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Americana roots rock album by Beth Bombara and her band.
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I self-released "Map & No Direction" in 2017. Now, I'm working on a new record. 


I truly cannot make this album happen without you. I'd be thrilled to have you come alongside me and make this record a reality!  Why am I asking you to partner with me? As you may have heard from other independent artists, we do this on our own, without the support and muscle of a record label. Traditionally, the label would fund the making and promotion of a new record. Since 2015, I've been making a living as an independent artist. Without label support, I've created 4 albums that I'm extremely proud of, toured the U.S. a handful of times, and built a community of fans that have made this whole journey about as rewarding as it can be. 

That's where you come in. 

By simply ordering an advance copy of the album, opting for a one-of-a kind experience, or even just sharing this project with friends, you enable me to bring on all the people that will make this album happen. This cast of characters include: studio musicians (THE BAND!), recording, mixing and mastering engineers, producers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, radio promoters and publicists. It really does take a village!

It is my belief that collaboration among different artistic disciplines draws out a stronger piece of work in the end. I've been working tirelessly toward the next thing: the next song, the next album, the next tour. Having people join in on that creative process is a total dream come true for me! 

What exactly is this album? 

10 new songs are completely written. The last album, Map & No Direction, was written at a time when I was struggling with depression, confidence and purpose.  These new songs are the other side of that climb. I've realized that vulnerability is not necessarily weakness, it can be a powerful avenue for resilience and strength. I've found my true north, and begun to plant seeds of optimism for the future.  My experience has undoubtedly seeped into this new batch of songs. Lyrically and sonically, this album is a little more upbeat. 

Where will it be recorded?

Most of the album will be tracked live at Jettison Studios, near St. Louis.  Meet the band!  

John Calvin Abney, Mike Schurk, Beth Bombara, Samuel Gregg, Kit Hamon
John Calvin Abney, Mike Schurk, Beth Bombara, Samuel Gregg, Kit Hamon

Excited to announce that John Calvin Abney will be co-producing this record and lending his skills on keys. We have already started the recording process, but need your help to make sure we cross the finish line! Yes, I'll be posting a few pictures of the process on my Facebook page, BUT if you pledge through Kickstarter, you will have access to exclusive updates and content for Kickstarter backers ONLY! Photos, video, and stories about the process! 

Beth and John Calvin Abney, arranging a song for piano and vocal
Beth and John Calvin Abney, arranging a song for piano and vocal

Timeline: If we reach the goal, I expect the album to be released by late July/early August. And for being so awesome, you will receive the album a full month before it's released to the public. Vinyl orders may take extra time, depending on how backed up the pressing plants are. Everyone who pledges will receive an advanced download of the album, well before it's available to anyone else. 

Budget Outline:

Recording, mixing, mastering, musicians: $8,000 

Photography, music videos: $3,000

Publicity/Radio Outreach: $10,000

Manufacturing CD's and Records: $4,000

Goal: $20,000 (bare minimum needed to make this project happen)

Stretch Goal : $25,000 (this would allow for everything listed above)

Risks and challenges

The main risk is that the funding is ALL OR NOTHING. If we don't meet the goal, the album will be delayed, and touring will stall, for who knows how long. But I'm confident that we can all work together to reach the goal and the album will be released into the world with a full tour to follow.

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    2 copies of the album on CD, well before the album is available to the public. One for you and one for a friend, because you're so nice.

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    Wake Up Package! Coffee Beans, Mug + CD

    BB blend coffee beans, BB coffee mug & advance CD to help you start your day off right. About the coffee: You will receive a 12 oz. bag of beans, small batch roasted in St. Louis by the Mud House, under their MOMO coffee label, to my specifications. I will even be there during the roasting.

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    Online Concert Experience

    I'll do an exclusive online concert where you can help pick my set list ahead of time, and interact with me live in real time via chat or video. Ask me questions, I might tell you about the time I ran down a mountain to make it to a show on time. I'll play approximately 60 minutes of music, and will schedule a time (or two) that works for all schedules involved. Also includes an early copy of the CD, before it's available to the general public, and 3 photo prints from the studio.

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    Live Concert Experience

    Two tickets to any show of mine!! Hear the songs live, in person, from the front row (if seats are available). I'll dedicate a song to you from the stage and give you an autographed copy of that evening's set list. Not sure if I'm coming to your town on my next tour? Message me, let me know where you live, and I'll let you know if I plan to tour through there! (USA exclusive, Hawaii and Alaska not included, festivals excluded).

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    Your Name in the Album Credits

    Immortalize your name forever in the credits of the album. You will be thanked alongside the producer, engineer, musicians and the studio dog, Bradford. Also, choose between a signed copy of the Vinyl Record, or CD.

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    Studio Party! Pizza and Album preview

    See the mixing studio where the album is being mixed. Bring one friend, enjoy some pizza, beer/wine, and have a chance to hear the album start to finish on the studio speakers. (Studio located in St. Louis). Includes 3 photo prints from the recording sessions and a personalized thank you note.

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    Bowling with the Band

    We've taken up bowling as a hobby while we're out on tour. I can't promise that we're any good, but we'll all leave with smiles on our faces. Bowling just isn't your thing? I'm sure we can figure out a substitute activity, just inquire before pledging. Limited to the St. Louis area, or if we are on tour in your town.

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    House Concert Experience

    Invite your friends for an intimate night of music. Turn your house into the coolest underground music club for one night! Make this a special event for your guests, or collect a suggested donation at the door to help offset your cost: you decide. This level covers a solo house concert with Beth, possible duo concert depending on availability. Full band can be arranged for an additional fee. Available anywhere in the U.S., (excluding Hawaii and Alaska). Over 250 miles from St. Louis, extra travel costs may apply, unless routed within an existing tour.

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    We Sing for YOUR Dinner

    My bandmate Sam will cook dinner for up to 8 people at your house. The rest of the band and I will help, but he will make most of the magic happen. Sam is a FANTASTIC chef. I'll bring an acoustic guitar along and we'll all sing you some songs. Also includes coffee beans + mug, 3 photo prints from the recording studio, and your name in the album credits.

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    The Ultimate VIP

    Guest list and backstage privileges to any show for 3 years. Comes with laminated VIP pass. USA only. Excludes festivals.

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    On Top of the World

    I will take you on a hot air balloon ride, and we'll talk about our hopes, dreams, and biggest fears while floating among the clouds. Also includes VIP pass to any show for LIFE.

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    RECORD STORE DAY SPECIAL! Free 7" record

    Pre-order a copy of the upcoming record and get a bonus 7" pressing of an alternate version of Beth's song "Give Me Something", which is on a split 7" with the band Town Cars.

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