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Show me your Colours! Devon Sproule and her Austin / Toronto crew are making a new record.

It's pronounced SPROULE …like rock 'n ROLL

My name is Devon Sproule.  I live in Austin, Texas.  I wouldn't live in Austin if I hadn't lived at an eco-village in Virginia.  And I wouldn't have lived at an eco-village if I hadn't been born to some hippies in Canada.  And without being born to those hippies, and without the support of people like you, I doubt I'd have ever been brave enough to become a professional musician.  So thank you!   May I tell you about my new project?

THE LIGHTHOUSE WORKS

In November, I was granted a writing fellowship with a program called The Lighthouse Works.  I got to go to a tiny island and write a bunch of songs.  Writing songs is nothing new -- that's what I do! -- but because I was on a tiny island, and because I didn't have to pretend I knew how to cook, I wrote songs waaaaay faster than usual.  And now I'm making them into a record.

COLOURS!

The working title of the record is Colours.  It was co-written with the fantastically talented Mike O'Neill, who I met remotely when he contributed to a project of mine called Low-Key Karaoke.  Mike has a moustache and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and we're meeting in Ontario (where we were both born) to record it.  

WHY KICKSTARTER, DEVON?

I'm using Kickstarter because it's a two-in-one: it allows folks to pre-order the record, which enables me to finance it without loading up my credit cards.  But it also lets people know about the album, how it's progressing, etc., which helps to build momentum for its release.  It's been a long time since I've done something as community oriented and open as this, and I'm really, really excited.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART

Thank you so much for your support, and for passing the link along to your friends.  You only have to contribute $3 to get an advance copy of the digital record.  But boy, there are some cool incentives for people who want to give more... 

  • all 4 unreleased paul & devon duet records
  • my entire digital discography 
  • t-shirts
  • vinyl!
  • hammocks + heirloom seeds
  • homemade guitar straps
  • my berlin compass
  • personalized video or handwritten lyrics
  • a tour of twin oaks!
  • one-of-a-kind scrapbook
  • a private concert & custom song
  • our cd collection
  • and more!

Now let's look at some pictures!

ABOVE: During my fall writing fellowship, making songs on Fishers Island. They also let oysters live there (for a while).

ABOVE: I met Mike O'Neill (who co-wrote Colours) when he sent in this video to my Low-Key Karaoke project.

ABOVE: Our secret babies... home-spun Paul & Devon duets from 2004-2008

ABOVE: My discography... I Love You, Go Easy; Live in London; Don't Hurry for Heaven; Keep Your Silver Shined; Upstate Songs; Long Sleeve Story; Devon

ABOVE: Carrie Elkin's beautiful Strappy Go Lucky guitar straps. Get 'em personalized!  

(ABOVE): Our CD collection. We're digitizing and trying to save space. Can you give it a new home?

(ABOVE): Our lap steel guitar.  Comes with a song and a signature.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In my decade+ doing this, I've learned that nothing is guaranteed in the music business. Most of us do it because we love it, not because we expect to make a bucketful. This is especially true of making records. I've worked to set reasonable goals for this project, and I plan to meet those goals. Most importantly, I plan to maintain good communication with collaborators and backers as the project unfolds -- not just to build momentum and enthusiasm, but also to maintain confidence and accountability.

The Kickstarter kicker: if I don't meet my goal, I get nothin'. But I think I can do it! I think WE can do it!

Thanks especially to Raina and Drew for their help and advice with Kickstarter, and to Paul for making the video. Oh, and thanks to Windmill Bicycles for the sweet ride on that sick 'cycle!

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    *DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE NEW RECORD* Yep! For three bucks (and a pinky swear to tell your pals) the new record is yours.

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    *DEMO LOVERS DOWNLOAD PACKAGE* Get behind the scenes! This package includes the new record in your choice of mp3 or wav format, a pdf lyric booklet, AND a 10-song bootleg -- available to kickstarter supporters only -- of unreleased demos and live recordings.

