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For our 7th release, we're taking matters into our own hands & we need your help to bring these new songs to life.
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We are Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris:  songwriters, performers, artists and creators of the Americana Soul band Freddy & Francine.  We tour over 150 dates a year and have released six independent records since 2008.  When we sat down to plan for our seventh album, something happened. We had written the songs, chosen a producer, crunched the numbers but our gut instincts kept telling us to PAUSE.  Recalibrate. We heard an inner voice say “you can produce this one yourself."

Photo Credit Eli Reskow

As independent artists, we decided it was time to learn how to record on our own and invest in the future of Freddy & Francine.

Some of our favorite albums were made by artists who decided to go inward and scrap the traditional recording process. Starting in May 2019 we began to research how to make an album from scratch. We sought the advice of our favorite musicians, producers and engineers to guide us through. We invested in the materials necessary to make our own professional quality recordings.  What have we learned so far?  We have the capability, knowledge and support to create an intimate, deeply authentic, soulful record in the comfort of our own home.  

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS KOHLEY

There’s still more work to be done. That’s where you come in. Thankfully, artists today are able to exist and flourish independent of record labels because of the modern phenomenon of crowdfunding.  Many of you helped fund our last two records Moonless Night EP (2018) and Gung Ho (2016). Thank you! YOU are our record label, our collaborators, our cheerleaders, OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TEAM.  YOU are the reason why we keep making music. To finish the record and release it, we need to raise $25,000.  Here is a breakdown of where that money will go… 

 The money you donate will help to complete the recording of the album,  pay the artists involved a fair wage and finance the costs of getting it into your hands.  Songs like "Budget", "I Just Wanna Listen to the Band Play", "Slow Down", "Meet Me Halfway" and "Something Good" are just a few of the tunes we can't wait to share with you. No matter the size of your donation, you’re helping to make our dreams a reality.  It is our intention to deliver you a product that is fresh, honest and full of joy.  OUR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS! 

Risks and challenges

Time is money. The biggest challenge in making this record at home is that we have to take time off from the road. If we’re not on the road, we can’t pay our bills. We need to be home in the studio for a dedicated amount of time this fall in order to give the album our complete concentration so that we can meet our projected release date of MAY 2020. Then we can get back on the road and tour this new album! If we do not raise the funds, we cannot guarantee when this record will be completed and released.

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    The Budget

    Every dollar counts! We appreciate your support and can't wait for you to hear this album!

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    The Blue Hair

    You get to enjoy (2) Unreleased Digital Only Acoustic tracks + the full album download before anyone else!

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    The Tap Dancer

    Get ready to hold our *NEW ALBUM* in your hand + the newest F&F sticker!

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    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
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    The Gray Ombre

    The F&F *NEW ALBUM* Companion Lyric Book will have candid photos from the making of the record, lyrics and drawings by Lee Ferris. A perfect pal to look through while listening to your signed copy of the *NEW ALBUM* + NEW F&F sticker and everything else...

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    The Gratitude Shrine

    Congrats! You've made it into our Gratitude Shrine. Get a VINYL copy of the *New Album* + YOUR NAME will be listed in the liner notes of the album! You're a Superfan!

    Includes:
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
    • Signed Copy of *New Album* before it's released
    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
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    The Red Carpet

    You're going backstage! You + a guest get FREE ADMISSION to the concert of your choice* plus (1) song request and dedication at the show. To top it all off, you can come backstage for a post show green room hang and leave with a PICTURE! *show to be approved by F&F

    Includes:
    • F&F Show Backstage Pass!
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
    • Signed Copy of *New Album* before it's released
    • (2) Unreleased *Digital Only* Acoustic Tracks
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    The Giant Yellow Scarf

    We're all yours! Want help writing a song? Wanna grab a coffee and talk about whatever? What about a voice lesson or guitar lesson? Whatever it is, we can make it happen -either in person or via Skype, we want to hang out with you and let you know how much your support means to us!
    *in person lessons are subject to availability/ touring schedule.

    Includes:
    • The Ultimate F&F Hang Session
    • F&F Show Backstage Pass!
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
    • Signed Copy of *New Album* before it's released
    • (2) Unreleased *Digital Only* Acoustic Tracks
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    The Half Beard

    Have you ever wanted us to cover a specific song? Here's your chance to name a tune and we'll send you a video of the cover + a digital recording so you can listen to it on repeat in your car!

    Includes:
    • Custom Cover Video + Digital Version of recorded cover
    • The Ultimate F&F Hang Session
    • F&F Show Backstage Pass!
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
    • Signed Copy of *New Album* before it's released
    • (2) Unreleased *Digital Only* Acoustic Tracks
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    The Infinite Icon

    A private F&F House Concert! Invite your friends over and we'll entertain you for (2) 45 minute sets - tell us your (5) dream F&F request songs and we'll play them too!
    *Date TBD.
    *US - Lower 48 States only.
    *International - travel must be covered.

    Includes:
    • F&F House Concert
    • Custom Cover Video + Digital Version of recorded cover
    • The Ultimate F&F Hang Session
    • F&F Show Backstage Pass!
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
    • *NEW* F&F Sticker!
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    • (2) Unreleased *Digital Only* Acoustic Tracks
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    The Complete and Utter Stardom

    WOW! You get all the rewards we mentioned before + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on our *NEW ALBUM*! We can't thank you enough for you immense amount of support!
    *Date TBD.
    *US - Lower 48 States only.
    *International - travel must be covered.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit on our *New Album*
    • F&F House Concert
    • Custom Cover Video + Digital Version of recorded cover
    • The Ultimate F&F Hang Session
    • F&F Show Backstage Pass!
    • Vinyl Record +THANK YOU mention in liner notes of album
    • F&F *New Album* Companion Lyric Book
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