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My new disc Human Kindness is some of the strongest & most ambitious music I’ve made. Join me in giving it a solid push into the world.
My new disc Human Kindness is some of the strongest & most ambitious music I’ve made. Join me in giving it a solid push into the world.
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The Story:

I've had the good fortune of making a life in music for more than twenty-five years. In that time, I've traced a lot of routes around the world getting to do what I love, connecting with amazing people, and making albums that reflect the growth and change that I've experienced as a musician.

Human Kindness is clearly connected to my previous work, but I think it also reveals forward motion as a writer, player, and producer. It’s an album that is a product of several years of sifting so that I could emphasize the connective tissue between these songs.  Some of the tunes have been road tested while some of them will be heard for the first time on this record.  Together these songs are a photo album of my journey over the past few years. I’m very excited to be where I am, ready to share this material with all of you.

The Players:

I'm joined by my long-time band, The Blamethrowers, which includes Dave Adler, Aaron Gardner, Bryan Mir, Carmen Nickerson, and Dave Schoepke. I was also fortunate to bring some of the best players I've come to know as friends to join me in the recording of these songs. Martin Barre of Jethro Tull, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Paul Cebar, Val McCallum, Peter Mulvey, Randy Sabien, and Natalia Zukerman all bring their unique musical personalities to these songs. Their collective contributions have made it one of the most powerful and fun records I've ever made. This collaborative process has inspired me to have an even stronger musical presence.

The Details:

The recording, production, and mixing of this project is done. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds so that we can hire publicists and marketing personnel to help reach a broader audience and give it the kind of push it deserves.

With $30,000 I can bring on top-notch publicists to promote the record in the U.S. and overseas, get more bandwidth from print, radio, and online media, and give the website a facelift. Any funds in excess of the initial goal helps build the longevity of the campaign and extend our push while also allowing me to bring the band out on select tour dates.

The Rewards:

Everyone at Weasel Records has put together a group of rewards to thank you for your participation. There is my first vinyl pressing, an exclusive Kickstarter t-shirt, and a beautiful print suitable for framing. There are also some unique experiences and opportunities that I wanted to make sure were available if you are able to participate.  If you see something missing, let us know.

Thanks so much for checking in and getting involved; I hope to see you out on the road soon.

Willy P

Risks and challenges

The music business is not without perils and risks. We intend to hire great people but even the best professionals come up empty handed sometimes. The direct investment in this project may not yield the results we seek, but we will not give up.

I believe in this music and we as a team believe in this recording project. We will work tirelessly to reach a wider audience.

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    Digital download of Human Kindness

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    CD version of Human Kindness + digital download

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    Signed CD version of Human Kindness + digital download

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    Limited signed vinyl pressing of Human Kindness + digital download (due to the fragile nature of the vinyl shipping only to US addresses)

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    Grab Bag: Signed CD version of Human Kindness + digital download + signed old press photo or poster + old radio promo disc

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    Limited signed vinyl pressing of Human Kindness + signed CD + digital download (due to the fragile nature of the vinyl shipping only to US addresses)

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    Old and New: Signed CD version of Human Kindness + digital download + original pressing CD (1990) of Trees Have Soul

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    Old and New v2: Signed CD version of Human Kindness + digital download + original pressing CD (1994) of Dog Eared Dream

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    Limited Edition print (11x14) of cover photo and album artwork signed by Willy and photographer, Liz Glass hand numbered to 100 + signed CD + digital download (due to the fragile nature of the print, shipping only to US addresses)

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    Call in birthday song: Willy will call your friend, significant other or pretty much anyone you provide a phone number for and sing them a birthday song + signed CD + digital download

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    Share the Human Kindness: 10 pack of CDs of Human Kindness + 1 digital download

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    I want all the Human Kindness goodies: Limited Edition print of cover photo and album artwork signed by Willy and photographer, Liz Glass hand numbered to 100 + signed vinyl + signed CD + digital download + Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt (due to the fragile nature of the vinyl & print, shipping only to US addresses)

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    Skype Session: 45 minute session via Skype w/ Willy + signed CD + digital download. This could include a guitar lesson, songwriting workshop, mini concert or to discuss other things related to music. (Note: due to copyright issues, Willy cannot co-write a song with you during this session. However, discussion regarding the songwriting process or critiques of your writing can be a part of the session.)

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    Soundcheck Session: 45 minute session at venue/soundcheck w/ Willy + signed CD + digital download. This could include a guitar lesson, songwriting workshop, or live performance workshop. (Note: due to copyright issues, Willy cannot co-write a song with you during this session. However, discussion regarding the songwriting process or critiques of your writing can be a part of the session.)

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    Muiderman Guitars Headstock signed by Willy. Lacewood headstock w/ inlay M identical to Willy's Muiderman guitar.

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    Bischoff Guitars Headstock signed by Willy. Bischoff headstock with pearl Bischoff (full logo) inlay.

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    Bischoff Guitars Ukulele Style Headstock signed by Willy. Bischoff headstock pearl B (uke style) inlay modeled after Willy's new ukulele.

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    Your choice of cover song recorded + signed CD + digital download: Willy will record a demo version of any song you chose and send it to you. (Note: For copyright purposes, Willy retains the master recording rights to this song)

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    Willy performs on your recording + signed CD + digital download: You send Willy the files and Willy will lay down a track in his home studio and send it back to you. Vocals/guitar - your choice. (Note: due to trademark issues, if commercially released, Willy can only be mentioned as a special guest.)

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    Private House Concert: Willy will perform a private concert for you and your friends and record (audio only) the concert for your future enjoyment. There are some limitations: This will need to be routed with an existing or future tour or be within a 150 mile radius of Milwaukee unless travel/hotel are provided; You will be required to provide sound; Willy reserves the right to determine if the show will be solo or as an ensemble; must be scheduled within 1 year of release of CD.

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    Armchair Executive Producer credit: Join Charlie and receive credit in the CD liner notes for your special contribution to the project. At close of the Kickstarter campaign you can also choose from any of the rewards below the $350 level.

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