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An inspired collection of songs born out of living & traveling by train through America.
An inspired collection of songs born out of living & traveling by train through America.
An inspired collection of songs born out of living & traveling by train through America.
100 backers pledged $12,525 to help bring this project to life.

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Dark Horse Deluxe - The Album

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Here I Am

I was drawn to music at an early age. As part of a long lineage of musicians and farmers - of healers and teachers - my perspective enables me to create songs from moments in life while embracing my grassroots connections through music.

Here I Am - Lake Michigan
Here I Am - Lake Michigan

Why You Should Back This Kickstarter

This album will be a great addition to your music collection. The songs are all original, the tones are stout and the delivery is authentic and inspired. The songs are blues based, yet diverse. They echo the American landscape and her people. 

If you appreciate the individual creative artist and the spirit that surrounds their music, this is a strong project to back. You’re helping to make it happen.

Outside the Double Door - taking a load off
Outside the Double Door - taking a load off

Sneak Peak of Songs From Dark Horse Deluxe

I Need You

Like A King

 My Word

Who Else Is On The Record?

The Chicago talent on the album is special. I’m proud to have worked with Larry Beers, Patrick Donley, Alex Moore, Katie Kadan, Mary Porzelt, Alex Belhaj, Dave Smith, Matt Duffy and Voo Davis. It was recorded next to train tracks. Sometimes we’d have to wait to record until the locomotive would roar past. Other times, the sound just added character to the songs. Alex Moore of Lunchroom Audio did the mixing and mastering.

Starting The Engine
Starting The Engine

State of Affairs 

Dark Horse Deluxe is finished and the tracks sound strong and inspired! Please join in the effort to get the album released and into as many hands and ears as possible! 

The intention is to master the tracks for vinyl and produce a limited edition run for backers, along with digital downloads. Custom t-shirts, limited edition posters and stickers will also be created from the funds raised. Promotional costs for Dark Horse Deluxe are included in the campaign as well.

My Perspective


I’ve found it fundamentally valuable to look inside oneself, to find inspiration in experiences, and then express the soul through sound. My goal is to spread that sound to as many people as possible while supporting the genuine, creative inspiration in others. 

I believe in this album and how the songs were created. Taking the train played a big part in freeing up my mind and body to fully experience the miles traveled and the people I met. I'm thrilled to have the chance to share these songs with the public.

Harp under the Foster Avenue Bridge
Harp under the Foster Avenue Bridge

What have I been up to?

I’ve been traveling around America playing music with musicians like Matt Campbell and Voo Davis. I've sat in with a bunch of good people including The Hoyle Brothers, Cory Chisel, Jake Mack and more...  I’ve also spent more time in Chicago taking care of some family that’s needed a hand. I continue to write songs that I look forward to sharing with you. 

What do you get when the goal is achieved?
 

For starters, I believe the music is going to move you. The rewards include a digital download of the album, DHD t-shirts, DHD stickers, silk screen posters, limited edition vinyl album, deluxe combination packages and a possible live show in your house! The vinyl takes longer than the other products to produce so we'll make sure the digital download of the album gets to the backers as soon as the campaign is funded.

Dark Horse Deluxe limited edition amber vinyl album       designed by Troy David Designs
Dark Horse Deluxe limited edition amber vinyl album designed by Troy David Designs

What happens if the goal is exceeded?


We'll celebrate and give thanks to everyone who supported the effort! Then we'll set another goal to encourage people to help us get to the next level. It all revolves around the music.

My fiddle, my wings & my Grandfather
My fiddle, my wings & my Grandfather

In a Nutshell

Please help me reach my goal of getting this album released and heard by many. Thanks for your support!

Playing harp with The Hoyle Brothers at The Empty Bottle
Playing harp with The Hoyle Brothers at The Empty Bottle

Risks and challenges

The risks are minimal. The writing and recording is finished. The artwork is completed for some of the products, while there is still work to be done for the poster and vinyl. I'm confident that it will be completed upon this projects end.

This campaign is about bringing the songs to the people, while helping raise funds for production and promotion. There are always potential delays with manufacturing but they shouldn't be significant, if at all. If there are any issues with the manufacturer, I'll be in direct contact with them to relay any updates to the backers, as well as to help see it through.

The risks and challenges are minimal while the joy capacity is huge. This music should be heard by many. It will be appreciated by the true music fan. Please help make that possible.

Thanks for your time,
Calvin Conway

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    Digital download of the singles, "I Need You" and "Like A King (album version)". Thanks for the support!

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    Digital download of the new Calvin Conway album, Dark Horse Deluxe and a printable download of the DHD poster. Thanks for the support!

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    Digital download of the new album Dark Horse Deluxe, custom Calvin Conway t-shirt, downloadable poster and custom album sticker. Thanks for the support!

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    Hohner "Special 20" (key of C) harmonica signed by artist, Limited Edition vinyl of Dark Horse Deluxe signed by artist with digital download of Dark Horse Deluxe and custom album sticker. Thanks for the support!

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    VIP Live Package - Calvin Conway live performance guest list* for two fans, Limited Edition vinyl of Dark Horse Deluxe signed by artist and custom album sticker. Thanks for the support!

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    Full Deluxe Package - Limited Edition vinyl album of Dark Horse Deluxe with digital download, signed Hohner "Special 20" (key of C) harmonica, custom Calvin Conway t-shirt, limited edition silkscreen poster and custom sticker. Thanks for the support!

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    Private solo performance in your living room, 2 sets, with stories from the rails and the meaning behind some of the songs, Limited Edition vinyl album of Dark Horse Deluxe with digital download, signed Hohner "Special 20" (key of C) harmonica, t-shirt, signed poster. (Travel and hotel accommodations not included if more than 100 mi. from Chicago). Thanks for the support!

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    Private 3 piece band performance in your living room, harmonies, 2 sets. Includes spoken word stories from the rails and the meaning behind some of the songs, Limited Edition vinyl album of Dark Horse Deluxe with digital download, signed Hohner "Special 20" (key of C) harmonica, t-shirt, signed poster. (Travel and hotel accommodations not included if more than 100 mi. from Chicago). Thanks for the support!

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    Private full band performance (5-6 musicians) at your home, replete with 3 part harmonies, 2+ sets plus a few surprises. Includes spoken word stories from the rails and the meaning behind some of the songs, Limited Edition vinyl album of Dark Horse Deluxe with digital download, signed Hohner "Special 20" (key of C) harmonica, t-shirt, signed poster. (Travel and hotel accommodations not included if more than 100 mi. from Chicago). Thanks for the support!

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