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I just completed a life-long dream... building a log cabin. Now, help me share it with you in music by releasing "The Cabin Sessions."

In the past dozen years, I've gone from scarcely ever playing a guitar, to having a music career as a singer/songwriter. It has taken me all over Texas, to both coasts, onto national television, and even scored me some free beer and BBQ! But the greatest rewards have always been the friendships it has helped foster, and the connection created with others through the sharing of my songs.

Over the past year and a half, I've set my music on the side burner and focused on completing a lifelong dream project that I started long before I ever picked up a guitar... building a hand-hewn log cabin from scratch.

It was tough work.  

Now that it is finally finished, I'm struck with a renewed vision about my musical path and know who I am as an artist now more than ever. I have a batch of songs I've written (old and new) that I want to render in raw, stripped-down, acoustic fashion... and where better a place to record them than at the cabin?

So, armed with my old Gibson guitar along with the sounds of the fire popping and crickets chirping, I plan to record my next album at the cabin. It will be called “The Cabin Sessions” and will be released in the Fall of 2013.

There’s something unique about playing out at the cabin that somehow brings out the heart and soul of a song. I want to capture and share that in an album for everyone to enjoy. 

This Kickstarter is a way for supporters of my music to play a key role in its creation. The backing goal set for this project will help cover the basic costs of production, mastering, art design, photography, videography, printing press fees, and backer rewards. If we exceed the goal, any extra will just go toward making this album and it's release bigger and better. My sincere thanks go out in advance to all contributors for believing in me and the music I love to make.

Thank you,

Ben Smith

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main challenge is simply setting aside the time to spend on this project. Time is money, and making an album requires both time and money. That's the primary reason why it has been four years since my last album release.

I operate best under pressure, though. This Kickstarter, and the pledges from fans serve as pressure and a concrete reminder that I am obligated to spend the time and money required to make this idea into reality. Knowing this, I'll get it done with flying colors.

Photography by Teagan Jacobson of Denton, Texas
Videography by Guy Taylor Shepperd of Denton, Texas

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    Reward: Warm feelings of appreciation from Ben Smith cast cheerfully in your general direction, PLUS a Ben Smith sticker and a coozie of your color choice (black, green, camo, or pink).

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    Reward: Much high regard for you and your character in the estimation of Ben Smith, PLUS a digital download of "The Cabin Sessions" album.

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    "The MOTHER LOAD Reward Package": A personally signed copy of "The Cabin Sessions," AND... a handmade VIP pass to the CD release party, which will be held somewhere in the North Texas/DFW vicinity in October 2013.

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    Reward: In addition to the aforementioned "MOTHER LOAD Reward Package"... and Ben will write and record a personalized jingle for you to use as your voicemail greeting.

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    Reward: Your name will be listed in the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits. You will also receive the "MOTHER LOAD Reward Package."

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    Couple's Reward: You & your sweetheart's names will be listed on the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits. Plus two "MOTHER LOAD Reward Packages."

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    Reward: An invitation to the "Ben Smithapolooza" catered cookout & intimate acoustic concert AT BEN'S CABIN near Gainesville, Texas in October. PLUS your name will be listed on the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits AND you get the "MOTHER LOAD Reward Package"

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    Couple's Reward: Two invitations to the "Ben Smithapolooza" catered cookout & intimate acoustic concert AT BEN'S CABIN near Gainesville, Texas in October. PLUS you and your sweetheart's names will be listed on the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits AND two "MOTHER LOAD Reward Packages"

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    Ben Smith will come perform a concert at your house/party/ lake/ place of your choosing within a 300 mile radius of Dallas/Fort Worth. Areas in the greater United States are welcome too, as long as ya fly me out and put me up! Offer good from May 2013 to November 2014. PLUS you also get "The MOTHER LOAD Reward Package," and name listed in the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits.

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    "Keys to the Cabin": Along with and invite to the "Ben Smithapolooza," you get claim on the prized and privileged right to stay the night and sleep IN THE CABIN, on Ben's famous "Benchest Bed," and bask in the rustic splendor that created "The Cabin Sessions." You plus a companion will have exclusive claim over the cabin from about midnight on through the morning, and be welcome to join for camp breakfast. PLUS you also get "The MOTHER LOAD Reward Package," and name listed in the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits.

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    "El Resorto Log Cabino": Your right to stay at the cabin is good for ANY weekend of your choosing (working with Ben's schedule). Ben will open his cabin to you and your companion for a unique, rustic, private weekend getaway. Ben will show up for a brief evening serenade, then return to cook up a delicious campfire breakfast in the morning. Offer good from November 2013 through March 2014. Also, you will be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the album credits. PLUS you get two invitations to the "Ben Smithapolooza," you (and your sweetheart's) name(s) will be listed on the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits AND two "MOTHER LOAD Reward Packages."

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    "The Mighty Hunter": You and your compadre(s) will get full use of the cabin on the most prized weekend of the year, Opening Weekend of deer season, (or other weekend if you choose). Along with that, you get the right to hunt white-tailed deer and/or feral hogs from the blind or from several tree stands just a short walk from the cabin door. This will be a fully outfitted hunt, bow or open season. Maximum of 4 hunters allowed. Maximum of 4 deer total. No limit on hogs. Wildlife is wild, and roams freely through property. There is no guarantee you will take a deer or hog, but nice animals frequent the property on a routine basis. All Texas hunting regulations apply. State Hunter's Safety card required. You will also be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the album, get two invitations to the "Ben Smithapolooza," you (and your sweetheart's) name(s) will be listed on the "Special Thanks" portion of the album credits AND two "MOTHER LOAD Reward Packages."

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