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I've worked for over 35 years on the business side of music and now, as an artist, with your backing, I will release my debut album.
I've worked for over 35 years on the business side of music and now, as an artist, with your backing, I will release my debut album.
305 backers pledged $21,452 to help bring this project to life.

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If you are just discovering Dan Russell and his music through Kickstarter we invite you to stop by his new website www.danrussellmusic.net which will be live by May of 2017, or visit his Facebook Artist Page or Instagram. Dan will be performing live later in 2017 and 2018.

We Made It
Thank you everyone for joining and backing me in this campaign. I'm looking forward to sharing the music with you all later this year. Just a reminder for those of you who backed the campaign to please check the updates section for backers only and download a couple of the songs from the forthcoming album when ever you have a chance. I am so grateful and offer my sincerest thanks. 

New to the Campaign- Hear a Song from the album:
Listen to Let You Be Mine, a new song from my album by clicking on the image below:

About Me
My story is probably not much different than many of those who have worked closely in the music and film industry. I started with a love for music, guitar, songs and playing in bands through High School and College, and somewhere along the way got drawn into helping some wonderful artists and friends bring their music to the world. 

Some of you know me as an artist manager and advocate, a concert promoter, a record producer, or possibly as the co-founder of The Soulfest (New England), Fingerprint Records, New Sound International, or perhaps to some of you I’m just another Harley Davidson rider.

Over the past 35 years, I’ve had the honor, privilege, and good fortune to work closely with many inspiring artists, including the late Michael Been and Mark Heard, as well as The Call, U2, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sam Phillips, Vigilantes of Love, Bruce Cockburn, Switchfoot, Ramona Silver, Rachel Taylor, The Violet Burning and many others.

I grew up in a home surrounded by and filled with music. Music brought life into focus and was the primary way I related to my family, my friends, and to my world.

When I was about 13 years old I started playing the drums on a classic Ludwig drum kit, which I traded to one of the guitar players in a High School band. I took a few lessons on guitar to learn the songs everyone at my school wanted to hear and that’s where my foundation was poured. The Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, The Band, Neil Young and so many others.

In College, going to shows and seeing every new band that came through Boston or anywhere close, was my number one priority. So many shows had a powerful impact on me.  As one thing led to another I worked in various support capacities with more artists then I can remember, but essentially ended up touring throughout the world and experienced first hand how powerful music impacted and changed lives.

Some artists asked me to help with tour management, others with record production and a few with career management. Putting my own musical and artistic dreams aside, I worked for and with artists that impacted me deeply which motivated me to share my experience and their music with the world. 

Recently I decided to work less on the business side of music and to start writing songs again. With my son, Jesse’s encouragement, along with the rest of my family and a new friend, Michael Pritzl, I decided to record a few old songs, finish some new ideas and make an album.

Life has been a big circle for me, but here I am ready to complete something I intended to do many many years ago. I hope that you’ll consider helping me complete this circle of mine. I love music, and I love the power it has to share our stories, convey our truths and change our lives, and it would mean more than I could properly express, to have you help me make this dream a reality. 

I’ll be sharing more stories as we go, here on Kickstarter and to whatever extent you can, I deeply appreciate your participation and support. I welcome you to become a part of my story and help me make this album come to life.

I'm looking forward to sharing this music with all of you. Thanks for your support!  ~Dan

Campaign Update Final Hours - Stretch Goal $23,333:We've made it to our initial goal.Thank you for joining and backing me in this campaign. We've added a free download of the song, "Is it Love" for all the Backers in the Updates Section. And if you can't get to the update in time, don't worry we will be sending along a couple of songs to all the backers very soon, before the official release date

We're adding a stretch goal.

If we can reach $23,333

​I've always been a fan of Threes.
: )
we will send all of the backers a download of a song I recorded in 1994 written by Mark Heard

from the project Strong of Hand of Love


Thank you again everyone, I sincerely appreciate your kind words and support

Risks and challenges

As with all Kickstarter campaigns, the biggest challenge is the prospect of not reaching our financial goal. We are ready to meet our reward obligations, but I need your help to make this happen. Funds raised over and above our goal will be used to help with production on the new record and help to cover the costs of artwork, mastering, and manufacturing. As always, I thank you for your support.

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    Once the album is completed, contact me directly and pick a song from the album that you would like in a personalized handwritten lyric!

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    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

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    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
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    * Download of the Album.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

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    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Handwritten Lyric of a song of your choice.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.

    Once the album is completed, contact me directly and pick a song from the album that you would like in a personalized handwritten lyric!

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping. Handwritten Lyrics will come when you've decided on a song of your choice!

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    Signed Color Vinyl + Signed CD + Shirt + Download + Demos Download with commentary.

