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On my own for the first time in 25 years- Freedom is sweet! New songs, big changes. Recording this album MY way. And yes, more banjo!
On my own for the first time in 25 years- Freedom is sweet! New songs, big changes. Recording this album MY way. And yes, more banjo!
313 backers pledged $16,376 to help bring this project to life.

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Post-Funding Goals! Why I STILL need to keep it building!

Hey folks. I'm so grateful to all who have joined in my Kickstarter project! Im so thrilled that it has funded and very excited to finish making the album, but let's not stop there! Any funds raised above the stated goal are going to help me to fill in the rest of the picture! After I finish recording and mixing, I still need to:

1) Manufacture the cds  2) Get new photos 3) Design the album cover 4) Update my website to reflect the new album's release! None of these are cheap, and all are necessary!

Please help me to continue getting the word out to get more folks to pre-buy the album...or whatever! Oh, and I've added a few NEW rewards! Have a look at the page.

THE STORY

I've recorded 16 albums and I currently own…ZERO! My ultimate goal is to complete this album exactly the way I would like it to sound... and own it! 

Due to a few recent changes in my world, for the very first time in my 25 year recording, career I have complete freedom to write and record music as I wish. 

Safety net gone, no one to answer to! Sometimes that's what it takes to create a truly personal, uninhibited, artistic statement. It's given me a new jolt of energy and drive to create music I love, play live shows where I choose, and make an album the way I envision it…oh yeah, and I get to play more banjo!

There was a time when I put the banjo on the back burner while I taught myself to play slide guitar, sing and write songs. And when I was ready to bring the banjo back, i felt my hands were tied…I wasn't the one paying for those albums and I felt obligated to keep the banjo in the shadows and focus on "radio friendly" songs and production. Things have changed! 

I've begun to work on a new, self-produced album where I'm calling all the shots! I've written a bunch of new songs under the influence of many life changes over the past few years - from losing my father (and the pain and introspection involved), to getting married and having a baby with my wife! Oh, and the quadruple-whammy of parting ways with management, label, booking agency and publisher… and ALL the repair work and self motivation required to “kickstart” my music career after such a big shakeup!

I'd like to finish this project without selling it off wholesale to a label, and without funding it with a stack of credit cards…either way is limiting and will affect the end product. I feel that this album I've begun creating, "The Bell", will be my best, most personal work yet! When it's completed, I will either release it myself or license it to an established label and benefit from their promotional efforts to get it out to the world. I will retain ownership either way, but first, I have to finish making the album!

So, I'd like to invite you to be part of this process and help make it happen! I need to raise $12,500 - this includes recording, mixing and mastering the album, paying musicians and covering all "crowd-funding" expenses. 

Thank you for all your support over the years and for hearing my story! Please check out the rewards and see if anything interests you! Im also happy to add other levels if you have a cool idea for a reward!

Tony

Heres one of the video updates from my last Kickstarter project for a live album I made (yep, another album I DONT own!) 

HERE ARE PICS OF SOME OF THE REWARDS!

WANT TO COMBINE REWARDS? - Go for it! Just add in the $ amount of any other rewards to your pledge and then let me know what you would like!

T-Shirt - this is just a mock up. Actual picture soon!
T-Shirt - this is just a mock up. Actual picture soon!
Guitar Books w/ Slide - Banjo Books - $60 level  (click for more details)
Guitar Books w/ Slide - Banjo Books - $60 level (click for more details)
Set of 4 "Skull Mugs" - $150 level
Set of 4 "Skull Mugs" - $150 level
             
"Laughing Hare" sculpture, made by Tony   (click for more details)
"Laughing Hare" sculpture, made by Tony (click for more details)
Example of previous "custom sculpture" piece by Tony - $800 level
Example of previous "custom sculpture" piece by Tony - $800 level
Personalized "Mix-Tape" CD by Tony for you! $100 level
Personalized "Mix-Tape" CD by Tony for you! $100 level

Risks and challenges

After I finish recording, mixing and mastering this album, I will pursue releasing it on a well respected label. My plan is to retain ownership, but license this album to the label and benefit from their promotional efforts and get it out to the world. This way I won't have to become my own record label…that's NEVER been my goal! However if I can't release this album with a label in a reasonable amount of time, I will definitely release it myself. "Yousayfurtado" Records perhaps? ;)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - you get a digital copy of "The Bell" with a few bonus tracks!
    + You also get my GLUTEN FREE THUMBPRINT COOKIE RECIPE! Slightly healthier than cupcakes ;)
    + access to backer-exclusive VIDEO UPDATES!

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    SIGNED CD - signed pre-release hard copy of "The Bell" + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + COOKIE RECIPE and backer-exclusive VIDEO UPDATES.

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    POSTCARDS: ON TOUR WITH ME (sort of) - I'll send you 3 handwritten, personalized postcards from 3 different places around the USA while on tour in 2015 + everything at the $25 reward level.

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    GUEST AT HOUSE CONCERT IN PORTLAND - 1 pass to an intimate, acoustic house concert with Tony Furtado and friends on Sat Dec 20 at a wonderful home and frequent house concert venue in Southeast Portland Oregon! Its potluck, so bring something to munch!
    + everything at the $25 level. Please add $20 to your pledge for each additional ticket. Exact address will be provided after completion of campaign.

