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Head for the Hills' third record blends bluegrass with jazz and indie rock to tell stories inspired by love, misery and comic books.
Head for the Hills' third record blends bluegrass with jazz and indie rock to tell stories inspired by love, misery and comic books.
240 backers pledged $21,088 to help bring this project to life.

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We’re Head for the Hills, a mostly acoustic band from Fort Collins, Colorado. We play bluegrass music, but we use the form and instrumentation of bluegrass to go other places. Our upcoming third studio record, Blue Ruin, is an exploration of those places. We’ve always brought other styles into the fold and the new songs are deeper still, but we need your help to make it a reality.

As you know, the music industry has changed and the old rules of record deals and budgets just don’t apply today. For Head for the Hills, that means we self-fund everything we do. Tours, recording, merchandise—everything. In laying out plans for our third studio album, it quickly became clear that in order to fulfill our vision and deliver a next level production, we were going to need some help. That’s where you and Kickstarter come in.

In some ways, Kickstarter is an enhanced method of preordering CDs. Unlike traditional preorders though, it doesn’t stop there. Kickstarter allows you to become intimately involved with making the record, and lets us offer creative and personalized incentives that we are really excited about.

We started the record earlier this year, but we’re far from done. There is still a lot of recording to do as well as final mixing and mastering. From there, CDs and high quality vinyl will be pressed and we will embark on the time consuming and expensive process of promoting and distributing the album. We have already personally invested significant funds and will continue to do so, but unfortunately, it's just not enough. 

Here is a basic breakdown of remaining costs: 

  • Recording, mixing and mastering: $8,300 
  • Artwork: $2,500 
  • Vinyl/CD Manufacturing: $5,000 
  • Promotion, publicity and marketing: $12,000 
  • Total: $27,700

Recording is being done at SwingFingers Studios, just outside our hometown of Fort Collins with ace engineer and stellar banjo player Aaron Youngberg. Aaron has an amazing combination of technology and know-how at his disposal and we’ve developed a great working relationship. He’s really helping to bring out the best sound and performance on each take!

We're very excited to have one of the band's favorite artists, renowned screenprint maestro Timothy Doyle on board for cover art. Doyle's work has been featured by NASA, Industrial Light and Magic, the Campaign to Re-elect President Barack Obama, Yo Gabba Gabba, as well as bands like The Black Keys, Primus and many more.

Here's an example of Tim's work:  The Sea Also Rises- Incident 6: The King of Crabs Claims his Throne by Tim Doyle (Not the actual poster you will recieve)
Here's an example of Tim's work: The Sea Also Rises- Incident 6: The King of Crabs Claims his Throne by Tim Doyle (Not the actual poster you will recieve)

Looking to give the gift of independent music this holiday season? For a limited time we are offering special pledge packages that inlcude a back catalog Head for the Hills CD of your choice--Robber's Roost (2007), Head for the Hills (2010), or Live (2012)--free of charge and delivered in time for holiday gift giving!

For your pledge, we have a host of different rewards, including custom Head for the Hills air fresheners, digital downloads, CDs, limited edition vinyl LPs with custom jackets by Timothy Doyle, screenprint posters by Doyle, personal concerts and special record release events and much more.

Everyone that pledges gets the mini EP download that includes several songs from Blue Ruin, delivered before the official release of the record. The air fresheners come emblazoned with the name of the band in our custom Head for the Fresh scent. Add $5 to any order and we'll sign whatever you'd like.  

We've partnered with our friends at the Lyric Cinema in downtown Fort Collins to offer a special Blue Ruin album listening party with a movie screening to follow. Pledge at the $75 level and hear the songs, hang out with the band, have a drink and watch a movie hand picked by Head for the Hills in the Lyric's soon to be renovated theater!

If you are looking for a custom art piece, at the $400 level Joe--fiddle player and vocalist from Head for the Hills--will work with you to design and create a painting. Look below for a sample of his awesome work:

Ink Wash on Cardboard and Mixed Media work By Joseph Star Lessard
Ink Wash on Cardboard and Mixed Media work By Joseph Star Lessard

Also from Joe are custom painted Ukeleles, check out a photo of the amazing detail:

Custom painted Ukelele by Joe Lessard
Custom painted Ukelele by Joe Lessard

At the upper levels we're offering special private performances. Head for the Hills will come to your home (or your friends house, your office, the back of your pickup truck etc) and play a private show for you and your closest friends. You could even pool your funds with friends and have a joint party. Have a bar mitzvah coming up? Anniversary? Need an excuse to host your friends and show off the new self portrait you've hung awkwardly above your fireplace? Pledge at the $5,000 or $7,500 levels and we'll come to you.

