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We recorded a new album, MARITIME, on an island in NW Washington...and we need your help to share it with the world!
We recorded a new album, MARITIME, on an island in NW Washington...and we need your help to share it with the world!
451 backers pledged $22,786 to help bring this project to life.

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**CURRENT STATUS, SEPT 16th: REACHING TOWARDS THE STARS and 400+ BACKERS!! THANK YOU!!

Thank you to everyone who has already joined!

(Kickstarter is an "all-or-nothing" crowd funding platform. The artist has a 30-day window to successfully fund this project. Kickstarter takes 5% and Amazon takes an additional 3-5%)

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THANK YOU for being here with us!

THE MISSION:

Our hope and intention for this Kickstarter campaign is that it is a mutually beneficial endeavor! YOU receive the new music/special bonus offers many months before the album is officially released in Winter 2015. In turn, your support allows us to finish this project and fund a promotional campaign so that this music may be heard by a wider audience.

OUR STORY:

It has been a dream of both or ours, long before we met, to travel and play music. Music is in our bones. For the last few years we've made our living as full-time touring songwriters and somehow, miraculously, have even paid our bills on time. We live as simply as we can...so that we can afford do what we love. We live off of very little. But often we feel like we are the richest people in the world.

Thanks to you.

You've found meaning in our music and encouraged us to keep at it.

And we are!

The recording of Maritime is finished and we want nothing more than to share it with you and the world! This new album brings us to a unique crossroads of opportunity in our musical career. The recording truly captures a moment in time and place and we're ecstatic about its potential to really make some waves, but now we need a TEAM to effectively promote it in the way that we know it deserves. And there aren't enough hours in the day for us to do this on our own anymore.

So we're asking for your help.

THE LOW DOWN:

WITHOUT Kickstarter:  self-promotion by musician = few tangible results + lots of time = little time for actually creating music

WITH Kickstarter:  promotion by a national publicist = great results/exposure = time for musicians to work on music = better music/healthier musician

YOU + pre-order = new music in your ears long before officially released = happiness = publicity for album = wider exposure = musicians doing what musicians do best: creating music

THE GOALS:
*The more resources we have, the more ears this music will find*

  • Our first goal of $10,500 will cover almost half of our costs, and allow for a bare-minimum publicity campaign.
  • Our second goal of $15,000 will allow for nationwide promotion and afford us the opportunity to hire a publicist, which we've never been able to do before. We'll also be able to make a video, launch a small radio campaign, and promote upcoming tours.
  • Anything above $15,000 will allow us to really slingshot this music across the country! There are no limits to what we can do, together.

Thank you for being by our side. Please help us spread the word by sharing this link with your friends and family through email/facebook/etc...We are more grateful than you can possibly know.

With Endless Gratitude,

Dave & Mandy

Video made by Robert Shackelford. Check out more of his work here!

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SONGS:

Many of you have asked for sneak peeks of the songs from MARITIME, so here you go:

"Could Be Ghosts"

"Helicopter"

"Dark Dark Woods"

"Morning Song"

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MARITIME ALBUM COVER ART
Limited Edition PRINT SIGNED by ARTIST Glenn Hendrick

(see $200 offering on right)

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COSTS: Albums are incredibly expensive to make. The costs for making Maritime include:

  • equipment
  • engineering/production
  • paying (and feeding) musicians
  • transportation
  • album artwork and design
  • photography/videography
  • manufacturing

Risks and challenges

We've put every single resource, penny, hour, and breath that we possibly can into this new album. Great leaps of faith are not taken without some fears, but with you on our team, we're confident that we can make this dream a reality.

The challenges that we will face after this campaign is successfully funded are the ongoing efforts to tirelessly spread this music. You can help us by continuing to get the word out to your friends and family. (this really works, we promise!)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    DOWNLOAD THREE SONGS: Receive digital download of 3 pre-release tracks from MARITIME.

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    PRE-RELEASE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of ALBUM: You will receive the album in digital form + 1 bonus track, pdf file of artwork/lyric booklet in your inbox months (yes, months!) before it is officially released.

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    PRE-RELEASE CD: Receive a physical CD in the mail months before it is officially released + digital download of bonus track.

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    PRE-RELEASE SIGNED PHYSICAL COPY OF CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (of entire album): Receive a personalized, signed copy of MARITIME + digital download + bonus track months before it is officially released. Thanks!

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    "GIVE ONE, GET ONE" - (2 SIGNED MARITIME CDs): Help us share this music by giving a personalized CD to a friend or loved one. You'll receive 2 signed CDs + digital download + bonus track. These will arrive in plenty of time for the holidays...hint hint.

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    SIGNED POSTER + 2 SIGNED PRE-RELEASE copies of MARITIME + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + BONUS TRACK: just as it sounds.

