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Canadian folk duo, The Eisenhauers, are going to Nashville to record a new co-written album produced by Juno Award winner Steve Dawson.
Canadian folk duo, The Eisenhauers, are going to Nashville to record a new co-written album with Juno award winning producer, Steve Dawson.
Canadian folk duo, The Eisenhauers, are going to Nashville to record a new co-written album with Juno award winning producer, Steve Dawson.
185 backers pledged CA$ 18,190 to help bring this project to life.

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The Eisenhauers: A New Co-written Album

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IT'S OFFICIAL!

With all your generous support, we're now fully funded to go to Nashville and record this coming April! I can't begin to express how good it feels to say that! We are overflowing with gratitude!

Because we still have a few days left, we're putting out a 'Stretch Goal' to see if we can go a bit further. Our original budget was $18K, although we were hoping to reach $16K on Kickstarter. It would be amazing to reach our whole budget, and get a little more out of our Nashville adventure. Specifically, we think it would be beneficial to have our friend Louis Bockner (who's done all our film work for this campaign) come down to Nashville with us and film a mini-documentary of the making of our new record. Most importantly, we can go further with hiring a publicist who can put our music out to more radio stations to push the album once it's out.

So if you know anyone who was thinking about donating, but hasn't yet had the chance, please let them know that their donation will still serve a very important purpose!

Our Story

A few years back Sheree and I moved our family of five from Vancouver (pop. 600,000) to a little mountain village called Kaslo (pop.1100). It must have been the initial lack of friends or the fresh mountain air, but something clicked when we came out this way. Somehow, finally, our songwriting became a collaboration. For this new chapter in our life we’ve written a new batch of songs. We’ve also decided to leave our band mates behind, and venture out on our new project called ‘the Eisenhauers’ as a duo.

We’re really honoured to be working with legendary Canadian producer, songwriter and instrumentalist Steve Dawson at his new(ish) studio in Nashville. He’s worked with wonderful folks like Old Man Luedecke, Bruce Cockburn, Jill Barber and the Deep Dark Woods and we’re super honoured he’s taken us in for this project.

We've been making music together for over 12 years now. We've already invested loads of time and money into this project along with independently funding all our past 8 albums (with some help from close friends and family). It's been a big investment for us to continue working at what we feel is important for us to do. We can't seem to kick the habit of making music, no matter how hard we try and hope that it is something of a blessing for the people we get to share with.

If you're feeling like you may not be able to spare the extra cash (trust us, we've been there...) but you still want to help out, we'd love for you to share this page with your friends and family. You may have heard of a website called Facebook that's pretty good for things like that, but a good old fashioned face-to-face conversation with your friends works even better we think. There’s a bunch of social media links up top for you to choose from if you want to go that route. Thank you for sharing! Everything counts!

We are hoping to raise $16,000 on this campaign, but the total cost to produce the album will be $18,000. Seems like a lot! Here’s the percentage break down, and maybe something you didn't know about what all has to happen to make this thing fly:

With the funds raised we will: 

  • Record a full length album with Steve Dawson in Nashville TN! (45%)
  • Mix and Master the album (10%)
  • Manufacture 1000 + physical CDs with packaging etc. (15% or more)
  • Hire a publicist to promote the album to press & radio. (20% or more)
  • Pay fees for this online fundraising campaign & shipping costs. (10%)

Back in the day bands would get their albums funded by getting signed to a major record label. A lot has changed in the music industry, and now a days, independent musicians use crowdfunding most often. We actually think this is a much better approach because we get to connect with our audience much more directly, and it becomes more about YOU than just about us because without your support, the album won't happen.

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our super duper talented team of friends who have helped us put this campaign together. Amanda Froese, Neil Johnson, Louis Bockner and Zaac Pick - we owe you all a large double scooped ice cream cone from Mountain King (you'll have to come to Kaslo to get it though). Also a huge thank you to all of the lovely people who have supported us along the road so far. We are nothing without our supporters, friends and family and we love you all heaps and heaps. 

Risks and challenges

It’s always vulnerable having to ask help from anyone, even our devoted
friends, family and fans. It’s a risk fundraising online with Kickstarter
because funding is ALL OR NOTHING! So if we don’t raise the money we
need, the project is a no go.

