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For the past year Adam Sweeney & the Jamboree have been recording their debut album. We're now raising funds to help release it.

Welcome to the Jamboree!

For the past year we've been recording our debut album in various basements and venues around Portland, OR. It's been an entirely home-grown venture, and we've taken our time to produce a really great record -- hiring guest musicians, creating string arrangements, and filling out the songs with an intricate folk pop sound.

Now that we're almost finished, we hope you'll help us raise the funds we need to cover the cost of releasing it. This includes:

1) mixing and mastering the album

2) CD duplication

3) promoting the album once it's released

4)  subsidizing a CD release tour this summer

A little background on the project -- we started rehearsing songs for this record back in the fall of 2009. That winter, we began recording drum tracks at The Woods here in Portland. The venue, which used to be an old funeral chapel, has amazing acoustics, and the management was kind enough to let us use their space during the day when no shows were going on. I knew drummer Pete Van Dyck from one of my favorite bands back in Massachusetts (The Amity Front), and he laid down the foundational rhythm tracks for us to build upon.

The bulk of 2010 was spent meticulously tracking with David Fuller, who plays accordion for us and also happens to be one of the best recording engineers in town. With his portable recording setup, we bounced around to various basements and live rooms in Portland, choosing our location by what sound we were trying to get on a particular track.

Once the basic tracks were laid down, we started bringing in guest musicians like Jake Jolliff (Joy Kills Sorrow) on mandolin, Bryan Free on organ, Nate Purcelley (Deepest Darkest) on trumpet, and Christy Kuiken (Pacific Crest Wind Symphony) on vibraphone. 

We also fortunate enough to work with the amazing Wendy Goodwin (of Effesenden Music), who wrote lush string arrangements for a few of the songs and played violin on the record. Cellist Kendra Carpenter filled out the rest of our string parts, resulting in a beautiful orchestral sound scape.

This is by far the most exciting project I've ever been a part of, and we can't wait for you to hear what we've created!

Please consider helping us fund this release, and thanks for supporting independent music!

Much love,

-Adam Sweeney & the Jamboree

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    All the previously mentioned rewards (both signed CDs, T-shirt, signed band photo), PLUS a free download of a COLLECTION OF DEMOS from the album. This includes acoustic versions of all the songs, plus some alternate full-band versions of others, and even one or two embarrassing electric demos played to a cheesy drum machine. Truly a behind-the-scenes look at where these songs started!

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    All the previously mentioned rewards (both signed CDs, T-shirt, signed band photo, demo collection download, live album download, Adams 2 solo CDs, original band artwork) PLUS a *very* limited edition CD of Adam and Zach's old band from high school, Acacia Grove (1999). We were pretty darn good for a nerdy high school christian rock band, if I do say so myself. Be one of, like, 20 people to have ever heard this record!

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