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A solo album by Cracker co-founder and guitarist Johnny Hickman
207 backers pledged $26,230 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, allow me to introduce myself to those who don't know me. I'm Johnny Hickman, guitarist, co-founder and co-songwriter of the band Cracker. I've been writing a batch of solo songs and am ready to take my scratchy little demos into the recording studio to begin making a new album.

Going in to record in the winter feels just about right for the music I'm making right now. This new, as yet untitled album will consist (mostly) of darkly retrospective and deeply personal songs. Cracker has recently scaled back to touring full-time in the summer yet only sporadically the rest of the year, giving me more time in the fall and winter for side projects and solo work. The extra time to be creative is great, but since music is solely what I do for a living, balancing the costs of making music with the realities of day-to-day living can be tricky, hence my Kickstarter campaign.

I released a first solo album about 6 years ago called Palmhenge. It was recorded, packaged and released by me (with the help of some talented friends) without a record label (= with grocery money). I'm proud to say that it was well received by fans, even getting great write ups in magazines like Blender and given "Voice's Choice" in The Village Voice. Like Palmhenge, this record will also be released independently, and that's where you come in.

The funds you help me raise will help me pay for:

1) Studio time at Backbone Studios here in Northern Colorado where I live.

2) Talented local musicians who often play on each other's projects for free and who I feel deserve some compensation for their hard work.

3) My fellow musician and good friend Jason Larson who will engineer, co produce and play on the album.

4) Album artwork.

5) Some very indie level promotion and distribution of the album.

The amount I am trying to raise will probably not cover manufacturing or mastering costs, but I would rather see the project fund and pay for the manufacturing out of pocket if need be. (Although if the project over-funds and can help with those things, great.)

Here's a quick description of how Kickstarter works:The artist (filmmaker, writer, musician etc) arrives at a figure that he or she determines will cover the cost of their project.The objective of course is to reach the funding goal or beyond. If this project does NOT fund in this allotted two week period, all bets are off and the project is "dead in the water" (apologies for my obsessively geekish Big Lebowski references). 

Listed to the side are my proposed "Levels Of Coolness" rewards that YOU determine by the amount you wish to contribute. I want to thank you for any support you can give, and, don't forget, the other important thing you can do is share the link to this project on your Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Thanks again!   Johnny Hickman

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    A digital download of the album when it comes out.

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    An advance copy of the album…your choice of CD or digital download (we will try to provide a couple of quality/file size options). Maybe 3-7 days before album release.

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    A signed CD and/or a digital download, and a signed copy of a silk screened, limited run art print.

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    All listed at $75 level, plus a burned CD of alternate takes and mixes of the songs / my rough acoustic demos AND a bonus song or two.

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    Everything listed at $100 level plus a thank-you in the liner notes.

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    All listed at the $500 level…AND I will temporarily move into your attic or basement and write the next batch of songs there, (quietly while you are at work) handing you demo CDs with the rent check for each of the 2 or 3 months I am there. KIDDING! We'll see….if this does not fund, my wife will probably kick me out regardless.
    Q) What do you call a guitarist without a girlfriend?
    A) Homeless.

    OK, OK, now in seriousness. For between $1000 and $5000 you would get the $100-level swag, PLUS a liner notes thank-you, and a private solo show at your home or local club. The amount required to make this happen would depend on how far away you live, travel costs/season, whether your desired date conflicts with Cracker shows, and whether you want an actual solo show or for me to bring a backing band. If you're serious about this, write me a private Facebook message first so I can check the schedule.

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