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Help Ryan Key of Yellowcard build a songwriting and recording studio in Nashville and record his first Will & The Whiskeymen EP.
Help Ryan Key of Yellowcard build a songwriting and recording studio in Nashville and record his first Will & The Whiskeymen EP.
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Who: You and me—Ryan Key. Together, we can bring The Lone Tree Recordings to life. As the lead singer and guitarist of Yellowcard, I practically grew up in a studio. I know how important it is for musicians to be able to write and record their music so they can share it with the world. So I'm reaching out to all music fans and musicians to help support this studio as a space for talented musicians to write and record the songs they love.

What: The Lone Tree Recordings will be a studio space that welcomes creativity and expression through music and the craft of songwriting. With state-of-the-art equipment, this professional studio will help musicians write, record, and mix their songs, demos, and albums. The studio will have top-of-the-line gear including microphones, analog and digital recording equipment, instruments, and software to capture the highest-quality recordings imaginable.

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Mood Board for Style of The Lone Tree Recordings

Where: The Lone Tree Recordings will be built at my home away from home in the "Songwriting Capital of the World," Nashville, Tennessee. My home has always been a welcoming place and this studio is an extension of that.

When: We have just one month to raise our goal of 75k, and then we can begin construction. I’ve already put a sizeable down payment on the land, so all we need now is to raise the rest and get this amazing project underway. I know with your help and generosity, we can get there.

Why: For over a decade, I’ve been lucky enough to learn music production from the best in the business. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward and help other musicians who want to experience and enjoy the recording process as much as I do.

How: Through this Kickstarter campaign, and with your help in spreading the word, we can reach our fundraising goal and begin to turn the dream of The Lone Tree Recordings into a reality. There are some awesome rewards for backers as well, here are just a few of the cool things we have available: 

The Lone Tree T-Shirt
The Lone Tree T-Shirt
The Lone Tree Guitar Strap
The Lone Tree Guitar Strap
The Lone Tree Guitar Picks
The Lone Tree Guitar Picks

Please share, post or tweet the link to my Kickstarter page and help me get the word out that The Lone Tree is coming with the hopes of bringing more great singer, songwriter, musicians and bands to the world.

Risks and challenges

Timing is always tough. Writing, recording, and mixing an album is not an easy task. The good news is we've already put a lot of work into the writing of our first backer-exclusive EP. As many of you know, I've also been through the entire creative process from start to finish on many albums, and have a ton experience regarding timing and staying on schedule.

Since recording the album is contingent upon the studio being finished mid-2016, the build out process is the biggest area for issues. However, we have given ourselves plenty of time, already identified of the proper equipment, contacted manufacturers, and have done as much upfront work as possible to minimize risk.

As for the fun branded items, we have a great group of friends we've teamed up with in order to make sure we get everything produced and delivered on time. If we run into any delays, we'll be sure to keep you all informed. Overall, we have minimized risk by careful planning and preparation with everyone involved.

With the support of you guys, The Lone Tree Recordings will be born and grow into something that could be pretty rad. Thank you all. - Ryan

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    - Exclusive, backer-only release track -

    Thank you for your donation! Prepare your ears for the very first track from Ryan's new project, Will & The Whiskeymen. An MP3 will be delivered instantly via email. It’s a track offered exclusively to supporters like you that inspire Ryan to keep writing and recording.

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    - Shout out on Twitter + Exclusive track -

    Close to 59k of Ryan’s followers on Twitter will see a personal shout out from him to you, thanking you for your generosity. You also get the very first track from Ryan's new project, Will & The Whiskeymen. An MP3 will be delivered instantly via email. All for just $15.

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    - Digital EP download (exclusive for backers only, never released publicly) + Exclusive track -

    You’ll be the first to hear this exclusive EP from Ryan's new project, Will & The Whiskeymen. We’ll record, edit, and mix it all right here at The Lone Tree so you can get a taste of what we’re creating, thanks to your donation. You also get the very first track from Ryan's new side project, Will & The Whiskeymen. An MP3 will be delivered instantly via backer update access allowing you to download.

