Kenny Loggins and his band Blue Sky Riders are putting out a new album and want you to be an integral part of it! Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 14, 2014.
About this project
Update: Thank You Everybody!!
We're so excited we get to make OUR record because of YOU!! Can we keep this going?! If we can raise more money we can do more things: promotion, distribution, marketing, videos ...
When we first started this crazy ride on the crowdfunding highway, we figured out the minimum costs to write, record, and produce a record that you'd all want to hear. Now that we've reached that initial goal and still have two more weeks to go... we've come up with two new stretch goals to bring you all some really cool new rewards, and to help us do even more to get our new music into your hands.
So ... once we reach $100K, we'll throw in an acoustic (digital) version of us singing "Thank You For Reminding Me," And, if we can raise $115K, we'll produce an acoustic version of the whole album (to give to all of our wonderful backers, sometime in 2015!). If it goes beyond that... well, we’re cooking up some fun new opportunities for you to see us play -- but more on that later.
Your energy and generosity has been amazing -- please keep it going and help us spread the word (and the music)!
- Kenny, Georgia and Gary
PS. To find out more about our "Lay Down Plastic" secret House Concert Tier, click here.
Hey … Kenny here. Thanks for watching my video and giving me the chance to invite you to help me and my new band - Blue Sky Riders. As an artist, I’m thrilled there’s a way for me to make you a part of my newest musical journey. The business of making music is reinventing itself and this crowd-funding thing is just as cool for me as it is for you.
I’m launching this Kickstarter Campaign for a couple of reasons – to generate funding for recording our next album and to connect directly with the folks who love music enough to support its creation. As a band, we’ve come up with some cool ways to get you more involved: everything from your ideas for T-shirts to helping us name the new album. (And if you kick in some serious bucks we’ll even let you sing with us on a song). But it’s not just about the money, (granted that’s a BIG deal) - it’s about staying creative and vital by embracing the new way that music is made.
My project has five goals (1 through 4 by hitting the funding goal, and the last goal will be funded with a higher level of support):
- 1. Give you a voice in the process
- 2. Go overboard in communicating updates throughout the fundraising and album making period
- 3. Record our new album!
- 4. Capture and share exclusive footage of the album being written and recorded.
- 5. Promote the new album
Why I am doing this
I believe that the way music is made and shared has fundamentally changed, and I love where it’s heading. Gary, Georgia and I created our own label to release our first album in 2013. With the rise of Crowd Funding, I’ve realized that there is one more step to be taken towards the ultimate realization of an artist’s dream - direct connection with our audience! Your assistance will allow my bandmates and I to create new music that reflects our vision. In short, we need and want your help.
What I’ll use the money for
I’m grateful for your support and promise complete transparency during the entire process. Basically, we plan to use your pledges to pay for creating, documenting, and distributing our new album. Since we are our own label, we aren’t receiving any backing from music corporations and truly get to do it our way. Specifically, we’ll be using the proceeds to:
- Fulfill Kickstarter rewards
- Compensate our co-producers, musicians, engineers, graphic designers, and the many other creatives
- Rent studio time and equipment
- Travel to and from recording sessions (Nashville and Ojai, CA)
- Mastering and manufacturing of the album
- Anything extra (God willing) will go toward marketing/publicity and touring activities so we can see more of you on the road.
At the end of this wild ride, we’ll have a new album and loads of exclusive behind the scenes footage to share with you. Which leads to …
What you’ll get out of it
First and (I hope) foremost, you’ll get the satisfaction of helping independent artists, (Yes, “Indie at any age!”) make new music that you’ll be able to say, “Finally! Somebody’s making music for ME!”
Secondly, you’ll be using your voice and your wallet to tell music corporations that you are a valid audience that deserves a say in the music being made. (That’s why Indie Music exists.)
Lastly - myself, Gary, and Georgia are also committed to engaging with our supporters through project updates, videos, social media interaction, and before/during our live shows. Those of you who have seen BSR live already know this.
You can contribute as little as a dollar (or as much as you’d like) – we’ve created a pretty cool reward structure with music, autographed merchandise, behind the scenes video content, tickets to the launch-party show, sitting in on a recording session, and even the chance for us to write a song just for you and yours.
