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10 original country songs on CDs and 12" Vinyl performed by our five piece country band recorded at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson.
10 original country songs on CDs and 12" Vinyl performed by our five piece country band recorded at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson.
10 original country songs on CDs and 12" Vinyl performed by our five piece country band recorded at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson.
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Recording Country Music Album "Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds"

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The Timeline: 

March - end Kickstarter campaign

Apr 7-9th - record album at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson

April 10th - review rough mix, schedule recording time to finish

Late Summer 2017 - album release!

Album Cover. Photo by Breanne Tepler, Design by Amy Ugstad of OneUP Creative.
Album Cover. Photo by Breanne Tepler, Design by Amy Ugstad of OneUP Creative.

The Track List and Descriptions:

Part I "Wildflowers"

1. Anya's Song - this is a sweet lullaby song I wrote for Anya when she was just a few days old. It was so hard to put her down after she fell asleep in my arms. Click here to watch a video of us playing this song from rehearsals:

2. Rocking Horse - this is a song written for my teenager Alyssa when she was struggling with being too old to be a kid but too young to move out. 

3. Carousel - this is a friendship song inspired by my daughter Ava and my own friendships from my early days of sleepovers and friendship necklaces. Click here to watch a video of us playing this song from rehearsals.

4. Paper Dolls - this song is for all those ladies who go out to shows and dance for those cute musicians. I call them paper dolls ...and I used to be one.

5. City Girl Country Heart - this song was written for my cousin Katlyn who moved from a small farm town to the big ol' city of Duluth, MN.

Part II "Tumbleweeds"

6. Would You? - this is a nice relaxing tune questioning just how much one loves another measured by small acts of kindness like coming to a show or bringing gas when a vehicle is stranded.

7. Change of Heart - this is my divorce song. It's not an angry tune but instead an explanation and understanding of what needed to be. 

8. I Do - this is about as lovey dovey as it gets! Evan and I wrote this together for our first dance at our wedding. We're so happy to be able to record it with the full band.

9. Old Man & Maggie - this is a story of an old man who finds an unusual love to make life worth living long after the love of his life passes.

10. Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds - this title track was a few years in the making. Inspired by a road trip from Dallas, TX across the Oklahoma border with my love, my home sweet home.

The Recording Studio:

We are scheduled to record at Sparta Sound in Sparta, MN on the Iron Range with the one and only Rich Mattson. "After watching Mattson at work, it’s easy to see why musicians flock to his studio. Dan Israel says that he wasn’t quite sure what to expect the first time he drove up to Sparta, but Mattson’s unassuming nature and the studio’s easy-going vibe helped to create a once-in-a-lifetime recording session." ~Andrea Swensson, The Current

Sparta Sound Recording Studio
Sparta Sound Recording Studio

Click here for The Current article referenced above.

The Band:

In the spring of 2012 I launched a Kickstarter and recorded my first album. Since then, I have put together a band of musicians I am proud to call my band family. You can call them The Front Porch Sinners - Evan Tepler (lead guitar), John LaMar (drums), Johnny Peterson (pedal steel, mandolin, trumpet) and Glenn Maloney (bass, harmonica). Together with these guys, we have been on PBS's PlayList, opened for Josh Thompson at Clyde on the main stage, played Fourth Fest at Bayfront, opened for Jerrod Neimann at Bayfront and recorded and released the Timothy John EP. We have also played every year for Homegrown Music Festival here in the twin ports. Our band has so much momentum right now. But we need your help to get to the next level. We need newly recorded music for promotion so we can get booked at festivals and in other cities across the country. With updated music, we can send out good quality recordings to booking contacts. We can also make music videos and have a better online presence to grow our fan base.

From left to right: Johnny, Glenn, Evan and John.
From left to right: Johnny, Glenn, Evan and John.

