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David Jensen (Before Braille) & Ashley Taylor (Split Lips) have come together to make the best record of our lives - with your help!

UPDATE: An article in the Phoenix New Times about our Kickstarter page!

David and Ashley originally crossed paths while David was on tour with his band Before Braille. "After Braille," David started a solo project called Art For Starters and recorded a new recorded titled "Drugs Made My Favorite Bands, Drugs Ruined My Favorite People." (During this time Ashley had been working on two projects of her own, namely Pumphouse (with David James Taylor) & Split Lips.)

After the completion of his Art For Starters solo record, David pieced together his favorite local artists for his live band, that included Ashley. This is where the idea for a new band and new project started to evolve. Only a few short months as a duo, Loyal Wife has prepared to enter the studio with producer, Bob Hoag in his studio, Flying Blanket Recording.

Looking to pay for recording and production costs for this studio session in January, your pledges are extremely important. They will cover costs for recording, mixing, mastering, digital album set-up, and CD pressing. You will see in the right column that your pledges will be rewarded. Please send us a message if you have any questions. Or email: dave@beforebraille.com

Thank you most mucho!
HAPPY NEW YEAR

(Note: check out the fun links.  Note 2: To answer many questions, Yes, even though Steven Seagal's people were truly calling Ashley during filming, that particular scene was staged.)

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WE HAVE REACHED OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL.  This is no small feat.  We are extremely proud and grateful for this.  Now that we have hit this benchmark, as humans, we naturally want to work for more.  Our studio & production bills will probably never be met, but we can try!  So please tell your friends and loved ones--who may be willing to help, or who may be interested in our project and our rewards--about us, and we'll keep plugging away to make the best record possible.  Thanks!
See our breakdown of costs below...

*Our projected costs to record EP:
Recording/Production/Mixing: $4950
Mastering: $500
Album/Tee/Web Art: $500
Album Pressing: $2000
Website Build & Digital Release fees: $500+
Kickstarter/Processing Fees: $845
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GRAND TOTAL NECESSARY: $9,295+

(NOTE: Based on the response we've received from our Kickstarter page (that the Phoenix New Times reviewed, we have talked about adding another couple days for recording to make our debut a full length album.  This makes your pledges even more critical. The above costs have grown by ($1500). We see that some of you have increased your pledges!  We love you guys! Thank you for being such an essential part in making this happen!  We could not feel more blessed (and loved).


[Images by Quenton Beals & David Jensen]

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    EXCLUSIVE REWARD: Copies of all the BEFORE BRAILLE & ART FOR STARTERS (David's band) albums (9 CDs). +A burned copy of SPLIT LIPS (Ashley's band) that has never been released! +Homemade, Personalized Mix CDs (4) That are so dy-no-mite your eyes will roll back in your head! +Digital copy of the LOYAL WIFE album.

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    Homemade meal that David & Ashley will cook for you and discuss the record. You can choose from many secret family recipes such as Baked Pizza Roll, David's Great-Grandma's Southern Macaroni & Cheese (100+ year old recipe), Orange Julius, "Sweetlise," and others. (+previous rewards)

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    Do you have someone you want to say you're sorry to, but don't know how? Let us do it for you! We write one personal apology for you to give to anyone you choose. *This will be lyrical. **Also note: for $1000 we will write music and record a personal apology song and give you a copy on CD for your apology-convenience. (+previous rewards)

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    NEW EXCLUSIVE REWARD: Do you have someone amazing in your life that you need to creatively say "Thank You" to? And this person is so incredible that you want to say Thank You over and over again like a broken record? Well, this reward is for you. We will write and record a song in Dave's home studio that lets you do just that. (We will take good care in doing so. This is not a 'throw away' song. You will like it, guaranteed!) Say thank you like you mean it...by having someone else say it for you! ;) *Once the song is written, we will gladly make different versions of the song by swapping out the names of whom you are thanking...so you might kill many thank you birds with one stone. ;) **This reward is separate from all others and comes with a digital download of the album.

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    NEW EXCLUSIVE REWARD: David's guitar. Fender Telecaster. (Details: American Deluxe Telecaster, Butterscotch Blonde w/ Ash Neck and patented boost switch.) Serial # : DZ5003058 (+Digital copy of the album.) *This reward is not related to any others.

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    Naming rights to one of our songs. Any name you choose + your photo in our album artwork + a CD of 50 intimate demos recorded in David's bedroom and never meant for any other ears to hear. (+previous rewards 1-7) **Note: By making this selection you agree to never share these recordings. They are for your ears only.

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    We play a private show(s) for you anywhere in North America. (+previous rewards 1-9) -or- We write and record a song for you, personally, about anything. We'll call you up, conduct an interview, take notes, etc. We'll turn those notes into lyrics and we will write the music according to your direction.

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    If you pay our travel expenses, we will play anywhere in the world for you for 1 week or more. (+previous rewards-- #1-9)

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