We just had one of the best weekends imaginable, all thanks to YOU! Playing on KGNU Saturday morning was a total blast, and the Stem Ciders show/beard shaving was one heck of a party! AND, we achieved our initial campaign goal of $15,000! We are beyond grateful and so humbled by all of your support. THANK YOU for keeping up with this project, supporting it and sharing it with your friends. You all are seriously amazing.
You have enabled us to make this album the way that we want to, without compromising any part of the process. Your support has allowed us to believe in ourselves even more than before and we know that there's even more that we can achieve. We are hoping to continue the project funding to reach our "stretch" goal of $23,000 to accomplish some great additions we have listed below. We know that these things will help us get the music out to more people, and we also have an additional reward to offer everyone here to show our immense appreciation.
1) Promotion and Publicity: Without this, most albums only get regional exposure driven by grassroots efforts. Establishing a publicity budget will enable us to market this project the right way, hit some major press outlets and hopefully get the album some airtime! Our initial Kickstarter budget was 100% focused on the music and didn't allow for this. We would love to get the album out there for more people to experience and enjoy!
2) Professional Video Production: This is another aspect of the project that we initially chose to set aside so that we could allocate all the funds towards a high quality recording process. We would like to record a music video and get some live footage from some of our great gigs coming up this summer. Video can be even more impactful than audio and using it to promote and support the album has always been on our minds. We want to make it a reality.
3) Vinyl Album Release: Everyone knows that a good vinyl record sounds amazing, and we know our album would benefit greatly from this format. The challenge is that a vinyl release is extremely expensive: It requires a separate 24bit mastering process, lacquer cutting, and pressing. But think about this: The album was recorded in one of the best studios with amazing production and engineering, using top of the line gear, and features some beautiful vintage instruments. We know that the album will be really fun to listen to in the higher resolution inherent to vinyl and we really want people to have the opportunity to hear that! We have a new reward category that allows you to order a record + more for $35 if we reach our stretch goal. If you're a current backer already, you can add a vinyl record to your existing reward for $25 (just "change your pledge" on your current reward)
If you'd like to help us take this thing to the next level, here's an easy address to share this project: www.getlonesome.com. And, if you're a vinyl lover like we are, reserve a copy as it'll be a limited pressing if we make the stretch goal!
We can't thank you all enough! See you soon.
Jonny, Sam, Bradley & Todd
From our first months as a band, we've wanted to record our songs in a way that represents them in the best way possible. We knew that we couldn't do it right away, so we took a couple of years to hone in our sound, and write more music. We've played all around our great state of Colorado, took 2nd place in the 42nd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, 1st in the 2016 UllrGrass competition, and we became a band that is confident of what we can deliver! We feel very fortunate to be in a band with our best friends, making music that we love - and we are so excited to share it with all of you!
In order to make a great album, we knew we needed a great studio and a great team. We recorded at the renowned Etown Studios in Boulder, CO and enlisted the help of some people that we deeply respect: Sally Van Meter (Producer), James Tuttle (Engineer), and David Glasser (Mastering). The album has been tracked and is going into mixing, so as a backer at $10 or more, you can expect to get the music much sooner than if we were only starting from scratch today.
There are lots of bills to cover when making an album like this. We have been strategic, calculated and responsible with our decisions and spending, and will continue to be. It is equally important to us to provide everyone with the highest quality recording possible. We've been saving money since we formed the band, but we really need your help to make this album come to fruition. Producing, recording, mixing, mastering, printing, album art, publicity, and Kickstarter costs are all key steps in the process, and they add up quickly.
The great thing about the Kickstarter format is that when you back a project, you get cool rewards in return! We are offering the standard rewards like CDs, hats, t-shirts, etc. But we also wanted to provide you with a chance to get to know us better as people, not just performers. You can have Jonny write a song based on a personal experience, or about someone you care about. Bradley will take you out for a fancy dinner. Sam will hand build you a picture frame to display hand written lyrics, or even a coffee table! Todd and Jonny will come to your house and cook for you and some friends. We aren't just asking for your help, we want to get to know you and offer rewards that truly show our gratitude. NOTE: If you are feeling extra generous and see a reward you like, but would like to pay more than the listed price, you can do that. We won't complain ;)
Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing policy that requires us to make or exceed our goal in order to receive any of the contributions. If we don't succeed, all money is returned to the donors. We only have 30 days to get this thing done, so your help is critical in making the project a reality! Any amount that you can contribute is so much appreciated. Please help us get the word out by sharing this page, or our video, on Facebook!
We are SO thankful for all of our fans, friends & family and are beyond grateful that you are interested in helping us make our first record! Make sure to have a look at the different award levels, as we tried really hard to have a variety of things that everyone can enjoy. The album and merchandise created through this campaign will have new branding and is being created just for this project - you will be helping to create all of this and will receive these items hot off the presses! This is your chance to really help set our trajectory by growing the band as a business with a brand, products to sell, and some new music. We're so excited to have you all along for the ride and we fully understand that our success depends on you.
Our sincerest thanks,
Jonny, Todd, Sam & Bradley
The Lonesome Days
Risks and challenges
Every project like this has its risks and challenges, and we are confident that we are taking all of the right steps to ensure a successful and high quality project.
Our success will be ensured by the strong team we've put together and the great working relationships we have. Our producer, Sally Van Meter, has produced a countless number of amazing albums. We are leaning on her experience to ensure we cover all of our bases, and complete this process the right way. Our engineer, James Tuttle, is a studio veteran, and his calm mastery of the trade is inspiring to watch. We know that he will get the most out of this recording, and have us sounding as good as we possibly can. David Glasser's mastering work is known and respected nation wide, and we couldn't be more excited to start working with him. We also have many experienced friends and colleagues supporting us behind the scenes.
We know our songs have great potential, and that with this team in place, and a whole lot of elbow grease, we will walk away with the best album possible. Literally, the only risk to this project is being able to fund it through to completion. We are confident that with the help of you and our amazing team that we can lead this project to be 100% successful. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to any of us in the band or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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