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    "YOUSAYFURTADO" T-SHIRT - brand new t-shirt design (specify S/M/L/XL). Only charcoal grey available + everything at $25 level. For more shirts, add $20 per shirt and specify size!

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    GRAB BAG OF VINTAGE TONY! You get a nice little box of old Tony stuff including a signed copy of the out of print 1993 "SUGARBEAT" album (my old band with Matt Flinner, Ben Demerath and Sally Truitt) plus a couple bits of signed memorabilia (MY choice) - old poster, photo, t-shirt, stickers, etc…fun stuff!
    + everything at $25 level.

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    BANJO BOOK or SLIDE GUITAR BOOK PACKAGE - Your choice:
    1) Tony's Volume 1 & 2 Banjo Books or 2) Tony's Guitar Book and Handmade Bottleneck Slide.
    Please add $30 to your pledge to receive both packages.
    + everything at the $25 reward level.

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    CUSTOM, HANDBUILT MINI-SCULPTURE (ceramic).- I will sculpt and sign a (roughly) 5 inch, ceramic mini-sculpture of any animal you'd like. Since its so small, It won't be highly detailed. + everything at the $15 reward level. If you would like a copy of the SIGNED CD, please add $15 to your pledge.

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    PERSONALIZED "MIX TAPE" CD! - You answer 10 questions and I'll create and sign a 1-hour "mix tape" CD just for you that includes some of my favorite artists/influences based on your answers. I will of course purchase each track legally for every mix-tape! + everything at $25 level.

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    BANJO or SLIDE GUITAR LESSON WITH TONY - Beginner to Advanced. 1 hour lesson in person (in Portland OR or while I'm on tour in your area) or via SKYPE + your choice at the $60 reward level.

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    SKULL MUGS! - Set of 4 ceramic skull mugs that I slip-cast, fire, and glaze myself. They are food safe and you'll have a choice of 2 colors:
    Copper Patina and Eggshell White
    Each is approximately a 20 oz pour. Great mugs for a funky halloween party, or a good head to hold your morning coffee or tea (no handles, so be careful with hot stuff), a pretty nice bowl for holding nuts...or maybe a planter to grow your pet fern! Ok, Ill stop…. comes with everything at the $25 level.

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    LAUGHING HARE - My most popular sculpture! I create these guys by slip-casting, then firing in my kiln, and finally finishing with a special oxidized metal coating.
    + everything at the $25 reward level.

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    PACK OF BELLS - You get a pack of 10 autographed "THE BELL" CDS. Give them away as gifts…spread the music! Ill also throw in a T-SHIRT and one digital download.

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    STUDIO TOUR, MINI CONCERT, CUP OF COFFEE- Invite a few friends and meet me at my North Portland sculpture studio. We'll grab some coffee (my treat) then head into the FALCON ART COMMUNITY. Ill give you a private tour of the Falcon and my sculpting studio and play you a private, acoustic mini-set (25-30 mins) - requests welcome! + everything at the $50 T-SHIRT level (I'll throw in a few signed copies of the new CD for your friends).

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    I'LL BE YOUR SIDEMAN - you get me on 3 songs on your recording! I'll play any of my instruments! Not near Portland? You can email the tracks for me to overdub at a local studio (you pay the studio fee). You want me on more tracks? Add $150 per extra song + $25 reward level.

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    CUSTOM SCULPTURE (ceramic with metal coating).- I will sculpt a (roughly) 12 inch, detailed, ceramic sculpture of any animal in the world - YOUR CHOICE! If you have pictures, GREAT! If you'ld like something other than an animal, hit me up with your idea! + everything at the $25 reward level.

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    ME IN YOUR LIVING ROOM (or backyard or ?) - Solo acoustic 90 minute (or 2 x 45 min sets) concert in your home. Invite your friends, make a list of requests, charge a cover if you like. Buyer must provide sound system unless purely acoustic gig is preferred. Limited to within 280 miles of Portland, OR. Add $400 for anywhere else in the USA (contact me directly for international inquiries) Actual date will be dependent on my existing itinerary. + everything at the $40 reward level.

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    TONY FURTADO BAND IN YOUR LIVING ROOM (or backyard or ?)- Full concert with me and my band (trio)! Limited to within 280 miles of Portland, OR. Add $1,500 for anywhere else in U.S. (contact me directly for international inquiries). Actual date will be dependent on my existing itinerary. Buyer must provide sound system unless purely acoustic gig is preferred. + everything at the $40 reward level.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIVE ALBUM and IN-STUDIO RECORDING PARTY JUST FOR YOU! -
    Invite 10 of your closest friends to come to one of Portland's finest studios (chosen and paid for by me) to watch and hang out with me and a couple of my friends while we record a live studio album that is JUST FOR YOU! You help create the set-list. (Woody Guthrie singalong encouraged!) You get signed CD's for you and all 10 of your friends. You own the master recording, so feel free to make more copies for friends and family. (Album for personal use only, NOT for resale) I will provide the libations and eats!
    + 11 "YOUSAYFURTADO" T-shirts, and 11 signed copies of "THE BELL" CD and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and COOKIE RECIPE!

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