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    *CD + PAUL & DEVON DUETS + DEMOS* Opt in here and in addition to a signed copy of the new record + the demo bootleg, you'll also get digital downloads of all four unreleased Paul and Devon duet records, recorded at home between 2004 and 2008. We're pretty proud of these collections! We'd love for you to hear them.

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    *CD, P&D DUETS, DEMOS + FULL DISCOGRAPHY* Here's everything I've got! A signed copy of the new CD. The demo bootleg. All four P&D duet records. PLUS a digital collection of all my previous work: 6 full-length studio records and 1 live record. What a steal!

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    *WITH A SHIRT!* A classic selection. One gorgeous custom t-shirt in your favorite size, one signed CD of the new record, plus the demos, duets, and full Devon discography. Lookin' good, baby.

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    *CD, T-SHIRT, VINYL + DEMOS, DUETS, DISCOGRAPHY* All the physical stuff for the collectors, the liner-note readers, the "I've got the shirt!"-ers. You get the new record on compact disc, AND a vinyl LP, AND a t-shirt. Plus the demo bootleg, the Paul & Devon duets, and the full digital discography. I'm so serious about how seriously awesome you are.

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    *LYRICS, BY HAND* Pick any of my songs and I'll send you a hand-written copy of the lyrics, signed and dated, on nice paper. Frame it up! Make a paper airplane! Oh, and I'll send a signed CD, too. And the demos, duets, and discography. Alternatively, I'll draw a picture for you, or of you...

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    *SWING LOW* Opt in here, dear supporter, and my father will package and ship you a beautiful handwoven Twin Oaks hammock and hanging hardware kit. You'll be supporting me and the folks who made me, too. Thanks so much. This package also includes the CD and all the digital trimmings (demos, duets, & discography).

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    *HARD COPY DISCOGRAPHY* A copy of the new CD, plus my complete discography on CD: Devon, Long Sleeve Story, Upstate Songs, Keep Your Silver Shined, Don't Hurry for Heaven, Live in London, and I Love You, Go Easy. I do! (Also, I'm happy to ship this to a friend, if you'd like to make a gift of it.)

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    *STRAPPY GO LUCKY* My wonderful housemate Carrie Elkin is donating two of her beautiful, homemade, custom guitar straps to this campaign. These straps (pictured over to the left) are hand-sewn and one-of-a-kind. They are adjustable and come with a personalization of your choice, stamped into the pick pocket on the back! You'll also receive my new CD, Carrie's beautiful release, "Call It My Garden" (both signed), and the digital package that includes demos, duets, and my whole discography.

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    *CAN I BE IN YOUR VIDEO?* Here's the deal. I'm gonna make you a video. Your favorite cover song? No prob. Your favorite song of mine? Awwww. A personalized birthday, valentine's, or anniversary message to a loved one? I'd be honored! A video of me showcasing my sweet dance moves to a song of your choice? I thought you'd never ask. You'd like a signed copy of the new CD thrown in, too? You got it. Plus all the digital trimmings.

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    *SPROULE SEED-SAVERS STARTER KIT* My parents and their fellow communards in Virginia run an amazing heirloom seed business called Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. This pledge will get you the specially prepared "Sproule Seed-savers Starter Kit" which includes a selection of heirloom seeds (e.g. tomatoes, peppers, corn, herbs, easy flowers), seed saving supplies, and helpful guides to home composting and growing your own food... all tailored to the time of year. You'll also get the new CD and the demo bootleg, P&D duets, and full digital discography. Get growing!

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    *THE FRIEND COLLECTION* This package includes a package of 10 signed CDs, one from every musician in my Kickstarter video: Paul Curreri, Vanessa Lively, Rebecca Loebe, Danny Malone, Robert Steele, Raina Rose, Jack Wilson, Johann Wagner, Carrie Elkin, and Danny Schmidt. Only two of these packages are available! You'll also get a copy of my new CD, of course, and all the digital stuff (demos, duets, & discography). You've seen them roll, now hear them rock!