Kenny and Georgia would like to make clear that most of the following tier "descriptions" have been written by Gary, who, it seems, feels the need to "elaborate and clarify" in order to make us seem more accessible and human. Kenny and Georgia would like to distance themselves from any and all attempts at humor.
What we need you to do
I can’t do this without your help.
A pledge of any size today is greatly appreciated. But beyond that contribution, I ask that you help us publicize our campaign by posting updates about your support on social media - especially Facebook and Twitter. Your donation and participation makes you a part of the story just as much as we are.
I am grateful for and humbled by your support.
Our All Access Club
Check out THE RIDER package. This tier invites you to join us for a virtual peek behind-the-scenes, and the making of our new CD.
Here's an example of us writing our song, called "What Went Right" -- we call it a timeline video, where you can watch how the process came into being.
Risks and challenges
I want each and every backer to be happy and will do whatever I can to make that happen. I don’t foresee any problems, as I’ve looked over other successful projects and talked to some of my industry friends who’ve done this before to create an ample budget for our costs/overhead to ensure we have the ability to meet our promises. Of course, I can’t anticipate everything, so if we do ever run into a problem, we’ll work it out – no exceptions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
In case you haven't already found it, the information for the "Lay Down Plastic" - aka - Blue Sky Riders Home Concert can be found at: http://blueskyridersband.com/kickstarter/exclusive-tier
The maximum pledge amount allowed on Kickstarter is $10,000 for US-based projects. If you wish to purchase a Blue Sky Riders Home Party, it's going to be more than $10,000 – so check out the link above and we can discuss the details, in private. We don't need to do that here.
If you just want to pledge $10,000 without the house party, you still get all the other stuff! Make sense?
Yes. Just click "Manage Your Pledge" next to the project video.
NOTE: The new pledge amount isn't added on, it's replaced.
Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box.
Note: you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected.
To change your reward, make a new selection.
Note: changing your reward selection does not automatically change your pledge amount.
In other words: If you pledged $100 but wanted to add another $25.
Click on: "Adjust my Pledge" and change the dollar amount
but leave the $100 Tier Reward checked as your reward option.
When the campaign ends (and we’ve hit the project goal), we’ll email you a “survey” to make sure we get all the info necessary to fulfill promised rewards.
We are only halfway through writing the next record. It is virtually impossible to record songs before they are written, so if you expect a CD or CD Release party by October of this year... it might not happen.
We are writing like mad. We have our first studio sessions booked for September. We are rocking on a schedule that will have this puppy done and out by the Spring. (worst case scenario: Another Spring. See what I did there?) No, this Spring should be fine. 2015. That's when we’ll:
Have the big cd release party,
Have the StageIt show.
Have a digital CD to send you.
Have autographed physical CDs to send you.
Some tiers WILL be fulfilled shortly after this campaign is done:
We can send our three solo CDs
We’ll have T-shirts (once designed and manufactured) likely by the Fall
And our All Access Club will be rolling out content, as well.
The “Ob-La-Di” tier is for ONE person (the studio will be too small, so no visitors).
This is a “Group Sing” event; you and other backers will be singing on a backup track, in the studio with us.
We’ll be recording in both Nashville and Los Angeles/Santa Barbara. Dates TBD but most likely, the early part of 2015.
We want to make it easy for you to get to the party (of your choice) so there will be a party in Nashville and another in SoCal. Dates and locations TBD but likely around Spring 2015.
Just click here: http://blueskyridersband.com/kickstarter-tiers.html
Absolutely you can! At the end of the campaign, we'll ask you how you want your name(s) displayed on our "Thank You" page and Social Media.
Of course you can pool resources with a friend! One of you would make the payment directly through Kickstarter (and work out the individual finances amongst yourselves). At the end of the campaign, we'll ask you how you want your name(s) displayed on our "Thank You" page and Social Media.
