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We're a Maine-born, Boston-based band who just released our debut album, a collection of original songs that traverse the line between deep-rooted folk and modern indie Americana.
We're a Maine-born, Boston-based band who just released our debut album, a collection of original songs that traverse the line between deep-rooted folk and modern indie Americana.
412 backers pledged $20,528 to help bring this project to life.

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Update #2: Thank you for the continued support! Can we reach our second stretch goal of $20,000?

(Please note we've re-opened our $20 reward for a physical copy!) 

Update: We've reached our campaign goal but we still need your support! Help us reach our stretch goal of $18,000!

Okay, now that you’ve watched that ridiculous video (filmed and edited by the magnificent Sean Trischka), here’s what’s up: We are making our first record and we’re inviting you to be part of it! 

For those of you who are just meeting us, we are Lula Wiles. Our band includes Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke on fiddle, guitar, and vocals, and Mali Obomsawin on bass, guitar, and vocals. Raised on traditional music in the woods of Maine, the three of us met at Maine Fiddle Camp as young teens. These summers spent playing music under tall pines and around late-night campfires sparked the beginnings of our musical collaboration. One by one, each of us made our way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, which is where our band took shape. Isa and Ellie started performing as a duo in spring 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. We are still based in Boston, MA, nestled in this city’s thriving and supportive music community.

Photo credits clockwise from top left: Leela Wagner, Aidan Boardman, Sean Trischka, Brian Carroll
Photo credits clockwise from top left: Leela Wagner, Aidan Boardman, Sean Trischka, Brian Carroll

Over the past 2 years, we’ve performed extensively in Boston. This past summer, we piled into Mali’s Subaru Outback and embarked on our first extended tour of the Northeast. Along the way we’ve performed at venues and festivals including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Freshgrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival, Tweed River Music Festival, Club Passim, One Longfellow Square, and the Sinclair. Making music together is so joyful and fulfilling for all of us. We’re proud of the sound our band has developed, the musical communities we’ve become a part of, and the momentum we are building. Now is the time for us to make our first record, and we can’t wait to share it with you. We seriously CANNOT WAIT! But in order to make that happen, we need your help.

THE ALBUM & THE TEAM 

This past November and December, we spent 8 days at Dimension Sound Studios recording 11 of our original songs. We’re really excited about how they came out. Some of the songs on this record are totally acoustic, just like we perform them live. Some are acoustic, but with minor additions (double fiddles, anyone?). And some songs are... pretty different! Our time in the studio was such a fabulous experience, and we had a great team working with us. Adam Iredale-Gray contributed brilliant production ideas and badass electric guitar playing. Sean Trischka’s grooving and dynamic drumming appears on 5 tracks of this album. Dan Cardinal engineered our recording sessions and is mixing the album; he is an all-around pro who we’re thrilled to be working with.

The rest of the team: 

  • Erick Jaskowiak – mastering
  • Louise Bichan – photography
  • Taylor Ashton – album design 
  • Ariel Bernstein – assistant engineer 
  • Aurum Pies – the restaurant that fueled all of our sessions. We love you, Aurum.

BUDGET

We are hoping to raise $15,000 with this campaign, but the record will cost around $17,000 in total to produce. The money you pledge to this campaign will go towards all of our production costs: 

  • Recording and producing the album at Dimension Sound Studios
  • Compensating the guest musicians 
  • Mixing & mastering 
  • Photography & design 
  • Printing & duplication of the album 
  • Promotion 
  • Kickstarter fees 
  • Reward costs & postage

The music industry is changing, and we think that Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding platforms are a really great response to that. Crowdfunding is how musicians make albums these days, especially when they don’t have the support of a record label. In fact, we think this might be better– YOU, our listeners who have been supporting us already, can be our record label. YOU can help us make the record that we have dreamed of making. Without your support, we won’t be able to bring this project to life!

You can pledge as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Remember, every dollar counts – if everyone who read this pledged just $5, it would add up pretty quickly! Even if you can’t contribute, you can still help out by sharing our project with your pals and frenemies, your family, your Congressional representative, your dog walker, etc.

Our Kickstarter goal won’t quite cover the total cost of the album. If we surpass our goal, we will scream loudly with unbridled joy. Then we will use the funds to promote the album and/or help finance this summer’s album release tour. Maybe we’ll even do something crazy like release the record on VINYL! We’ll also probably send out a ton of thank-you notes.