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    *TOUR THE COMMUNE* Y'know how I'm always talking about that eco-village where I grew up? Have you ever been curious about alternative living? Wanna see it in action? This package includes a personal tour of Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia (where I lived for the first 16 years of my life). Your tour guide will be none other than my dear dad Gordon, who lives there still. You'll get dinner in the dining hall. And the new CD + digital demos, duets, and full discography. If you don't mind waiting til I'm in the area, I'd love to join you!

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    *TICKETS, COVER, NIGHTCAP* You and a guest are on the list for the next show you attend. I will cover a song of your choice at that show (dedicated, if you wish), and send you a recording of it, along with two t-shirts, your choice of CD or LP of the new record, and all the digital treasures. And then we have a drink after!

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    *ICH BIN EIN BERLINER* As some of you know, Paul and I spent part of last year living in Berlin. This special one-of-a-kind package -- available to only one backer -- contains souvenirs from our time in Berlin: an encouraging map I drew for Paul of all the restaurants I thought he would like (complete with illustrations), our only copy of the funny flyer Paul drew when we were looking for apartments, my German language CDs, and the keychain compass I bought on Hauptstraße to help keep myself from getting lost while I was out on my bike. You'll also get a beautiful t-shirt, the new record on your choice of CD or vinyl LP, plus all the digital stuff!

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    *TICKETS, CUSTOM SONG, NIGHTCAP* I write a song for you, or for a loved one, or a special occasion. I send you a recording of it, and handwritten lyrics (along with a CD, LP, 2 t-shirts, and lots of digital music). You and your guest are on the list at the next show of mine you attend. I play the song at that show. We have a drink after!

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    *MEMENTO* This idea came from Raina Rose. This is a one-off. Only one person gets it, because there will only be one. I'm making a scrapbook to document the making of this record. Pictures of the process, notes, lyrics, wine and coffee stains, doodles and takeout orders, all done up nice 'n pretty. Almost as good as being there. This is one-of-a-kind memorabilia. When all is said and done, I'll probably be sad to see it go! You also get a t-shirt, the new CD, the vinyl LP, plus all the downloads: demo bootleg, Paul & Dev duets, and the full DS discography.

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    *HOUSE SHOW & CUSTOM SONG* Opt in here and I'll come play a show for you and your friends in your home. And if you're into the idea, I'd be happy to write and perform a custom song just for you. Time frame will depend on my tour schedule and where you live. Feel free to email me with questions. And of course, I'll bring you a CD, and all the digital music you could ever want.

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    *STEEL YOURSELF* Brave Devon will write you a song on our lap steel - her first! - then sign it, and send both song and steel guitar to you (photo above left). It's a 6-string Joe Morrell Pro and it's on a lot of our records. We will also send you a selection of those records, signed, and of course, a copy of the new one, and all things digital (demos, duets, and discography).

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    *THE CURRERI CD COLLECTION* We live in a very small apartment. We have a lot of CDs. For space's sake, we've decided to digitize our collection & find it a happy new home. I gotta say, it's an inspiring batch of music. The list of 640 discs can be seen here (and there's a photo below!): http://devonsproule.com/paulcdcollection.pdf If it could help fund this record, parting ways with all these beautiful liner notes, classic covers, and years of memories would be worth it. Media mail shipping in the US is included (I'll need some help if you're overseas, please!). Did I say 640? I meant 648, because of course this also includes my whole discography (new record included) on CD too. Plus all the digital stuff.

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    *AND YOU?* If you'd like to contribute 5k or more to this project, I'd like to tailor my thanks. Would you like a collection of the items offered above? a song? a house concert? shall I bring Paul? a personal tour of one of the places that I love? tickets to my shows? a special thank you or executive producer credit in the liner notes? Get in touch! Thank you. Thanks just for reading this far. You guys are the best.

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