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Hello. My name is Jack Wilson. I'm making a new record with some of the best musicians in the world. I need your help!

Ten years have passed since I played my first show at the long-gone Steamboat in Austin, Texas. Since those teenage dreams, I've moved to Seattle, moved back to Austin, back to Seattle and back to Austin again. I've lived in tents, on porches, and in a schoolbus. I've traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and by bicycle...all in the name of MUSIC. All with an undying spirit of adventure!

This summer I took on my longest and most successful tour yet. 36 states. 15,000 miles. Just me and Finn, my dog.

While in Portland, Oregon, I started making this record with my new label, Fluff and Gravy Records. My guitarist Michael McLeod, from Austin, joined my former bandmate Shenandoah Davis, from Seattle, and we collaborated on the songs for a week, pushing through long hours and making a truly original product. 

The weeks and months that followed included "remote" recording from Austin and Seattle, to round out a full length album of songs I'm terribly PROUD of.  

We currently find ourselves in the post-production phase of the record. Legendary Portland producer, Mike Coykendall, is behind the soundboard, mixing the recordings we laid down almost a year ago. A 7 inch vinyl single is being pressed as we speak.

---HERE's WHERE YOU COME IN ---

Fluff and Gravy is a small label with limited resources, and though they have been more than generous up to now, paying for all the recording, mixing, and pressing of the record, all will be for not, without the proper amount of promotion. 

My first time in Fluff and Gravy Records HQ with owner John Shepski
My first time in Fluff and Gravy Records HQ with owner John Shepski

In today's music business, when anyone, anywhere can record an album from their home computer, promotional tools possessed by press agencies are key at getting an album from the stage at Antones to the stage at Bonnaroo; from the airwaves at KUTX or KEXP, to "Songs Worth Considering" on NPR.

Music videos on YouTube and other internet outlets have also helped introduce bands to the masses. Bands like Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Gotye, and First Aid Kit, all took their music from limited audiences at home, to the world stage with well conceived music videos.

Ryan McMackin has shot videos for The Head and the Heart, Sera Cahoone, and The Moondoggies. He's also responsible for the photography on the last record, and yes, the infamous "Nice F*&king Face" photograph. We're very excited to fly him down to Austin and get to work on a great music video. 

My Kickstarter is very simple in this regard. With your help, funding will be allocated as follows...

  • $ 4,490 for services rendered by 290 Publicity, Green Light Go, or Riot Act!
  • $ 1,500 for a music video, filmed by Ryan McMackin.
  • $ 1,510 for a targeted radio campaign of non-commercial and college radio through Jen the Band Mom, or Distiller Promo.
  • $ 2,722 for band travel expenses to targeted three week tour

The last item, a targeted three week tour, is extremely important in the release of this record. Getting a five piece band on the road is expensive, and this amount of money will only begin to cover the expenses we'll accrue. The rest will be up to us, delivering great shows night after night, and selling music and merch with a fury!

I've set the goal of this Kickstarter at just over $10k to make sure that we can reach our goal. This will take care of my project if everything goes perfectly according to plan. Reaching over the goal will help us take care of any overrun cost during the life cycle of the record. Whether it be in printing or video editing, it wouldn't be suprising to see the total budget of this record at closer to 14k.

I will be beyond amazed, and overjoyed to reach above our goal.

Please tell your friends, and share this Kickstarter on Facebook.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help.

best regards,

Jack

Fresh pots!
Fresh pots!
Piano soundcheck
Piano soundcheck

Risks and challenges

Whenever working to publicize art, every bit of success that comes from leg work like mailers, radio campaigns, and personal connections is equally matched with luck. With press and publicity, it's as simple as a telephone call- there has to be someone to pick up the other end of the line.

Regardless of how we rate the success of the campaigns once they're funded with help from YOU, these songs will be given the chance of a larger audience from the moment that you pledge and share this kickstarter. With this in mind, I know that we will be successful.

