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The dynamic cello-guitar folk duo returns with a follow-up to their  album “Crooked Fiddle”! Recorded, now to print & promote!
The dynamic cello-guitar folk duo returns with a follow-up to their album “Crooked Fiddle”! Recorded, now to print & promote!
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So many people said they loved our last album that we decided to do it again!

But making our follow-up to “Crooked Fiddle” wasn’t easy. This album was made against the odds -- Michael lives in Cincinnati, where he is a sought-after cello teacher and mentor. Aaron lives in greater Philly, with a family and a demanding daygig.

We stole moments to write and record whenever we could, penning lyrics in the car on the way to gigs. We recorded in basements and attics of friends and family all over the eastern half of the country (as well as a few studios, too).

This project took more than a year to put together, pausing last summer when Michael’s father passed away.

We’re mighty proud of this album, and we think you’ll like it a lot. It is both soothing and stirring, comfortable and adventurous. It takes chances and sends you in new musical and lyrical directions. 

We used the proceeds from our last album to pay for the recording of this one. We’ll need your help to pay for the mixing, mastering, album art, pressing and promotion, updating our Web site for the new project, and other small expenses. If we exceed our goal we can do more ambitious things, like make a music video.

This album is slated to be released in October, but if you pre-order, you will be among the first to hear it, well before its formal release.

TRACK ORDER: 
01. “Northwind” by Michael J. Ronstadt 

02. “Hang on for the Ride” by Aaron Nathans. 

03. “Turncoat Peanut” by Aaron Nathans 

04. “Undone” by Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt 

05. “Old Waltzes and Skylights” by Michael G. Ronstadt & Aaron Nathans

06. “The Strength to Not Fight Back” by Aaron Nathans 

07. “Old Film” by Aaron Nathans 

08. “Conshohocken Curve” by Aaron Nathans, Michael G. Ronstadt & Serenity Fisher

09 “Another One Bites the Dust” by John Deacon/Queen 

10. “Peace and Safety” by Michael G. Ronstadt 

11. “The ‘I Love You’ Heart” by Aaron Nathans & Dale Kidd 

12. “Run Run Run Away” by Michael G. Ronstadt

Recorded all over the place:

Phoenixville, PA at “Little Spiders Studio have Big Dreams” Studio by Ernie Tokay & Daniel Bower

Chester Heights, PA; Cincinnati, OH; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Jamaica Estates, NY by Michael G. Ronstadt 

Wallingford, PA by Harvey The Handyman 

Philadelphia, PA at Sine Studios by Matt Teacher

Brooklyn, NY by Chris Kelly at Studio Diablo

Featuring Chris Kelly (drums); Brad Yoder (soprano saxophone, glockenspiel); and Andrew Nath (vocals) as recorded by Mark Croft in Wisconsin. 

Mixed in Rutland, VT by Phil Henry
Mastered in New York, NY by Mark Dann

Funded by YOU.

Risks and challenges

We've already funded the recording sessions. We still need help funding the duplication of the physical CD's, paying for album artwork and photos, promotion, as well as paying the folks who have graciously done post-production work for us already. All your help will get this album into the hands of folks who love music, and we thank you in advance for that.

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    Signed CD + Live Voice-Memo Concert

    You can pick 3 to 5 songs from our repertoire and we’ll record a personal, live, voice-memo concert and send it to you. We’ll even give you an .mp3 version for your i-tunes folder. A signed CD of the new album and download included.

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    Signed CD + "I Love You Heart" Bracelet

    Signed CD of the new album + “I Love You Heart” bracelet from Debra Neff Nathans' Five-And-Fetching Paparazzi Jewelry. This bracelet is in the spirt of the song written by Aaron Nathans and Dale Kidd. Download of the new album included.

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    Signed CD + 2 Hand-Penned Lyrics

    We’ll sign the CD, send it to you AND include hand-penned lyrics to two songs. Aaron and Michael will each choose a song from the album for this.

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    Signed CD of the new album + We’ll learn the song of your choice and perform it, as long as it’s “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. You can even request we play it in a musical style from the following list: country, folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, death metal, crunk, zydeco, or classical. Or surprise us and suggest a style. We'll play anything. As long as it's "Walking on Sunshine." We will send you a demo recording of the song and maybe post it on Youtube. Download of the new CD included.

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    Signed CD + Handmade Scarf

    Signed CD of the new album + Handmade decorative scarf made by Joanne Neff (Aaron’s Mother-In-Law). You’ll get the signed CD in the mail as well as this beautiful, hand-made piece. Download of the new album included.

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    We'll give you a signed CD, and one of us will play a house concert for you in our home areas -- Michael in the Cincinnati area, or Aaron in Philly/Delaware/NJ. We may be able to play other areas as time permits, depending on our schedules. Plus a signed CD of the album, and a download.

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    We'll give you a signed CD, and Nathans & Ronstadt will play a house concert for you anywhere from southern New England to Washington, as well as the Cincinnati area. Plus a signed CD of the album, and a download. We'll send you the album in a timely manner; we'll need to schedule the concert a bit in advance.

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    Signed CD + Cello Recording Session

    Signed CD of the new album + Cello Parts Recorded For YOUR MUSIC (1 song). Michael G. Ronstadt is a sought-after studio cellist and a good amount of his work is long-distance. If you have a song that needs his cello services, this is the donation level for you. We’ll send you the CD in the mail and you'll also get to fill out that song that calls out for strings. Download of the new album included.

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    Signed CD of the new album + Your bio written by Aaron Nathans - Aaron Nathans is a writer who knows how to tell a story. He is offering to write your bio! You’ll still get the signed CD in the mail, as well as a download.

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    Signed CD of the new album + a Nathans & Ronstadt HOUSE CONCERT cobill with Phil Henry! We love playing house concerts! We’ll bring music to your living room anywhere from Massachusetts to New Jersey. Phil is a fabulous songwriter who co-wrote "Old Joe's Chair" and "Green Song." He also mixed "Crooked Fiddle" and the new album. You'll get the music promptly; we'll need to work with everyone's schedules to plan ahead for the show.

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    Signed CD of the new album + a Nathans & Ronstadt HOUSE CONCERT cobill with Efrat Shapira! We love playing house concerts! We’ll bring music to your living room. Efrat is an amazing fiddle player, songwriter and performer. Put the three of us on a stage and you get amazing energy. Anywhere from NYC to Philly. You'll get the music promptly; we'll need to work with everyone's schedules to plan ahead for the show.

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    Signed CD of the new album + a Nathans & Ronstadt HOUSE CONCERT cobill with Avi Wisnia! We love playing house concerts! We’ll bring music to your living room anywhere from NYC to northern Delaware. Avi is a fantastic piano-based songwriter whose music has a Brazilian flavor. Like us, his music is both soothing and stirring. You'll get the music promptly; we'll need to work with everyone's schedules to plan ahead for the show.

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    A silk charmeuse scarf designed and dyed by Aaron's mother in law, Joanne Neff! This is the queen of all silks! Floral or abstract colors, vivid or subdued, your choice of color family. Joanne has 38 years of experience with silk dyeing. Album and digital download included.

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    Signed CD + We'll record a song of your choice + you'll receive the full back catalogue of both Aaron & Michael's solo work (dating back to 2006) + a great big thank you! + executive producer credit. And, of course, you'll get the CD and a download. Heck, we'll throw in an extra!

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