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Help us make a record takin it back to the roots of all of it... we can't do it without you.
Help us make a record takin it back to the roots of all of it... we can't do it without you.
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John J. Thompson is Executive producing a record by Sean Michel, focused on Roots Gospel music.  It will be a mix of original gospel songs with old traditional tunes.  Musicians currently booked to record on the record are Jimmy Abegg (Keith Green, Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, etc), Aaron Smith (The Temptations, The 77's, Rich Mullins, etc..), and Eddie DeGarmo (Degarmo & Key).   We are set to record at Smoakstack studios in Nashville, and be produced and engineered by Paul Moak.  

More details soon - that's the basics.  Lets make it happen!

Risks and challenges

The only risk is that we don't make the money. We already booked studio time and have lined up the players. We will have the initial live trackings done before the campaign is over. This will happen if its funded. Its going to happen if its not funded, we just will owe people a lot of money and might never be able to release the album if we fall short.

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    The Digital

    Advance Digital Download of the record. Pretty straight forward - get it first, but get it digitally.

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    The Basic

    You get the Roots Gospel CD, with advance digital download, and a handwritten thank you by Sean. We'll throw a decal in the envelope too.

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    The Wardrobe

    Get a sweet graphic tshirt in addition to your new Roots Gospel CD, advance download, and handwritten thank you and sticker.

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    The Vinyl

    Get the Roots Gospel record on vinyl, along with a CD copy, advance digital copy, handwritten thanks and a sticker.

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    The Double Vinyl

    Get the Roots Gospel record on vinyl, as well as the Welcome to 1979 limited edition vinyl - a full length LP recorded by Sean Michel straight to lathe in one take in Welcome to 1979 Studios in Nashville. That's 2 records. Also get the download, letter, and decal.

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    The Print

    Get an exclusive limited edition Hatchprint style poster commemorating the Roots Gospel recording. Also get your choice of vinyl or CD, in addition to a personal note and sticker.

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    The Booklet

    Get a limited edition, short run booklet with detailed background info on each song on the Roots Gospel record, both the originals and old traditionals, written by John J. Thompson and Sean Michel. Also get your choice of vinyl or CD, personal letter, and sticker.

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    The Thanks

    Get your name in the thank you's of the record liner notes, as well as a Hatchprint style poster commemorating the Roots Gospel record. Also get your choice of CD or vinyl, personal letter, and sticker.

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    The Session

    Be on the record. Join us in Nashville the last week of July and come be a part of the record. We'll give you a tambourine or something. Maybe just clap. But you'll be on it. You'll also get your choice of CD or vinyl, and the personal letter, and a sticker.

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    The King Biscuit

    Go camping with Sean Michel at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR. We'll give you secret directions to the Sean Michel campsite, where we'll sing songs around the fire at night after jammin to blues all day. Also get your choice of Roots Gospel record, personal thank you, and a decal.

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    The Potluck

    We'll have a listening party of our vinyl test pressing... be among the first to hear it. We'll do a potluck. Sean will bring a dish - probably gumbo. You bring a dish. Your friends bring dishes. We can do it at your place or ours, whatever works. You also get the Roots Gospel record on your choice of vinyl or CD, a personal thank you, and stickers.

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    The Personal Song

    Sean writes a song for you. That simple. Give us the topic, he writes the lyrics and tune, and gives you a copy. You also get the Roots Gospel record on CD or Vinyl, personalized thanks, and stickers.

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    The Gospel Blues Tour

    Sean Michel and John J. Thompson take you on a guided tour of important stops in the history of Gospel and Blues. This will be somewhere along the Mississippi River Delta. You also get your Roots Gospel record, personalized thanks, and stickers.

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    The Art Lover

    Get the original custom painting by Jimmy Abegg that will serve as the basis for the album artwork. Also get your Roots Gospel record in choice of medium, personalized thanks, and stickers galore.

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    The Jam

    Live Gospel Jam at your place - church, backyard, wherever. Sean will come to you and jam with you and your friends, singing gospel tunes all night. Make it a big show, make it intimate - your choice. Everyone there gets a digital copy of the Roots Gospel record too. And you get your choice of Vinyl or Cd, along with personalized thank you letter and stickers.

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    The Guitar

    Get one of Sean's guitars that he uses on the Roots Gospel Recording. Also get a CD, vinyl, personalized letter of thanks and stickers.

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