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The fourth solo record by Ernie Hendrickson, featuring an all star Chicago band, produced by Brian Deck.
207 backers pledged $17,199 to help bring this project to life.

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The "Roll On" Kickstarter campaign has officially begun!  

It's been about six years since we did the Kickstarter for my last record "One For The Dreamers" and thanks to you, I'm still dreaming!  "Roll On" is an album that is near and dear to my heart.  I have been in the process of writing it since my last record and in that time I have poured myself into these songs, trying to get at the marrow down there in those bones.  And when I sent the demos to the producer we enlisted for this record - Brian Deck (Iron and Wine, Counting Crows), he pushed me even further into the writing and editing process.  I can't say enough good things about Mr. Deck, and his expertise can be heard in the final product.  Then there are the musicians, another high point of this record.  I got to play with all my Chicago friends, who happen to be the best musicians you can find anywhere: Gerald Dowd on drums (Robbie Fulks), John Kattke on keys (Buddy Guy), Brian Wilkie (everyone) on pedal steel and guitar and Pete Muschong (The Fluffers) on bass.  Then my brother in law Matt Ulery arranged a horn section for a few songs raising the bar even more.  These guys made the recording process feel like we were just hanging out and making music for the fun of it.  Many of the songs were first or second takes.  There was a great vibe up there at Narwhal Studio in Bucktown, my old neighborhood, and I was thrilled to be making what I feel is my best record to date with my good friends.  I can't wait to share it with you.  That's where you, and Kickstarter come in...

To give you a quick snapshot of my expenses so far, including studio, producer and musician costs, mastering fee, video shooting and editing, design work and manufacturing for Vinyl, CD, and T-shirts, radio promotion and publicity, and a website rebuild, I'm just over the $30,000 mark.  This has been the case for pretty much every record I've ever made, because I tend to think it's worthwhile to go the extra mile for these events that happen only every so often in a lifetime.  That being said, I understand that these things can take time to recoup expenses from, and I'll hopefully be selling these records for a long time! However, even though I have already borrowed money and emptied bank accounts, I am still short on some of these expenses and need to raise some serious funds to get back on a good footing.  So if I can make HALF of my expenses here on Kickstarter, I feel I'll be in a good place to have a little breathing room again for myself and my (growing) family.  Yes, I'm a dad now, two times over in fact just recently!  The song "Got A Light" on the record speaks to the joys of fatherhood.   

One of the coolest aspects of this project is that we recorded video of the entire session.  I'll be offering all the video of every song at one of the reward levels, but to give you a taste and feel of the project, here are a couple of songs from the album:

Do It For Love

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One More Pull 

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So that's the quick version of the story.  On my newly revamped website, www.erniehendrickson.com you can read a longer version of it in my new bio courtesy of my friend and Nashville freelance writer Edd Hurt.  And I'll be posting updates and backer exclusive content as the campaign, eh ehm, rolls on.  So please consider coming along for the ride, and take a look at the different levels of support you can contribute at.  We tried to make everything at a realistic cash value so you can feel like you're getting your money's worth.  There are also plenty of "Kickstarter Exclusives" that you will only be able to get here during the campaign.  Some of the more popular items from last time have returned, such as the acoustic cover song of your choice, solo and duo house concerts, and more.  If there is something that you don't see offered, or if you're interested in some combination of things that isn't listed as such, please email me and we'll work it out.  Thanks so much for hearing me out and for spreading the word!  

In Gratitude,

Ernie


REWARDS PHOTOS:

"Roll On" CD
"Roll On" CD
"Roll On" (white) Vinyl
"Roll On" (white) Vinyl

Womens "Do It For Love" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L and XL
Womens "Do It For Love" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L and XL
Mens "Do It For Love" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, XL and XXL
Mens "Do It For Love" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, XL and XXL
Womens "Roll On" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, and XL
Womens "Roll On" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, and XL
Mens "Roll On" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL
Mens "Roll On" T-Shirt, available in S, M, L, XL, and XXL
"Roll On" Tour Poster
"Roll On" Tour Poster

Risks and challenges

The risks here are simply getting too bogged down in debt to continue living the life of a dreamer. I have always wanted to use music to serve the greater good. Only with your help will I be able to continue doing that!