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    - The Lone Tree stickers + guitar picks + Exclusive backer-only release track -

    Get the brand new logo for The Lone Tree recordings on three stickers that you can stick anywhere (ok, not there). Plus, get that same logo on three guitar picks to help you strum your own way to musical awesomeness. Plus you'll get the very first track from Ryan's new side project, Will & The Whiskeymen. An MP3 will be delivered instantly via email. All for just $20.

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    - Shout out on Twitter + Digital EP download + Stickers + Picks + Exclusive track -

    Keep your eye out on Twitter for a personal shout out from Ryan to you in front of 59k of his closest followers. You'll also get a backers-only EP, The Lone Tree stickers, picks and instant access to an exclusive track. Yes, really.

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    - Digital EP download (exclusive for backers only, never released publicly) + Exclusive track -

    You’ll be the first to hear this exclusive EP from Ryan's new project, Will & The Whiskeymen. We’ll record, edit, and mix it all right here at The Lone Tree so you can get a taste of what we’re creating, thanks to your donation. You also get the very first track from Ryan's new side project, Will & The Whiskeymen. An MP3 will be delivered instantly via email.

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    - The Lone Tree branded T-shirt + shout on Twitter + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    You won’t find this shirt on any rack in town. Get an exclusive, comfy T-shirt with The Lone Tree logo front and center, then keep your eye out on Twitter for a personal shout out from Ryan to you in front of 59k of his closest followers.

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    - The Lone Tree branded T-shirt + (3) stickers + (3) guitar picks + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    Luckily our new logo is pretty awesome because you’re going to get it on a T-shirt, three stickers and three guitar picks in exchange for your $50 donation. And of course, you get that feeling of knowing how much you just helped Ryan make his dream come true.

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    - The Lone Tree branded guitar strap + Digital EP download + Exclusive track

    For your donation, you’ll get the strap that supports much more than just your guitar by helping Ryan get one step closer to his dream and musicians get one step closer to theirs. Oh, and you know that exclusive Will & The Whiskeymen track? Yeah, that’s all yours, too. Enjoy!

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    - Signed The Lone Tree silkscreen printed poster + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    Not only will you get to download the first exclusive EP from Will & The Whiskeymen, but you’ll also receive a one-of-a-kind, signed poster for The Lone Tree. It’s a little something for your ears and a little something for your wall. Thanks again for supporting us!

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    - Vinyl (exclusive EP for backers only) + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    Vinyl is back, and it can be all yours too. When you donate at this level, we’ll send you an exclusive copy of the first EP from Will & The Whiskeymen. Hear and feel the warmth of vinyl, and know that it’s well-deserved thanks to your donation.

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    YOUR NAME listed in the credits of the next Yellowcard record + The Lone Tree Branded T-Shirt + Stickers + Guitar Picks + Digital EP Download + Exclusive Track + Shoutout on Twitter

    The next time Yellowcard heads into the studio, you'll get a special thanks from the band in the credits of the album! You'll also get The Lone Tree branded merch, the very first Will & The Whiskeymen EP, instant access to a download of the first Will & The Whiskeymen song, Wretched Heart, and a personal thanks from Ryan via a shoutout on Twitter to over 59k followers.

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    - Vinyl + signed The Lone Tree silkscreen printed poster + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    Donations at the century mark earns you an exclusive copy of Will & The Whiskeymen’s first EP on vinyl plus an autographed poster of The Lone Tree. Throwback to the days of vinyl on the player and posters on the wall. Does it get any better than that?

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    - Personalized outgoing VM message + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    If you’ve ever wanted a famous musician to record your outgoing voicemail message, here’s your chance. When you donate $300, you not only help The Lone Tree take a huge fundraising step, but Ryan will record your outgoing voicemail so that everyone who leaves you a message will know that you’re with the band.

