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An accordion-driven rock & roll, bluegrass, Irish, Christian/Catholic music experience that glorifies God and is fun to listen to.
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UPDATE: You did it! Thank you for making this project a success! Really, I cant tell you how grateful I am. Thanks to your support, the "Gospel Accordion to Bob Rice" will get to be recorded! Further donations will let the following things happen:

$10,000: Better musicians! An increased budget will allow me to fly in some amazing people for the project, such as Katie Rose who sang with me on "I Shall Be Healed." 

$11,000: More music! I won't be constrained to just ten songs, I could do eleven! Or maybe twelve! Or perhaps I'll just kick this in to make the ten songs I want to record even better. 

$12,000: Better packaging! Finally, I can have something that has been requested for all my albums but could never afford: a booklet that contains the lyrics. 

Thanks again for your support! Woo-hoo!

I guess I started playing accordion for the same reasons everyone else does: to pick up girls and for the "bad boy" reputation that comes with it. 

Though I only started playing accordion about ten years ago, I first fell in love with it's sound when I was in high school. Two albums came out that blew me away: Paul Simon's "Graceland" and John Cougar Mellencamp's "The Lonesome Jubilee." I think a clean accordion sound is the perfect accompaniment to an acoustic rhythm guitar. That's the kind of sound I strive for. 

People who have seen me perform live know I always pick up an accordion to play a few songs. That's usually my favorite part of the show—and I hate to put it down! So I figured I'd write more songs that  featured my accordion playing, and that's where the idea for "The Gospel Accordion Bob Rice" was born. 

What I've come up with are a bunch of songs that are a mix of bluegrass, country, Irish, contemporary Christian music, and rock and roll. Instead of trying to explain how it sounds, let me try to say how it will feel: joyful, thoughtful, and prayerful

Many of the tracks are songs that joyfully celebrate God's love for us and what's He's done in our lives. For example, the song, "Never Been Disappointed" rejoices at how God's plans are better than our own: "You say that You know all Your plans for me / I say, 'Tell them to me now,' You say, 'Wait and see' / And when I do, it's the same thing I find / You didn't bring me this far to leave me behind!"

Other songs are more thoughtful, such as, "Let This Be A Church Again," which I wrote after visiting a bar that was once a church: "Oh, let this be a church again / Come back to your home / Remind us what these walls are for / To worship you alone." 

But my real hope is that some of this music would lead people into prayer. One of my favorite tracks is a song based on the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux titled, "Small." "I want to be just one word within your story / I want to be faithful to Your call / Oh, to be a single note within your symphony! / Teach me how to be small."

Throughout this project I'll continue to upload demos so you can really get the feel of the project. Click on the "Updates" tab at the top of the page to hear more of the music and the stories behind them.

Though I love the accordion, I'm more in love with the Gospel. Music is an inspiring way to hear the Message. Making CDs are a great way to extend the ministry I do and it really blesses my family. Thank you for any way that you can support this project, especially by saying a prayer for it's success.

God bless you!

Risks and challenges

I think I have a realistic timeline in place to release a CD by early November. The studio has penciled me in and I've got musicians excited and ready to play. Delays can always happen, of course. But if I can record the CD in September there should be no problem having it ready to go by November. This is my 10th CD, so I think I have a handle on what needs to be done and how long it will take to do it to make a great final product.

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    "The Cool Person." Upon receiving your pledge, I will say out loud, "Wow, (your name) is a cool person." There might not be anyone other than me who will hear that statement, but unlike the tree that falls in the forest with no one listening, I will make a sound.

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    "The Friend." I will not only say out loud, "Wow, (your name) is a cool person," but you will also receive the full MP3 version of the CD the second it is available. This will also make a sound in the forest, if connected to audio equipment (audio equipment not included.)

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    "The Fan." I will not only say, "Wow, (your name) is a cool person," out loud, but I will write that down—on your very own CD! Yes, you'll get an autographed "The Gospel Accordion Bob Rice" CD! But since you won't be able to live without the new music for the few days it will take to get to you in the mail, you'll also immediately receive the MP3 download as well.

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    "The Fan (in stereo!)" Not only will I say, "Wow, (your name) is a cool person." Not only will you get the MP3 download and the autographed CD. You will also get a second autographed CD. Which CD? You can choose! Perhaps some music from my earlier days? Or maybe a second "Gospel" CD as a gift for that accordion loving friend? Or something to torture your according hating friend? The choice is yours!

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    "The Fashionista Fan." I'll say you're a cool person, you'll get the MP3 download, you'll get two autographed CDs (one of this project and the other is your choice,) AND... you will get an amazing, exclusive "The Gospel Accordion Bob Rice" T-shirt that will NOT ever be available anywhere else! (I guess that's what "exclusive" means, but I just wanted to emphasize the point.) (Non-USA backers: send me an email and I will calculate the extra shipping costs.)

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    "The Famous Fan." Saying you're cool is a good thing, and autographing it on a CD is even better. But how about telling the world about your amazing coolness? For $70, in addition to everything above, I will show my appreciation for your support by giving you a public thanks on the inside of the CD. Yes, you can tell all your friends that your name is permanently enshrined in the greatest accordion-driven independent Catholic music CD ever created (by Bob Rice, up to this point.) A donation at this level really helps make this project a reality, so you deserve all the thanks I can give you! (Non-USA backers: send me an email and I will calculate the extra shipping costs.)

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    "The Fellowship of the Fan." How about an exclusive booklet? It will include lyrics to all the songs and the Scriptures and stories that inspired each one. And maybe other stuff. I'm not sure, I haven't written it yet. But it will start by saying "This book belongs to..." and then it will list your name and everyone else who was awesome enough to be able to fund me at this level. This level also includes the putting your name in the CD, the exclusive (and elusive, if you're fast enough) T-shirt, two autographed CDs, the MP3 download, saying "(your name) is cool!" out loud, and a partridge in a pear tree (partridge and tree not included.) Want more? Okay! I'll throw in another of my CDs (or my novel, if you'd like.) It's the ultimate box set! And yes, it will even come in a box! (Non-USA backers: send me an email and I will calculate the extra shipping costs.)

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    "The Fantastic Fan." Everything above, plus everything else I've ever done (that's still available.) That's two books and 11 CDs (including the one I did in college,) all autographed for you or your friends! You will also get some artwork from my kids that emphasize just how fan-tastic you are. (Non-USA backers: send me an email and I will calculate the extra shipping costs.)

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    "The Follicle Fan." I got this idea while thinking of words that begin with F. I mean, what more can I give you than everything I've ever made? How about a piece of myself? Or more specifically, my hair. That's right, you'll get a few pieces of my hair, nicely framed (something classy from Hobby Lobby,) along with everything else above. Why do you want a piece of my hair? Because it's weird, that's why. A great conversation starter when guests visit. And at this point, you're just being amazingly cool by helping me out with this kind of donation. So enjoy the silliness of it all!

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    "The Philanthropical Fan." Quite a big jump from $100, isn't it? Here's what I figure—anyone who can donate more than the $100 level isn't doing it for the perks. They're doing it because they are financially blessed and they're willing to share their blessing to help make this project a reality. There's nothing I can give to repay this kind of generosity (though you will get all the above mentioned stuff.) All I can say is, on behalf of myself, my family, and the many people who will be blessed by this CD, a very heartfelt and sincere, "Thank you."

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