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About this project

Chris Sand’s AMERICAN ROAD TRIP-tych crystallizes two decades of touring — as rapper, jester, truck driver, country singer, songwriter, social activist, documentary subject, lonesome lover, and single dad—into three dynamic CDs:  

Part 1: American Road Trip -- Celebrates the odd in odyssey. 

Includes songs about the road (“Road Trip Freestyle,” “Trucker Song,” “Bull,” “Yodelin’ Night Before Christmas Hitchhike Blues”); energetic punk ("Chair of the Month”); feel-good hip hop (“Down at Habashi”); pop ballads ("Prisoner Of Love,” Farmor”); political humor (“Ronald McDonald”); a cappella verse (“Road Kill”); and existential reflection (“Mr. Kent”), plus two classic cowboy poems recited over moody electronic breakbeat.  

This album is completed and ready to mail. 

Part 2: American Breakdown -- The biscuits done fell off the gravy train. Come 'n git 'em! This is the ONE you've been waiting for.

To include: "Ain't All Good," "Hard Lessons," "Bad Signs," "Wheels," "Ceremonial Off-Ring," "American Breakup," "Summer in the City (Where the Cops Are Lethal)," "Mountain," "Old Man Wants to Go Home," "International Women's Day," and more. 

Most of the songs for this album are written and ready to record. 

Part 3: Giddyup! -- My first children's record!  

To include: "Giddyup," "Cow Cow Mama Cow," "Jack MacDonald's Bean," "Ally Alligator," "Baby Houdini," "Scary Fairy," "Hi Ho the Birdy-O," "Banana Guacamole," "Moon-Randoph Farm," "Children of the World," and several more. 

Most of the songs for this album are also written and ready to record.

Photo by Nima Samimi
Photo by Nima Samimi

 

Risks and challenges

1. Producing an album costs a LOT. (Some people crowdfund for $40,000 or more for just one high-quality CD.) At a minimum for a high-quality sound, studio production costs about $10,000 per album; photography & design costs about $1,000; and manufacturing the CDs costs about $1,500. For three albums, that's about $37,500. Plus, combined Kickstarter fees and postage for shipping rewards come to about $6,000. That's $43,500 total.

I believe I can complete the project for $25,000, however, for the following reasons:

--I've had years of experience stretching dollars.

--Part 1, “American Road Trip," is done, with just a few bills left to pay.

--Over 80% of the songs for Parts 2 and 3 are already fully written and ready to record.

--An award-winning music producer on Vancouver Island, Corwin Fox, loves my music and believes in me as an artist and has offered a very sweet deal on production. His involvement guarantees a radio-ready sound.

--A creative local graphic designer, Bess Bird, will work with me on CD artwork at a good rate.

--Almost all of the rewards are lined out and ready to mail as soon as this Kickstarter campaign ends.

2. Another ongoing challenge is balancing music, co-parenting, and my job. Fortunately, my work schedule is fairly flexible, and I'm grateful for quality child care (here's to grandparents!) when I need a break.

Thank you so much for considering joining me on this adventure. If you have any questions, please write to me at rappincowboy@hotmail.com.

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    Digital download of "Bull," a choice cut from my new AMERICAN ROAD TRIP CD (song produced by Corwin Fox) + digital download of "Moon-Randolph Farm" (from upcoming children's record--another Corwin Fox production) + "Excalibur" (AMERICAN ROAD TRIP outtake song about a favorite car) + a sincere Thank You!

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    All of the previous + an AMERICAN ROAD TRIP vinyl bumper sticker!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + scenic AMERICAN ROAD TRIP Download Card!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + signed AMERICAN ROAD TRIP CD!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + LOVE'S HANGOVER SALE CD (1997, 14 songs) + AMERICAN ROAD TRIP 2-pack, cork-backed coaster set + a full-color multi-paged booklet: "The Story of American Road Trip"!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + HORSE GRAVEYARD CD (2012; 12 songs in a hand-assembled and hand-printed case with artwork by Hana Kasm; includes lyrics & 11x17 poster) + a signed vintage glossy b&w 5x7 Sandman promo photo!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + ROLL OUT, COWBOY DVD (feature-length documentary film about my 2008-election-year travels, which won multiple Best of Fest awards.) Loaded with bonus features, such as audio commentary, live performances, & random tour shenanigans + unique ROLL OUT, COWBOY postcard!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + one-of-a-kind silk-screened vintage "Sandman" pillow case + ROUGH NOTES FROM OTTER COVE CD (2008; 11 original songs. Includes a limited edition 24-page lyrics booklet that is handset and pressed on a 130-year-old print machine)!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + the following five limited edition Chris Sand CDS: CHEMICALS IN THE WHEAT (2010), GOOD TO BE AWAKE (2006), RETURN TO THE BLACKHOLE OF OUTERSPACE (2006), LIVE & SUSPICIOUS (2004), THE LONG WALK HOME (2002).

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + Limited-edition two-song 7" vinyl record (extremely rare), courtesy of PIAPTK Records. Featuring songs "Miss Rodeo Montana" & "People Are Sexy” + signed lithographed Chris Sand tour poster crafted by renowned Olympia paper-cut artist Nikki McClure (10x16)!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS (minus vinyl record) + the next two CDs in the trilogy (AMERICAN BREAKUP & GIDDYUP!), when completed, with your name in the credits of both!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS (minus vinyl record) + a two-hour private house concert during one of my next two tours anywhere in the lower 48 U.S. states! If you have some friends who all want to chip in to make it happen, that's great!

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + a 2-day expense-paid American road trip with me! Bring a friend, if you wish (no axe-murderers, please). We'll drive, hike, canoe, swim, and visit a hot spring or a national park, depending on your interests and the time of year. Please contact me to work out details and timing before committing.

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    ALL OF THE PREVIOUS + I'll write a song for or about you or someone/something you care about and press 50 CDs that you can give to family and friends!

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