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We're completing our long-awaited fourth album, "Beneath the South Side Bridge." This project will get us across the finish line!

Rough Shop is completing the recording, mixing, mastering and production of our long-awaited fourth album, "Beneath the South Side Bridge."

With one week left in our first Kickstarter, we have hit our goal of $2500.

We thank each and every one of you who has backed us so far!

We didn't know what to expect when we began this project. We set a modest goal and we are thrilled to have reached it.

But, to tell the truth, our goal of $2500 will cover less than a third of the costs to make "Beneath the South Side Bridge."

We believe it's our best record to date. It sounds and looks amazing -- and it's worth every penny. But those pennies add up.

Here are the numbers. This is what it takes to make a beautiful, self-produced record:

$4000 Recording, mixing and mastering
$700 Artwork and graphic design
$2000 Vinyl LP pressing
$1500 CD pressing

$8,200 Total

So while we have met our goal, we still need you.

With your support we know we can go far, far over that initial goal of $2500. With your help this album will be a truly fan-funded release, start to finish.

Love,

Rough Shop

P.S. As a band, we believe in the power of music. We frequently do benefits in our hometown of St. Louis, and we want this new album to make a difference in our community. So, we'll be donating half the profits from the first pressing of the new record to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, a 501c3 non-profit organization in St. Louis that does amazing work.

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  • Rough Shop is a band from St. Louis. Members include: Andy Ploof, Anne Tkach, John Wendland and Spencer Marquart, with our good friend Jon Parsons regularly joining us on keyboards. We've been together for seven years.

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  • We have been working on our fourth album, "Beneath the Southside Bridge," for over a year. It's a been a long, rewarding and expensive process. Total costs for making this record are $8,200, and we have no label funding or venture capitalist moguls to support us. That's where Kickstarter comes in. Every dollar pledged to this project will cover the money we have already invested in an album we truly believe in.

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  • Because you love good, honest, well-crafted music. And because our goal of $2500 is just a fraction of what it cost to make this album. Plus you'll get some cool rewards!

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  • Street date is April 14, 2012.

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  • Yes! Date is April 14, 2012 at Off Broadway in St. Louis. And you can get advance tickets and a copy of the new record by pledging $50 or more!

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  • We recorded "Beneath the Southside Bridge" at one of St. Louis' premier rooms: Sawhorse Studios. Jack Petracek and Jason McEntire engineered the sessions.

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    Our sincere thanks, plus a download of the first single from the album.

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    Advance digital download of the new album, "Beneath the South Side Bridge."

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    Beautiful Digipak copy of "Beneath the South Side Bridge."

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    A vinyl LP copy of the new album, plus advance digital download.

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    A vinyl LP copy of the new album, a CD Digipak copy, plus a download of a new bonus MP3 single, not available on the new album.

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    Admission for two to the CD release party and star-studded revue at Off Broadway on April 14, 2012. Plus your choice of one vinyl LP of the album or one CD, and a download of a new bonus MP3 single, not available on the new album. Plus: one limited edition poster for the show, designed by Sleepy Kitty. Also: A thank you from the stage.

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    A one-of a kind, beautiful scarf, hand-knitted by Anne Tkach of Rough Shop. Plus your choice of a vinyl LP or CD copy of the new album.

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    The complete Rough Shop discography: Your choice of a vinyl LP or CD copy of "Beneath the South Side Bridge," plus three more Digipak CDs: "Far Past the Outskirts," "Here Today" and "Just Because It Was Christmas." Also includes a download of a new bonus MP3 single, not available on the new album. Plus: Admission for two to the album release party and star-studded revue at Off Broadway on April 14, 2012. Plus: one limited edition poster for the show, designed by Sleepy Kitty. Also: A thank you from the stage.

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    Free admission for you and three guests, with VIP seating at a candle-lit table for four at the album release party and star-studded revue at Off Broadway on April 14, 2012. We will also buy a round of cocktails. And you'll get two vinyl LP copies of the new album, two Digipak copies and the bonus MP3 single. Plus: two limited edition posters for the show, designed by Sleepy Kitty. Also: A thank you from the stage.

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    Four lessons on guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin or fiddle by master folk musician Andy Ploof of Rough Shop. Each lesson is 1/2 hour and will be held at Music Folk. Plus your choice of vinyl LP or CD. Also: admission for you and a guest to the album release party. And a thank you from the stage.

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    We will write and record a song for you and upload it to YouTube. You provide the topic and theme (nothing explicit, por favor) and we'll do the rest. We'll also send you a digital download of your song. Plus your choice of vinyl LP or CD. Also: admission for you and a guest to the album release party. And a thank you from the stage.

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    John Wendland (Rough Shop and KDHX) and Roy Kasten (KDHX) will DJ a party for you. Limited to 2012. We provide sound equipment and turntables. Plus your choice of vinyl LP or CD. Also: admission for you and a guest to the album release party. And a thank you from the stage.

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    Rough Shop will play a private show in your living room or backyard for you and all your friends. We provide the PA and we'll even bring a case of beer and premium pretzels. We'll also perform three requests for you and your friends -- any songs, as long as they're not symphonies! Plus your choice of vinyl LP or CD. Also: admission for you and a guest to the album release party. And a thank you from the stage.

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