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Teacher, author, and songwriter Sean Burns is making his debut album - recording 14 songs with a stellar cast of California musicians

I took the leap. I chose 14 of my songs, booked a week at the legendary Hyde Street Studio C, and called together an incredible cast of California musicians to make my debut, full-length album. Read more about the musicians below! 

The recordings are blowing my mind. There are folky tunes, funky tunes, soul tunes, blues riffs, and more (you can hear a bit of “Ray of Light” in the video). I am so excited to complete this debut album and share it with the world. I need your help to do so. I have already spent all my savings on the recording of the songs. So, in order to raise the funds for mixing, mastering, production, and promotion of the record I have launched this Kickstarter campaign. It’s important to know that if the $7,000 goal is not met in one month, I receive none of the pledged funds. That’s how Kickstarter campaigns work. The heat is on! 

I would hugely appreciate your help with this project. Please take a minute to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about this album by sending them the link via email, Facebook, Twitter, or a good ole’ phone call. The album release will be this fall. There are fun rewards for giving at every level (read about these in the right hand column.) 

And finally, I hold great respect and gratitude for all of the talented people who have contributed to the album. Check out these amazing collaborators: 

Scott McDowell, engineer, co-producer, mixer, photographer (Sean Hayes, Rupa and the April Fishes, Chasing the Moon) 

Todd Sickafoose, upright bass (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Tiny Resistors)

Aaron Kierbel, drums (Rupa and the April Fishes) 

Zach Gill, keys, accordion (Jack Johnson, ALO) 

Dan Lebowitz, guitar, pedal steel (ALO, Brokedown in Bakersfield) 

Courtney Browne, vocals, cello (amazing singer-songwriter) 

Ara Anderson, trumpet (Tom Waits, OK Go, Sean Hayes) 

Dave Mihaly, percussion (Shimmering Leaves, Damada, Jollie Holland) 

Steve Adams (Nicki Bluhm, Brokedown in Bakersfield, ALO) 

Joe Cohen, saxaphone (Will Bernard, Zion-I) 

Andrew Maguire, congas (Mirah, Thao Nguyen, Yesway)

Limited edition poster by Hugh D'Andrade (one of the rewards!)
Limited edition poster by Hugh D'Andrade (one of the rewards!)
Sean Burns' biography on Archie Green was recently awarded the CLR James Book of the Year. (included in some rewards!)
Sean Burns' biography on Archie Green was recently awarded the CLR James Book of the Year. (included in some rewards!)

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    Digital version of the album sent to your email before it is publicly released.

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    Signed hard copy CD of the album sent to your door with a funky PBLF sticker

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    Limited edition PBLF poster by renowned SF illustrator Hugh D’Andrade (signed by Sean and Hugh) plus signed CD and funky sticker (see poster below)

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    Choose any cover song you love and I will record an acoustic version of it personally dedicated to you, plus a signed CD, poster, and sticker

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    A private concert and party with Professor Burns and the Lilac Field band for you and your friends at your home, plus signed CD, poster, sticker, and book. The works! (if more than 100 miles from Berkeley, travel costs and board for band will need to be covered)

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