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A blend of bluegrass, folk, and americana, this album is music for today rooted in the voices of the past. Join us in releasing it! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 17, 2013.

A blend of bluegrass, folk, and americana, this album is music for today rooted in the voices of the past. Join us in releasing it!

About this project

The Misty Mountain String band has been given an amazing opportunity to be featured on a concert with the Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra on June 13, 2013.  We have written and recorded our debut EP, "Went to the Well", and with your support we will release it just in time for our largest show to date.  

UPDATE: The project has been funded, so anyone who pledges will receive their pledge reward.  Please keep sharing these last 24 hours or so and get this EP in as many hands as possible! Here is the song "Canaan" a little early. Thanks.

The Story:

Having played together on a variety of each other's earlier music projects, banjo player Paul Martin and bass fiddler Derek Harris were asked to provide music for the 114th annual meeting of a camp revival in Hancock County, Kentucky. The boys decided they wanted to put together a full string band and Brian Vickers was asked to join on guitar. No string band is complete without a fiddle player, however. Enter Neal Green, former violin wunderkind, concert master for no fewer than two orchestras in Louisville, and brilliant fiddle improviser with a developed personal style.

From the start, what set The Misty Mountain String Band apart from our previous projects wasn't just the merging of many decades' worth of music education and experience, but also the knowledge that this was the beginning of a deep friendship.

The camp revival lead to invitations to play at farmers markets, parties, cultural events, charity fundraisers, churches, and even a bourbon festival. We also performed at a few weddings. Seeing our popularity grow, we wondered what would happen if we opened the door to public shows.

What happened was that our calendar filled up with gigs at venues that filled up with fans. Folks soon realized that the way Brian greeted them at the start of every show, "If you have half as much fun as us, you'll have a great time," wasn't just a line. Our joy at playing music we loved with people we loved was infectious.

The Music:

Drawing influence from old-time music, country, Americana, bluegrass, and songs of labor and protest, The Misty Mountain String Band doesn't stray far from our upbringings in Louisville, Western Kentucky, and West Virginia. When Derek sings John Prine's "Paradise," he likes to tell stories of actually visiting the World's Largest Shovel on field trips as a child.

Derek on a field trip in 6th grade to see "The world's largest shovel"
Derek on a field trip in 6th grade to see "The world's largest shovel"

Like any good string band, MMSB pays homage to classic tunes like "Molly and Tenbrooks" and "Cherokee Shuffle," but after several months of playing other people's music, we felt a pull to write our own songs.

That's where Went to the Well comes in. 

The Album:

Went to the Well is a celebration of where The Misty Mountain String Band has come from and where we're going. It features songs about individuals members' roots in various parts of the U.S. as well as stories, parables, and the original fiddle tune "Bonfire."

The EP was recorded at Red Couch Studios in March 2013 over two long days of hard work, very little sleep, cheap pizza, and a feeling not unlike the same one that comes from wrapping up finals week as a college student. The work was intense, but the feeling of accomplishment and pride was worth it. The hard part is over; now the fun begins.

The guys with Michael Spooner at Red Couch
The guys with Michael Spooner at Red Couch

Your Part in This:

Went to the Well would never have happened without the support of our fans and friends (many of which are one and the same). Seeing the crowd grow at every gig made it clear that the music of The Misty Mountain String Band is as good for hearing as it is for making. These songs are fun, but they're also personal. They're everyone's story.

The EP is nearly finished. The recording wrapped up that long weekend in Nashville, and the mixing is almost done. All that's left is mastering, and then getting it to the fans. That's where you come in.

We do need your help funding the distribution of our album, and we're excited about using Kickstarter to do it. This gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for you, and to connect with our fans in a distinct way. We want you to have our album, and we want you to enjoy some one-of-a-kind art. We even want to play at your wedding!

Risks and challenges

We work with professional engineers, printing companies, and other persons that will be working hard to make sure everything is done right and on time. Money really is the crucial factor in this campaign, if and when our goal is met any potential delays would be minimal and not critical. We will be in touch with you as a backer every step of the process.

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    We will thank you personally on one of our various social media accounts. Every dollar makes a difference!

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    A digital copy of the "Went to the Well" EP 2 weeks before the release party on June 7 with a limited edition high-quality vinyl sticker of the album art.

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    We will record a personalized ringtone or outgoing voice mail message for you to use on your cell phone. If you would like a ring tone or voice mail along with another reward just add $5.00 to your pledge and let us know through the contact us link above.

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    A sketch of yourself with a woodland creature drawn by MMSB banjo player Paul Martin. No nudes or caricatures. If you would like this reward as well as another, please add 15.00 to an existing pledge amount and use the "contact us" to let us know.

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    A physical copy of the "Went to the Well" EP, a digital copy 2 weeks before the release party on June 7, a limited edition high-quality vinyl sticker of the album art, and the album art T-shirt.

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    A 1 hour music lesson with one of The Misty Mountain String Band members of your choice. Lessons will be in person if you are able to meet in Louisville, KY, and will be over Skype or Google Hangout otherwise. All band members have music education backgrounds ranging from conservatory experience to master-level degrees.

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    We will record a cover song of your choice, upload it to Youtube, and send you a digital recording of all of the Kickstarter covers. The lyrical content must be appropriate for all ages, but all genres are welcome. If you are not sure your song is appropriate, please contact us before purchasing.

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    We will write a personalized song about you or a friend. We will record the songs live in our home studio and send you a copy of our "Kickstarter" demos.

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    We will perform a 30 minute live streaming (Skype, Google Hangout, etc) private concert for you and whomever you can pack around your cell phone or computer monitor.

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    We will perform a 1 hour private house concert for you and your friends anywhere within 200 miles of Louisville, KY.

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    We will perform a 2 hour private house concert for you and your friends anywhere within 200 miles of Louisville, KY.

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    We will play your wedding and a 3 hour reception anywhere within 200 miles of Louisville, KY.

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