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GRAMMY nominees Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could record their 7th CD: friendly, rockin’ tunes to get your Ya-Ya's out!
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Just Say Hi!

Hi, I’m Brady Rymer, and I’m lucky enough to make music for kids and families with my kickin’ band, the Little Band That Could. We’ve put out 6 CDs of family music, and we perform across the country at schools, libraries, festivals and performing arts centers. Our music’s been called “genuine roots-rock for kids” (USA Today); our last band recording, Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, was nominated for a GRAMMY award in the children’s category.

My wife Bridget and I run our own little record label, Bumblin' Bee Records.  We've released all our CDs ourselves!  The process can be challenging, but the rewards make it all worthwhile:  we make music we really care about, and we get to bring our music directly to our fans - you -  the kids and families who enjoy it. 

I’m super-excited to let you know that we’ve just started recording our next album, Just Say Hi! - and we invite you to join us!

What's the album about? 

Just Say Hi! is the most personal batch of songs I've written; full of kindness, friendship, and love of family.  Songs about things like falling in love with the ice cream girl, learning to play grandma's red piano, and just cranking' up your little light of love and lettin' it shine. 

Just Say Hi! is bursting with catchy hooks, happy sing-a-long choruses, and hip-shakin' rhythms, thanks to the chug-chug-chugging of the amazing Little Band That Could!

The CD includes a bunch of your favorites from our live shows (the ones you’ve been asking us to record for a while now!) – plus some new ones you probably haven't heard -  that is, unless you've been hanging around in my kitchen.   I think your family is going to love this album. 

Why we need you.

Your backing helps fund rehearsals, recording, production, artwork, manufacturing, publicity – all the elements that combine to make an album the best it can be.  While our $20,000 goal doesn’t cover the full project cost, it’s the funding we need to complete the album. 

If we surpass our goal – which would be SO AWESOME!!!! – your additional support will help us make a few very special music videos.  We can’t wait to create something great with our Kickstarter video producers (and good buddies) at SLAM! Media Group.

We love our fans!

One of the best parts of being in this business has been building relationships with our fans, parents and children both (teachers, librarians, grandparents, aunts and uncles too!)  Our Kickstarter campaign is a perfect opportunity to express how much you mean to us, and thank you for your support through the years.  

Join our Kickstarter crew and you'll receive cool stuff like...

  • The Fan Package!
  • Record with us! You'll be part of the chorus, and have your name in the CD credits.
  • A private CD Release concert at my crazy speakeasy-of-a-house...
  • Limited Edition T-Shirts, personalized with supporters' names! Smile big; you helped make Just Say Hi!
  • A rockin' concert at your school or home.
  • Even a classic guitar from my collection: one of the first ones I played as a kid (baseball mitt not included!)
Me and my Gibson L6-S 1976 guitar!
Me and my Gibson L6-S 1976 guitar!

We're thrilled to be working with Katie Gastley on the album artwork. She introduced us to the Just Say Hi! monster!  Since he's featured in some of our rewards, we thought we'd introduce him to you!  Be nice, and Just Say Hi to our monster... he's friendly!

When will the album be complete?

If we reach our funding goal, the album will be released to the public in June 2014 - but every one of our Kickstarter supporters will receive an advance copy of the music a month before the actual release date, in May 2014. 

It’s been incredibly rewarding to bring our music to you over the years.   Now I am so excited to tell this new story with the direct support of friends and fans. If our music has been meaningful to your family, I hope you’ll join us! Please share in our process as we make what I think may be our best album to date.

Thanks, we'll see ya soon and keep on shinin' your little Light of Love!

Brady and the Little Band That Could

Risks and challenges

Recording and releasing a CD can be challenging! Over the last 10 years, we have successfully put out 6 CDs on our own label, Bumblin’ Bee Records. I have managed roadblocks, large and small, and have brought all these projects to fruition on-time and on-budget. I am incredibly lucky to work with the best musicians and producer ever, whose talents and reliability are great assets. The artwork for this project is being developed by Katie Gastley, a professional, prolific (and very talented!) graphic artist. With the support of this incredible team, I am confident we will complete the project we've set out to produce.

As we say in Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, "we think we can, we think we can..." If we reach our goal here on Kickstarter, come June 2014 we'll all be dancin', singin' and celebratin' the release of "Just Say Hi!" - givin' each other super high fives and monster hugs!

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    "WE THINK YOU CAN, WE THINK YOU CAN!" • Thanks for believing in Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. You Rock!

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    SPREAD THE HOLIDAY CHEER! We'll send you our 3 original holiday tunes now, just in time for the holidays: "Trim the Tree," "Untanglin' the Christmas Lights" and "Revvin' Up the Reindeer!” Thanks!

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    BE THE FIRST ONE DANCIN’ •
    Advance Digital Download. Awesome. Thanks for helpin’ us get the ball rolling. You'll receive a digital download of the new CD one month prior to the release date.

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    CRANK IT UP •
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    EARLY BIRD FAN PACKAGE •
    Thanks for gettin' to the party early! Special pricing on the Fan Package, which includes: a personalized autographed advance copy of the new CD • the advance digital download • Monster stickers • a Just Say Hi! friendship bracelet • thank you note from Brady.

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    FAN PACKAGE •

    You're all set! The Fan Package includes:
    a personalized autographed advance copy of the new CD • the advance digital download
    • Monster stickers
    • a Just Say Hi! friendship bracelet • thank you note from Brady.

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    MAKE SOMEBODY'S DAY • Buy one gift one! Includes the Fan Package plus an extra autographed CD to give to a friend!

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    THE MONSTER FAN • Limited edition Monster T-Shirt, printed with the names of our MONSTER FANS. Smile big; you helped make Just Say Hi! • Also includes the Fan Package.

