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We make original, old-school country music. Help us release our first ep by becoming a backer! even small pledges = big help

WOW, we are going to be funded!

A HUGE thank-you to all our backers to date! If you were considering making a pledge,pleaseknow that all pledges above and beyond our goal - which was based on a bare-bones budget - will be put toward making the project even better. AND, these reward bundles are only going to be available during this campaign, so take advantage!

THANK YOU AGAIN, we are humbled and so grateful for your support.

xo, The Weal and Woe

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We are a New York City-based country/hillbilly band featuring close-harmony singing, fiddle, lap steel, and banjo.  We're transitioning from playing traditional and cover material to writing original songs - check out a couple we JUST POSTED here on our website. If this Kickstarter project is successful, we'll be putting out our first ep on CD and vinyl! 

We recorded this 6-song ep at Rench Audio in Brooklyn and are working on the mixes now.  Once this is done we want to press vinyl records, not only because we hope to make the record sound great, but also because we still believe that the best recordings are those you can hold and treasure like a friend. We want to support the renaissance of the phonograph for listening at home. And, we have found a fantastic local artist to grace this release with her work! 

In addition to those songs we just posted, another of the original tunes recorded for the ep is featured in the video you can watch above. 

The money we raise with this project, if successful, will be used to pay for final mixing and mastering expenses, original artwork by the wonderful local artist Florence Gidez (click her name to see examples of her work), package design and layout, and CD and vinyl pressing, which together costs a chunk of money we are hard-pressed to afford on our shoestring NYC budget.  (Come with us to see some of the great bands in the local country/bluegrass/old-time scene here, and you'll see why we choose to live and play, and live paycheck to paycheck, in New York... No, really! This is one of the rewards! See the sidebar at right.) 

Thanks so much for visiting our project page and for considering making a contribution! When you become a backer, you will receive not only our undying gratitude, but also a copy of the record when it's pressed/lasered/uploaded, and maybe even a home-baked cake!  (Again, see sidebar...)

xo, The Weal and Woe -- Barbara Ann, Russell, Jason and Mark

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    and get a shot of good karma along with our sincere thanks!

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    and get a digital download of the ep, just as soon as it's available.

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    and get a CD copy (digipak style) of the ep!

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    and you'll get a HAND-SCREENED ARTIST'S PRINT (roughly 8" big) featuring the album cover art (still on the drawing table, but check Florence's link for examples of her bold, lovely work), PLUS a digital download of the ep! Dress up that crib!

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    and you'll receive a high-quality 7" VINYL pressing of the ep with digital download included! YES!!!

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    and get a digital download of the ep, PLUS A LIMITED EDITION WEAL AND WOE T-SHIRT designed by album cover artist Florence Gidez! Woot!

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    and you'll receive the ep on CD, AND a LIMITED EDITION WEAL AND WOE T-SHIRT!!

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    and you'll receive a 7" VINYL ep (with digital download), AND a LIMITED EDITION WEAL AND WOE T-SHIRT.

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    and you'll get the ep, signed by the band, on CD or 7" VINYL, PLUS a limited edition Weal and Woe t-shirt, AND a hand-screened print by cover artist Florence Gidez!! Dress up yourself AND your crib!

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    Pledge 50 bucks and you'll receive the record signed by the band on CD or VINYL, plus a limited edition Weal and Woe t-shirt, AND a hand-screened artist's print by Florence Gidez, AND ADMISSION FOR TWO to our record release show in New York City! (date t.b.d.)

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    *NEW* Pledge 50 bucks and you'll receive the record signed by the band on CD or VINYL, plus a limited edition Weal and Woe t-shirt, AND a hand-screened artist's print by Florence Gidez, AND ADMISSION FOR TWO to our next performance, a killer bill at Jalopy in Brooklyn on Friday, Sept 16th. Holla!

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    Pledge this generous amount and receive the record via digital download or on CD, PLUS a homemade decorated birthday cake delivered to your party with a song (duet by Russell and Barbara Ann), limited to within NY city limits. What fun!

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    Pledge $75 and receive this one-of-a-kind special package: a 7" VINYL ep with digital download, a LIMITED EDITION WEAL AND WOE T-SHIRT........PLUS a pristine copy of the out-of-print "HANK WILLIAMS: SNAPSHOTS FROM THE LOST HIGHWAY," a very fine book plucked from the archive of Brother Russell. (More on Russell's archive below.)

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    and you will receive a signed copy of the ep on CD or VINYL, plus Russell and Barbara Ann will take you on a HONKY TONK BAR HOP in New York, where you'll take in an evening's worth of country/bluegrass/old-time music at a couple of the best venues in the city, sample our favorite drinks, and whoop it up til you're ready to be dropped off at your door (must be in or within a few miles of NYC - sorry). BIG FUN awaits!!!

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    Be so bold, and you'll get the record on CD or 7" VINYL, AND a 1-hour fiddle or lap steel music lesson from Jason or Mark, our fearless lead players!

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    Give this much (!), and you'll get the ep on CD or VINYL, signed by the band, AND A CUSTOM DVD assembled by our Brother Russell who happens to be an archivist extraordinaire! See, Russell is a collector of rare footage of subjects of (nearly) all types, shapes and sizes... in fact, it has been suggested that he create a public archive or library in order to share this collection with the public (not kidding), it is so extensive. For this very special reward, Russell will curate a custom DVD around a topic of your choice (you'll of course have a chance to chat about it), in the neighborhood of 30-45 minutes in length. Friends, this is a rare opportunity indeed to tap into an extraordinary resource!!

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    and we will be floored. After we recover, we will coordinate with you a live two-set Weal and Woe performance in your home within 100 miles of Brooklyn. We will bring for you a copy of the new ep in the format of your choice! We will bring the hillbilly noise!

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