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We're Almond&Olive, a folk duo from Chicago, and we're releasing our debut album!
We're Almond&Olive, a folk duo from Chicago, and we're releasing our debut album!
114 backers pledged $10,322 to help bring this project to life.

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Hey everyone - we are Almond&Olive. About a year ago we (Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson) met while working for a nonprofit animal welfare organization. We both discovered our similar love of music, and the creation of music, and decided to give playing together a go. After a few short weeks, we'd already written a handful of songs, and aside from that chemistry, we just both loved playing together and decided to form our duo.

We played a few shows, wrote some more songs, and every step along the way, we just got better and better. We decided it was time to record an album. This project is so important to us because writing music and performing - that's who we are at our core. And this music - this record - is going to be special.

Not only will we be creating something amazing, but with our creation we will be giving back. We met with a love of helping animals, and those who care for them, so we are donating portions of the proceeds of the sale of our debut record to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation. JGF will use our donated funds to help animal shelters across the country reach their rescue goals and dreams.

This is where you come in. We need to reach our goals and dreams in order to give back, and that starts here, with this Kickstarter. We are trying to raise $10,000 to finish recording our record, pay the amazing musicians who will play on it, and contract out a publishing company to get the word out. Every little bit helps, so please donate what you can.

Ever since either of us could sing a melody or play a note, making music has been our dream. Please help us reach our goals, and give us a chance to give back to our community. Thanks so much for your support!

Natalie and Ollie A&O

https://www.facebook.com/almondolivemusic/

Risks and challenges

After we gain funding and complete the album, our biggest challenge will be to secure additional funding to do everything that is necessary to successfully promote the album and our music. We will need to tour, print flyers and CDs, and hire professionals to help guide us. The advantage that we will have will be an album full of great music, and our dedication to our craft in terms of creating and playing live.

Thanks to the backing of this Kickstarter, we will have been able to hire a publicity company to help start the process of promotion, helping get the music into the hands of influential critics, radio DJs, and columnists. This will allow word to spread about A&O, making things that much easier to gain further promotion and live shows. In the end, our dedication will win out and obliterate any obstacles or challenges that will come our way.

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    Thanks!

    Thanks so much for the support!

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    Shout out!

    Shout out on our social networks and a digital download of our first single!

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    Almondola

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    Cerignola

    Physical copy of our debut album and a digital download on release day!

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    (The Cerignola, an enormous olive, is sold both green and black. The green variety has a mild and vegetal flavor. When black, the flesh is softer and sweeter, and the pit is much easier to remove.)

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    Wild Sweet Apricot Kernel

    A&O T-Shirt, physical CD, and digital download of album on release day.

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    (Organic wild sweet apricot kernels are the small seeds found inside the pit of an apricot. They resemble almonds and have a mild sweet taste. These sweet apricot kernels are delicious for snacking or baking.)

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    Gaeta

    Limited edition A&O t-shirt, physical cd, and digital download of album on release day

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    (The Gaeta olive is a small brownish black olive that can be hard to pit, but the flavor, which is reminiscent of nuts, is worth the effort.)

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    Jordan Almond

    Limited edition vinyl and digital download of album on release day

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    (Jordan almonds, thought to have originated in ancient Rome, where honey-covered almonds introduced by a Roman baker and confectioner named Julius Dragatus. His confections were called dragati and were served by nobility at weddings and births. Nowadays, Jordan almonds are roasted slightly and then covered in a colorful candy coating!)

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    Kalamata

    A&O Hoodie, physical cd, and digital download of album on release day

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    (The Kalamata olive is a plump, purplish black Greek variety that’s especially popular in U.S. markets and a good choice in most recipes calling for black olives.)

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    Marcona Almonds

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    (Marcona almonds are a special product of Spain and Italy. These almonds are more rounded and plump than the California varieties)

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    Niçoise

    A&O Hoodie, T-Shirt, signed cd and a digital download on release day

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    (The Niçoise olive is a small, brownish purple variety that grows in southern France. Removing the large pits from these chewy, flavorful olives is hard.)

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    Blue Cheese Olives

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    Stuffed Olive

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    Almond Paste

    2 Tickets to record release show, including access to pre-party, limited edition vinyl, physical cd and digital download.

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    (Almond paste is ideal for baking, and is commonly used for wedding cakes. Also not included)

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    Green Almond

    Acoustic demos of all album tracks, vinyl, physical cd and digital download.

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    (Green almonds have a green furry covering, much like a fuzzy peach. The furry covering is actually the almond “fruit,” and the almond is the seed within.)

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    Nyon

    We will write a 2 minute song for you on the topic of your choice!

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    (Nyon olives are dry cured, then aged in brine. The plump, wrinkly olives are meaty, just-a-bit bitter, and packed with aromatic flavor.)

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    Castelvetrano

    Private show for you and your party!

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    (Limited to the greater Chicago area, unless you want to fly A&O to your coastal beach house)

    (Castelvetrano olives are Italy's most ubiquitous snack olive. Bright green, they're often referred to as dolce, and come from Castelvetrano, Sicily. These are also Ollie's favorite olives.)

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    Olive and Almond

    EVERYTHING

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