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5 time Grammy nominated band Big Tent Revival is returning to the studio after over a decade, thanks to Kickstarter and our fans!

Hi, and welcome to our Kickstarter page, where you can be a part of setting the TENT back up. 

GREAT NEWS!! The tent is officially BACK UP! We've reached our goal and are beginning to book studio time and flights for Spence and Steve to Nashville. HOWEVER...please continue to spread the word because every extra dollar will help make this an even better sounding, better looking, better smelling project. For those of you donating at the $75 level and higher, here's a sneak peak at the t-shirt Dave has designed. In a couple of weeks, we'll be asking for your sizes (no need to send those in yet).

Where to begin? Let's start two years ago in Franklin, Tenn. We were rehearsing for a 10 year reunion show at a worship conference. Very soon after playing through a few songs, we starting talking about how fun it would be to record again but couldn't figure out how to pay for it. The answer to our quandary came with Kickstarter. We LOVE Kickstarter because the fans get to participate in the process and we don't owe a thing to a record label. Instead, we owe YOU, our fans and supporters...to whom we've always owed a great deal of gratitude. (awww...single tear)

There's literally NO PRESSURE on us. We have no obligations to labels, publishers, managers, booking agents...no one. Our only obligation is to YOU. With that in mind, our goal is to simply enjoy ourselves and make you proud.

So you're asking "Sheesh, $28,000 is a LOT of money." Yes it is. And we don't have it. But, if a lot of you give a little bit, we'll be ready to rock. 

The money we raise will be spent wisely, but it has to go a L-O-N-G way. Beyond things like recording studio rentals, producer and engineer fees, other musicians, mixing and mastering, we're also going to need funding to create artwork, do a photo shoot, duplicate the CD, fly Spence and Steve to Nashville, etc. We can assure you, this is a shoestring budget and we promise no caviar lunch jet rides

We've tried to come up with what we think are some fun awards for our backers, but mainly we wanted to make sure that you get your money's worth in downloads, t-shirts, Skype calls...even private concerts.

NOTE: In any particular level, you can donate more dollars. For instance, if you want the awards at the $50 level, but really want to give $1,000...you can do that.  We see no problem with that whatsoever. Honestly. 

BUT...there's good news and not-so-good news. The good news is that if we raise OVER our goal, we get to keep the extra funds. That means higher quality everything, plus the ability to hire a publicist, maybe hire a radio promoter, print up some new merchandise, revamp our old touring gear, etc. Now, the not-so-good part: If we don't raise the TOTAL amount of our goal, we get ZERO. Nada, zilch, nothing. No CD, no reunion shows, no caviar lunches on private jets. That's a sad thing, right? Right. 

Also, no money will be collected (your card will not be charged) until the campaign ends at 2 p.m. CST, Friday April 20 and ONLY if we meet our goal of $28,000.

So, what can YOU do? "LIKE" this on Facebook. Click to Tweet the heck out of this campaign! Post a link on your Facebook page. Post a link on your friends' walls, make an announcement at church, pass out flyers at political rallies. Whatever you have to do to get the word out, we need you to do that for us.

Thanks so much for supporting this new record and be sure to go to the all new www.bigtentrevival.com for more updates, news, and schedules. 

Yours and HIS,

Steve W, Spence, Dave, Steve D, and Randy.

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    VIRTUAL THANK YOU and FIRST SONG - You'll get a digital postcard, virtually signed by the band and emailed to your very own personal electronic mail address. Also, you'll get a "rough mix" MP3 of the first song we complete.

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    THE EARLY BIRD - early download of the new record, 2 weeks before official release date. Worm not included, but the emailed postcard is!

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    $15 - RARITIES - early download of new record 2 weeks before release + downloadable collection of some outtakes and unreleased songs from 1992-2001. Cannot guarantee that you will like any of the songs...which is probably why we never released them in the first place.

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    SHOW OFF - you get ALL OF THE ABOVE + a physical copy of the new CD, signed by the band and mailed to your door/mailbox/desk/teepee/igloo/lean-to.

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    SHOW OFF PLUS - Not happy with being simply a "show off?" Well, let's take it to the next level. You get everything above at the SHOW OFF level PLUS a silicone "I Helped Put the Tent Back UP" bracelet + a PDF hi-res photo of the band, printable up to 11x17.

