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Support the full length album of original songs and traditional folk ballads recorded with a full band due out in early 2018!
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Update: We've reached our campaign goal but we still need your support! Help me reach my stretch goal of $7,500!

I am releasing my first studio album and I am asking for YOUR help so that I can get it out there into the world!

Early in 2017 I found myself with a really special batch of songs, mostly originals but some traditional also. Many of the songs I had written {and had been playing} had similar themes: letting go, jumping in, and getting over yourself. And, true to the folk tradition, life and death. I wanted to release these songs together as an album To bring these songs to life, I knew I couldn’t make this record at home by myself like I did with my last two albums. I had to have other instruments and voices playing and singing with me. I needed help and I wanted to collaborate. I enlisted some very talented and creative friends to make this record with me. 

After months of song arranging, recruiting musicians, and rehearsing, I spent 6 days in June at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA. The recordings were engineered, co-produced and mixed by Dan Cardinal (Josh Ritter, Arc Iris, Lula Wiles). Dan is absurdly knowledgeable about the recording process inside and out. In addition to taking the time to fully understand my vision for this record, he brought his own ideas that took things to the next level. When it came to picking the musicians, it was important for me to work with people who’s work I love AND that I trust and like to be around. The team consists of:

Dan Cardinal, Mali Obomsawin, Dave Richardson, Ariel Bernstein
Dan Cardinal, Mali Obomsawin, Dave Richardson, Ariel Bernstein

Everybody who worked on this record brought their skills, creativity, and collaborative spirit to create something really special.  

The songs have been recorded, mixed and mastered. What's next? Graphic design and artwork, CD manufacturing, and a publicist that can help me get the record out into the world and into the hands of print and online media, radio, and venue bookers. That’s where you come in! 

All in all, this record is going to cost about $20,000 to make. Through Kickstarter I am asking for $5,000 which will cover graphic design and artwork (featuring photos by James Napoli and graphic design by Mariel Vandersteel), CD manufacturing, and hiring a publicist. If we can go above and beyond $5,000, it will allow me to do more for the album. Here are the stretch goals: 

$7,500: I will press the album on vinyl. If you know me, you know I am a big time record collector. I love listening to music on vinyl, and I want you to hear these songs on a record! 

$10,000: I will be able to put together an epic album release tour with some super special guests at select shows! 

I have put together some really fun rewards if you decide to contribute to my campaign. Some of the items you see here are exclusive to Kickstarter, so if you see something you like, get it now! If you have questions regarding any of the rewards, feel free to contact me for more information. 

For me, this project is about more than just releasing the new album. This is about taking the next big step to being a full time folk musician. Thank you for your interest – I hope you’ll come with me as I take this next big step! 

Risks and challenges

I have been working hard to ensure that this record gets released. All that is needed now is your support! Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. That means that if I don’t meet my goal of $5,000, I won’t receive any of the money that is raised through this campaign. If I do not meet my goal, I will still release the music, but the album probably won’t have the reach that I am hoping for.

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    Dave Richardson Folk Bundle

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    Lyrical Bundle

    • A handwritten lyric sheet for a Dave Richardson song of your choice
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    Limited Run Art Print

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    Curated Mixtape Just For You

    • You pick the theme/vibe/genre and I will curate a custom mix for you in your choice of media (cassette, CD, playlist).
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    Curated Collection

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    Record shopping with Dave

    • Ever wonder how I score such sweet vinyl? Find out first hand when I take you record shopping. Before or after shopping we will go to lunch and I will share my secrets to finding great vinyl at great prices. This can happen in VT, NH or the Boston area. If you live further away than that, email and we may be able to combine this with a scheduled trip to your town.
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    Cover Song Recording

    • Pick any song and I will record my own version of it. You will receive a digital download and a live performance video of the song.
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    Original Song Written Just For You

    • Based on suggestions, an idea that you have or conversations we've had. I will write and record a song for you!
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    House Concert

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