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I'm asking my friends and fans to help me to continue to make music. Times are tough and money is tight. Music is alright.

Times, they are a changin'. It's time for me to change too. With the recent addition to our household, the tornado of crazy that Matt & I call Bonnie Jean.. The home studio where 'No Bees, No Honey' was recorded, can be no more. In order to continue to make music I've needed to change my/our process, completely.

Its nearing 3 years since I have recorded a full length record, and the time has come to get one done! I've done the research, weighed my options, pooled my resources, and formed a plan. Come mid-November, we will begin production on the new record definitely titled, 'Near The Knuckle'. I've picked a studio, and booked the space. I couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else. 115 Recordings in Norman, with the talented Wes Sharon! There are a handful of local musicians onboard to sing and play. I've met with local artists about the album artwork and photography. I have determined that this record will be released on cd, and vinyl(!) in 2013. Along with the new music, there will be a entirely new batch of merchandise. All of this, this time around, I will be organizing completely, totally, 100%, independantly. By myself. Alone.

I've been spoiled in the past with the amount of "free" resources I've had at my disposal. I got lucky. I am blessed. It was a sobering moment, realizing those days are long gone. And because this is my situation, I know that I need to ask for help. The amount of money I am asking my friends and fans to help me raise, is in no way a reflection of what I think I deserve. It is instead, whole-heartedly, what I think it will take to produce the finished product that I would be proud to deliver to the people who have supported me for so long. (Though the amount of emotional, mental, and physical support that has kept me afloat throughout my career could never be measured monitarily.) If I am going to make this thing, I am going to make it right. Making it in general would not be possible without the donations I am hoping to receive. I want to make sure that everyone who donates, is proud to be a part of this project too.

Because I am asking for a signifigant amount of money to fund this project, I feel that it is my responsability to make sure that anyone who donates, knows exactly where their hard earned money is being spent. From the day this kickstarter launches, to the day the CDs (and vinyl!) reach my hands, I will be blogging weekly updates at WWW.ALIHARTER.COM Even if I have nothing to say, I'm going to say something. It'll be just like my live shows. Ha! In the meantime I'd like to include a list of everything involved in the decision to raise this much money..

Studio recording and production, mixing and mastering, paying musicians, childcare, gas money, artwork, manufacturing CDs and vinyl, publicity, physical and digital promotion, merchandise, album release show and promotion, websites, packaging and postage of rewards to donors..

As I continue to plan, and begin to work I am quickly realizing how much will be involved in getting this thing off the ground. Im doing my best to plan for anything and everything, though I know I am only scratching the surface. I promise to report the good, the bad, and the ugly along the way. I want to say thank you in advance to anyone who donates, or spreads the word, or supports this project in any way. I cannot do this alone.

Thank you, & here we go!
Ali

Ali- WWW.ALIHARTER.COM
115 Recording- http://www.facebook.com/pages/115-Recording/158943200799608

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I have no doubt that between, how badly I want this record to be released, and the pure fear of letting anyone down, that this record will get made. The only way I will not finish this project, is if I die. And I'm not going to die.

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