Dear Friends, Family, Frans and all of our Backers,
We are in awe of the huge outpouring of support that has so quickly catapulted us to our initial goal of $22,661. It is with full hearts that we send you the most warm and sincere THANK YOU! We are having a wonderful time in the Midwest on our Road to Release tour and so many people have come out to see us because of you spreading the love.
Phase I of our goal has been fully funded and now our sights are set on Phase II. We are excited to announce our new "stretch goal" of $37,661. With your help, this additional funding will accomplish the following:
1. Backroads Vinyl Record - So many people have told us that they'd love to enjoy Chain Station at home on a vinyl record. It can now be a reality! We are adding a new reward category at the $60 giving level for anyone that wants to order a Vinyl Album. For current backers, you can add a Vinyl Album to your reward for only $20.
2. Boosted Publicity - We want more fans like YOU to enjoy our music! With the funds from the stretch goal we are planning extended publicity for the release of Backroads. This will help us get more folks out to our shows and our music into more ears.
3. Music Video Production - With the help of our dear friends at Homefield Productions we will use our new "stretch goal" budget to produce high quality music videos for select songs from "Backroads," continue to release videos from our live shows, and give our online video presence a facelift.
Jon, Jarett, Chris and Alex
Chain Station is excited to announce that we’ve finished recording “Backroads” , our third studio album! Over the past seven years, Chain Station has matured from a group of campfire and festival pickers to a full-time touring band. With the recent addition of Chris “C-Bob” Elliot on banjo, we’re energized and eager to bring you this new version of Chain Station. “Backroads” represents a new and exciting era of Chain Station. We all had so much fun recording this music and we can’t wait to get it out to you. We’ve been fortunate enough to make music with our heroes and bring Chain Station to audiences around North America. Your undying support has fueled this journey and resulted in “Backroads”, an album for, and inspired by, you.
“Backroads” is a collection of original songs that are fun, heartfelt and stem from our roots. Songs with grit, ones about love, the earth, stories of living on it and the struggle to face it all with your glass half full. With “Backroads” we’ve crested a wave. This album is different because we’ve created more space in the songs, packed more power into each punch, we’ve focused on harmonies that soar and each note helps weave a tale. I believe in this album because it feels real and shows who we’ve become as a band. “Backroads” is about taking the road less traveled and that’s something we can all relate to.
We assembled an amazing team of people to work with us on this one, and they’ve helped us put together the best Chain Station album to date. International banjo champion, Kyle Tuttle, produced the record, Aaron Younberg from Swingfingers Recording Studio engineered it and Daniel Rice with Gravity Boots Recording mixed the tracks. Dave Acosta is again putting together the album artwork and Dan Andree makes several appearances on fiddle.
The costs of getting our music into your ears can quickly add up. Recording and releasing an album is a multi-faceted endeavor, and we wanted the best in the industry working on our side to create an album that will help us bring our brand of mountain music to you. We love sharing our music with you, and we really appreciate all of your support through the years. Our dream of touring the country and sending out good vibes to people around the would can come true through your donation to Chain Station “Backroads” right here on our kickstarter page or at chainstationbackroads.com.
Risks and challenges
Like most musicians, we LOVE playing music. It's what we want to do, all day...every day. However, like most internally-managed bands, we don't have that luxury. Practice time is often interrupted and/or replaced by the administrative duties required of a working band (booking shows and tours, designing and ordering merchandise, updating websites and social media platforms, etc). Chain Station is nearing the limits of what we can handle administratively while maintaining the performance schedule we've built. Throughout the entire "Backroads" project, we've asked for help, a lot of it, from a lot of people. In a way, and for the first time, we've gone "all-in." We brought in a producer to help with the music, we brought in a consultant to help raise funds, we brought in video and promotion teams to spread the music and our story; and the payoff relies completely on the strength of our creative work. That's a big risk. Will this album be well received? Will it turn some heads? We're hoping to make some waves, we're hoping to get noticed, and we're hoping for some help in building this thing that we've poured our hearts and souls (and pockets) into.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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