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Latin-infused roots band, Appalatin, needs your help to produce a video and release their second full-length album, "Waterside."

Hola Amigos! 

We are Appalatin and we want to invite you to be a part of producing our second album. Join us on the Appalatin journey as we create our unique and happy blend of music indigenous to Latin America and that of American folk, blues and bluegrass music. Our musical mission is to bring a message of a fair and just world, one of hope, joy and love. 


Laura Shine of WFPK Radio Louisville calls Appalatin “one of the most unique bands in our city and we are so lucky to call them ‘ours’ even though they belong to the world at large. They are also one of the best live bands I've ever seen!” 

Our story

Here’s how the Appalatin story begins: Once upon a time, two fellas from Kentucky (Yani Vozos and Steve Sizemore) happened to individually roam down to Central and South America. They absorbed the culture, especially the music: the hot rhythms. About the same time three fellas from Central and South America (Fernando Moya, Luis de Leon, Marlon Obando) individually came to the United States where they absorbed the culture, especially the music. Sometime after that, they all met for the first time in Louisville, Kentucky. Immediately, they played music together and their respective styles began to blend into a sound they call Appalatin, for Appalachia and Latin music. (Luke McIntosh, our awesome Aussie bassist, joined us in 2012)

It has been a great couple of years for us since our self-released 2011 album, and we thank you for your kind responses about our music and the support you've shown us thus far. At that time, we went into the studio with just the good songs in our bag and came out with an album that we think epitomizes exactly who we are. Over the last couple of years, we have expanded that experiment with writing new songs, playing local festivals, clubs, schools, and many community events, further defining our sound. 

"When are you doing your next album?"

YOU HAVE ASKED WHEN OUR NEXT ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED - Well, the time is now! 

If you're ready for a new album then we're ready to share that with you. We have been recording in an incredibly inspiring studio called Shangri-La Productions (no kidding!) in Lexington, KY with a very talented and well-respected producer, Duane Lundy (known for his work with artists such as Ben Sollee, Vandaveer, These United States, Jim James, Daniel Martin Moore, and others). Through your generous support, not only will we be able to complete our project, but we can also get this music to even more fans across the country and around the world! 

At Shangri-La Productions Studio with producer, Duane Lundy
At Shangri-La Productions Studio with producer, Duane Lundy

Now, on our second album, we have produced a collection of 10 original songs that represent our values of love, peace, inspiration, environmental stewardship, and community. They are a mix of Americana, Kentucumbia (our interpretation of cumbia), bachata, bluegrass, and pure Appalatin.  We also invited a great friend, Alex Molina (Lucky Pineapple, Bloom Street) to join us on percussion on many of the tracks.The new music expresses our collective creativity and with your help, we plan to share it with more and more people. 

Our Record Label

Here’s the catch – our record label is YOU! All of these great additions to the recording and marketing process do take funding and we remain completely independent. This is where you come in: 

Where Does Your Money Go? 
  • $2,500 = recording, mixing and mastering
  • $2,000 = photography, album, artwork, CD replication, and merchandise
  • $1,000+ = videography and editing for official video releases 
  • $500 = Administrative costs (Kickstarter, reward fulfillment, etc.
Where Would All the EXTRA (beyond our KS goal) Monies Go?
  • $2,000+ = publicity and radio promotion (U.S., Latin America, Europe)
  • $4,000+ = 15-passenger van so we can tour within the Midwest and South US regions and beyond. 
This is not a donation, rather a chance to be part of the experience earlier and direct with us in the process. By contributing to this campaign, you have the opportunity to walk away with some great rewards. Check out the rewards tiers that we have proposed. The more you pledge, the more you get. Do you only want a digital or physical copy of the album? A poster of the album cover artwork? A show played at your house? Or, say, be a VIP at our album release party or appear in our music video? Perhaps you want all of that! Perfecto! Vamonos (let’s get started)... 

We take pride in our cultural diversity and fusion of styles and feel it represents the future. Please let all of your friends out there in Louisville, Lexington, New York, Indianapolis, and all points beyond that they can be part of the Appalatin experience. As we say at our shows often, we guarantee you happiness by listening to our music. This project carries that same guarantee.

Eso!!! 

Muchas Gracias!!  

Marlon, Steve, Fernando, Luis, Luke, and Yani

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Committing ourselves to recording and promoting our own album is a big endeavor. As an independent artist, we are making our own decisions and setting our own schedule. There may be delays in the final mixing, mastering, and delivery to the CD duplication service. We are well on our way to meeting our goals and deadlines, but it is a challenging process and one that will be very satisfying upon the release of the album.

If our project is successfully funded, we are forever grateful to you, and we shall owe all of our fans and the rest of the music world an opportunity to hear/see us play in many other cities. If we don't meet our goal for the campaign, we do not receive the money and remain under the radar playing just within the Louisville area.

We have complete faith in our production team to finalize and launch this album. Our success to date is a testament to our commitment and we can't wait to share our new music with you.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: You get a digital download of the new album “Waterside” and the deepest gratitude for life!

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    PHYSICAL CD: You get a personal CD copy of the new album “Waterside,” plus a digital download and deepest gratitude for life!

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    A PERSONALIZED COPY: You receive a CD of "Waterside" and a poster of the album art each signed by the members of Appalatin, a digital download of the album, plus a personalized thank you note from the band.

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    OFFICIAL APPALATIN T-SHIRT: You get a T-shirt (brown, 100% cotton) of Appalatin logo on front with “Spread the Love Around" written on the back, a digital download, a signed copy of the CD, a signed poster of the album art and a personalized thank you note.

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    LISTENING PARTY INVITE! You will be invited to the exclusive Album Listening Party at a Louisville restaurant/bar (TBD) plus receive a ticket to the Album Release Party (April 13th), a signed copy of the new and first CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    AN APPALATIN PAN FLUTE: You will receive a hand-made pan flute by Fernando, invitation to the listening party, ticket to the Album Release Party, a digital download, a signed copy of the CD, a signed poster of the album art and a personalized thank you note.

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    MUSIC LESSON: This level provides you a one hour music lesson (in person within 30 miles of Louisville or via Skype) with band member of your choice: Fernando Moya: guitar, charango, zampona, kena; Yani Vozos: guitar, mandolin, voice; Steve Sizemore: percussion; Luke McIntosh: Bass; Luis De Leon: harmonica, percussion; Marlon Obando: guitar, voice. Plus you receive an invitation to the listening party, ticket to the Album Release Party, a t-shirt, a signed copy of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    VIP PARTY PASS: You receive 2 passes to the VIP Party at the album release show (April 13), invitation to the listening party, a T-shirt, a signed copy of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    BE IN OUR MUSIC VIDEO: You can be an Extra in our music video and name in the liner notes plus an invitation to the listening party, ticket to the Album Release Party a T-shirt, a signed copy of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    CORPORATE SPONSOR: Have your business logo and website linked on Appalatin's website plus 2 VIP passes to the CD Release Party, an invitation to the listening party, plus a T-shirt, a signed copy of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    HOUSE PARTY: You will get a concert in your living room or garden within 100 miles of Louisville plus a VIP Party pass to the album release, an invitation to the listening party, a T-shirt, a signed copy of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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    HOUSE CONCERT AND DOWN-HOME COOKING: You get to host a house party for 20 accompanied by an Appalatin traditional Nicaraguan carne asada (grilled meat), salsa, beans, rice, tortillas made by the members of Appalatin plus a VIP Party pass to the album release event on April 13, an invitation to the listening party (TBD), a T-shirt, five (5) signed copies of the new CD, a signed poster of new album cover, a personalized thank you note, and a digital download.

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