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The first Traditional Cajun French Cd by legendary Cajun artist Jo-EL Sonnier in over 13 years, containing 13 brand new original songs
The first Traditional Cajun French Cd by legendary Cajun artist Jo-EL Sonnier in over 13 years, containing 13 brand new original songs
62 backers pledged $4,522 to help bring this project to life.

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This could be the most important project that I have ever recorded because it is a project that is a dying art. Traditional French music is slowly fading from the music scene as the younger generation of Cajun Artists are beginning to record a new style of Cajun music which leans more to the Zydeco flavor rather than the traditional Cajun French music of the old days. This isn't a bad thing, it's just a sign of the times and as the younger generation speaks little to none of the old Cajun French language, fewer songs are being written in Cajun French and recorded in the old traditional style. I've spent over 10 years writing these 13 new songs for this project and I am so happy to be preserving my heritage through this recording. A huge piece of my heart and soul has gone into each and every song on this project. I was very fortunate to have many of my friends and fellow musicians play on this project and I couldn't be more excited about the outcome. The players include Shane Theriot, Kevin Hare, Beau Thomas, Michael Doucet, Doug Belote, Brian Brignac, Laine Thibodeaux and Joe Rogers. So the tracks are all recorded and we are planning to go back to Dockside Studio in early July to do the final mixes with legendary engineer, Tony Daigle. But, I need your help to finish funding the project so we can get it out this Fall.This could very possibly be the last true traditional Cajun French Cd that I will ever record so I am giving it my all. If you have a passion for Louisiana and my heritage, please help me get this project finished and out for the World to hear and appreciate. It will be a blessing to you whether you back me with $1 or $10,000 to know you were a part of this project and I will be more grateful than you will ever know.

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We have complete confidence that this project will be finished and ready for shipment by the end of October but if something does happen that causes a delay in the release, I will personally keep you up to date on the projected release date and all promised merchandise will be shipped as soon as possible.

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    An autographed copy of the cd will be shipped to you one week before it is released along with a signed thank you note for your support , an autographed copy of five of my previously released cds of my choice , a copy of my DVD , " Live At The Liberty Theater" , a Jo-EL t-shirt in size large or xlarge, a signed hand written lyric sheet of one of the songs on the new cd that was used in the studio and an original music chart used by one of the musician during the session that will be autographed by Jo-EL and a personal phone call from me to you or anyone you would like me to call. We can talk about the new cd or maybe you want me to call someone to wish them a Happy Birthday or some other special occasion. It will be up to you, just let me know in an email and I'll schedule it at a time that works for both of us. And as if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a copy of the limited edition, "Making of The Legacy". This behind the scenes dvd will allow you to get up-close and personal with Jo-EL and all the musicians as they begin in New Orleans working out the arrangements on the songs and then to Dockside Studio as they begin the recordings. You'll see the band as they work up the charts and rehearse what they will record and will also see personal interviews with all the band about what it means to be a part of this project. Then you will see why the musicians all love Dockside Studio as you are taken around the grounds. Jo-EL has never before allowed a camera in the studio so it's a remarkable piece of history and a treasure to own.

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    An autographed copy of the cd will be shipped to you one week before it is released along with a signed thank you note for your support , an autographed copy of five of my previously released cds of my choice an original music chart used by one of the musician during the session that will be autographed by Jo-EL,a copy of my DVD Live At The Liberty Theater, a t-shirt in size large or xlarge , a signed hand written lyric sheet of one of the songs on the new cd and a personal phone call from me to you or anyone you would like me to call. We can talk about the new cd or maybe you want me to call someone to wish them a Happy Birthday or some other special occasion. It will be up to you, just let me know in an email and I'll schedule it at a time that works for both of us. And as if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a copy of the limited edition, "Making of The Legacy". This behind the scenes dvd will allow you to get up-close and personal with Jo-EL and all the musicians as they begin in New Orleans working out the arrangements on the songs and then to Dockside Studio as they begin the recordings. You'll see the band as they work up the charts and rehearse what they will record and will also see personal interviews with all the band about what it means to be a part of this project. Then you will see why the musicians all love Dockside Studio as you are taken around the grounds. Jo-EL has never before allowed a camera in the studio so it's a remarkable piece of history and a treasure to own. In addition you will have your name listed in the credits on the new cd as a special thank you for your support. It's really cool to see your name on a cd for the first time. For a $1,000 pledge I will come to your house and play an acoustic set for 30 minutes, just me and my accordion and guitar. I'll play you some songs I wrote and some off the new cd. You must live within 100 miles of Lake Charles, Louisiana and we will work together to find a day and time that works for us both. Please be flexible and understand that most weekends I am unavailable.

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    An autographed copy of the cd will be shipped to you one week before it is released along with a signed thank you note for your support , an autographed copy of five of my previously released cds of my choice an original music chart used by one of the musician during the session that will be autographed by Jo-EL,a copy of my DVD Live At The Liberty Theater, a t-shirt in size large or xlarge , a signed hand written lyric sheet of one of the songs on the new cd and a personal phone call from me to you or anyone you would like me to call. We can talk about the new cd or maybe you want me to call someone to wish them a Happy Birthday or some other special occasion. It will be up to you, just let me know in an email and I'll schedule it at a time that works for both of us. And as if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a copy of the limited edition, "Making of The Legacy". This behind the scenes dvd will allow you to get up-close and personal with Jo-EL and all the musicians as they begin in New Orleans working out the arrangements on the songs and then to Dockside Studio as they begin the recordings. You'll see the band as they work up the charts and rehearse what they will record and will also see personal interviews with all the band about what it means to be a part of this project. Then you will see why the musicians all love Dockside Studio as you are taken around the grounds. Jo-EL has never before allowed a camera in the studio so it's a remarkable piece of history and a treasure to own. In addition you will have your name listed in the credits on the new cd as a special thank you for your support. It's really cool to see your name on a cd for the first time.
    And to top it off, I'll come to your house and play an acoustic set for 1 hour with two of my band members. Must be within 100 miles of Lake Charles, La. and it must be at a time that is good for us both. I'll even bring along 12 copies of the new cd that you can give out to your family or friends who are there. I've never done this before so here's your chance for a private concert.