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    - Signed vinyl + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    If vintage is your thing, we’ve got the thing for you. When you donate at the $125 level, you’ll receive a signed copy of Will & The Whiskeymen’s EP on vinyl. That signature is also a genuine thank you from Ryan to you.

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    - Handwritten lyrics of fave song by Ryan + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    As a singer/songwriter, lyrics mean everything to Ryan, and hopefully you too. With a $125 donation, you can pick your favorite song by Ryan and he’ll personally hand-write the lyrics and mail them to you. It’s his words written by his hand, exclusively for you.

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    - 15 minute phone call with Ryan + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    (Ring, ring) “Hello? Oh, hey Ryan Key, What’s up?” That could be you when you pledge a $150 donation to help The Lone Tree recordings get up and running. Talk to Ryan for 15 minutes about anything and everything. Music, life on the road or just life in general, and hear his appreciation for your donation first hand.

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    - 15 minute Skype with Ryan + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    (Insert Skype ring here) "Oh, hey Ryan Key, so good to see you!" That could be you when you pledge a $200 donation to help The Lone Tree recordings get up and running. Skype with Ryan for 15 minutes about anything and everything. Music, life on the road or just life in general, and hear (and see) his appreciation for your donation first hand.

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    - Vinyl, The Lone Tree branded: picks, guitar strap, stickers, t-shirt, signed silkscreen printed poster + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    Talk about a package deal. At the $250 level, you’ll receive a copy of Will & The Whiskeymen’s first EP on both vinyl, a guitar strap, three guitar picks and three stickers with The Lone Tree logo. Plus, you’ll get a T-shirt with the logo and a signed poster for the ultimate in The Lone Tree gear.

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    - Acoustic cover song of your choice + Digital EP download + Exclusive track -

    We have a special gift for you when you donate $600 to help establish The Lone Tree. Name any song by any artist and Ryan will personally record an acoustic version of it for you. That’s right. And if you think that sounds good, just wait until you hear Ryan’s acoustic cover of your favorite song.

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    - Ryan will write and record a song about your significant other + Digital EP download + T-shirt + Vinyl + Stickers & Picks + Exclusive track -

    Clearly, your $2500 donation means the world to Ryan. And the best way for him to say thanks is by writing and recording a song about the person who means the world to you. Ryan will find out everything he needs to know about your significant other, then he’ll craft and compose a song that you can dedicate to him or her. And that’s pretty much priceless.

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    - Full Day Tour of Nashville with Ryan + Digital EP download + T-shirt + Vinyl + Stickers + Picks + Exclusive track -

    "As some of you know Ryan is a massive Star Wars fan. How would you like the chance for you and a friend to head to the movies and watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens with him in Nashville, TN? The package includes a two-night hotel stay, dinner and a movie, as well as a day out on the town with Ryan in Nashville. Check out some of his favorite spots to hang in Music City and nerd out with him that night! Must be 18 or older unless accompanied by parent/guardian. You and your guest are responsible for travel to and from Nashville, TN. The Force is strong with this one!"

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    - Name the booth, plaque on the wall, receive the same plaque + Digital EP download + T-shirt + Vinyl + Stickers & Picks + Exclusive track -

    You’re a part of the studio permanently now. Ryan will let you personally name the recording booth in which all of his artists will enter in order to lay down their tracks. The name you choose will be engraved on a plaque that hangs on the wall for all to see, and you’ll even receive the same plaque as a constant reminder of the dream you helped bring to life.

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    - Private Acoustic set at venue of your choice (up to 100 people) + Digital EP download + T-shirt + Vinyl + Stickers & Picks + Exclusive track -

    Picture this: your favorite venue. 100 of your closest friends. And, Ryan Key performing a 90-minute private, acoustic set for you. That’s the kind of VIP package you’ll receive when you donate at this level. It’s Ryan’s way of giving back to you for helping him make The Lone Tree recordings a reality. Thank you!

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