We made our first album together, and now we need your help!
Oh hey, new pals! Welcome to our clubhouse! We're Keith and Bridget, and we just made a crazy, goofy, lovable album for kids (and their grown-ups) called Big Buncha Buddies!
Earlier this month, we released our first single, "Jilly the Ghost," which you can download here or find on Radio Disney for all of October! The album is made, and now we need your help to offset costs and release it into the world by mid-November 2016!
Meet Keith Munslow. A West Warwick, RI native, Keith has worked with pretty much everyone. After touring with puppet and mask company Big Nazo, Keith helped found AS220 in downtown Providence, where his high-energy variety show The Empire Revue has been debuting original sketch and musical content every month for 10 years. Keith is also a well-known and beloved children's performer, with 7 children's albums in the world (two of which won Parents' Choice Awards) and over 15 years of performing experience. AND he's the dad to a pretty cool kid named Luc. Keith keeps busy!
Meet Bridget Brewer. Writer, performer, artist, teacher, and wild scrappy kid. Bridget has been publishing her fiction and illustrating for small publications for years (she's the one who made this video!). Although Bridget is originally from Oregon, she's lived in all kinds of crazy places (India! Mexico! Texas!), and she moved to Providence, RI to complete her MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University. When she joined the Empire Revue as a musical sketch writer and performer in 2013, she and Keith started putting their musical noggins together, and Big Buncha Buddies was formed!
We started performing songs from Big Buncha Buddies all over Rhode Island this summer, and we received a LOT of positive, happy, parent/kid approval! We're ready to get this crazy good time into your hands.
About this album!
With the amazing collaborative help of our local musician friends Bryan Rizzuto, Phil Neighbors, and Andy Solberg, we've created a full-length album of 11 fun, heartfelt, zany songs about different kinds of buddies. Our engineer (and Grammy nominee!) George helped us lay down the tracks with Galilee Productions out in Cumberland, RI. Keith's nephew Eric Fulford and our friend Stuart Wilson have been hard at work on the album art, and here's what they've got so far!
As you can see, we're pretty much done making this whole thing! And we've had a blast doing it. From start to finish, it's been a Rhode Island production, with a big bunch of buddies in a little bitty room having fun and making mouth sounds.
Man, it's not cheap to make a record. Here's the breakdown of costs:
- Paying all our musicians: $1,700
- Paying for recording/mixing the tracks: $1,400
- Mastering: $550
- Paying our amazing PR person, Beth, to do things like help us get on Radio Disney: $2,000
- CD design (projected): $1,200
- CD duplication (projected): $1,200
Although the true cost of our work has totaled to around $8,050, we're asking for $5,000 to cover the bare necessities. If you help us reach our first goal, we can ask for our reach goal of $8,000 and breathe a little easier. And we've got some BONKERS fun rewards in exchange for your financial support! Like, if you've ever wanted Bridget to draw you with the head of a lion and the body of a banana peel, NOW IS YOUR MOMENT. If you ever wanted Keith to serenade your kitten, Mr. Sprinkles, NOW IS THE TIME.
Give what you can, spread the word, and know that we wouldn't be here without you! You're the best buddies two weird art kids could have.
Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
As with anything worth doing, THERE ARE RISKS. Big ole shark-sized risks. Keith is a working performer and has a kid, and he's been covering the costs himself until we can get some financial return. Bridget is a working writer and artist, which means she can barely afford the quesadillas she eats for every meal, much less cover the cost of anything. That's pretty intense, and a huge financial risk. But we wouldn't do it if we didn't think this album was worth making!
Another risk is that we end up needing to push our release date due to unforeseen production and design delays. If that happens, we promise you that we'll get you that CD as soon as we can, and that you'll stay up-to-date on our progress.
We will make sure that our backers will stay in the immediate loop on any other risks and challenges we may face as this project unfolds. Our relationship with our supporters is the most important thing to us. We wouldn't be here without you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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