The CD Release Party includes 2 tickets, so you and your friend can both attend :)
You can decide between yourselves who gets the other stuff, like the CD or T-Shirt
Pledge $1 or more
The Angel: Spare change burning a hole in your sofa? Shy about acknowledging just how darn supportive you are? Send us anything. We won’t force you to take a T shirt. But we will send you our thanks on our website and social media!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5 or more
The Lincoln: First singles are always toe tappers! For the price of a latte you get to put your top down and sing along to the song we expect to be the next “Happy”! (Top down offer is only available to owners of convertibles.)
We'll send you a download version of the single, and our thanks via the website/social media.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $6 or more
DANGER ZONE – Seriously, call Kenny Loggins, cause you're in the ... what? Your friends won't believe that's really Kenny Loggins on your voicemail message, but it sure will be. Instantly downloadable at campaign end. Get 'em while they're hot!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
The "I Get It": Come on! The entire album. You get it. Get it? The last one had 14 songs on it. This one could have 114! Or ten. Too soon to tell. AND a thank you? The music is sent up INTO SPACE and down into your home computer so you can hear us whenever you want. INTO SPACE, people! For fifteen bucks. Holy mackerel that sounds like a cool deal.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
The Little Victories: You'll receive a physical copy of the album and a public thank you on the website and/or social media sites. The physical copy means you get music AND pictures. Probably lyrics too, we haven’t decided yet. I mean, the songs will certainly have lyrics but we may or may NOT put them on the CD cover but we guarantee that holding the actual CD in your hand is a visceral experience that you will not want to pass up. Plus your name will be on a web page right near ours. Six fonts of separation.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
The Fashion God: You'll receive a crowd funding only T-Shirt PLUS: a digital download or physical copy of the album AND a public thank you on the website and/or social media. So, you can be the first one in your gym to show up wearing a “I Helped Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders make their damn record and all I got was this lousy T shirt!" T shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
The "Follow Your Bliss": You'll get a digital copy of our three solo CDs: Kenny Loggins' “All Join In,” Gary Burr's “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One,” and Georgia Middleman's “Things I Didn’t Know I Knew”
The Fashion God package
Don’t you want to know what we did before we wandered into each others lives and changed the world for the better? This is what we did. We made these records. These are the tadpoles that grew into the giant frog that IS BSR. That analogy will keep me up tonight.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
The Anderson Cooper: You will receive access to a virtual Q&A session PLUS "The Fashion God” package. Favorite color? First concert? Pants size? You want to know. We are dying to find people who find us interesting. Write your questions on scraps of paper and tune into a Q&A with your favorite band (and if U2 isn’t talking…try US!) and we will be honest, revealing and awake.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
The Dream Team: You'll have access to our virtual launch party and an autographed physical copy of the new CD PLUS The “Fashion God” package. Be among the first friends and family to see the new CD, (we still call ‘em “albums”), come to life, as we perform the entire CD top-to-bottom, for the first time, in an exclusive concert streamed live into your home. This un-plugged performance of the new music will be yet another BSR first, and you’ll be there. Or you will be square. I’m sorry if that sounds like a threat. You’ll also receive a public shout out, and our exclusive contributor T-Shirt. If you’ve read this far you already knew all that. Did you notice that the CD will now be autographed? That’s gotta be worth SOMETHING. My guess is $100.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
The Rider: You'll get a membership in our ALL ACCESS CLUB: an exclusive behind the scenes peek into the making of the new CD PLUS The Dream Team package. Watch the creation of the next BSR CD, while it’s being created! Whether you’re an aspiring rock star, or simply a voyeur…this is the ultimate, intimate view of the creative process. By joining our exclusive “All Access Club,” you help the new music evolve from a dream into reality. You’ll watch everything we do “from soup to nuts,” (potential CD title!) eavesdropping on the actual writing of our songs, the recording of our early demos, even an exclusive peek into the Master Recording Sessions themselves. Because new music takes a while to put out there, this is your chance to see it that much sooner. Do we write songs in our bathrobes? Do we use utensils or eat with our hands? Find out! From the first guitar/voices version on the day we write it, to the final master recording, this is an exclusive “insiders only” view, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be an integral part of rock history in the making. Plus the other stuff.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night from a dream where Kenny Loggins was talking to you? I know I have. Now that nightma...I mean...wonderful dream can be a reality! This tier gives you a one-on-one personal Skype conversation with Kenny. Store up all your angst, buy this tier and let him have it. PLUS The Rider Package.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
