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Americana artist Libby Koch is releasing a new album called Tennessee Colony, a collection of songs about family, faith, and home.
Americana artist Libby Koch is releasing a new album called Tennessee Colony, a collection of songs about family, faith, and home.
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Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter campaign! I have finished recording my third full length solo album, Tennessee Colony, and together, we can get it out there to more folks.

Please watch the video above and read on!

About the Album:

The songs on this album are inspired by my family and the stories I heard from my grandparents when I was growing up. It's called Tennessee Colony, which is the name of the very small town in East Texas where my mom's side of the family settled in the 1830's. These songs mean a lot to me, and I can't wait to share them with all of you.

The album has been recorded, mixed, and mastered, and everything sounds fantastic! I'm working with producer Jack Saunders at White Cat Studios, and he has helped me assemble an outstanding team of musicians, including Susan Gibson (writer of Wide Open Spaces), Matt Slusher & Trevor Smith (from Wood and Wire), Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons, Steve Earle), Rick Richards (Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe Walsh), Allen Huff (Roger Creager), Riley Osbourn (The Lost Gonzo Band), and the legendary Lloyd Maines. I'm also blessed to have incredible performances on the album from members of my musical family: Lainey Balagia, Debbie Byrd, Brant Croucher, Joe Devadanam, Sarah Golden, Brian Kalinec, and Rankin Peters. 

Why I'm on Kickstarter:

Once an album has been recorded, that's when the work of "getting it out there" begins, and it's expensive to do it right.

The money I'm raising on this campaign will be used for my post-production costs for the record, including pressing the album on vinyl, making a professional music video to reach fans on YouTube, manufacturing new merch, and maximizing promotion of the album through radio, print ads, and other publicity.

I truly feel like this is my best work so far. Accordingly, I want to give the record its best shot by getting a team of professionals on board to expand the number of people who hear it.

Here's the Preliminary Promo Budget - please see the video for more info, and feel free to ask me any questions about where the money will go:

  • Radio Promoter: $3,000
  • Vinyl Manufacturing: $2,000
  • Print Ads in Texas & Americana Music Magazines: $1,800
  • Professional Music Video: $1,200
  • European Promotion Budget: $1,000
  • T-Shirt and Koozie Manufacturing: $1,300
  • Shipping Costs: $500
  • Kickstarter’s Take: $600
  • Amazon Credit Card Fees: $600 

TOTAL: $12,000

How You Can Join the Team:

So far the Tennessee Colony team has consisted of myself, the incredible musicians who have helped me make this record, and the fine folks at Berkalin. As you read this, I'm working on putting together a lineup of pros and collaborators that will join the team to promote Tennessee Colony. And I'd love for you to join us too.

To your right, there are pledge packages for all budgets, where you can get some cool stuff in return for your support. No pledge is too small, it all adds up! If you'd like to customize a pledge level by (1) adding additional items, (2) buying multiple items, (3) combining more than one pledge level, or (4) something else entirely, please send me a message and we will make it happen.

You will see in the pledge packages that I refer to "Choice Merch Items." That means that you can mix and match these merch items as you like!

CHOICE MERCH ITEMS:

  • 2 autographed CD's
  • "Life, Libby and the Pursuit of Happiness" t-shirt (design coming soon)
  • "With Libby and Justice for All" t-shirt (design coming soon)
  • Tennessee Colony on vinyl (autographed)
  • Tennessee Colony poster print (hand pressed by Hatch Show Print in Nashville, numbered and signed by me - design coming soon)
  • Package of all 3 of my previous CD releases (Redemption, The Shadow of This Town, and The Grievous Angels)
  • 6 pack of Libby Koch koozies

Thanks so much for taking the time to read through all of this, and I hope you'll consider pledging on this campaign. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I am so thankful for all of your support!

Much love, Libby

Risks and challenges

The album is already complete, so there isn't any risk there, but the music business is always challenging! Some of my challenges will include:

1. Selecting a cost-efficient and quality-focused vinyl manufacturer
2. Selecting a creative professional to partner with me on the music video
3. Selecting the right radio promoter who will be an advocate for me and my music
4. Creating and manufacturing cool but cost-conscious t-shirts and koozies
5. Getting the most bang for my buck with all budget items
6. Finding meaningful and creative promotional opportunities

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    All pledge packages $5 and above will receive exclusive updates about the album and a digital download of Tennessee Colony. The download codes will be sent out immediately following the close of the Kickstarter campaign, way before the album release!

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    Autographed CD of Tennessee Colony.

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    Your name in the “special thank you” section of the album liner notes. This package includes your choice of TWO Choice Merch Items.

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    The Ultimate Merch Package! Seriously, this 23-piece package contains every piece of merch I have ever had made that hasn’t previously sold out: (1) 4 signed CD’s (Redemption, Shadow of This Town, The Grievous Angels, Tennessee Colony), (2) “Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness” t-shirt, (3) “With Libby and Justice for All” t-shirt, (4) Libby Koch “Stars” t-shirt (limited sizes), (5) Tennessee Colony on vinyl, (6) 4 Hatch Show Prints (Barn Burner, Redemption, Shadow of This Town, Tennessee Colony), (7) 5 Koch Head stickers, (8) 6-pack of koozies in assorted colors.

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    Hand written, autographed, and numbered lyrics from any Libby Koch song of your choice. The lyrics will be framed, and you can choose whether you'd like the original lyrics from my notebook (first come first served) or something new on pretty paper. This package includes THREE Choice Merch Items.

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    Have you ever wanted to be a fancy record producer? Well here's your chance! A pledge of $500 or more will make you an official Executive Producer of Tennessee Colony with special recognition in the album liner notes and my website. You will also receive 5 Choice Merch Items. This is the pledge level that helps me the most!

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    A private concert for your family and friends at your house, ranch, beach house, favorite bar, or other location of your choice (travel expenses outside the greater Houston area not included; subject to tour schedule).

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    The ultimate, ultimate package: (1) Executive Producer credit on the album, (2) private concert at your chosen location (travel expenses outside the greater Houston area not included; subject to tour schedule), (3) the Ultimate Merch Package, (4) handwritten, autographed, and numbered lyrics to any Libby Koch song, (5) an autographed acoustic guitar.

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