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    "Roll On" Tour Poster!

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    Whole Album Download on Release Day!

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    “Roll On” CD!

    Kudos to you for still having a CD player! Or even if you don’t, it sits nicely on a shelf somewhere.

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    “Roll On” CD and Instant Download Combo!

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    Advance “Roll On” CD!

    Get your CD sent out to you when the radio mailing goes out. Radio stations will be sent advance copies of the CD roughly 2 weeks from the launch of this Kickstarter campaign. (Yes, some radio stations still have cd players too!)

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    “Roll On” T-shirt Only Option!

    Don’t have a CD or record player? Plan on streaming the record only on record release day? Still want to support the cause? T-shirt only option is for you! On comfortable tri/blend American Apparel shirts. Shirts are pictured at the bottom of the 'story' section here on the Kickstarter page. Available in mens and womens sizes, which are listed below each shirt picture. Gender and size choice will be confirmed via email. Designed by Dave Decastrius.

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    "Do It For Love" T-shirt only option!

    Another great design by Dave Decastrius! Also on comfortable tri/blend American Apparel shirts and available in mens and womens sizes. Shirts are pictured at the bottom of the 'story' section here on the Kickstarter page, and sizes are listed below each shirt picture. Gender and size choice will be confirmed via email.

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    “Roll On” on White Vinyl!

    For the ultimate listening experience, with stunning photography by Jan Hendrickson and equally groovy design by Dave Decastrius (pictured in the 'story section'). includes download card.

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    Video Package!

    Get high quality multi cam video of the entire session-yes, every song, as it was recorded live in the studio. The two studio videos featured here in Kickstarter are comparable to the rest of the songs. Can be delivered digitally, or shipped on USB Flash Drive or burned onto DVD for you. This is exclusive Kickstarter content and will not be available elsewhere!

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    "Roll On" Karaoke!

    Yes, you read that right! Get an all instrumental mix of the album, for you to sing to! This is a Kickstarter exclusive and will not be available after this campaign! Lyrics included :-)

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    CD and T-shirt Combo Pack!

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    Vinyl and T-shirt Combo Pack!

    Savings, savings, savings!

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    Vinyl Lovers Special!

    "Roll On" Vinyl plus the 2013 release "One For The Dreamers" on Vinyl!

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    Vinyl, CD, and T-shirt Combo Pack!

    Best deal yet folks. For the super fan!

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    Everything Plus The Kitchen Sink!

    CD/Vinyl/Tshirt/Lyrics/Poster combo pack plus handwritten lyrics to a song of your choice, from this album or any other Ernie Hendrickson song.

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    Cover Song of Your Choice Recording!

    This was a particularly popular, fun and challenging reward level from the last Kickstarter. Choose a song (almost anything!) you'd like to hear me play and I will record it at my home studio and send to you. Plus your choice of CD or Vinyl copy of "Roll On". (You savvy shoppers will notice there's a $10 vinyl discount hidden here!)

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    Made For The Stage!

    Join us on stage for a live performance! Learn a song of ours (or something else we agree on) and sing it with us at a real gig. Plus Vinyl, CD, T-shirt, Poster, Lyrics, and free admission to the show!

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    House Concert!

    CD or Vinyl copy of the album, T-Shirt, plus a solo performance at an agreed upon date. Can be at a home or office. Travel not included and may need lodging if it's too far outside of Chicagoland.

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    Duo House Concert!

    CD or Vinyl copy of the album, T-Shirt, plus a duo performance at an agreed upon date. Can be at a home or office, travel not included and may need lodging if too far outside of Chicagoland.

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    Whatever you want!

    Anything, need help raking the leaves? Painting the garage? Let me know. Plus a house concert and any of the swag offered here :-)

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