the sitter to stay home - no, invite the sitter, too - and settle in for a night of original music, stories, and favorite cover songs...(Read re: further house concert terms in Risks and Challenges section below.)

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    Let's Get Lost

    Contributors at this level, in addition to the above awards, can select a theme or special someone to whom they want to gift or dedicate a song & commission a song for your loved one: Pets, partners, children, parents, yourSELF, a long lost friend, etc. You will collaborate on a song together and pay tribute to someone you want to commemorate in song. It's imperative, however, that you meet with Jonathan in person in Alaska (over coffee or something) - or, if you live in the Lower 48, let's meet up during one of his annual visits to his East coast haunts of origin - or there's always Skype absolutely anywhere in the wi-fi'd-cyber-universe. Good for one year from the time of the album release. (Let's do it! We'll just need discuss the song's theme and gather the right details.)

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    Real Gone

    In addition to all the above, Real Gone contributors can request a personalized acoustic video version of any one of JJB's songs from his AK recordings (2012-2017), filmed from one of the AK locations that inspired or loaned to the songwriting process for that song. Video recordings will of course be contingent on weather and seasonal conditions here (if only out of respect for our guitars) so are guaranteed within 9 months of the new album's projected November '17 release.

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    Summit Fever

    Peak performance! Can't imagine a better way to extend thanks to contributors at this level and beyond than to name you a co-producer on the new album. We'd love to imagine music comes to life and hits the market on nothing but the strength of solid songs, good musicians, skill, and talent...but it only takes making a single album to understand time is also a financial investment in the many steps of the recording process. In the way all these crowdsourcing funds will compensate the work of the musicians and technicians involved in this recording, we want to pay tribute to those "going the extra distance" on this one. This is one way we can think to do that.

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