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Greasy Creek: A CD of original, old-time fiddle-tunes by Erynn Marshall with Carl Jones, Adam Hurt, Bob Carlin & other stellar guests.
Greasy Creek: A CD of original, old-time fiddle-tunes by Erynn Marshall with Carl Jones, Adam Hurt, Bob Carlin & other stellar guests.
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Dear Friends,

At long last I am ready to embark on making my first all-original tunes CD and it will be called Greasy Creek! I'm pretty excited about it! I have been composing fiddle-tunes for over 20 years and have snuck one or two originals on every one of my CDs. These have been well received and folks around the world have even been kind enough to learn to play some of them including: Springfield, Madison County Waltz, Dare Devil Blues, Life's Fortune and others. This CD will have some of my best fiddle-tunes yet and I hope you will enjoy them. Your support of this project can help make this musical dream of mine possible. It simply wouldn't happen otherwise and these tunes would go unheard.

It is my on-going goal to compose tunes that naturally blend in with older, traditional Appalachian tunes…adding a new strand to the braided rope of tradition. Those old tunes were all new once. I want to create something new while respecting the roots of the past. To get the real, old-time sound on this new record I'm playing with great musicians and choosing sparse settings for some tunes such as solo fiddle or intimate duets with clawhammer banjo or guitar as well as the full, driving stringband sound for others. I can already hear the clawhammer banjo, fiddle drones, round peak guitar runs, mandolin harmony, and bass on those lonesome modal tunes in my head. It is with great anticipation that I imagine this all coming together at Joe "bass" Dejarnette's studio in Floyd, Virginia this May. 

Erynn recording at Joe Bass' studio in Floyd
Erynn recording at Joe Bass' studio in Floyd

Joining me on this new recording with be the inimitable Carl Jones (my most talented husband on mandolin, guitar and banjo) plus good friends Adam Hurt (banjo), Beth Hartness (guitar), Bob Carlin (banjo/guitar), Joe Dejarnette (bass) and other very special guests I'll surprise you with as the project unfolds. Those who pledge support get to choose among many rewards and also will receive behind-the-scenes updates on how the CD project unfolds, news of which artists jump on board, photos and more. Since Kickstarter does not permit any campaign to be partially funded I will not receive a penny unless the campaign goal of $6500 is reached. All funds raised will cover the direct costs of recording, mixing, mastering, paying guest artists, designing, printing the CD package and mailing it to you. I am grateful to every one of you, near and far, who help me bring these new tunes out to the world. You make it possible for me to self-produce this album without the restrictions imposed by labels or other commercial organizations. I promise, as with my other CDs, to put my heart, mind and soul into this project. I'll also work very hard to have it to you in it's handsome package in just a couple short months. 

Please make a pledge and Thank You again for your support!!

Sincerely, Erynn 

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (photo by Jackson & Moser Photography)
Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones (photo by Jackson & Moser Photography)

Risks and challenges

I believe the Greasy Creek CD project will go off without any hitches but that said there are challenges with every creative project. If this campaign is a success all the recording for Greasy Creek will all take place followed by mixing and mastering this May. To ensure everything goes smoothly I have made sure to work with a first-rate engineer Joe Bass Dejarnette who recorded both Carl and my last albums (and did a great job!). Joe get’s the most natural sound possible and we are confident his experience/exceptional ear in the studio will guarantee an excellent recording.

There are sometimes delays when making a CD. I have to juggle the schedules of several guest musicians, Joe the engineer’s and ours. Then artwork and CD design/printing are a complex process too. I do not foresee any delays but if recording days or CD printing slow at anytime in the project you will be informed right away. I expect Greasy Creek to come out in early July or earlier in June if we are lucky.

Lastly, our project must be fully funded or Kickstarter will not release any funds for us to make this recording. We ask you – our friends, fans and supporters –you’re your help to make the Greasy Creek CD a reality and to bring these new fiddle-tunes to the world. Thanks for helping us make music! Hope you love the CD.

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    Earlybird digital download of the new CD, Greasy Creek and a pdf of the liner notes. 
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    A personalized signed copy of the new CD, Greasy Creek, and a digital download of the same before the official release. You'll be the first to hear and hold this record in your very own hands! Shipping is included.

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    The Deluxe Digital Download Package. Get a digital download of the new CD, Greasy Creek, before the official release. Plus, get digital downloads of any two of my other CDs including: Calico, Meet Me In The Music (with Chris Coole), Tune Tramp, or Sweet Memories (with Carl Jones).

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    The Soap & CD Deal! 
A personalized signed copy of the new CD, Greasy Creek, and a bar of my handmade, sandalwood-spice lye soap made with coconut, olive and vegetable oils! Shipping included in the US. $5 shipping added for international orders.

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    New Reward just posted for the last campaign day!! Get a vinyl record of Greasy Creek plus a earlybird digital download too! This will be my very first LP. You know things always sound better on vinyl and it will be collectable. It takes extra funds beyond the original goal to make a record possible. If for any reason we do not make enough to do vinyl you will get a refund but I think we can do it!

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    Two CD Bundle for you and a friend. I will personally sign two copies of the new, Greasy Creek CD and send these to you in the first mailing. Shipping included in US. $5 shipping added for international orders.

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    The Soap, Pottery & CD Deal! 
A personalized signed copy of the new CD, Greasy Creek, a bar of my handmade, rosemary-mint, lye soap plus I will make you a handmade pottery soap dish with a fiddle design. Shipping included in the US. $5 shipping added for international orders.

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    Get the new Greasy Creek CD plus any two of the following CDs available on Dittyville:
    Calico
    Meet Me in the Music
    Tune Tramp
    Shout Monah (Haints)
    Sweet Memories Never Leave
    Traveling Star
    Crickets Lullaby
    Two Pictures

    While CD supplies last. A survey will be sent later where you can select your preference. Shipping is included in North America. International buyers please add $5 for shipping.

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    Get the new Greasy Creek CD plus sheet music transcriptions (with chords) for every fiddle-tune on the new recording. Shipping included in US. $5 shipping added for international orders.

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    The Fiddle Lesson Package! 
Get the new CD, Greasy Creek, (plus a digital download of the same) before the official release and receive a one hour, old-time fiddle lesson with me online via skype, (or in person if you live near Galax or we’re at the same festival/camp). We'll pick a time/date for the lesson that is good for us both.

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    The Original Tune Deal! 
On a summer afternoon I will sit on the porch and compose an original fiddle tune just for you or about a subject you choose (this could be a gift for a friend or a tune written in memory or honor of a favorite place, person or animal, etc). With your personal tune you will receive a signed copy of the sheet music (you may request hand-written if you prefer that to a computer score) for you to keep or frame. I've put the date of November to allow time for inspiration to strike and my touring/teaching schedule but you may tell me when you need your tune by and I'll try my best to meet your date. You'll get a home recording of Carl and I playing your tune and of course, you'll also get the new Greasy Creek CD too!

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    Carl Jones and I will perform an intimate house concert of song duets and fiddle/banjo/mandolin tunes for you and your friends at your home or venue you choose. You can charge admission to offset the cost of pledge if you wish. If you live far from us we just need to arrange your concert around a time when we are on tour in your part of the world. You might inspire us to make the trip. We'll pick a good time that suits us all in 2016/2017. You will also receive a few copies of the new CD Greasy Creek and receive a personal thank you in the liner notes.

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