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Ed Hamell AKA Hamell on Trial is recording an album titled The Happiest Man in the World. He needs your help. Read more

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Ed Hamell AKA Hamell on Trial is recording an album titled The Happiest Man in the World. He needs your help.

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I have spent the last two years writing, honing, editing, crafting, laboring over songs that were a result of an emotional upheaval of enormous proportions. I've walked through the fire and have emerged with a new found positive spirit, hence the name of the record: The Happiest Man in the World. I believe these to be the strongest songs I've ever written, and now I hope to make it my greatest album. I need your help to record this record. I'm looking to raise $7000 to go into the studio and get it accomplished in the month of March.  I appreciate you considering this. Here's what I do:

Righteous Babe Records Ed Hamell a.k.a. Hamell On Trial is a one-man punk show bringing you (mostly) loud, fast music informed by politics, passion, energy, and intelligence, played by a guy with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of humor. 2012 launches Hamell into new territory, captivating audiences not only by his award-winning performances, but also a Kerouac-esque story of social commentary shaped through years on the road.

Equipped with a battered 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar he strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell sets his sights on some classic subjects (sex, drugs, and rock and roll) and some personal ones, too. His performances invoke thoughts of the great rebellious comedians and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, and even a bit of Sam Kinison. Hamell is a great mind; acoustic punk rock mixed with a traveler’s soul. There’s no way around his obscenity, but in that is a willingness to fight for the free-thinkers of the world. Hamell On Trial is a refreshing punk-rock bomb on the unsuspecting folk singer-songwriter world and above all else a preacher of common sense and truth.

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    gets you a shake of the head from hamell
    a knowing smile and an uttered
    “that poor bastard, he's a good egg”
    in the privacy of his own home

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    digital download of the album
    and hamell will buy you a beer if and when
    he sees you at a gig and you can prove you forked over 12 bucks *
    *(some canned shit beer, no imports, ya pussy) i just noticed that i can't offer alcohol as an incentive. um...we'll work something out...wink, wink, nudge, nudge...do you like peanut butter cups? i do

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    a personalized signed copy of the cd, digital download,
    and a used blistered sweaty, tattered guitar pick from an
    actual hamell performance

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    a personalized signed copy of the cd, digital download,
    and an official hamell on trial
    coffee mug. you want the pick? heck, i'll throw in the pick....

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    a personalized signed copy of the cd
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    designed by world famous tattoo artist
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    15 backers

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    a personalized signed copy of the cd
    a t-shirt, a mug, a pick, the demos from the album
    with various producers including ani difranco,
    phil 'the butcher' nicolo, and billy nigorski

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    a personalized copy of the cd
    a limited edition art print of the choochtown album
    on museum quality paper

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    plus the choochtown limited edition museum quality art print

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    plus a personalized song and video hamell
    will write for you
    (after I finish recording...give me a break, huh?)

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    plus a house concert
    obviously after the album is completed
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    everything at the $75 level
    plus a commissioned hamell original canvas
    approx. 17” X 24”

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    a hamell live house concert.(obviously this is gonna have to be when i'm touring in your area but i'll try and make that happen)

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