The Budget: 

$0 donated Photo shoot (donated by Katlyn Kretzschmar Photography) - The super talented Katlyn Kretzschmar photographed the band giving us an updated look for new band promotion. She's been taking pictures of us for several years now. She knows the best lighting and angle for John's beard.

$0 donated space for shoot (donated by The Spirit Room) - Lindsey Graskey has allowed us to do a photo shoot in the beautiful Old Superior City Hall building. Original hard wood, tile floor and antique furniture. Can't wait to share these photos with you!

$0 donated Videography for campaign (donated by Brian Barber) - Brian donated time and talent to put together the video for this campaign. If fully funded, we are hoping to have Brian create a music video for one of the new songs.

$3,000 Recording/Mixing (Sparta Sound) - See the Recording Studio section above to learn more about Sparta and google the internets. Rich Mattson has been turning out one fantastic album after another out of his studio up nort yah.

$200 Mastering (Jake Larson) *discounted rate! - Jake mixed and mastered our last album. He's such a sweet heart, he's going to give us a deal on the mastering for this project to make it ready for digital, CD and Vinyl duplication.

$1,033 Duplication CDs (Discmakers) - The CD's are going to be a 6 panel digipak with tray. Beautiful full color CDs in a durable case.

$2,144 Limited Run Vinyl Pressing (Discmakers) - The 12' jacket will be full color with spine and it's gonna look amazing chilling on your shelf in your collection.

$500 Design (OneUP Creative) - Amy with OneUP will be designing the CD and Vinyl artwork as well as the new t-shirt design. She is a design master. Be prepared to be wowed.

T-shirt Design by Amy Ugstad of OneUP Creative.
T-shirt Design by Amy Ugstad of OneUP Creative.

$100 Printing (UPS Store) for card inserts and release show posters

$850 T-shirts (Screen Graphics) and other Rewards + Postage - Screen Graphics has printed our shirts in the past. They are fast, friendly and local.

$375 Kickstarter’s 5% cut 

$200 Other (FB ads and other promotion)

$8,402 Total budget for project

Every effort was made to seek out low cost and donated services while still having a quality product to give you. We are asking for $7,500 because we plan to use show money over the next few months to make up the remaining amount and for any surprise costs that may come up.

Risks and challenges

Timeline for a project like this is always risky. We could get in the studio and have ideas to add different instruments or edit arrangements. This could delay our time but we are committed to sticking to our timeline of a late summer release. All of us have been through a recording process before and we will keep each other on task for a timely project.

Vinyl is expensive and time sensitive. We have done our research but a back order from our duplicator could cause a delay in delivery of vinyl. If that happens, backers will still get all the other rewards on their due date.

Some of the rewards are subject to availability and there are expiration dates for redeeming some rewards. Every effort will be made to fulfill every reward for every backer.

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    Shout Out via Social Media + e-Love Note

    Not only will I call you out on social media so that others can see your good deeds, but I will also add a love note to the shout out. Supporting this album will bring out the warm fuzzy emotions only a love note can depict.

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    CD + Digital Download with Lyrics

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    Autographed Poster of the Band

    You'll get the CD with digital download and lyrics plus a 16x20" full color poster from our most recent photo shoot autographed by the band. Photo by Katlyn Kretzschmar. This poster is gonna look real sweet on your bedroom wall.

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    You'll get everything in level 3 plus a t-shirt. This will be a short sleeve SoftStyle Gildan brand tee in heather gray with white imprint. Just like our "flies so high" t-shirts but the imprint is a brand new design specifically for this album.

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    Signed Drum Head

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus a drum head signed by all members of the band. Drum heads make excellent decor for your home. They can also be used in place of a frisbee if you are at a park and forgot to bring one. Summer is coming be prepared!

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    12” Vinyl (Limit 200)

    You’ll get everything in level 3 plus a beautiful 12” vinyl record in a full color record jacket. Listen to the new album the way country music is meant to be heard - spinning ‘round and ‘round on a record player at 33 ½ rpms.