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    "GIVE TWO, GET TWO" - (2 SIGNED MARITIME & 2 SEED OF A PINE CDs): You'll receive 4 signed CDs (we'll personalize if you give us details)! Give the gift of music to a loved one w/ the new album and debut album from 2012. Did we mention that these will arrive in your mailbox in plenty of time for the holidays? Woohoo!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    "THE GOODS PACKAGE" = NEW SONG we JUST WROTE 2 weeks ago after Maritime was recorded (we're really excited about recording this one this winter) + 2 GUEST LIST TIX to D&M SHOW + MARITIME CANVAS BAG + 2 SIGNED MARITIME CDs + SIGNED POSTER + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + BONUS TRACK. Have we said...Thank you?!

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    ENTIRE (signed) DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS PACKAGE": Listen to how our music has evolved over the years (duo and pre-duo). whoa. Receive 7 albums (5 signed CDs, 2 Digital Albums) + "THE GOODS" (signed poster, 2 tix, canvas bag, etc...mentioned above)

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    PRIVATE GUITAR and/or SONGWRITING WORKSHOP, IN PERSON (depending on tour routing) OR VIA SKYPE + "THE GOODS PACKAGE": Min. 1 hour session w/ Dave & Mandy (before June 2015, for 1-2 people) for tips/ramblings on guitar playing/songwriting + you'll get "The Goods"... Perhaps a gift for someone you know?

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    WE'LL RECORD a COVER SONG of YOUR CHOICE + DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS PACKAGE": Ever wanted to hear us play one of your favorite songs by another artist? We'll give it a shot (within the next 9 months) and send you what we come up with! This could be fun...who knows, maybe Mandy will release her inner-Michael Jackson?

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    "WOODSTOVE SESSION" - 3 SONGS (AUDIO/VIDEO) of YOUR CHOICE + DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS PACKAGE": Pick 3 of our songs that you'd like us to record special versions of and we'll record a personalized session in front of our woodstove this winter just for you. Background/Stories included if you so desire.

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    MARITIME ALBUM COVER ART Limited Edition PRINT SIGNED by ARTIST Glenn Hendrick + DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS": The insanely talented Glenn has offered her beautiful work. All we can say is....this is amazing!

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    DRINK & DESSERT for 2 BEFORE or AFTER SHOW + DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS": Let's hang! We'll treat! (we'll sort out a date during an upcoming tour)

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    WE WRITE/RECORD A SONG FOR YOU + HANDWRITTEN LYRIC BOOK + "THE GOODS": Remember how Mandy challenged Dave to write a song w/ those 5 words? Your turn; give us your ideas! (can be a really fun and/or meaningful gift for someone) song must remain in private domain, unless, of course it turns out to be really mind-blowing and we top the charts together. Cool? Let's do this! (give us a window of 9 months and we'll make it happen)

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    ISLAND DAY TOUR w/ DAVE & MANDY + DISCOGRAPHY + "THE GOODS PACKAGE": You get to the island. We'll give you the best day-long tour we can; take you to our favorite spots, buy you lunch and even play a few tunes on a beach at sunset or something. Good times. Thank you!

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    WE'LL PLAY A CONCERT IN YOUR HOUSE! : Seriously consider this. Then talk to your partner (or better yet, pledge first, then talk with your partner). You get 50 friends to pitch in $20 and you break even. Get 30 friends to pitch in $30 and you get a concert in your living room for $100. Bam. Just like that...and there we are. (travel costs may be additional depending on tour routing, but we'll do our best within a year) This also includes "GOODS PACKAGE" + DISCOGRPAHY + a couple of big hugs. Wow...THANK YOU!

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    DELUXE HOUSE CONCERT! : Same as above, except YOU WRITE the SET LIST based on our material. This could get very interesting in a really fun way. Also includes "THE GOODS PACKAGE" + DISCOGRAPHY + We'll make this really yummy brie, walnut, carmelized onion, basil appetizer. THANK YOU!

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    WE'LL SING at YOUR WEDDING! : Yup. We'll show up in nice clothes and sing in your ceremony and/or reception hour. We're not a dance band, but we know a few love songs for a mellow, down-to-earth kind of thing. (travel expenses not included, but don't be shy to ask, there is always a chance we'll be in the neighborhood) Wedding by end of 2015 please. Email us.

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    2 DAY ISLAND TOUR by LAND or by KAYAK w/ DAVE & MANDY + CAMPFIRE CONCERT! : The grandest offering we can think up. You + 1 get to Seattle. We provide transportation from there to island, all meals, 1-2 nights lodging, guided tour (Dave used to be a naturalist kayak guide), campfire concert, all catered to your interests. Come experience the inspiration behind MARITIME. The islands are outrageously beautiful. + tickets to Dave & Mandy concerts for many many years to come. Email us if interested in customizing an island getaway and scheduling a time. THANK YOU! Woo hoo!

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    HOW CAN WE THANK YOU? You tell us. Let's talk about what could be meaningful to you. Please email us. THANK YOU!

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