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What happens when vintage acoustic instruments combine with Montana's inspirational beauty? The original instrumental album Hog's Back.
What happens when vintage acoustic instruments combine with Montana's inspirational beauty? The original instrumental album Hog's Back.
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HELP ME GO TO NASHVILLE BY RAISING $8000!

Why $8000? I am so honored and humbled by the support and outreach that has been bestowed upon me. 

Hog's Back (my first CD) has been funded! The additional funds will go towards making my second record in Nashville!

  • The $8000 goal would allow me to Record, Mix, and Master my second album (tentatively titled "Driftwood") in Nashville and work with a world class producer.
  • This experience will allow me to be immersed in the recording and music business culture by being around people who are doing what I want to do, day in and day out.
  • I can't think of a better way to leap frog far ahead of where I'd be if I just stayed in a comfortable, familiar place to record my next record.

THE STAR INSTRUMENTS OF THE SHOW (FEATURED ON HOGS BACK)

1920's Style 4 Weissenborn
1920's Style 4 Weissenborn
1940's Gibson HG-00 Squareneck
1940's Gibson HG-00 Squareneck
12" Ome Jubilee Open Back Banjo
12" Ome Jubilee Open Back Banjo
Beard Guitars Vintage R Squareneck Resonator
Beard Guitars Vintage R Squareneck Resonator
Larrivee L-03R
Larrivee L-03R

MY STORY

Music holds a special place within my heart. Like a true friend, it has been by my side through joyous highs and sorrowful lows, dark sadness and tears of laughter. Regardless of where I am at in life, music has lent it's hand in friendship and carried me through whatever obstacle has presented itself to me... All the while building the soundtrack of my life. 

It was with great excitement when I accepted my first job at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago in 2003. This job proved to be a catalyst for  musical creativity, which has followed me since; eventually leading me to employment at Weber Mandolins and finally Music Villa in Bozeman, MT.

While working retail at Music Villa, I would teach music and play shows when I could fit it in my full-time schedule.  And then IT happened... One of those moments where you think, "I can offer more, I can do more, I can succeed, I can... if I just had more time."

So I leapt... I jumped into teaching full time, performing music more regularly, writing and filming guitar reviews, and embracing the creative side of music as my career. 

Embracing the creative side of music also included a dream of mine, recording an album of all of my original music.  Presently, the recording phase is complete and I need to reproduce and distribute Hog's Back.  This is where you come in...

This Kickstarter project's main goal is to complete and reproduce my first album, "Hog's Back" which will require the following:
  •  Album Design done by Eubank Creative 
  •  CD Duplication done by Discmakers 
  •  Physical Distribution Materials (packaging/shipping supplies, professional press kit) 
  •  Digital Distribution Costs 
  •  Payment Processing Fees (about 10% of the funding goal) 
  •  Reward items plus shipping costs

If the $6000 goal is achieved it will fund the following:

The recording, mixing, mastering, reproduction, distribution , and album design of my follow up album, Driftwood (tentatively titled).

A GLIMPSE INTO A FEW OF THE REWARDS

Scratchfoot Acoustics logo T-shirt and Stickers (guitar not included)
Scratchfoot Acoustics logo T-shirt and Stickers (guitar not included)
3x5 close up guitar sketch in the works (actual guitar not included)
3x5 close up guitar sketch in the works (actual guitar not included)

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this project are minimal, however, that doesn't mean they don't exist. Recording, art development, and reproduction all involve other's schedules and timelines. I plan on providing ample prep time and giving monthly updates on the project, so all supporters will be aware of the projects status.

Finally...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

- photos by Jana Lehman of Lee le Photography, Artwork by Eubank Creative.

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    You will receive the warm fuzzies from the knowledge that you helped an artist acheive their goal, and my sincere gratitude.

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    Not only will you receive the warm fuzzies and my sincere gratitude, I will also send you an e-thank you and a digital download of the title track Hog's Back.