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    THE LIL' BANDER •

    Besides singing & playing mandolin and keyboards in the Lil' band, Liz Queler and Seth Farber make beautiful, folky records on their own. You'll receive 2 of their finest CD's • "The Edna Project," the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay set to their original music • Seth's "Late One Night," blues and ragtime solo piano with a funky New Orleans flavor. Also includes the Fan Package!

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    THE WHOLE ENCHILADA • Great Gift! A complete autographed copy of our back catalog - 6 CD’s (one GRAMMY nominated) and one LIVE EP • Also includes the Fan Package • Hot sauce not included!

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    STAR IN OUR MUSIC VIDEO •
    Your child gets a featured role in our new music video. We'll be shooting this spring, date TBA in the NYC area.

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    THE ENCHILADA GRANDE • Includes the Whole Enchilada PLUS personalized limited edition Monster T-shirt, because you're a Monster Fan.

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    JUMP UP (IT'S YOUR DAY!) •

    At the end of the campaign Brady will film himself singing Jump Up (It's A Good Day), personalized especially for the "it's your day" crew! You'll receive a hard copy of the video, a digital file and we'll post it on our Facebook page and website. Also includes the Fan Package!

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    PASS IT ALONG • 10 autographed CD's! You decide who receives your special gifts - friends, teachers, camp director, your babysitter...? Includes the MONSTER FAN package for you.

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    BRADY'S LIL' BOOK • I’ll make you a one of a kind Just Say Hi! book, to include lyrics, photos and drawings. Dedicated to you with love... Includes the Fan Package.

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    PRICE SLASHED - was $300! KICKSTARTER PLAYDATE and CONCERT AT BRADY'S HOUSE • Whaatt? This sounds crazy!
    We live in a former speakeasy on Long Island, about 2 hours from NYC. Back in the day, they had dances here in our big back room – it’s a super-special venue, and we can't wait put on a special show here for our KICKSTARTER PLAYDATE fans. We’ll provide snacks, refreshments, and play an hour long show. Then visit with the band "backstage" (i.e. in our kitchen) afterwards. Reward is for four attendees. Includes the Fan Package. Event scheduled for Sunday June, 22nd 2014 at 2pm.

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    RAISED ON RYMER •
    Fan suggestion! Unique birthday or baby shower gift for new parents! On seven birthdays (!), the child will receive a gift-wrapped birthday present from Brady – a personalized autographed CD and card, plus surprise bonus gift. Gift subscription begins with a delivery of our first CD, Good Morning, Gus, written as a gift to Brady’s family and newborn son – plus a Brady Rymer onesie. As the child grows, so does the music; every year we’ll send the next CD in our catalog, just in time for your child’s birthday celebration. Includes advance digital download of Just Say Hi!
    Start your child’s musical education off right… raise ‘em on Rymer!

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    TOP OF THE CHARTS • You and Brady will write a song together. We’ll Skype to talk about ideas for the song, then jump right in. Once we have our tune I’ll produce a full recording of our song for you! Includes the Fan Package • Handwritten lyrics • Mp3 or CD copy.

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    MORE ME IN THE HEADPHONES, PLEASE • You sing on the album! Be part of the chorus on our song "Light of Love." Arrive at our recording studio in Brooklyn, NY, loosen up your voice with Brady, and sing away! Then we’ll have lunch together in the studio and listen to the playback. Event scheduled for Sunday January 12th 2014, Noon - 2pm. Also includes the Fan Package • hand written lyrics • a singing credit on the CD.

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    GUEST LIST FOR CHILDHOOD • You and your family are good to go 'til 2024! You'll be hooked up with tickets and VIP backstage passes for every Brady & the Lil Band show that you want to attend in the next ten years... Plus, moms, dads, if you want to check out Brady's grownup band, From Good Homes, consider it done! Includes the Fan Package.

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    MY FIRST GIBSON GUITAR • SALE! Was $1,500 now $900! - The guitar I learned to play “Smoke on the Water" on! A 1976 Gibson L6-S. It sounds awesome and has a small neck which is great for little learning hands. Autographed to you by Brady & the band. Time to start your own garage band! Includes the Fan Package.

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    TEACHERS ROCK • We love playing concerts at schools! A 50 minute rockin' show by Brady and one other band member, visiting with the kids and a full catalog of CD's for each of the classrooms. Tri-State area or add travel costs if anywhere else in the US.

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    PRICE SLASHED - was $2000! WAKE UP AND BOOGIE • A concert at your house. We’ll play in yer backyard, kitchen, living room, bedroom, wherever you want. Brady and 2 other members of the Lil' Band. Includes 10 Extra Fan Packages for your guests! Tri-State area (driving distance) or add travel costs anywhere in the US.

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    PRICE SLASHED - was $2000! WAKE UP AND BOOGIE • A concert at your house. We’ll play in yer backyard, kitchen, living room, bedroom, wherever you want. Brady and 2 other members of the Lil' Band. Includes 10 Extra Fan Packages for your guests! Tri-State area (driving distance) or add travel costs anywhere in the US.

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    BETTER NOTIFY THE NEIGHBORS • Brady & the entire Little Band That Could live at your house! Talk about a party! We’ll set up our equipment and put on a rip-roarin' show, Tri-state area (driving distance) only. Add travel and extra costs for anywhere else in the US. Includes 20 extra Fan Packages for your guests!

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    GET YOUR YA-YA'S OUT • Here's our chance to create something great together. Would you like me to write and record an original song for Grandma, or someone special to you? How about a series of guitar lessons? Songwriting support? All this can be yours - we'll personalize the experience just for you.
    Includes the Fan Package & Monster T.

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