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Howdy Folks! I've got this record that I'm workin' on and I wanted to share it with y'all ! Hope you like it! Let's Pick!
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Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters

Welcome to our Kickstarter Project! 

Our goal is to raise $12,000 to make a full-length CD that sounds like one of our shows, in the old-school, single-mic style of our great bluegrass forefathers.

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A Note from Your Host, Johnny Campbell: 

I was lucky enough to grow up in a very musical, bluegrass, fiddlin' family! My papaw would tell me stories about his fiddlin' days and how, at one point, he had to choose between pursuing music, or his wife (my granny). Boy am I glad he chose Granny! My dad and his brother were also great musicians, so I guess it was no surprise that my brother, the late, great Jimmy Campbell, and I fell right in there! 

Jimmy pursued music as a career. In 87' at the early age of 27, he was asked by Jim and Jesse McReynolds if he wanted to be a "Virginia Boy" and play fiddle for them and he moved to Nashville. Meanwhile, I pursued the Pipefitter/Welder career, and started an Apprenticeship. I started traveling around the country welding at different Power Plants, Paper Mills, Computer Chip Plants, Pharmaceuticals, and Refineries. I'm actually still a member of The San Jose Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, but through all these years, I always had my fiddle, guitar, and mandolin with me! I never really thought about havin' my own Bluegrass Band, until...

I had been livin' in Santa Cruz, California playin' fiddle for a busy San Francisco Bluegrass Band for about a year, and workin' weldin' jobs. While booking shows for the band, I booked a show that was just a couple miles from where I was livin'. But one of my bandmates didn't like the idea of playin' at that venue and I didn't like the idea of giving up the gig, so I put a band together to cover it! So, in March of 2012, I started Johnny Campbell and The Bluegrass Drifters! 

 With my girlfriend, Whitney (later to become my wife), playin' bass and helpin' with vocals I started booking shows all around the Bay Area. We were gettin' very busy when Whitney and I decided to move to Nashville

When we moved here, I played for a couple different bands. But every time I played with my own band, the Bluegrass Drifters, folks kept asking me if I had a CD for sale. So now it's today, and we've been here in Nashville a little over a year, playin' crazy amounts of shows, writin' tunes/songs, and gettin' ready for this project!

We've searched around and found a couple different studios that are willing to record a live-sounding album. We are also very excited about our lineup of musicians! 

Our goal is to make a full-length CD that sounds like one of our shows, from the best songs we play to the old-school, single mic style of our great bluegrass forefathers. 

We've got some great sangin' songs and fiddle/mando tunes picked out for the project, including originals by Whitney, myself and my brother. Some powerful numbers! 

We've already invested some time in the studio, getting a feel for what it will take to get the live sound we are looking for. The help we get from y'all will pay the professionals to record, mix and master, do some graphic design, and produce the CDs, as well as pay the band and do some marketing to spread the good bluegrass word.

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 I can hardly wait for you to hear the live sound and harmonies that make our shows special! With you in the family, we can Git-R-done! And, we have some great thank you gifts for being a part of this project, including an exclusive Johnny Campbell BOBBLEHEAD, gifts from the garden, music, fiddles and more! 

If you're ever in Nashville, we hope you'll stop by Campbell's Pickin' Parlor for a shake and howdy! We look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

LET'S PICK!

Need more info? Contact us at thebluegrassdrifters@gmail.com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/johnnycampbellandthebluegrassdrifters

Risks and challenges

We realize $12,000 seems like a lot of money. We're going forth with this project with faith that you'll be joining the family. We already have over 5700 Facebook fans, a strong local fan base, and a full touring calendar to help spread the word. Other than minor scheduling issues, we don't anticipate any obstacles in the next month. The musicians are lined up, the studio is at our beck and call and its just a matter of time. If we experience any delays, we will "keep our hands on the plow!"

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    SPREAD THE WORD:
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    Please spread the word about our new CD!

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    GRASSROOTS:
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    BILL MONROE:
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    CHRISTMAS TIME'S A COMIN': Three signed hard copies of the new album and three stickers. Great for making Christmas a Bluegrass holiday.

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    GOODTIME JOHNNY: A BOBBLEHEAD of Mr Campbell himself! PLUS, all of the above...

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    JOIN THE BLUEGRASS FAMILY: A package of homegrown, sun-dried TOMATOES, a mixed pack of homegrown BEANS for next summer's garden, a smattering of Whitney's favorite RECIPES and the honor of NAMING a spring chicken (limited to the first 6 pledges!) PLUS, a signed copy of our new album, a t-shirt, a bobblehead, and a sticker.

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    LET'S PICK: FOUR in-person or Skype fiddle or mandolin lessons from Johnny. Lessons are approximately 1/2 hour long. PLUS, a signed copy of the new album, a t-shirt, a bobblehead and a sticker.

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    CAMPBELL'S PICKIN' PARLOR: TWO NIGHT stay at Campbell's Pickin' Parlor for you and a guest, to include a ride to and from the airport (if you're flying in) and a famous Pickin' Party (date to be mutually decided). PLUS, a signed copy of the new album, a t-shirt, a bobblehead, and a sticker.

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    KENNY BAKER: One of Johnny's FIDDLES, with a personalized note from Johnny. PLUS 4 in-person or Skype fiddle or mandolin lessons. (1/2 hour each or can be combined for 2 one-hour lessons). PLUS, A signed copy of the new album, a t-shirt, a bobblehead, and a sticker. Exact shipping charges for the fiddle to be determined based on your location.

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    Help to name one of two songs we don't have a names for yet! Name must be mutually agreed upon. We can send you sound clips if you're interested!

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    LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: THE BAND WILL PERFORM A CONCERT IN YOUR HOME. (Routed within the tour –OR- If you'd like to schedule it for another time, please plan to cover flights, ground transportation, and hotel accommodations for 4 or 5 people. And, please allow time for scheduling.) PLUS, a signed copy of the new album, a bobblehead, a t-shirt and a sticker.

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