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    Digital download of the entire Hog's Back album along with an email expressing my gratitude.

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    A physical copy of the Hog's Back album. ***ALONG WITH*** a hand written thank you note and a Scratchfoot Acoustics sticker.

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    A signed physical copy of Hog's Back, the written story of Hog's Back and it's personal meaning to me, ***ALONG WITH*** a thank you note, Scratchfoot Acoustics sticker and 5 Scratchfoot logo guitar picks.

    PLUS if the $6k goal is hit you will receive a digital download of the new album, Driftwood, when it is completed.

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    Scratchfoot Acoustics logo t-shirt (by American Apparel, see picture) ***ALONG WITH*** the written story of Hog's Back and it's personal meaning to me, a signed physical copy of Hog's Back, thank you note, Scratchfoot Acoustics sticker and 5 Scratchfoot logo guitar picks. PLUS if the $6k goal is hit you will receive a digital download the new album, Driftwood, when it is completed.

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    (1)1/2 hour lesson on the dobro, guitar, banjo, or mandolin conducted in person or via skype, ***ALONG WITH*** a Scratchfoot Acoustics logo t-shirt (see picture), the written story of Hog's Back and it's personal meaning to me, a signed physical copy of Hog's Back, thank you note, Scratchfoot Acoustics sticker, and 5 Scratchfoot logo guitar picks. PLUS if the $6k goal is hit you will receive a physical copy the new album, Driftwood, when it is completed.

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    Not interested in lessons, no worries, at this amount you will receive (2) signed Copies of Hog's Back. ***ALONG WITH*** the written story of what Hog's Back means to me, a Scratchfoot Acoustics Shirt (See Picture), 5 Scratchfoot logo picks, and a thank you note. PLUS if the $6k goal is hit you will receive a physical copy the new album, Driftwood, when it is completed.

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    A limited 3x5 sketch of a guitar close up done by myself, (5) 5x7 pictures of the instruments used on the album. ***ALONG WITH*** a Scratchfoot Acoustics logo t-shirt (see picture), the written story of Hog's Back and it's personal meaning to me, a signed physical copy of Hog's Back, thank you note, Scratchfoot Acoustics sticker, and 5 Scratchfoot logo guitar picks. PLUS if the $6k goal is hit you will receive a physical copy the new album, Driftwood, when it is completed.

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    A private 90 minute acoustic show (location must be within 50 miles of Livingston, MT... If further, travel and lodging must be provided) ***ALONG WITH*** a signed physical copy of the Hog's Back album, and thank you note.

    AND if the $6000 goal is hit you will receive a physical copy of Driftwood, the follow up album to Hog's Back (when it reaches completion) with your name included in the credits.

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    Four, 1/2 hour lessons on guitar, dobro, mandolin, or banjo to be scheduled at your convenience, held in person or via skype. A private 90 minute acoustic show (location must be within 50 miles of Livingston, MT... If further, travel and lodging must be provided) ***ALONG WITH*** a signed physical copy of the Hog's Back album, thank you note. AND if the $6000 goal is hit you will receive a signed physical copy of Driftwood, the follow up album to Hog's Back (when it reaches completion) with your name included in the credits, plus a candid photo of me in the studio recording the new album.

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    20 half hour lessons on the guitar, dobro, banjo, or mandolin to be conducted in person or via skype. A limited 3x5 sketch of a guitar close up done by myself, (5) 5x7 pictures of the instruments used on the album. ***ALONG WITH*** A private 90 minute acoustic show (location must be within 50 miles of Livingston, MT... If further, travel and lodging must be provided), a signed physical copy of the Hog's Back album and a scratchfoot acoustics logo t-shirt.
    AND if the $6000 goal is met you will receive a signed copy of Driftwood , the follow up album to Hog's Back (when it reaches completion) with your name in the credits, along with a candid photo of me recording the new album in the studio. ***You will also receive pre-released tracks and outtakes of the new album as it is being recorded***

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