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The Fallen Stars teamed up with Ben Riddle to make an album together. It's pretty awesome but we need some help getting cds made.
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How did this album come about? 

The short story is that we met on tour and then spent 3 weeks making this album.

The longer version is:  

Well, The Fallen Stars and Ben Riddle were all on tour in Germany through the touring agency Songs & Whispers.  We ended up living together for about a month and we played about 15 or so shows together.  After the first couple of shows we started joining each other on stage and playing together.  

Heiko (from Songs & Whispers) said to us (on our last day there!) "You know we like what you do but we Love what you do together.  I think you should make an album together we'll distribute it here and then come back and tour it next year."

We left that meeting and Ben turned to Tracy and I and said "So I guess this is Happening!"  And an album name was born.

We all left Germany and made plans to meet up in Southern California to record and in November of 2013 we spent 3 weeks writing and recording and came up with "This is Happening".  

We went for a new approach for both of us: more instrumentation for Ben, Less instrumentation for Bobbo and Tracy!  

We really wanted to capture what we were doing together on tour and keep it relaxed and groovy.  

I had just bought an old Harmony tenor guitar and it became a muse for Ben with him writing two songs on it!  Bobbo hopped on the pedal steel and created some atmosphere and Tracy locked it down to earth with her bass.  We invited a few friends to join us, Matt Froehlich added a different drummer to the mix - No full drum kit on any of it.  It was all a stripped down cajon kick drum, snare or snajone and 1 cymbal.  Perfect.  

Along the way Geo Hennessey played some violin, Danny Ott did some dobro, Sue Paine sung on a chorus, Peter Linnane added some concertina.  No rock and roll cliches' here!  

I played a early mix for a friend of mine and he said "You guys sound like Fleetwood Mac meets The Waterboys!"  I like that.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges huh? Well the big risk for us is that we made an album that we love and currently no one can hear it. But here's the thing - we made it. It's done. Our only hurdle is paying to get it pressed.

Risk to you? None really. It's like buying a cd only this time you're buying a cd that you are going to own, in like a month.

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    Welcome to the Digital Age: You'll get a digital download of the entire album, sent straight to your inbox!

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    Give Me the Hard Copy: You'll get the digital download of the album plus our brand spanking new CD mailed right to your door! Just for fun, we'll also throw in one of our fancy new "This is Happening" stickers!

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    Make it Personal: You'll get the digital download plus an autographed CD signed personally to you from Ben, Tracy and Bobbo. What the heck, have a couple of "This is Happening" stickers too!

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    Everyone Loves a Three-pack: You'll get the digital download of the album, a CD signed personally for you, and a couple of "This is Happening" stickers, plus we will also include a copy of the last Fallen Stars album "Heart Like Mine" and of Ben Riddle's last album "Free as a Bird." This is a great collection of music!

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    Bona Fide Patron of the Arts: You'll get everything at the $50 level, plus we'll send a USB drive containing all the songs from the Fallen Stars last three albums:"Heart Like Mine," "Where the Road Bends," and "Found and Lost" and all of Ben Riddle's last two albums: "Free as a Bird" and "On the Rise." In addition, you'll get a special thanks in the CD liner notes!

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    We're Coming to Your House: We'll perform a house concert for you during our tour in May/June, plus you'll also get the digital download along with five copies of the CD to share with your friends! **Southern California area only, contact us to work out the details!**

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