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Dietrich Strause records a full length album of lyrical folk music with some of the finest musicians in the New England roots community
Dietrich Strause records a full length album of lyrical folk music with some of the finest musicians in the New England roots community
171 backers pledged $9,363 to help bring this project to life.

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THE NEW ALBUM

Since releasing my last record in 2010, I have been writing the songs and stories that have become this new album. I have been touring the east coast and developing the songs while playing at venues like Club Passim, The Lizard Lounge, and Toad. To find a permanent home for these songs I enlisted the help of producer and guitarist Austin Nevins, who has toured and recorded with many writers whose songs I deeply admire (Rose Cousins, Anais Mitchell, Josh Ritter). In December we went into Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA and recorded the basics for eleven songs with my live band, Billy Beard, Jim Larkin, and Laurence Scudder. Then in April, I took a drive up the coast to Great North Sound Society in Maine where I spent four days with Austin, Matt Malikowski, Zachariah Hickman, and Sam Kassirer, tracking piano, organ, horns, clarinet and other magical musical devices. It truly has been a privilege to hear these songs come to life in the hands of some of my favorite musicians and dearest friends in Boston.

  • Matt Malikowski, engineer
  • Austin Nevins, producer, guitars, banjo, mandolin
  • Billy Beard (Session Americana), drums, percussion
  • Jim Larkin (Jesse Dee), electric bass
  • Laurence Scudder, viola
  • Laura Cortese, fiddle, background vocals
  • Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), piano, organ, vibes
  • Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne), upright bass, pump organ, bass clarinet, horns

I am very excited about the new album! The care and heart that these players have put into the recording has been inspiring and I can't wait to share it with you. 

ABOUT KICKSTARTER

Some of the costs included in making a record can be daunting - studio time, mixing, mastering, printing, and of course paying the wonderful musicians. I am trying to reach a goal of $8,000 here on Kickstarter to help with these costs, but the actual costs of making the record and getting into everyone's ears are closer to $12,000. If it doesn't reach the $8,000 mark by my deadline of June 1st, the project won't be funded, you won't be charged, but the rewards won't be able to be fulfilled! And sadly, the road to completing the new album will taper off into the distance.

As a supporter of the new album on Kickstarter you not only receive the rewards for which you pledge but you will be able to hear the album before anyone else. You will also be able to follow along as we put on the finishing touches, adding special background vocalists and guests, and get a glimpse into how a record is made. I am honored to have you as an investor in the new album! If you think of anyone else who might be interested in hearing the new music we are making, please pass this Kickstarter page along via email, Facebook posts, Twitter, and any other way you can think of. Thank you so much for joining the team and helping see through the completion of the record.

If you have any questions about the rewards or the making of the album feel free to email me at: dietrich.strause@gmail.com - I look forward to hearing from you!

Risks and challenges

Recording music is about making choices - tempo, style, instrumentation, etc. - and living with those choices has been the biggest challenge for me. Writing a new song is a wonderful feeling, it feels like creating a new friend. But recording a song can feel like putting that friend in prison. From the moment you start recording, the music starts down a path to become singularly what it is, and infinitely what it is not. The challenge for me has been to learn as much as I can without wanting to start all over, grow my hair out, and make a disco record. I have trusted the ears, dedication, and musicianship of my friend and producer Austin Nevins, along with the musicianship of Matt, Billy, Jim, Laurence, Laura, Sam, and Zachariah. Moving forward I will look to them, you, my fans, friends, and supporters to help me live with the process and path of the songs.

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    THREE SONG DOWNLOAD | You will get a download of three tracks from the new album before it is released!

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    FULL ALBUM DOWNLOAD | You will receive a download of the new album with a PDF of the artwork and liner notes before it is released!

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    THE ALBUM | You receive a signed copy of the new album sent right to your door + a download of the whole album before it is released!

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    SOLO ACOUSTIC DEMOS | You receive a handmade CD of a collection of the solo acoustic demos used in production, along with a few other unreleased recordings from my apartment. In addition, you will get a signed copy of the new album + a digital download of the album before it is released!

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    TWO ALBUMS + POSTER | You will receive two signed copies of the new album, (one for you and one to give as a gift?) plus an 11x17 print of a Toad Residency poster. You will also get the download of the full album before it is released!

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    RED HEADED STRANGER | You and a friend are invited to a special sing-along concert on September 7th, 2013 at 7pm in Boston. We will eat chili and cornbread and sing along with an acoustic trio to one of my favorite records, Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, an epic of scorned lovers, fugitives, murder, and redemption! Each backer will get a signed copy of the new album at the sing-along + a digital download of the album before it is released!

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    ALL MUSIC PACKAGE | You will receive download cards for my first two albums, handmade CD's of the acoustic demos, a collection of live tracks, a mix of some of favorite songs, and of course a signed copy of the new album and a digital download before it is released!

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    THREE LESSONS | For people within a 20 mile radius of Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, MA, these will be three, in-person hour-long guitar or songwriting lessons. Want to start to finger-pick on the guitar? Or do have a story or an idea you really want to put into song form? For people outside of the radius, we can do this over Skype! Also included, a signed copy of the new album + a digital download before it is released. (Distance negotiable)

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    BOSTON - SOMERVILLE - CAMBRDIGE HOUSE CONCERT | You will get a special acoustic duo house concert anywhere within a 30 mile radius of Jamaica Pond in Jamaica Plain, MA. You can invite all of your family and friends! As hosts, you will receive a signed copy of the new album + a digital download of the new album. This can be scheduled starting July 2013 onward.

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    EAST COAST HOUSE CONCERT | You will get a solo house concert anywhere in the states of ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC & VA. As hosts, you will receive a signed copy of the new album + a download of the new album before it is released. This can be scheduled starting July 2013 onward.

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    MY MARTIN GUITAR | You will receive my first acoustic guitar, my Martin DC-1E. This guitar has seen the inside of countless Central Pennsylvania bar-rooms, New England folk venues, and all the coffee shops and clubs inbetween. It can be heard being played on my first record! It has the wear and tear of being played and loved for unending hours. You will also receive the ALL MUSIC reward, which includes the signed new album and digital download before it is released!

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    A SONG FOR YOU | Have an idea for a song but don't know where to start? Or do you have a feeling you can't quite express to a loved one (or used to be loved one!) without some rhymes, rhythm, and melody? After a lengthy conversation over coffee or the phone, I will write and record a song just for you. You will also get a signed copy of the new album + a digital download of the new album before it is released.

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