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.
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.
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!
Need more info? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!"Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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