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Lake Superior - an American roots rock and blues duo is releasing its first full length album - Steam Engine.
Lake Superior - an American roots rock and blues duo is releasing its first full length album - Steam Engine.
80 backers pledged $4,380 to help bring this project to life.

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***UPDATE: We hit our goal!  Thank you for your support!  Please still consider pledging, we will put every dollar pledged into making this album great.  See the FAQ section at the bottom of this page for a run down on what we will use the money for.  We really appreciate all of the amazing feedback we have gotten from this campaign! ***

Hello and thank you for visiting our Kickstarter campaign. Let us introduce ourselves. We are Lake Superior. Hailing from the Old Guard of American industry, Flint and Detroit, we (Pete Rahn and Jeff Thomson) are two Michigan expats who found each other in Montpelier, Vermont. In 2009 we formed Lake Superior out of a longing for Detroit Rock N’ Roll and a nostalgia for the mighty Great Lakes. Through a shared love of music and many hours of playing together, we have developed our own brand of American blues-rock. Having cultivated what we feel is a unique and original catalog of a high-octane songs, we hit the studio in 2012 to put a dozen of our best songs onto a full length LP.


Below is a demo track from our recording session.  It is a rough mix of our song Cut Me Down.  Check it out for a little taste of what the album will sound like!

 With your support we are aiming to raise funds to release the album on vinyl, cd, and digital download. We have put all our resources into recording the album in a professional studio and we need your help to “put it on wax”. By contributing to this kickstarter campaign not only will you be helping us release this album, you will also be supporting a number of central Vermont artist that have worked with us on this project. We have collaborated with some great artists for graphic design, photography, recording, and promotion. This album is great from front to back.


 Our timeline to release the album is May 2013 at the latest. Most of the time between now and then will be used to press the album on vinyl, which can sometimes take two months, and the 60 days we are allowing to reach our Kickstarter goal. Right now, most of the studio work is done. The recorded tracks for the album only need a little bit of mastering and all the artwork for the album is complete. Everything will be ready to go by the time this Kickstarter campaign is over and then all we will have left to do is to send the tracks to the printer for production to vinyl and CD.

 We have been playing and booking a lot of shows to promote the album and have created a buzz about its release. When it is all finished we will have a big album release party show to express our gratitude for your support and to kick off the release with a bang. We hope to see you soon and thank you so much. We can’t do it without you.

Lake Superior ghost hunting in Montpelier
Lake Superior ghost hunting in Montpelier

Risks and challenges

Most of the work for releasing this album is finished so, therefore, our
only challenges are financial. The recording is almost finished and we just need to pay for production.

Timing may also be a challenge. Pressing an album on vinyl can take some
time because demo pressings are sent back and forth between the band and
the pressing house until we agree on the quality of the pressing. Once
that happens, the pressing house will press the complete order and pack,
seal, and ship us the records. This process requires constant
communication between the pressing house and the band so we will be aware
of how things are going. We are also releasing the album on CD and
digital download so if there is a problem with the timeline for pressing
vinyl we can always release the CD and digital download early. However,
we want to release all the media at the same time and will work
diligently to make it happen.

We are experienced musicians and have gone through this process before, so
we have the experience to get this project finished on time.

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FAQ

  • Right now our budget is set up like this; the $4000 pays for the production of 300 cds and 300 records in simple, but nice, sleeves. It also pays for design work and studio time.

    If we reach $5000 we would be able to improve the packaging for both the CD and record. Both would have gate fold packaging and the record would have a poster insert. The record quality would be improved by pressing it on 180 gram vinyl. We would also have a little money remaining for promotion (Facebook ads, album release shows, and promotional packets to be mailed to record labels and the press).

    If we reached $6000 we would hire a professional promoter to help us promote the album and book shows for us. We would also hire a web developer to make us a simple website with an online store. We would also increase the number of cds and lps that we make.

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    Our deepest and sincerest gratitude.

