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Lizzy PlotkinBy Lizzy Plotkin
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Lizzy PlotkinBy Lizzy Plotkin
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, February 10 2019 6:57 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My story 

Hello! I'm Lizzy Plotkin. I am a fiddler, singer and songwriter living in the Gunnison Valley of Colorado. I grew up in Nashville, TN.

My father moved to Nashville in the late 1970s as a fiddle player, where he met my mother. Inspired by his music, I asked for violin lessons when I was 4-years-old and have been loving and learning music ever since. 

I swear I was having fun!
I swear I was having fun!

After high school, I studied environmental science at the University of Michigan and spent my summers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, CO. While teaching ecology and exploring the high alpine environment, I began to write songs and fiddle tunes. After moving to Crested Butte, I met a community of artists with whom I shared the joys of playing and singing traditional American music.

I learned to pick on American traditional music in circles with these fine Colorado folks.
I learned to pick on American traditional music in circles with these fine Colorado folks.

In 2012, I met Jenny Hill and Katherine Taylor who were equally excited to form a harmony-driven folk and roots trio. We made our debut record as Free the Honey in 2013, playing festivals and touring around the country for four years. Our third record Fine Bloom (2015) reached the top of the Folk DJ Charts and we found ourselves on stages with some of our roots music heroes. The time I spent with Free the Honey deeply nourished my musical soul! 

Free the Honey singing our hearts out at the John Hartford Mermorial Festival
Free the Honey singing our hearts out at the John Hartford Mermorial Festival

I play music for connection, both to Earth and Humanity. 

One of the many quiet places I go to listen deeply to the MUSIC
One of the many quiet places I go to listen deeply to the MUSIC

The Project: We Will Sing

My debut solo record We Will Sing is a collection of 10 songs that I wrote in and around the wilderness where I live. Out in the woods, my mind is clear, I feel at peace and the Music is everywhere. The songs on We Will Sing are reflections on the landscape and my experiences in them.

I self-produced and recorded the tracks at Swingfingers Recording Studios in Ft. Collins, CO with some of my favorite roots musicians!

Each song comes from a specific place. Unlike most of the high alpine tunes on the record, The Hat Song (sneak peek below) comes from a big magnolia tree in Nashville, TN. 

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The Tasks Ahead

As an independent artist, the costs of making a record can feel prohibitive. I love what I do and I'm proud of where I've gotten so far. I want this record to be released in the best way possible and I need your help to complete the process. 

I’m asking you to pledge to my campaign to be a part of my community and help get this album out into the world. 

The campaign will cover the costs of my final steps, including: 

  • Album Design/Artwork 
  • Duplication/Printing 
  • Digital Distribution Platforms 
  • Merchandise/Rewards in collaboration with FeverishArt  
  • Packaging and Postage 
  • Grassroots Promotion
  • Radio Campaign
  • Kickstarter Fees

The Goal

The goal is to have these albums and rewards on your doorsteps by early March before the record is launched everywhere! I’m determined to make this goal and I know I can do it with a bit of help from you.

Thank you to all the friends, loved-ones, musicians, and engineers who have already helped, I'm looking forward to growing my community and continuing to bring my place-based music into the world!  

Risks and challenges

Getting all of this done in the next few months is going to be a lot of work! It's possible that I could run up against timeline speed bumps seeing as I am working with others to get the products ready, but I have made myself a schedule that has taken the production time into account and will work extra hard to stay on task!

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    20 second jingle to brighten your day!

    Sometimes all you need is a little reminder that you're awesome! I know it always brightens my day when a friend tells me this :) I'll write you a 20 second jingle expressing how great you are! (or if you'd rather me write you one that celebrates someone else or a place you love, just let me know - and I can make it happen!) I'll compose and record it and send it your way!

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    Exclusive Linoleum Print by FeverishArt

    This exclusive linoleum print by Johanna Mueller is available here to help you remember the wild animals and hidden messages of the mountains that inspires me and the music on We Will Sing!

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    Inspired / Hand-drawn Lyric Book

    Most of these songs were written in very remote and beautiful places out west. The lyrics and the meaning of these songs as poems is important to me, and perhaps it's important to you? I'll write out the lyrics and chords in my best hand-writing :) and illustrate these pages with images that inspired the songs. I'll make 1 page for each song on the record - including the notation for the two instrumental tunes - so it will be a 10 page book!

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    Hike + Jam session with Lizzy

    I love to sing and play with others. No matter your level! And one of my greatest joys is having my instrument out in the woods so i can really be inspired by my surroundings. I'd love to play music with you. We can meet somewhere in the mountains and set forth! This reward is good for a private session or group (up to 4 people) for 1-2 hrs with anyone in Colorado.

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    House Concert! (Colorado)

    I love to play intimate shows in the people's living rooms. If you'd like to have a show at your house, this is the reward for you! Good for anywhere in Colorado

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    I love to travel around the country and play shows for people who want to hear my tunes. If you want me to come for a show in your living room, this is the reward for you! Good for anywhere in the US!

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