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    An autographed copy of the cd will be shipped to you one week before it is released along with a signed thank you note for your support , an autographed copy of five of my previously released cds of my choice and a copy of my DVD , " Live At The Liberty Theater", a t-shirt in size large or xlarge, a signed hand written lyric sheet of one of the songs on the new cd and an original music chart used by one of the musician during the session that will be autographed by Jo-EL, a personal phone call from me to you or anyone you would like me to call. We can talk about the new cd or maybe you want me to call someone to wish them a Happy Birthday or some other special occasion. It will be up to you, just let me know in an email and I'll schedule it at a time that works for both of us. And as if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a copy of the limited edition, "Making of The Legacy". This behind the scenes dvd will allow you to get up-close and personal with Jo-EL and all the musicians as they begin in New Orleans working out the arrangements on the songs and then to Dockside Studio as they begin the recordings. You'll see the band as they work up the charts and rehearse what they will record and will also see personal interviews with all the band about what it means to be a part of this project. Then you will see why the musicians all love Dockside Studio as you are taken around the grounds. Jo-EL has never before allowed a camera in the studio so it's a remarkable piece of history and a treasure to own.In addition you will have your name listed in the credits on the new cd as a special thank you for your support. And to top it off, I'll come to your house and play an acoustic set for 1 hour with two of my band members. Must be within 200 miles of Lake Charles, La. and it must be at a time that is good for us both. I'll even bring along 12 copies of the new cd that you can give out to your family or friends who are there. I've never done this before so here's your chance for a private concert.
    How would you like a chance to hang out in the studio during the mixing of the cd? Well for a $5,000 pledge, you and a friend will be my guest in the studio as we do the final mix on one of the songs. The studio is located in Milton Louisiana and it will be your responsibility and at your own expense to get there and you must be available to come on July 2nd, 3rd. or 4th., 2013. You will be allowed to hang out with Jo-EL, the engineer and co-producer for 2 hours as they do the final mix. Please keep in mind that the producers will be working and you will mostly be watching and hanging out and must not distract the guys from working. It's not a party, it's work that takes lots of concentration and silence.You will be allowed to take photos but no audio recording or video will be allowed. In addition to all the above, you will also receive a western Scully shirt, owned and worn by Jo-EL which can be autographed by Jo-EL if you choose. During the mixing session you will be given all the items listed above except of coarse the copy of the new cd and dvd which will be mailed to you when they are released.

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    An autographed copy of the cd will be shipped to you one week before it is released along with a signed thank you note for your support , an autographed copy of five of my previously released cds of my choice and a copy of my DVD , " Live At The Liberty Theater", a t-shirt in size large or xlarge, a signed hand written lyric sheet of one of the songs on the new cd and an original music chart used by one of the musician during the session that will be autographed by Jo-EL, a personal phone call from me to you or anyone you would like me to call. We can talk about the new cd or maybe you want me to call someone to wish them a Happy Birthday or some other special occasion. It will be up to you, just let me know in an email and I'll schedule it at a time that works for both of us. And as if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a copy of the limited edition, "Making of The Legacy". This behind the scenes dvd will allow you to get up-close and personal with Jo-EL and all the musicians as they begin in New Orleans working out the arrangements on the songs and then to Dockside Studio as they begin the recordings. You'll see the band as they work up the charts and rehearse what they will record and will also see personal interviews with all the band about what it means to be a part of this project. Then you will see why the musicians all love Dockside Studio as you are taken around the grounds. Jo-EL has never before allowed a camera in the studio so it's a remarkable piece of history and a treasure to own. In addition you will have your name listed in the credits on the new cd as a special thank you for your support. And to top it off, I'll come to your house and play an acoustic set for 1 hour with two of my band members. Must be within 500 miles of Lake Charles, La. and it must be at a time that is good for us both. I'll even bring along 12 copies of the new cd that you can give out to your family or friends who are there. I've never done this before so here's your chance for a private concert. How would you like a chance to hang out in the studio during the mixing of the cd? Well for a $10,000 pledge, you and a friend will be my guest in the studio as we do the final mix on one of the songs. The studio is located in Milton Louisiana and it will be your responsibility and at you own expense to get there and you must be available to come on July 2nd, 3rd. or 4th. , 2013 between the hours of 12 pm and 10 pm.You will be allowed to hang out with Jo-EL, the engineer and co-producer for up to 4 hours as they do the final mix. Please keep in mind that the producers will be working and you will mostly be watching and hanging out and must not distract the guys from working. It's not a party, it's work that takes lots of concentration and silence. You will be allowed to take photos but no audio recording or video will be allowed. In addition to all the above, you will also receive a western Scully shirt, owned and worn by Jo-EL which can be autographed by Jo-EL if you choose. During the mixing session you will be given all the items listed above except of coarse the copy of the new cd and dvd, these will be mailed to you when they are released.
    And in addition to everything above, you will also be credited as an Executive Producer on the project. Imagine seeing your name on the back of the cd as an Executive Producer. Everyone who buys the cd will see your name on the cd and just imagine how it will feel if the cd receives a Grammy nomination and your name is credited as an Executive Producer. It's a chance of a lifetime and this is something I have never offer before so don't let this opportunity slip by if you are interested.

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