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Love & Lightning features 12 original songs by Erin Condo, all performed expertly by Erin and her band the Hoofties.


Hello friends, my name is Erin Condo and I am a mother, wife, songwriter, rocker, caterer, community organizer, choir leader, and member of Erin Condo & the Hoofties. 

I've started this Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for my second album, "Love & Lightning," which will feature 12 original songs written by me and arranged by my band the Hoofties. 

This cd is almost 10 years in the making (10 years!). After many false starts, living in many cool cities, playing with many amazing people, and writing all kinds of songs along the way, I am finally ready to go back in to the studio.

I have come full circle to find the right fit with producer/music partner Bill Wilgus ("Wiggus") and engineer Bob Klotz, who were at the helm for my debut album “Leaving Songs.” We spent the summer of 2004 recoding "Leaving Songs" and had such a memorable time that we’re very eager to do it again.

Not only do I put my trust in Bob & Wiggus, but I have this amazing band called the Hoofties that includes Wiggus on guitar, John Kennedy on bass, and Kevin Lowe on drums. My God! These guys are good! We’ve been playing around central PA for 2 years getting ready for this record.

Love & Lightning features 12 original songs that chronicle my journey to find home and love (and lightning) over the last 10 years.  These songs tell stories of cheating hotel owners, runaways, hard working men, even harder working women, and trouble, trouble, trouble, all on a diverse musical backdrop that flows from blues to rock to soul to swing to country to folk influences.

We are chomping at the bit to get started, but we need your help! And we are excited to get you involved in the making of this record, which promises to be a truly magical music making experience. We are asking for help to cover the costs of recording and printing. Any money raised over our goal will be dedicated to promotions and publicity and paying our very talented musicians. 

Thank you so much for your support!  Even if you can't give financial support to this campaign, you can still help out by spreading the word about this project!  We are so grateful for anything you can do!

To listen to our first record "Leaving Songs," visit: www.reverbnation.com/erincondo

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the biggest challenges to recording is planning an end date. I've gotten some great advice in the past: "Don't plan your cd release party until you have your cd in hand." There is always the risk that the project might not physically be in hand by the fall of 2013, but we'll be working awfully hard to meet that deadline.

As I've mentioned before, this band has been working on this album for 2 years already! We are rehearsed and prepared and hope to make the best use of our time in the studio with Bob, so we should be done in good time.

Again, we need your help to get started and make sure that this album is a success!

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    Digital Bonus Tracks Thank you so much for your help! For your efforts, you’ll receive digital downloads of 2 acoustic versions of "Rosalita" and "Find My Home."

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    Digital Download of the Album-- You’ll get a digital download of Love & Lightning as soon as it is available to us! You’ll also receive 2 acoustic bonus tracks of “Find My Home” and “Rosalita.”

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    At this level, you’ll receive benefits from the previous levels plus an advanced release, autographed copy of Love and Lightning. Includes S&H

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    This level is perfect for those of you who do not have a copy of our debut album “Leaving Songs.” You’ll receive a copy of Leaving Songs as well as a limited edition sticker designed for the album. Of course, you’ll also get the new album Love and Lightning, autographed by the band and all previous level benefits.

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    CD Launch Party & Harvest Dinner Enjoy a Harvest dinner catered by my company EcoVents in our Millheim venue, the Bremen Town Ballroom. Dinner includes appetizers, salad, an entree with 2 sides, and dessert. We’ll be using food from our favorite local farmers and we’ll provide vegetarian, meat, and gluten-free options. But that’s not all. During the dinner, you’ll get to listen to the album and hear a live performance from Erin Condo & the Hoofties after dinner! The dinner will take place in the fall of 2013. Specific date and time to be determined by August 15, 2013.

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    CD Launch Party & Love & Lightning Swag-- At this level you’ll receive all of the benefits above (including the launch party dinner ticket) as well as other swag including posters from past shows uniquely designed by Wiggus, a limited-edition Love & Lightning t-shirt, an autographed & framed poster for the new album. You will also receive a hand-written lyric sheet from one of the songs on Love & Lightning.

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    *NEW*This reward is for those folks who would like 2 tickets to the Harvest Dinner and cd launch party at the Bremen Town Ballroom. At this level, you'll get the 2 tickets plus a copy of "Leaving Songs" and "Love & Lightning."

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    At this level, I'm giving away my purple Telecaster guitar (signed by me if you'd like). This was the first electric guitar that I've ever owned and I wrote the title song "Love and Lightning" on it.

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    For the Lovers... Not only do I live in a church (the UpTexas Chapel), but I am an ordained minister. Let us host your upcoming wedding nuptials or commitment ceremony at our chapel and I’ll officiate. You’ll also receive an advanced copy of Love & Lightning to get you in the mood for love, autographed by the band.

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    This reward includes all previous rewards plus a private house concert featuring Erin Condo and possibly some of the Hooftie band. These are available in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, or Texas only. Estimated delivery May-November, 2013 or February 2014 and beyond.

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    A whole Hooftie experience! The band will play an electrified, amazing 2-3 hour concert at your home, your bar, your church, dance hall, wherever (within reason). Have I mentioned how awesome my band is? Available in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, or Ohio only. Includes previous reward levels as well.

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    King & Queen of Millheim* for the CD Launch Weekend (*Unofficial). I live in the wonderful cultural hamlet of Millheim, Pennsylvania and I’d like you to treat you like royalty for a weekend this fall. Several local businesses and community members have come together to create a weekend that you’ll never forget and make you feel like the most welcomed of guests. Your time in Millheim includes a full weekend of activities: --A VIP welcome including a reception in your honor at the Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center. I’ll host an acoustic concert that features our many talented local musicians. If you’re a musician, you’re invited to play as well. As King & Queen you’ll be seated in your own King & Queen Chairs and given honorary crowns for the weekend. (http://greendrakeart.com/) --A 2-night stay at the charming and beautiful Triple Creek Lodge Bed & Breakfast (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Triple-Creek-Lodge/115769015154407) -- 4 free coffees and breakfast at the Inglebean Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/inglebeancoffee) --2 Tickets to Erin Condo’s CD Launch Party & Harvest Dinner at the Bremen Town Ballroom catered by my own EcoVents. Again, you’ll get the royal treatment, sitting with the band, eating local food, and getting front row seats to a live performance by Erin Condo & the Hoofties. We’ll also listen to the cd recording during dinner. This dinner and concert will take place on the Saturday night of your King & Queen weekend. --Basket of goodies from the Millheim Farmers Market (local cheeses, soaps, meats, etc.) --Free tube rentals from Penns Valley Outfitters (http://www.pennsvalleyoutfitters.com/) --A basket of cds by great local musicians donated by the Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center --Original painting of Erin Condo by local artist Karl Leitzel (6”x6”) We are tentatively scheduling this weekend for October 4th - 6th but are happy to work with you to find a suitable weekend. I also have a feeling that benefits for this reward level will be growing. This package does not include travel expenses, however, we can definitely get you to and from the local airport if you're flying in...

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