The Gopher: Say you have a new CD. Say you want to tell the world about your new CD. What do you do? You hold a CD RELEASE PARTY! That seems fairly obvious. So that's what we're gonna do. And if you choose this tier... YOU get two tickets to that party. PLUS The Rider Package. (Parties will be held in Nashville and Southern California). You will be among the exclusive, invited guests watching as Blue Sky Riders and their band go public with their new CD! You find a way to get there and we'll give you a night to remember. CD release parties be CRAZY! And YOU will be there. Understand what I'm saying? (Travel and accommodations NOT included)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $750 or more
The Goose: You're dying to go to the CD Release Party, but you're thinking the thrill of hearing the new CD for the first time might not be enough? The Goose is for you! You get two tickets to the release party PLUS a big ol' stick on pass that lets you come to our soundcheck AND a Meet & Greet after the show. PLUS The Rider Package. This is the Ultimate Backstage Experience! You get to come and hear us... check our sound, obviously. It’s like a concert BEFORE the concert so we sometimes wear slippers and chamois robes. Watch our pre-show rituals. Kenny’s Sudoku addiction, Georgia’s crocheting… Gary’s half hour of vomiting due to “nerves and exhaustion.” Then, after the show, you can come backstage and tell some of us how wonderful we were. (Travel and accommodations NOT included)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
The "Eat Like an Indie Rockstar": You'll get the Goose Package PLUS: After the sound check you will be joining Kenny, Georgia and Gary for their pre-show catered dinner backstage. “Wait,” we hear you say….”this is just what $750 gets me but it’s $1000. What gives, BSR?” Read it again. We’ll wait. See? You get to eat with us!!! When Georgia says “Pass the salt”…you can PASS THE SALT! When Kenny says “More potatoes, please”….you can tell him how much gluten is in potatoes! You can even have seconds if you want! Plus the other stuff that is just too wonderful to keep talking about. (But we do) Remember, you still have to get TO the venue but from that point on…it’s pretty cool. (and delicious, hopefully)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,200 or more
The Ob-la-di: You'll get to contribute guest vocals to a song and sit in on a recording session. (Travel and accommodations not included) PLUS The “Goose” package. Talk about your Rock Fantasy come true! Imagine yourself standing in a recording studio with Kenny Loggins, Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman, singing your little heart out! Stop imagining and make it happen! Ob-la-di Ob-la-dah, baby! (We are desperately trying to write a song with those words in it.) Just picture the jealousy on your friends’ faces when you play your cut for them and say, “that’s me right there, singin’ Yeah Yeah Yeah.” (We already have several songs written with those words.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $7,000 or more
2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
The Dedicated Dreamer: You'll have a song written and recorded for you (or someone you want to impress) by BSR PLUS: The “Goose.” Ever have that dream where three world famous songwriters write a song for or about you? A song that marks some special occasion in your life and includes details that will tug on your heartstrings and be a cherished heirloom forever? The kind of dream where we are US, but we have really big teeth for some reason and we don’t really TALK like us, you know what I mean? And then we all fly away like crows. Well, this is that dream become a reality (except for the teeth and the flying). You give us the details and we will write and record a song that will capture an event or a moment in your life in three part harmony! We cannot offer more than five of these because they take a lot of work and we ARE….you know… trying to make a new cd at some point.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
The Lay Down Plastic: Something we do on rare occasions is go to people homes and sit on their couches and play an intimate home concert for them. This is a truly once in a lifetime event (unless you purchase two or more of them). This offer is something you will have to go to our website to explore because the purchase price is a bit too high to be included in the Kickstarter Campaign …but, COME ON. We’ll be RIGHT THERE. On your sofa. Where you found all the change that started all this. Think how jealous you can make your friends. How much is that kind of envy truly worth? “Oh, yeah, these are my friends, Kenny, Georgia and Gary. Just hanging around. Just chillin’ here at the house. Gonna play a little later. Oh yeah.” The actual cost for this is going to vary based on where you're at (and is going to be more than $10,000), so if you want to have us play in your home, please contact us through the BSR website.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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