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A CD of traditional and original folk music that tells the story of the famous murder ballad, Wild Bill Jones.
A CD of traditional and original folk music that tells the story of the famous murder ballad, Wild Bill Jones.
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The Quiet American Vol III: Wild Bill Jones is an album of traditional and original folk music that tells the story of one of America's most famous murder ballads, Wild Bill Jones.  A classic love triangle that ends in tragedy, this album explores all sides of the story! 

First recorded in 1924, the song Wild Bill Jones is about a young woman who goes out walking with a "bad man" Wild Bill Jones.  Her lover confronts them and kills Wild Bill Jones in a violent rage.  The Quiet American takes this ballad as a starting point for a folk opera/concept album/song cycle that includes original music as well as re-purposed traditional songs.  This approach allows the listener to hear all sides of the tragic story and explore love, loss and redemption through the eyes of each character.  

In order to get the best possible sounds for the record, Aaron has enlisted two of the NW's most experienced studios and engineers: Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studies in Portland (M. Ward, The Decemberists) and Michael Connolly at Empty Sea studios in Seattle (Martha Scanlan, Coyote Grace).  The goal is to create a one of a kind CD that pays homage to the folk tradition while engaging modern listeners as well.  

Aaron's unique voice is accompanied by his guitar, ukulele, banjo and bass playing.  His wife Nicole adds vocals, harmonium and percussion to the mix.  Special guests include the Canote Brothers on fiddle and guitar.  

This campaign is to help pay for recording, mixing and mastering.  If we beat the goal, we will put the money towards pressing cds, graphic design and publicity.  Thank you for all of your support, I hope you can be a part of the project!

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  • Our original goal was to just pay for tracking. Now that we have passed that goal, we will be raising money for graphic design, photography, printing, duplication and publicity.

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    Pre-order an autographed copy of the cd The Quiet American Vol III: Wild Bill Jones.

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    A one of a kind autographed Polaroid picture shot during the recording process. Also, the CD.

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    Do you have a secret crush? A lifelong love? Email us the text of your love letter and Nicole will type it on our vintage typewriter, illustrate it and mail it to your sweet someone. The ultimate love note! Also, the CD.

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    All of Aaron's previous song books:
    Two Chord Songs,
    Two Chord Songs Vol II,
    Bourbon Cocktail Recipes and Drinking Songs,
    Jug Band, Hokum and Pre-War Blues.

    Also, the new CD.

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    Aaron will record a folk song for you. Pick your favorite public domain folk song and Aaron will record it and send you an mp3! Also, the new cd.

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    A skype music lesson. Aaron will teach a one hour lesson via skype. Aaron no longer teaches private lessons, so this is a rare treat! If you are in the NW, you can come up to Hood RIver for a lesson and a drink instead! Also, the new cd.

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    Aaron and Nicole will perform an exclusive house concert for you and your friends. Please contact Aaron about your location before you bid, this is for Oregon and Washington. Other locations will need to pitch in for travel.
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    House concert plus cocktail night! Did you know Aaron is also a talented mixologist? Besides performing a house concert for you and your friends, Aaron will also provide one of his signature cocktails! Oregon or Washington only. Also, the new CD.

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    A Mya-Moe ukulele, specifications configured and hand built by Aaron. You pick soprano, concert or tenor and Aaron will pick the rest! Also, the new CD.

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