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    4 pk Grab Bag of Classic Country Vinyl

    You'll get everything in level 4 which includes the CD, t-shirt, 12" vinyl of our new album plus a grab bag selection of classic country vinyl records from our very own record collection. Artists thrown into the grab bags were Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, Oak Ridge Boys and Lynn Anderson to just name a few. Listen to classic country the way it was meant to be heard - on that ol' turn table of yours.

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    YouTube Cover Song (Limit 15)

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus I will cover any song you want me to sing, record it on video and post to YouTube (dedicated to you). Want me to sing the theme song to Sesame Street? Maybe some GWAR?

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    Guitar or Trumpet Lessons (Limit 3)

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus I will give 4 half hour introductory music lessons for guitar or trumpet. I will teach you or your child how to hold and take care of their instrument. We will discuss basic chords and notes/scales, reading sheet music and tablature. Must be within 50 miles of Duluth. Must be redeemed by January 2018.

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    Bedtime Stories with Glenn Maloney

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus you will receive a secret, not available to the public, link to a video of a dapper looking Glenn Maloney sitting next to a fireplace reading 5 children’s books. It’s the perfect gift for you and your family. You’ll even be asked to weigh in on the books Glenn reads. Got a favorite book? Goodnight Moon? Or is it Goodnight Moon is Down?

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    Singing Telegram (Limit 5)

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus I will get all dolled up and deliver myself with guitar to your friend or loved one’s home or business and sing them a song and give them a message from you. Subject to calendar availability. Must be within 100 miles of Duluth and must be redeemed by January 2018.

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    Trumpeter for Hire (Limit 5)

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus you get a trumpeter (me) at your service for a pop in, wake up call or telegram. Surprise your sales staff with a trumpet fanfare to celebrate last quarter’s sales. Let’s wake up your annoying roommate at 7:00 am with a lively rendition of “Reveille.” Do you have a patriotic parent or grandparent? Let’s surprise them with a trumpet telegram and I will play “America the Beautiful”. Must be within 100 miles of Duluth. Must be redeemed by January 2018.

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    Photo Session with Katlyn Kretzschmar

    You’ll get everything in level 4 plus an outdoor photo session with Katlyn! Katlyn is the band’s official photographer. She has captured so many of our special moments and most memorable shows. This reward includes one outdoor session in the Duluth area and 10 digital images with photo release. Must be redeemed by January 2018.

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    Your Very Own Song (Limit 2)

    You’ll get everything in level 4 plus I’ll write a song about you, or anyone you like. You give me the details of what the song could include and I will make it special. I’ll put it on YouTube and send you the mp3.

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    House Show (Limit 3)

    You’ll get everything in level 4 plus a 2-3 hour live performance in your, or a friend’s, home. House shows are the best! You can put together a potluck spread and invite all your bestest friends to come hang out for some live music. We will bring all our sound equipment and you’ll get music for three hours. Must be within 50 miles of Duluth, MN. Must be redeemed by January 2018.

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    Executive Producer & Studio Invite

    You'll get everything in level 4 plus your name in the liner notes of the album. You are an important part of the success of this album! You also get to join the band in the studio for 1-2 hours during the recording. Must provide transportation to and from the studio in Sparta, MN on Saturday, April 8th 2017.

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    Breanne's First Acoustic Guitar

    In the summer of 2007, I bought this Fender acoustic guitar from Schmitt Music. In August of that year, I brought it to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert on Superior St in Duluth and all members of the band signed it. In November of that year I took my first guitar lessons. This is the guitar I learned to play on which makes it extra special and it probably has some magic powers or something. In 2010 I took it to a Randy Travis concert at Black Bear Casino and had him sign it after the show. In 2011, I brought it to Black Bear again, this time to get a signature from the one and only Charlie Daniels. It's hard to put a price on something as cool as this. I'm willing to part with it for $1,500 because it would bring us closer to reaching our goal and bring joy to a new owner.

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