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    (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of ENTIRE New LP) - Going on a trip to Big Bend? No money for the internet bill? No worries! You've got the whole album in your iTunes Library! Just three dollars!

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    (STEALER Digital DEAL) - Chose between mp3 or high quality WAV file delivery for the NEW ALBUM, and in addition receive demos from the original Wife Stealers records (ca. 2008) featuring producer Shenandoah Davis, and unreleased tracks from the self-titled "NICE #@!king face!" album.

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    (DELUXE Digital DOWNLOAD BOX SET) - Choose your format, and receive all of my records via digital download: the demos and unreleased material, the entire NEW ALBUM, and my two previous records. PLUS - the Firebrand EP, sessions from 2011 recorded on TASCAM 4-track cassette in my bedroom.

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    (CD + DIGITAL BOXSET) - While I was playing a show in Boston at Tufts University, this girl asked me, "wow, you still sell CDs?". Well, hell yes, I do! They're easy to play in your DISCMAN in your car tape deck, you can rip them and share with friends, and above all they look great in those big black towers! This one comes signed from ME to YOU! Throw in that Digital BOX SET, just to be safe... :-)

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    (SXSW BBQ R-U-N-N-O-F-T) - A three year tradition continues in 2013 with a barbecue run of TEXAS-sized proportions. Join me as I lead musicians from around the country around central Texas in search of the perfect brisket, sausage and ribs. Support the record to the tune of 41, and get the lowdown on the plan, a seat in the van, PLUS a CD and the DIGITAL BOX SET.

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    (SHIRT with a BIRD on it) - This new record has been recorded and mixed in Portland, Oregon with the help of some amazingly talented people. In honor of their hard work, we're just going to "put a bird on it", on this new tee shirt, that I'm designing in my head right now. This package comes with this new sweet tee, and a true blue hard copy of the CD!

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    (VINYL VINYL VINYL) - In these days of Spotify, LastFM, and all the other avenues to the lowest quality, streaming-est music available, there are still those that still crave the quality of the perfect WAVE. Please support this package and receive my first 180 gram vinyl.

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    ("I'M ON THE LIST" for a year!) Support this package and forgo cover charge to any Jack Wilson show, for a year! In addition, I'll give you a copy of the NEW ALBUM in digital form and make you a fancy nametag for shows. Seriously.

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    (DOWN WITH DIGITAL!) - Get hard copies of all my previous records on CD, the NEW VINYL LP, and a tee shirt...yes, the one with the bird on it. Nothing made of binary code on this package, as promised.

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    (The COVERS RECORD) - Maybe you're just not down with my previous attempts at songwriting, maybe you're the world's biggest Rod Stewart fan...regardless, buy this package and I will record a 3 SONG EP of COVER songs that YOU CHOOSE, and mail it to your door. Signed, sealed, delivered with the DIGITAL BOX SET.

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    (PRIVATE Solo CONCERT in CENTRAL TEXAS) - If you live in central Texas, I will come to you house, office, neighborhood diner, whatever, and play you a private concert! You can invite friends, but I suppose you don't have to. Whatever vibe you're feeling. As a bonus, you'll get the DIGITAL BOX SET, and the TEE with a bird on it.

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    (PRIVATE CONCERT featuring the big BAND in CEN-TEX) - I am so lucky to have the best players in Austin helping me make these tunes. Cary Ozanian has drummed for the Weary Boys, Mike and Moonpies, and Black Joe Lewis. Michael McLeod plays guitar in Good Field, Grace Park and the Deer, and several other Austin favorites. Ready for that beer bust at the moon tower? Support this package and have our rock and roll be your soundtrack.

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    (PRIVATE solo CONCERT ANYWHERE) - Support this package and I'll pack up my guitar and come to you. Anywhere in the world. Scout's honor.

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    (FULL BAND Private CONCERT NATIONWIDE) - You guessed it, support my album to this tune, and we will load up the drums, the amps, the steel guitars, the grand piano...(hell we'll figure out how to bring the bar stools if need be) Pack the van and come to you, wherever you may be.

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