Sheree and I have been making music together for so many years, played
so many shows, gone on so many tours. We’re used to performing our best in any circumstance. We’ve worked hard at music, and given up a lot of modern comforts in order to keep music making alive. That hard work and integrity will keep coming regardless of what happens here on Kickstarter.

The heart of this is creating music that is a beautiful expression of life, and we’ll keep doing that on whatever grassroots level we find ourselves in. Thanks so much for your thoughts and support over all our years of making music.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $7

    Digital Download (Pre-Release) & Lyrics PDF of the new album!

    Be among the first listeners of the new album!

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    The Handholder!

    Physical COMPACT DISC IN YOUR HANDS with a personal handwritten thank-you note! We'll scrawl a thank you letter that may or may not be legible depending if it's Jeremy or Sheree writing. Plus get a digital copy of the album before it's official release.

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    The Poster Child!

    A handwritten post card from Nashville while we record our album! (This will mail this April/May 2016!)

    Plus a beautiful 11x17 hand printed letter press poster, new CD, Lyrics PDF and you'll be the first to hear the album with a digital download before it's official release.

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    The Handwriter!

    Signed copy of the new album, Signed copy of the poster, and we'll sign your face (or hand) the next time we see you! We'll also send you a post card from Nashville during the recording. Plus you'll be the first to hear the album with a digital download before it's official release.

    (Please note: we will not sign you if you don't want us to)

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    The Digi-Collector!

    Full digital back catalogue of all our albums combined (that’s 8 albums including the two Christmas albums and the lullaby album Sheree did)! Plus new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF. You'll be the first to hear the album with a digital download before it's official release.

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    The Sharer!

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    The Demo-er!

    1 bonus track of an unreleased song from the demo recording, Plus 11x17 hand printed letter press poster, 1 Signed copy of the new album once it's released, plus you'll be the first to hear the album with a digital download before it's official release.

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    The Back Logger!

    Physical back log of all our albums combined. 2 copies of the new album plus digital download and lyrics PDF. You'll be the first to hear the album with a digital download before it's official release.

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    The Spooner!

    Hand carved spoon by Jeremy, 11x17 hand printed letter press poster, new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF

    See photo's of Jeremy's spoons here: http://jeisenhauerwoodworks.com/commissions/

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    The Wall Mounter!

    Custom hand crafted wooden WALL MOUNTED guitar stand made by Jeremy, new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF.

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    The Photo Journalist!

    Photo journal booklet from the recording in Nashville, new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF.

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    The Homesteader!

    Hand carved spoon, all wood butter spreader (both hand crafted by Jeremy) handmade rope bowl (made by Sheree), Sheree’s famous bread recipe, one of a kind drawings from each member of our family (Henry – 6, Lucia – 4, Anna – 1, Sheree – grade 6 level drawing skills, Jeremy – grade 3 level drawing skills, new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF, plus full back catalogue of all our albums!

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    The Surpriser!

    A surprise box of a bunch of our favourite things and treats that we love. 2 copies of the new album plus digital download and you'll be the first to hear the album before it's official release.

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    The Recorder!

    Exclusive recording of 4 unreleased songs, full back log of all Sheree Plett and Eisenhauer albums, Photo & Lyric book of the recording in Nashville, 11x17 hand printed letter press poster, new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF, and we’ll add your name to the album credits.

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    The Hospitable!

    Exclusive house concert in your home (Canada only) where & when it coincides with our cross Canada tour dates in autumn/winter 2016, plus new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF, full back catalogue of all our albums, and we’ll add your name to the album credits.

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    Kaslo Tour Package!

    Over a long weekend, we’ll take you around the most spectacular mountain wilderness range in the world… at least as far as we are concerned! Camp out up on top of Mount Buchanan, fly fishing from our cedar and canvas canoe on the Kootenay Lake, hiking in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, berry picking, grizzly bear watching (if you come at the right time). We’ll bring along a professional photographer and send you a lovely batch of photos to remember the excursion. Not to mention free accommodations, and the new CD & Digital download w/ Lyrics PDF, and we’ll add your name to the album credits of course. We will even serenade you with a few songs one night!

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