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Montana band Stellarondo teams up with author Rick Bass to record scored stories as part of their Road to the Ryman project.
Montana band Stellarondo teams up with author Rick Bass to record scored stories as part of their Road to the Ryman project.
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Our long term goal is to host a full evening's performance of scored stories in Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium.  We're embarking on our first leg ofour Road to the Ryman and we would be honored and thrilled by your support.  

Along the way, we will play at a literary festival in Spokane, play a eulogy for a dear friend in Idaho, record an album, publish a chapbook, and film a documentary. We hope to play a gig with the Dalai Lama, play a six a.m. lullaby nap-time song-and-story for 100,000 all-night revelers at an electronica concert, perform the Star Spangled Banner before a game in the Dallas Cowboy’s new stadium, play with the Hellgate band at a football game in Missoula, play a gig at the Dallas Museum of Art, and visit as many of the cultural touchstones in American music history as possible: San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Lubbock, New York, Chicago, and the Mississippi River delta country.  Any suggestions for us?  We're open!

Right now we're venturing out on our first leg of the journey--to tour the Northwest and record an album.  And that's where we need your help.  We're attempting to marry music and stories and we want you to be a part of that collaboration with us.  We have engineers we're excited to work with, historic venues lovingly hosting us, and a wonderful literary and music community behind us.  So, please join us and help make it come together!  

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    Thank you for buying a brick in the Road to the Ryman! Every step we take…we’ll be thinking of you.

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    Thank you! You’re so sweet we want to pack you up in our suitcase and take you with us! But…we can’t afford it, so we’ll keep you updated all along the way with notes and videos!

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    What?! You’re the coolest! Let’s be pen pals! We’ll send you a personalized card from the road and keep you updated along the way!

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    You make us want to sing! We want to send you a digital download of the album we’ll record this month. You’ll get all of Rick Bass’ scored stories and the album artwork before anyone else.

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    You're so nice and good-looking! You'd look good in an Owl Shirt! Turns out, people have been fighting over our posters because they love the design by our friend Yogesh Simpson. So, we thought, "Let's get everyone a cool T-Shirt!" Printed by a local Missoula company on quality, well-fitting material, we know you'll love it! Almost us much as we love you for backing this project!

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    You love the owl but aren't the T-shirt wearing type? Well, we still want to give you something! How about your own hand silkscreened poster?! Sounds cool right? Almost as cool as you.

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    Wow! We like you so much, we want you to hold us! You’ll get your own hard copy of the album to listen to, look at, and caress. But, so we don't make you wait, you'll get access to the digital download as soon as it's available!

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    Fifty dollars?! That will get us all from our show in Sandpoint to Spokane’s Get Lit Festival! We want to give you the shirts right off our backs! But…they might be a little sweaty. We’ll send you a copy of the CD and a brand spanking new T-Shirt instead!

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    Oh my goodness! You are the Stellarockingest-Rick Badassest! We’re so honored; we want to come home with you! But that might put you out, so we'll send you home with a copy of the album and a limited edition piece by Rick Bass written just for this project.

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    Well hello there, Fancy Pants. We just want to kiss you on the mouth! This is such a unique and special project to us, that we want you to have all kinds of unique and special things! You should have the signed silk-screened limited-edition print of the tour poster, the limited-edition DVD/CD package of the album and Kickoff show, and, of course, a personal love letter from the road from Mr. Rick Bass, himself.

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    Love the idea of scored stories, but want to hear one of your own? You're in luck! At this level the gang will SCORE YOUR STORY while Rick reads it aloud. Don't have a short story? How about a beloved children's book that you've always imagined set to music? Wouldn't you like to give your children a recording of Rick reading "Goodnight Moon" while Gibson's pedal steel paints a twinkling night sky? For short stories under ten pages and children's books (of a reasonable length) we'll professionally record an original score and reading. The final product will be delivered to you as a High Resolution digital audio track or in CD form, whichever you prefer. Happy listening!

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    Whoa! It must be exhausting to be so generous! We want to swaddle you up and sing you a lullaby while Rick Bass tucks you in and reads you a bedtime story. Not ready for bed? You can invite some of your friends over to drink wine or warm milk while Rick Bass and Stellarondo entertain you in your home, if it's within 40 miles of Missoula. (Live farther away? Send us a message and we'll work something out.)

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