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    TWO SETS OF...THINGS - You get all the downloads above plus 2 physical CDs, 2 bracelets, and 2 5x7 photos. One set for you and another set to share. (shhhhhh!! don't tell anyone, but this is the best deal!)

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    WEAR US OUT - Includes everything at the SHOW OFF PLUS level along with a very limited edition Kickstarter/Big Tent Tshirt.

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    OUT OF PRINT(s) - Big Tent Revival LIVE CD, and Steve Wiggins' solo record FAITH THAT IS REAL. These CDs are no longer in print nor do we have permission to print them...so when they're gone, they're gone. Sorry, this can't be combined with the higher levels, but it does include everything at the SHOW OFF PLUS level.

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    YOUR NAME HERE! Your name (or an alias) goes on the liner notes in the CD artwork as an Associate Producer. Also includes everything on the WEAR US OUT level.

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    VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR - For those of you who can't travel to a show, this award includes a 30-minute SKYPE/Video Conference session with the band plus a customized video shout out that will be posted on our YOUTUBE channel and Website! Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    MR/MRS FANCYPANTS - All of the above plus 4 pre-show limited access passes to watch soundcheck and eat dinner with the band PLUS 4 front row seats, to the show of your choice (check website for dates). Travel expenses are on you. Hospitality is on us. Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    YOU'RE THE BOSS - We will record a song for you. Any song. You name it. Want to hear BTR's version of "Jesus Freak?" How 'bout Spence singing "Rocky Top?" Randy's been known to belt out "Come Together." It's up to you. You tell us what to record, and it will be available to ONLY YOU!! NOTE: We will finish the task of making our new CD before attempting these songs. That's understandable, right? Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    VIDEO CONFERENCE CALL CONCERT - Limited to 20 donors, but we'll be performing a 1 hour (maybe longer), acoustic concert in the Storytelling style featuring old favorites and a few new tunes that will be available to view via live video conference call (Skype or other service TBD). Dates/Times will be arranged soon after the Kickstarter ends. Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    HOW TO WRITE A SONG - You'll get one hour of personal one-on-one time with Steve Wiggins (via Skype or similar service) to learn the craft of songwriting. You will learn about story songs, song arranging, rules to follow/rules to break, etc. Honestly, you can ask him anything, even if it has to do with changing your oil. Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE - You're invited to spend a day in the studio with us as we track the beginning session for the new record. Includes lunch, but travel and lodging is your responsibility. Limited to TWO sponsors and includes the YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    CALLING ALL ARTISTS - Do you have a song that you're dying to get recorded? Don't like your voice? Can't play an instrument? Well, neither can we, but we'd love to record your song for you. Send us your version of the song and we'll record a high quality version of it for you. You will receive all ProTools files, along with a final mastered WAV file of your song. NOTE: We will focus on recording our new CD first, then we'll record these extra songs. Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    ACOUSTIC HOUSE SHOW - Your very own, private, acoustic concert in your home for you and as many friends as will fit. Details/Dates/Locations will need to be coordinated later. Plus, you're responsible for getting us there. If it's close, we'll rent a car. If it's far you'll need to pay our airfare/lodging--or send your plane for us. Obviously, includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    LIVE SHOW. We bring the RAWK to you! One full length, full band concert. We'll even let you in on choosing the setlist. Limited to 5 donors. NOTE: On top of your donation, your expenses will also include providing production (lights, sound, venue), travel, food, and lodging for 7 people. Dates/Times will be arranged after Kickstarter ends. This will take some planning and coordination, but we'll make it happen. Also includes YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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    WILL PLAY FOR FOOD - Are you an artist/worship leader in need of a band to take your CD to the NEXT LEVEL? Want to take it to the BIG TENT LEVEL? If you can get yourself to Nashville, we will be your band for a week (5 days, two songs a day). Bass, drums, acoustic, electric, and keyboards...all courtesy of our brains and fingers. Mind you, we don't do hip-hop, progressive metal, and/or teen pop, but we will do our very best to make you proud. You may even use our name in your marketing. Travel/lodging/studio costs are yours to pay (of course, we will help you find a great spot to record). Does not include mixing, mastering, duplication, or artwork. Also includes the YOUR NAME HERE awards.

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