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Live album w/bonus studio tracks. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, 3 part harmony. Originals & covers - Wildwood Flower to Lady Gaga.
Live album w/bonus studio tracks. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, 3 part harmony. Originals & covers - Wildwood Flower to Lady Gaga.
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Here's a couple of tunes from our first 2 CD's that are like songs on the new CD: 

Now we are raising $6,000 to produce 1,000 CDs and three videos and to promote the CD. In 2012 and 2013, we recorded four songs in the studio. Originally, we planned on just making them available for download and maybe burning some copies ourselves. That all changed when we recorded our May 2014 concert at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, Virginia. It was a great night with special performances and we decided to release eight of the songs along with the four studio tracks on a full-length CD. We need to promote the CD--we don't want to be able to tell the joke: "Yes, it's been a million seller for us. We have a million of them in our cellar!" We would like to perform more and to develop a presence on YouTube. Of course, that requires funding, so we're asking for your help. Here's a detailed list:

  • 200 - Master 4 studio tracks.  Also by Goran Martinac.  Mastering is the process that prepares the mixed music to be placed on a CD.
  • 600 - Rights for cover songs.  There are 6 songs on the CD that were written by other people that aren't in the public domain. We have to pay for the rights to sell them.
  • 1000 - Mix and master live recording. Being done by Goran Martinac in Croatia. He is a talented studio engineer. This is a very reasonable price for this.
  • 1000 - Video production.  Dorry Gundy, an award-winning video editor and producer, is Lea and Shannon's mother.  She has agreed to create a music video of our cover of John Lennon's "Imagine".  We will also have videos made for the single "Wildwood Flower" and "Cripple Creek/Poker Face."
  • 1200 - CD Production. We will have the CD's, with a simple, eco-friendly sleeve cover, manufactured by Oasis CD.
  • 2000 - Ruthie Logsdon (www.ruthieandthewranglers.com) is a veteran of the music scene both locally and nationally.  We met her through our membership in the Washington Area Music Association. She has a service (www.attractgreatgigs.com) where over the next six months she will help us get gigs with exposure and reach our goal of playing festivals around the East Coast.  

If you all are so generous that we surpass our goal, we'll use those extra funds to buy T-shirts and other fun "merch" to sell at gigs and festivals.  That would really help us cover the travel expenses!

Risks and challenges

There are two challenges to this project. The first is doing the legwork necessary to get the CD and videos produced. We are qualified to do this because we've already released two CD's, so we know what to do. The second is the work we will have to do to get those gigs that will get us greater exposure to promote the CD. We love what we do and believe we have what it takes to be on a larger stage (literally - Larry stands stage left so he doesn't poke his bandmates with his fiddle bow). So, we will do what it takes.

The one risk is whether the money we've budgeted to get the videos made is enough. But, in the same way we found Goran Martinac, we will use sites like oDesk.com to get bids from all over the world to do this work.

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    A thank you email with five pictures of flowers from Larry's garden. Larry's been gardening pretty much all his life, and over the last 10 years or so has collected some lovely photos.

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    A download of the single from Live Culture, "Wildwood Flower". It features a stellar performance by Lea on lead vocal and dulcimer, with Julie on autoharp and Larry on clawhammer uke.

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    Download of our "Live Culture" CD. We're very proud of this. It has eight songs recorded live at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA, along with four songs we recorded in the studio.

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    In time for Christmas! An autographed copy of our "Live Culture" CD. But just like a set of Ginzu knives or the Bopeil Pocket Fisherman, there's more!: shrink-wrapped copies of our first CD "Rumble in the Dairy Aisle (It's All Gouda)" and Larry's "Little House" CD.

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    The 3 CD's as mentioned above plus a home-grown (organically of course) butternut squash from Larry's garden delivered at an agreed upon location in the DC area.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a home-made (by Larry) apple pie delivered at an agreed upon location in the DC area. Lea and Shannon can attest to the deliciousness of their Dad's apple pies.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a framed photo of Lea and Tim's dog Harvey. He's the tree climbing hound you see in the video, and he's very handsome when he's sitting still posing for the camera.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a set of 3 custom handmade tea towels by Lea. Lea is quite the creative seamstress, and these can be used as placemats and hand towels.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a DVD of our music video for our cover of John Lennon's "Imagine". Created by the award-winning video producer/editor Dorry Gundy, it portrays a message of peace and hope.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a 1 hour music lesson on one of the following instruments: fiddle/violin, guitar, banjo, bass, dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele - via Skype or in the DC area, at an agreed upon location and time. Tenor guitar and mandolin lessons available in the Atlanta area at an agreed upon location and time.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus hand-written lyrics to any song on the CD. Done by Lea in her beautiful penmanship with additional artwork in the margins.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a personalized song written on the subject of your choice. We love to write songs and look forward to creating something special for you! You'll receive via email the lyrics and an mp3 of the song.

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    The 3 CD's as described above a duo house concert by Lea and Larry in the DC area at an agreed upon location and time. Ron Goad of the Songwriters Association has said we're "witting and entertaining." Maybe, but we sure have fun and would love to bring that into your house! We'll do songs from the CD of course, but also resurrect some songs from the eight years we've been playing together. Anytime in the New Year, but we would definitely consider playing on New Year's Eve!

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a fishing trip on the Shenandoah River with Larry and Lea. We love this river and have spent many happy times on it. And, there's a lot of fish! The song on the CD, "Life on the River", is about the Shenandoah. Bait, tackle, lunch, and beverages provided. In the summer of 2015.

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    The 3 CD's as described above plus a trio house concert by Julie, Lea, and Larry at an agreed upon location and time (well maybe not on April 11th as Julie's getting married that day). We will folk rock your house!

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