Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Double folk & acoustic album by artist returning to roots after successful day job as video game composer.
Double folk & acoustic album by artist returning to roots after successful day job as video game composer.
210 backers pledged $18,605 to help bring this project to life.

About

After 40 years Musician Becomes The Man He's Supposed To Be project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$18,605

210

I'm Rod Abernethy, composer, guitarist and performing songwriter. That's something I couldn't say until recently. 

Forty years can seem like a lifetime, and for me that’s how long it’s been since I put down my acoustic guitar and left my dream of playing for a living to being a composer for a living.

It's now time for me to return to that first love - my acoustic guitar - I've reached a crossroads in my life where I know what I was always meant to do.

And now I have the chance to make the album that I was always meant to make. 

In my Kickstarter video, I talk about becoming "The Man I'm Supposed To Be". I'm recording a new double album of originals and other favorites with my good friend and well known producer Don Dixon at the helm. 

Click on the photo below to see another video of one of my new songs:

 

Your support will help pay for the studio time, CD mastering, artwork, manufacturing, marketing and promotion. Without your help, the release of this album won't be possible.

I'm inviting old and new friends into this project and giving some awesome premiums to thank those who contribute their interest and support. So please take a moment and take a look at the video, I'm really looking forward to having you on board in making this album a reality.

 

Risks and challenges

Dear friends, I've spent six months preparing for this launch and it has been one of the most rewarding and soul searching efforts I've ever done. Special thanks to my incredible team who gave their time and amazing efforts to making this campaign possible...my wife Suzanne Ruggles, Kari Estrin, Bruce DeBoer, David Burney, Tommy Tallarico, Janet Cowell, JB Nuttle, Neil Hinson, Dick Hodgin, my son and daughter Matt and Sara Abernethy and my dear mother Joyce Abernethy.

I've already taken a risk by not pursuing this dream over the past 40 years, now it's time to make it come true.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    A digital copy of the double album

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" double album in .mp3 digital downloadable format

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Two Disc CD of the double album

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" two disc CD double album

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" double album in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    55 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Hand Signed Two Disc CD double album

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" two disc CD double album - Hand Signed

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" double album in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    29 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Everything so far ($35 Tier) PLUS:

    "The HOBBIT" award winning video game soundtrack composed by Rod and Rednote Audio in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Everything so far ($50 Tier) PLUS:

    A 10 song "boot-leg" collection from Rod's rock & roll past including tracks from Arrogance, Rod Dash and The Slackmates in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    *Five early home recorded demo tracks that will be on "The Man I'm Supposed To Be", delivered to you in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Everything so far ($75 Tier) PLUS:

    *A rare compilation album by Arrogance, one of North Carolina's most popular bands from the 70s/80s that featured Rod in his rock 'n roll heyday, in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    "Best Of" video game soundtrack collection of Rod's music over the past 15 years including tracks in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats

    "The Upward Turn" originally released on Lakeshore Records, all original tracks composed and recorded by Rod in his personal studio delivered to you in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats. Take a listen to "The Upward Turn" here: http://ow.ly/RYjm30abI5t

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    29 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Everything so far ($125 Tier) PLUS:

    * An informal meeting with Rod on Skype, at his studio or even at your favorite local coffee shop to talk about music, video game production, studio recording techniques, playing playing guitar...and whatever you'd like

    * A rare vinyl copy of my first album, "Solo", released in 1974, produced by Don Dixon. This vintage gem has been out of print for decades, has sold on eBay for over $150, limited to 30 copies

    "RAGE" award winning video game soundtrack composed by Rod in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats. Take a listen to RAGE here: http://ow.ly/yDXl30abGeI

    *Rod's album "Small Ideas", all tracks composed, performed and recorded by Rod in his personal studio delivered to you in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats. Take a listen to Small Ideas here: https://rodabernethy-composer.bandcamp.com/releases

    "Dark Evolutions" all original orchestral soundtrack composed by Rod, one of his personal favorites in uncompressed 24bit 96Khz stereo .wav files and FLAC downloadable formats. Take a listen to "Dark Evolutions" here: http://ow.ly/4ABk30abHDu

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Rod will play guitar on your tracks...

    * Rod will play electric or acoustic guitar on two tracks of your own and record it in his personal studio

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" two disc CD double album - Hand Signed

    * Your name listed on the album liner notes thanking you as a contributor

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,250 or more About $1,250

    A House Concert with Rod

    * A House Concert with Rod in your home, includes up to 5 new hand signed double album CD’s for the host to give as gifts. Rod will gladly come to your home and perform songs for you and your friends or he will compose a 2:30 custom song or instrumental music track written by Rod especially for you. (For travel of more than three hours or more from Rod's home in Raleigh, lodging, meals and travel expenses will be provided by the host)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Your name - Co-Executive Producer & more

    *Your name as Co-Executive Producer on the album (limited to two slots)

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" two disc CD double album - 5 copies hand signed copies to give out to friends and family

    *A custom made "steam punk" sculpture robot made from found objects made personally by Rod. These "steam punk" inspired creations have been Rod's obsession for decades, made with odd and eccentric pieces that he finds in his travels across the country from flea markets, antique stores and my own personal collection of "found objects". Each one is unique, has it own name and has at least forty hours of time in creating and assembling. Take a peek at Rod's found object robots on Flickr: http://ow.ly/708m308cNvG

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Your Name as Executive Producer

    Your name as Executive Producer on the album (limited to one slot)

    "The Man I'm Supposed To Be" two disc CD double album - 15 copies hand signed copies to give out to friends and family

    A personal Skype session with Rod in the studio to talk about the making of the double album

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)