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A brand new album by Sean Pawling featuring soaring melodies, great rhythms, and lush trombone arrangements.
A brand new album by Sean Pawling featuring soaring melodies, great rhythms, and lush trombone arrangements.
A brand new album by Sean Pawling featuring soaring melodies, great rhythms, and lush trombone arrangements.
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Hello friends, fans, and strangers!  

I'm currently creating my first full-length album. My music combines the awesomeness of guitar and trombone and is inspired by my home town of South Lake Tahoe. I'm excited to bring you 12 inventive and infectious songs to kick back with, groove to, drive with, cry over, and, of course, sing along to.

The project is well underway, and the final product will feature the musicianship of Kris Karlsson, Mike Lindsay, Ross Garren, Will Gramling, Maggie Hasspacher, and many many others, brought to life by the production of Nate Vaughan.

Where I've been

For over five years I've been exploring the intersection of my two passions—songwriting and trombone—and I have performed with everything from small acoustic ensembles to big funky electric bands to the simple purity of four trombones and a voice. 

With the help of friends, I've made some immensely satisfying music along the way, and I have even recorded a few EP's to make recordings that attempt to catch my creative vision. Here's a cut from my last EP to show you what I mean:

Elisha - from the Inner Child EP

This exploration has been really exciting and has paid off with so many great shows and unforgettable moments. Many of the musicians I've met along the way have continued to play with me and are bringing their talents to the record.

Show at Freehand Gallery
Show at Freehand Gallery

About this project

Since February of this year, I have been working with a friend of mine, producer Nate Vaughan, to bring my music to life. Nate and I conceived an album that we think will be as sincere as it is fun and funky. Nate has brought his talent in production and combined it with a deep interest and belief in my music.

The music is really exciting to Nate and me, and we're including a couple of tracks below to give you an idea of what you're supporting. These tracks are unfinished (we have some exciting string and horn sessions booked this month!), largely unmixed, and totally unmastered, but we're excited to show them to you anyway. We're even more excited to deliver the final versions of these songs (and ten more!) in January, 2014.

Born of this Image

Learning the Hard Way

Our Work Space
Our Work Space

Everyone working on the album is doing so for way less money than they should, just because they believe that music—all music, but especially music that takes chances and explores new territory—is important. Nate and I have worked hard to keep costs down and still bring you the best music that we possibly can.

This is where you come in.

If you believe in independently-produced music and love the creative freedom that it gives to musicians, or even if you just happen to like me or my music, then consider supporting the album by pre-ordering a digital or physical copy. If you can support at one of the higher levels, you'll come away with some great swag, be able to give the music away to friends who might enjoy hearing something new, and know that you were an important part of this project!

Your contributions will account for about half of the costs of producing the album, which include paying the musicians, some limited studio time, mixing, mastering, and pressing CD's.

We appreciate your support at any level, and thank you for being a part of this humbling and exciting process!

Also, we're excited to announce a REACH GOAL:

If we raise $4200 ($1200 beyond the goal amount), we will be getting the record pressed to VINYL and sending a copy to everyone who supports at the $28 level or higher!

Thanks,

Sean and Nate

Try skiing with one of these sometime
Try skiing with one of these sometime
Thanks for your support!
Thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that we are late for our January 2014 delivery date. We are recording the final tracks this month, and we will be sending it off to mix soon thereafter.

This album is going to happen, but we need your support to pay the costs of getting it mixed, mastered, and pressed by the delivery date.

Check back for updates, including final T-shirt designs and Youtube cover videos!

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    Every little bit helps. We'll send you 5 of the best songs that money can buy, selected from the album. Thanks for your support!

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    I LOVE DIGITAL!: Digital download of the complete Album.

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    LET ME TOUCH IT!:
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    SPREAD THE LOVE!:
    2 physical copies of Albums + "stocking stuffer" album preview cards + Production Photos.
    Give the gift of music. The album won't be ready by Christmas, but you can still give great music with Album Preview cards. The cards will let recipients know what's coming their way in January!

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    LET ME WEAR IT!:
    Album T-shirt + Physical & Digital copies of the Album + Production Photos.
    Update coming soon with T-shirt design!

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    STOCKING STUFFER SPECIAL:

    5 pack of Albums to share with friends & family + 5 album preview cards + T-Shirt + Production Photos. The album won't be ready by Christmas, but you can still give great music with an album preview card. The cards will let the recipients know what's coming their way in January!

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    PICK A YOUTUBE COVER SONG!: Sean will sing a cover of your choice on Youtube + 5 Physical copies of the album + Album Preview cards + 2 T-shirts + Production Photos + Copy of Handwritten Score. November is cover month, so go ahead and make Sean sing the most awesome (or most embarrassing) cover song that you can think of!

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    PUT ME IN THE CREDITS!: Your name in album liner notes + 5 Physical copies of the Album + Album Preview cards + 2 T-shirts + Production Photos + Copy of Handwritten Score. It feels good to support independent music, and you can get that warm feeling every time you read your name in the album liner notes!

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    I WANT A PERSONAL CONCERT!: 5-song concert via Skype or Google Hangouts + Your name in album liner notes + 5 copies of Album + 2 T-Shirts + Album Preview Cards + Production Photos + Copy of Handwritten Score. Also you get the pleasure of knowing that you were instrumental in making the album happen!

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    TROMBONE ALPINE SKI SPECIAL!: One day of trombone accompaniment while skiing at Sierra at Tahoe resort + Your name in album liner notes + 5 copies of Album + 2 T-Shirts + Album Preview Cards + Production Photos + Copy of Handwritten Score. For more information, google "Trombone Alpine ski". Valid only on weekends that Sean is available and at Sierra at Tahoe Resort. Does not include price of lift ticket.

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    I JUST WANT TO SUPPORT THE MUSIC!: Special Album Credit + 5 song Skype concert + 5 copies of the Album + Album Preview cards + 2 T-shirts + Handmade Production scrapbook + Copy of Handwritten Score + Knowledge that you did more than anyone else to make this happen. Thank you.

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