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    High five!!!
    Lake Superior will give you an amazing high five next time we see you. Nothing makes you feel good like an old fashioned high five!

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    Personal Postcard. Lake Superior will write, sign, and send a personal postcard to you. We promise to spend lots of time in the gift shops picking the best postcards.

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    Your name on a drum head. Jeff Thomson will write your name on a drum head and send you a picture of it. Please send us your email address for this option.

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    State and Main Records Volume I compilation digital download, which includes the song Flint River by Lake Superior.

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    Advanced digital download of the upcoming Lake Superior album Steam Engine. As soon as it is finished, you can download it before anyone else can buy it!

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    State and Main Records Volume I compilation CD, which includes the song Flint River by Lake Superior. The cover of the album is letterpressed by May Day Studio.

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    CD of the Lake Superior album Steam Engine.

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    Pretty Pictures - Pete and Jeff will draw you a picture, you may suggest the subject, and send it to you with a personalized and signed thank you letter.

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    Vinyl record of the Lake Superior album Steam Engine including a digital download.

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    State and Main Records Volume II compilation t-shirt and digital download, which includes the Lake Superior song Little Bit.

    If you are confused by this reward it is because Volume II is a music compilation, but it is being release as a digital download that comes with a t-shirt! The t-shirt is the album art!!!

    How's that for forward thinking!

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    Signed limited edition Lake Superior Steam Engine album poster only available through this kickstarter campaign

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    Cover Song - Lake Superior will cover a song of your choosing and play it at a future show. We will of course Lake-Superior-ify the song to make it better.

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    Our Favorite Music - Pete and Jeff will make two mix cds, one from Pete and one from Jeff, of some of our favorite songs and send it to you along with a personalized and signed thank you letter.

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    Cookies!!
    Lake Superior will bake and mail you a dozen cookies. Plus you will get a copy of Steam Engine on your choice of vinyl or CD.

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    Signed limited edition poster plus the album Steam Engine on your choice of vinyl or cd.

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    Music Lessons! - A 30 minute drum or guitar lesson in our practice studio located in Montpelier, Vermont. Even if you are a better musician than us it will still be fun to play music together! We will also send you a pre-release version of the CD.

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    State and Main Records super pack!!
    7 State and Main releases including;
    Steam Engine on your choice of vinyl or CD
    State and Main Records Volume I- CD
    Concrete Rivals - Eat Their Weight in Snakes- CD
    Dan Zura - Sleeper Hit- CD
    Anachronist - Row- CD
    First Crush - Halfway Home- LP
    Champaign Dynasty- Self Titled- CD
    Bedeviled Eggs - Kitten Paws- Casette & T-shirt

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    Jamming with Lake Superior!

    You can jam with us at our practice space in Montpelier! Maybe we will write a song together?!?! A whole world of possibilities awaits us. If it all goes well, we might even call you up on stage at a show!

    Plus we will give you a copy of Steam Engine on CD or vinyl (your choice).

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    The Kitchen Sink Package!!
    Everything in the State and Main Super Pack, including Steam Engine on vinyl or cd, and limited edition poster, State and Main Volume II tshirt/downlad, and all of the $1-$3 rewards.

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    Lake Superior will perform live at any location you provide within 50 miles of Montpelier, VT. We will play at your house or any location suitable for live music.

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    Lake Superior will perform live at any location you provide within 200 miles of Montpelier, VT. We will play at your house or any location suitable for live music.

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    Lake Superior will perform live in the great state of Michigan or any location you provide within 800 miles of Montpelier, VT. We will play at your house or any location suitable for live music.

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    Name a song on the album Steam Engine!
    As long as it is appropriate, you can name a song on our album.

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    We will write a song about you, record it, and send it to you. It might even be on the album!

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    The Wealthy Benefactor - This option is for you if you are so into what we are doing (and happen to have 4 large collecting dust somewhere) that you want to fund the whole project. You can choose any combination of, or all, the rewards plus we will throw in some extra high fives and anything else we can think of to show our gratitude.

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Funding period

- (60 days)