Every backer will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes content: photos, videos, updates, amusing anecdotes, first looks at the album design, and more! We have had so much fun making this record and we want to share the process with you. Of course, we have a bunch of rewards for you to choose from as well. If you don't see a reward combination that you like, shoot us a message and we'll gladly come up with something that works for you! These rewards are our way of saying that we are indescribably grateful for your support. Thank you, thank YOU, THANK YOU! 

Seriously, THANK YOU!!!

Follow the progress of this project and this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #LulaWilesMakeARecord!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. This means that if don’t reach our goal by the end of 30 days, your credit cards won’t be charged, your rewards won’t be sent out, and our record won’t come to fruition. That would be a bummer.

Please note that for the house concert rewards, travel costs are not included– we'll need to work that out based on our tour schedule.

Also please contact us BEFORE PLEDGING if you're interested in hosting a house concert! We can't guarantee that it will be logistically feasible, especially if you're outside the Northeast. If a house concert won't work out and you're still interested in pledging, we would be glad to come up with some other kind of reward that you'll love.

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    We like your style. You get ONE TRACK from the album before it's released, plus access to all of our behind-the-scenes updates!

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    HIGH-QUALITY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    EARLYBIRD PRICE: SIGNED PHYSICAL CD + digital download! The first 20 physical copies of the record are available for a $20 pledge.

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    SIGNED CD! The reason we're all here! You get a physical copy of the album and we'll write our names on it.

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    SIGNED CD + Bonus Tracks!

    There are 11 songs on the record. We recorded 13 songs. You do the math.

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    2 SIGNED CDs + Bonus Tracks!

    "One for you, one to throw into your fireplace." -Sean Trischka

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    UNE CARTE POSTALE + SIGNED CD

    Mali is studying in Paris and she will send you a postcard! Plus a signed CD, bien sûr.

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    Your choice of Lula Wiles T-SHIRT or TOTE BAG + signed CD! Our shirts and tote bags feature a beautiful hand-drawn design by musician/artist Dan Blakeslee.

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    POSTCARD FROM THE ROAD + T-SHIRT or TOTE BAG + signed CD! We'll be hitting the road this summer and we'd love to keep you... posted (pun intended, heh heh) on our adventures.

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    The "Superfan" Merch Pack: Lula Wiles T-SHIRT AND TOTE + signed CD! Carry your CD in your tote bag while wearing your T-shirt and no one will question whether you are a Lula Wiles fan.

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    1 hour-long instrument LESSON + signed CD!

    In person or via Skype, depending on location. You can study fiddle, guitar, bass, singing, songwriting, or music theory with one member of the band. We all have teaching experience, although we probably wouldn't recommend requesting a fiddle lesson from Mali or a bass lesson from Ellie.

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    The "Date Night" Package: 2 GUEST LIST SPOTS for one of our shows + 2 signed CDs!

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    The "We Have Nice Handwriting" Package: HANDWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET of a Lula Wiles song of your choice + POSTCARDS from the road + T-shirt or tote + Signed CD!

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    Collection of rehearsal DEMOS & LIVE RECORDINGS + T-shirt or Tote + Signed CD!

    Note: Rehearsal demos may include profanity because sometimes we play the wrong chord and... You know how it is.

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    4 instrument LESSONS with any combo of band members + signed CD!

    Fiddle, guitar, bass, singing, and/or songwriting– the choice is yours! This also makes a great gift for the aspiring musician in your life.

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    We will COVER A SONG of your choice and make a VIDEO dedicated to you or somebody you love + 2 signed CDs + Lula Wiles merch!

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    MUSIC WORKSHOP + signed CDs for everyone! We'll teach a 2-hour class for you and a few friends! Topics can include singing, songwriting, instrumental skills, song repertoire, arranging, performance skills, or any combination of these.

    (Travel costs not included.)

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    HOUSE CONCERT + signed CD's + merch! Invite your friends/family/frenemies/freemasons, and Lula Wiles will perform an acoustic concert in the comfort of your living room. (Travel costs not included.)

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    HOUSE CONCERT 2.0! Same as above, but we'll bring along some special guests for this one + signed CD's + merch + other surprises!

    (Travel costs not included.)

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    Are you SERIOUS?? For your extreme generosity you will get a HOUSE CONCERT + Lifetime GUEST LIST access + signed CD's + merch + extra special surprises! That's right, you get in free to Lula Wiles shows for the rest of your natural life.

    (Travel costs not included.)

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