We are Mollie and Emily, real-life sisters raised in Douglas County, Nebraska. We grew up making all kinds of music, sometimes together and sometimes apart. Now located in the Pacific Northwest, we put together Douglas County Daughters to entertain people with the tight harmonies of vintage Americana songs, and discovered that audiences loved our stories about small towns, rodeos, and being sisters, too.
We Need Your Collective Push
After three years refining Douglas County Daughters’ music and stage act, we’ve developed an amazing fan base we affectionately call our Kith and Kin. You’ve come to our shows, you’ve bought our merchandise, and you’ve offered good advice. You have each helped us get this far, and now we need your collective push to reach the "next level." Many of you have commented that our live shows have the right stuff and wondered aloud why we are not playing in bigger cities, for more people. However, without a studio recording to promote ourselves through our website and online presence, we cannot capture the attention of a wider audience. With a high quality recording, we can open for touring acts, play on bigger stages, and be heard on internet and broadcast radio. Please watch our video [^^^above^^^] to learn more about why we need a professional, industry-standard album to take us to the next level.
Where will the money go?
Every penny DCD has ever received has gone directly to the band, and this project is no exception. These Kickstarter funds will specifically go to the creation and duplication of our first studio album, "Going Home." The primary costs for this project include studio time, mix-down, duplication, mechanical license fees, and album artwork.
Studio Time – We’ve estimated that it will take us four days to lay down every vocal and instrumental track needed to record fourteen songs, and we’re tickled to do this with gold and platinum record producing engineer, Billy Barnett of Gung-Ho Studio in Eugene, OR. We are also bringing in a number of professional guest musicians to add texture and polish to the album.
Mixing – We have allotted another three days for mix-down. Mixing includes adjusting levels of each instrument relative to each other, adding effects, and shaping the album sound to be great whether you’re listening in your car, with your ear buds, or on your computer.
Mechanical License Fees – We love resurrecting songs from dusty old books, some of which are copyrighted and require licensing fees to record. About half of the songs on "Going Home" fall into this category.
Duplication & Artwork – We will produce physical CDs with beautiful artwork featuring the award-winning photography of Christine Deaton Moody. We purchased this array from Christine last summer, and we will use them for our website, printed materials, and press kit, too. Any money that we raise above our goal will go directly to Douglas County Daughters, and will be used to promote and tour the album.
How does Kickstarter work?
Kickstarter is a fundraising platform that brings people and creative projects together. By collaborating, we all get to do something together that we couldn’t do on our own. It’s great for artists because it helps us express our goals in a fun and interactive format, and it’s great for donors because the transaction is secure and you can be reasonably assured your giving will result in a completed project. That’s because if a project does not meet its funding goal, donors are not charged, and the project receives no funding.
What do I get out of this?
That’s right. Even if we receive 90% of our goal, we would come away with nothing! That’s why we’ve worked hard to make our rewards really special at every giving level. If you live in the Midwest or the Northwest, whether you’re able to give a little or a lot, we think you’ll enjoy our rewards. Consider the impact you’ll have, and prepare to receive our myriad expressions of gratitude. See our rewards. [>>>right>>>]
How do I support this project?
We each contributed to other artists' projects first, to know what we're asking you to do. We can assure you, it’s easy to become a valuable contributor to our project:
- Sign up for a free Kickstarter account [>>>top right^^^]
- Watch our video [^^^see above^^^]
- Browse through our rewards menu [>>>see right>>>]
- Choose a donation level
- Click the green “Back this Project” button [>>>top right^^^], and follow the directions
Risks and challenges
We are fortunate to have considerable experience recording, and have collectively released over a dozen albums prior to the creation of Douglas County Daughters. We already have studio time scheduled at Gung-Ho Studio in June 2013, and we had the pleasure of working with Billy Barnett to record the song for this Kickstarter video. We expect to have physical CDs by the end of summer, and are eager to get them into your hands. Of course, unexpected delays can happen, but we look forward to keeping our backers informed of our progress along the way. Thank you for sharing the experience with us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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