If we exceed our goal by more than $500, EVERYONE gets air fresheners, but if we don’t meet our goal, you aren’t charged and we don’t receive any of the funds--so help us at whatever level you can! 

This record will mark the fullest realization of our creative aspirations; both musically and aesthetically, and we’re eager for you to hear it, see it and hold it. We hope you’ll be a part of Blue Ruin and pledge today. Thanks!

Questions on how Kickstarter works? Visit their Frequently Asked Questions Page

  • Q: What happens if you don't reach your goal?
  • A: If we don’t meet our goal, you aren’t charged and we don’t receive any of the funds--so help us at whatever level you can!
  • Q: What happens if you exceed your goal?
  • A: Everyone gets air fresheners! As you can see above, the $20,000 we're asking for doesn't quite cover our remaining costs. Raising more money allows us to get the music in more ears faster with improved marketing and publicity.
  • Q: If I pledge, when is my card charged?
  • If you pledge your card will only be charged when we successfully complete the campaign, on December 8th, 2012. If we aren't successful and don't reach our goal you card will never be charged.
  • Q: I really want to pledge but I don't see a reward package I want, what can we do?
  • A: Contact us and we'll absolutely work something out.

Risks and challenges

Making a record is always full of challenges, both routine and unexpected. After almost 10 years as band, we've come to learn to roll with these punches and adapt as the situation requires. Our last release, "Live," was full of such unpredictable ups and downs; including the mixing studio changing hands right as we were finishing! Needless to say we made it though like we always do, with hard work, a little ingenuity and the help of our friends.

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    Admission to the Private Head for the Hills Lyric Cinema Party in Fort Collins, PLUS a custom laser engraved Pint Glass and a CD.

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    Blue Ruin Album Package- Includes CD, Custom Jacket Vinyl LP, Tim Doyle Screen Print Poster, Air Freshener, and a Sticker.

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    Music Lesson With a Band Member of Your Choice and a CD. If you're on the Front Range of Colorado, we'll come to you. If not, we'll make it a Skype lesson!

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    Receive a "Thank You" by name in the Liner Notes, a copy of the CD and an air freshener. We can also do the "Thank You" in honor of someone of your choice.

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    Adam will make and deliver you some of his famous homemade soup or chili and a CD. Limited to the Front Range of Colorado.

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    Meet the band and announce Head for the Hills at a show in your town and a CD. We'll put you on the guest list, hang with you pre show and you can announce us before we go on!

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    Ultimate Art Package - 3 Screen Print Posters including the Tim Doyle Blue Ruin poster and others, 4 Posters from Head for the Hills Poster Archive, and a CD.

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    Dinner for Two with Mike and Family, Paired with Beverages and a CD. Limited to the Front Range of Colorado.

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    Custom Laser Engraved Art Featuring Album Cover and a CD.

    We've commissioned our friends at Colorado Laser Engraving to make some one of a kind reproductions of the album cover. They come on several different materials and are really unique. Contact us if you'd like to know more.

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    Head for the Hills will record a video playing a cover song of your choice and we'll send you a CD.

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    A "Thank You," in the liner notes, CD, Vinyl LP, and the Tim Doyle poster.

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    Boating/Tubing Excursion on Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins with Keyboard Consultant James Thomas and Members of the Band.

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    A day of skiing with Adam and Mike at Arapaho Basin, Breckenridge or Keystone in Colorado. Lift ticket included.

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    Custom Painting by Joe Lessard and a CD.

    Joe will work with you to conceptualize a piece of art, then he'll paint it!

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    Unique Fishing Experience in the Poudre Canyon outside Fort Collins, Colorado with Professional Fisherman Chad LaChance of Fishful Thinker TV, plus members of Head for the Hills. Dinner at Mishawaka to follow and you'll get a CD.

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    Head for the Hills One Year Pass and a CD.

    The One Year Pass includes free tickets for two to a year of headlining Head for the Hills shows of your choice, excluding festivals.

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    Studio Pass Recording Immersion Experience -

    Have lunch with Head for the Hills at the studio then hang out and watch some of the process and how we work. You also get the CD, Vinyl LP, and the Tim Doyle poster.

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    We'll perform a private show for you and your friends anywhere in Colorado and you receive the Blue Ruin Album Package. Private show with no advertising please.

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    We'll perform a private show anywhere in the United States and you receive the Blue Ruin Album Package. Private show with no advertising please.

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