    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

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    Your Name + Vinyl + Demos + So Much More

    Your Name in Thanks Section + Signed Color Vinyl + Handwritten Lyrics + Signed CD + Shirt + Download + Demos Download with commentary

    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

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    Skype with Dan + More

    Skype or Google Hangout with Dan + Everything in the $200 Package.

    * Skype or Google Hangout with Dan.
    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    You'll get one 30-minute (or longer) Skype or Google Hangout session with Dan. Talk about guitars and gear, or just talk about songs, music and have Dan tell you stories from his career in music. It's up to you.

    You will also receive everything in the $200 reward level.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

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    Acoustic Cover Song + So Much More

    Acoustic Cover Song + Everything in the $200 Package

    * Acoustic Cover Song.
    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    You get to choose one **song** for ​Dan ​to record, and ​Dan will mail it to you on a personalized CD.

    ​**Chosen song must be suited for 1 voice and acoustic guitar​.

    ​Is there a song by an artist that you love, that you'd like Dan to cover? Mark Heard, Michael Been, The Call, Rolling Stones, ​U2? Let me know and let's figure it out together.

    D​an​ will get final say in song choice and may request other options ​to find something ​suitable for ​the ​project.** You will also receive everything in the $​200 reward level.

    Note, the song should ​be licensable through Harry Fox, BMI,​ ASCAP​ or in the Public Domain, and not be an original composition.
    ​(Dan Russell ​reserve​s​ the right to use a​ny​ recordings for future releases.)

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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    Soulfest Live Experience for One

    Soulfest Live Experience for One Person + Everything in the $200 Package

    Includes:
    * 1 multi-day ticket to SoulFest 2017.
    * 1 artist catering pass to join Dan & other performers for a meal.
    * 1 VIP Pass – includes main stage Pit Pass, Inside Out Stage Pit Pass, Chairlift Pass, and Direct Access Pass. (DOES NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS).

    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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    Soulfest Live Experience for Two

    Soulfest Live Experience for Two People + Everything in the $200 Package

    Includes:
    * 2 multi-day tickets to SoulFest 2017.
    * 2 artist catering passes to join Dan & other performers for a meal.
    * 2 VIP Passes – includes main stage Pit Pass, Inside Out Stage Pit Pass, Chairlift Pass, and Direct Access Pass. (DOES NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS).

    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Note, the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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    Acoustic Performance+ More

    Personal Acoustic Performance + Everything in the $200 Package.

    * Personal Acoustic Performance.
    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Your pledge entitles you to a private acoustic solo performance in your home or small venue for you and your friends. Dan will perform solo material and covers. You will also receive everything in the $200 reward level.

    Please note, travel and lodging expenses will need to be arranged with DAN in advance of the performance, and will need to be covered by you the "promoter" for the event, we may also need a small P.A. and other details that we can work out together.

    Note - the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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    Associate Producer + More

    Special Associate Producer Credit + Personal Acoustic Performance + Everything in the $200 Package.

    * Special Associate Producer Credit in the album artwork.
    * Personal Acoustic Performance.
    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Your pledge also entitles you to a private acoustic solo performance in your home or small venue for you and your friends. Dan will perform solo material and covers. You will also receive everything in the $200 reward level.

    Please note, travel and lodging expenses will need to be arranged with DAN in advance of the performance, and will need to be covered by you the "promoter" for the event, we may also need a small P.A. and other details that we can work out together.

    Note - the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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    Executive Producer + More

    Special Executive Producer Credit + Personal Acoustic Performance + Everything in the $800 Package.

    * Special Executive Producer Credit on the Back Cover of the album artwork.
    * Personal Acoustic Performance.
    Also Includes:
    * 2 multi-day tickets to SoulFest 2017.
    * 2 artist catering passes to join Dan & other performers for a meal.
    * 2 VIP Passes – includes main stage Pit Pass, Inside Out Stage Pit Pass, Chairlift Pass, and Direct Access Pass.
    (DOES NOT INCLUDE TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS).

    * Your name or the name(s) of your choice in the Thanks section of the album artwork.
    * Signed Color 180g Vinyl.
    * Signed CD.
    * Dan Russell debut album Tee Shirt exclusive to this campaign.
    * Download of the Album.
    * Download of some of the original demos and song ideas in various forms with commentary.

    Your pledge also entitles you to a private acoustic solo performance in your home or small venue for you and your friends. Dan will perform solo material and covers. You will also receive everything in the $800 reward level.

    Please note, travel and lodging expenses will need to be arranged with DAN in advance of the performance, and will need to be covered by you the "promoter" for the event, we may also need a small P.A. and other details that we can work out together.

    Note - the download will arrive before the vinyl due to the lengthy vinyl manufacturing process. CD, Shirt and Vinyl will ship together to save monies on shipping.

    Shirt design is TBA. Mens and Ladies cut T-Shirts will be made.
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