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I am so excited to begin working on my very first solo CD! An album of original music with some of my favorite musicians. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 10, 2014.

I am so excited to begin working on my very first solo CD! An album of original music with some of my favorite musicians.

About this project

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to tell you about this project.

I grew up playing bluegrass fiddle in California, graduated from the Berklee College of Music last spring, and am currently living in Boston. My time here in Boston has been incredibly influential to me as a musician - I've met and played with so many amazing musicians, and have been exposed to many new and different styles of music as well. At school, I also had the privilege of studying with some of the most inspiring teachers I've ever met. This album will be a culmination of what I've learned over the past 5 years in Boston. I would like this recording to be a celebration of my time here and the friends I have made. I can't wait to share the music with you all!

Here's a live video of one of my tunes that will be featured on the album: 

This will be my first ever solo CD, featuring my original tunes and a few other songs as well. I am so lucky to have some of my favorite musicians on board with me for this project: Molly Tuttle, Tony Trischka, Joe Walsh, Lukas Pool, Brittany Karlson, and more!

With your help, the money from this Kickstarter project will go toward funding:

4 Days of recording at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain

Mixing and Mastering

Production Costs

Payment for the amazing musicians and their travel expenses

Album Artwork/Design

Printing/Duplication of CDs

Kickstarter Fees

However, if the goal is not met by the end of the 30 day donation period, no money will be raised for this project and your donations will be returned to you. Here's what you can do to make this a successful project!

  • Choose a donation/reward listed to the right of your screen. There are a lot of really cool rewards based on the donation levels. Everyone who helps out will receive something in return as a big thank you from me - I really could not do this without you!
  • Share this page with your friends. A big part of the success of this project will be just getting the word out. Feel free to share this page with friends, family, and anyone else who may be interested in checking it out. Let's get the word out via email lists, facebook and other social networking sites!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this project!

Risks and challenges

There are many factors that go into making this a successful project. First and most important is your support! Reaching the goal together will allow us all of the necessary resources to make the project come to life, printed and delivered to your ears. However, even after this project is funded, there are potential setbacks, such as production delays, scheduling and time constraints, musical challenges in the studio, and other details.

Since the musicians on this album are spread out around the east coast and have separate gigging schedules, coordinating travel and rehearsal time is a challenge. Everybody has been working together on making this happen so that we are polished and ready to go when we get into the studio. We're all dedicated to making it a great record!

The biggest challenge of this project is getting it funded, which is where you come in! I know we can do this with your help.

As a recent college graduate, this project is a huge financial undertaking for me. It's something I have wanted to do for a while, but until now have not had the time or resources to make it happen. This may be my last year (for now) living in Boston, which has been an important and influential time of my life. I would love to make this project a reality during this year as a way to represent and celebrate my time here, but it cannot happen without you!

Kickstarter is a valuable resource for independent artists like myself to raise money and support to make their creative projects come to life. However, Kickstarter is also ALL OR NOTHING - if the goal is not met by the end of the 30 day donation period, no money is made and we cannot go through with the project. I'm truly grateful for whatever amount of donation you are comfortable with giving. Your support for this project and all other independent art out there means so much to me!

- John

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    A hard copy of the CD plus a digital download of the album before it is released!

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    A hard copy of the CD signed by me, plus a digital download of the album before it is released!

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    All of the above, plus a personal handwritten card (featuring my original "artwork").

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    All of the above, a copy of the TriMountain Sessions EP, and a signed copy of the handwritten sheet music for one of my original tunes from the album.

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    All of the above, AND your name will appear in the thank you's on the album!

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    All of the above, and a 1 hour private music lesson with me, in person or over Skype.

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    Mixtape Package: I will put together a personalized playlist for you of some of my favorite music. Also includes a hard copy of the CD (signed) + digital download + card + TriMountain Sessions EP + sheet music + your name in the thank you's.

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    2 tickets for you and a guest to my next show in your area. Also includes 2 signed, hard copies of the CD, a digital download, card, TriMountain Sessions EP, sheet music and your name in the thank you's.

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    Night Out On The Town Package: I will take you out to one of my favorite swanky restaurants in the Boston or San Diego areas. Also includes a hard copy of the CD (signed) + digital download + card + TriMountain Sessions EP + sheet music + your name in the thank you's.

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    Romance Package: Is there a special someone in your life who you long to impress with the achingly luxurious and dulcet tones of the fiddle? Or perhaps with the silky smooth and overwhelmingly seductive baritone voice of the octave mandolin? Then this is the package for you! I will stealthily accompany you and your special someone to a destination of your choosing (Boston/California areas only please), hide in wait until the right moment, and then emerge from an undisclosed location as I play "As Time Goes By", "I Will Always Love You", or another classic from my impressive and vast repertoire of romantic songs. Guaranteed to be an evening to remember! Also includes a hard copy of the CD (signed) + digital download + card + TriMountain Sessions EP + sheet music + your name in the thank you's.

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    I will write a tune just for you. I'll include original, handwritten sheet music for the tune, and will send you a digital recording of myself (and maybe a few friends!) playing the tune. I'll even play it for you at a show if we cross paths somewhere! Also includes a hard copy of the CD (signed) + digital download + card + TriMountain Sessions EP + sheet music + your name in the thank you's.

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    House Concert Package: I will play a private house concert at your home (California or New England areas mainly, but we can talk about the details). I'll play just for you, or you can invite all your friends, enemies, family and strangers over for an intimate evening of music. AND I will cook you an amazing dinner the evening of the show! Also includes a hard copy of the CD (signed) + digital download + card + TriMountain Sessions EP + sheet music + your name in the thank you's.

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    Wow! There will be a private party in your honor at my amazing parent's home in San Diego, complete with jamming, food and more! Fun times! Also includes any and/or all of the above rewards you'd like!

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