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An album of narrative ballads by poet GennaRose Nethercott, set to music by a lineup of America's best contemporary folk artists
An album of narrative ballads by poet GennaRose Nethercott, set to music by a lineup of America's best contemporary folk bands
An album of narrative ballads by poet GennaRose Nethercott, set to music by a lineup of America's best contemporary folk bands
180 backers pledged $8,215 to help bring this project to life.

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Modern Ballads: An Album

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Last winter, I (GennaRose) wrote a collection of narrative ballads based on traditional forms and tropes. These eight songs include tales of shapeshifting sweethearts, lumberjack legends, carnivals and eclipses and murderous revenge. They are steeped in folklore, yet driven by modernity. Most importantly, they're just here to tell you a good story.

Now, I've assembled an incredible lineup of today's finest folk/Americana musicians to help me bring these new ballads to life. Each song will be co-written and performed by a different band, culminating in a full-length anthology album. So who's on board? WELL let me tell you:

 

For those of you familiar with these artists, you already know how incredible this lineup is. For those of you who aren't already fans-- well, "you're in for a treat" would be an understatement.

BUDGET & PROCESS:

This campaign seeks to raise $8,000 to bring the album to life. There are SO many factors and fees that go into making a record. These include:

  • Studio rental & recording
  • Hiring an engineer
  • Mixing & mastering 
  • Album art & design  
  • Printing & duplication of the album 
  • Kickstarter fees 
  • Reward production costs & postage

The plan is to go into the studio in the fall to record, and release the album this coming winter, 2018. Woo! Big things are happening! And you can be part of it!

EVERY backer gets a pre-released copy of the album as soon as it's ready, plus updates and behind-the-scenes content along the way. As a backer YOU are making this album possible-- and in doing so, you become part of the family creating this music. We can't wait to share these songs with you, but we can't do this without your help. THANK YOU!!!

GennaRose & her 1952 Hermes typewriter on which she'll type the Lyric Sheet, Poems-to-Order, & Subscription rewards
GennaRose & her 1952 Hermes typewriter on which she'll type the Lyric Sheet, Poems-to-Order, & Subscription rewards

  

This is what the CD will look like-- with gorgeous album art by Wooly Mar
This is what the CD will look like-- with gorgeous album art by Wooly Mar

 

Broadside Reward on the letterpress, & border detail (Illustration by Wooly Mar)
Broadside Reward on the letterpress, & border detail (Illustration by Wooly Mar)

  

Example of my needlework, aesthetically similar to what you'd receive for the Embroidery reward (Note: the imagery on your piece would be different than this one-- each is unique!)
Example of my needlework, aesthetically similar to what you'd receive for the Embroidery reward (Note: the imagery on your piece would be different than this one-- each is unique!)

 

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is all-or-nothing-- this means that if the $8,000 goal isn't fully reached, we don't get any of the money, no one's cards are charged, you don't receive your rewards, and the album doesn't get made. Which would be no fun for anyone! Let's make sure this doesn't happen.

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    PRE-RELEASE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    A high quality download of the full album, sent straight to your email inbox, before anyone else gets to hear it

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    SIGNED PHYSICAL CD + Download

    You'll receive a physical copy of the album in the mail, complete with the poet's signature

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    HANDMADE LYRIC BOOK + CD + Download

    Receive a limited edition, hand-bound lyric book of all eight ballads

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    TYPEWRITTEN LYRIC SHEET + CD + Download

    You'll receive one ballad from the flock, typed by the poet on her 1952 Hermes Rocket Typewriter & signed

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    LETTERPRESS BROADSIDE + CD + Download

    A gorgeous, limited edition poster excerpting The Ballad of Sedna, illustrated by Wooly Mar & printed on an antique letterpress (see sneak-peek at left)

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    POEM-TO-ORDER + CD + Download

    You name any topic, word, idea, dream or image, and I'll compose an original poem for you about it on my 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, and mail the composition right to your door

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    EMBROIDERY PIECE + CD + Download

    You'll receive a one-of-a-kind fine art needlework piece, stitched by me, inspired by imagery from the ballads (see an example of my style at left)

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    LIVE READING! + CD + Download

    I'll perform a live, hour-long reading at your house for you and your friends (poems! ghost stories! awkward personal anecdotes!), followed by a Q&A. **travel costs not included**

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    YEARLONG POEMS-TO-ORDER SUBSCRIPTION

    Receive a new, original poem every month for a full year, each on the topic of your choice, composed specifically for you and typed on my 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    THE WHOLE KIT & CABOODLE

    EVERYTHING listed above (yearlong poem subscription, LIVE house reading, embroidery piece, additional poem-to-order, letterpress broadside, typed lyric sheet, hand-bound lyric book, signed CD, pre-release digital download) plus a heap of unbridled weeping in gratitude

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