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Tim Hockenberry's long-awaited album. Be a part of making the music happen.
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Tim Hockenberry's First All-Original Songs CD

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I’m Tim Hockenberry. Many of you have known me since I started performing in San Francisco way back when. Some of you know me from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or the Mickey Hart Band. Hopefully a lot of you saw me on America’s Got Talent a couple of years ago. 

“What a breath of fresh air you are. It was moving, and you’re different, and I love you!”  -Howard Stern

Though I’ve played a lot of other people’s music, and still love to arrange and perform covers, this record is really important to me because I wrote all of the songs on it, except for one written by my son, Maxx, and another I wrote with my youngest son, Jack. 

I’ve spent my life making music, and people have been very supportive. People often ask me how they can help “make me famous.” Well, now is your chance.

Me on the beach in Charleston, SC thinking about this project
Me on the beach in Charleston, SC thinking about this project

We’re almost done recording all 10 tracks on this CD and are about ready to send it to be mixed, then mastered. We have artwork and liner notes to work on next, then CD duplication. But unlike the other CDs I’ve released before, it won’t stop there.

We will be sending out CDs to radio stations all over the country and need to hire a record promoter, who will be asking the stations to not only play the CD, but to play it in heavy rotation.

We also will be hiring a publicist to promote the songs in music magazines, blogs, TV shows, and if we get enough funds, we’ll be hiring a song plugger to get the songs into movies, TV shows, and commercials. That’s where the big bucks happen!

Justin Miller is the genius brother of my amazing manager Natasha Miller–he’s producing the CD. He’s also playing many of the instruments on this record, and has monster players like John Deaderick (Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks, Michael McDonald) and Carl Wheeler (Tony! Toni! Toné!, Shiela E.) on B3, Nir Z. (Genesis, John Mayer), and Nashville musicians like Russ Pahl (Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean) and John Willis (Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift) sitting in on a song or two. We’re going to have amazing engineers who have mixed records by the Bee Gees, Linda Ronstadt and Ricky Martin.  

My Producer-Justin Miller
My Producer-Justin Miller

We’ve worked smart, and aren’t making crazy spending decisions or working in a fancy expensive studio. Even so, it’s sounding amazing, and I can’t wait for you to hear the songs! They’re exactly how I want them to sound.

Please help me reach this goal. 

If it isn’t met then we don’t receive any of the donations. We will be paying Kickstarter 5% of what is raised through this campaign, and in addition, we have to pay for the credit card charges, which range from 3-5% per transaction. Any amount is appreciated!

Here are the songs on the album:

  • Little Angel 
  • Carrying You
  • Me & You
  • Down on You (click to hear the song)
  • I’ve Got Nothing Better to Do (than you)
  • Crazy 
  • Ease Your Pain 
  • Faith in You
  • Come on Let’s Dance
  • This Time By Me

Timeline : We’ll be ready to start mixing in mid-June, and mastering by the middle of July. We’re looking at August 1 to send it off for duplication and to have it in hand and ready to ship off to everyone in September. 

We’ll have a CD release concert in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Charleston, South Carolina. If everything goes better than expected, we’ll do some touring as well.

Budget:  The cost to record, pay musicians, mix the songs, master the album, and duplicate the CD is about $25,000. That’s the goal we’re going for, but we'll use any additional funds to make sure that people all over the country hear the CD by means of radio promotion, which costs at least $5,000, hiring a publicist, which can cost $5,000/month, and by touring.

Please check out the Rewards to the right and donate now. If you’d share this campaign with your friends and on Facebook, then we’ll be even closer to making this happen.

Thank you!

-Tim Hockenberry

P.S. Here are photos of the T-Shirts. Check back for updates!

Mens T-Shirt
Mens T-Shirt
Womens T-Shirt
Womens T-Shirt

P.P.S. Here's a little ditty I wrote to thank Mr. Marty Miller for proof-reading and editing the content of this campaign. 

Risks and challenges

The risk is this: if we don't get funded, we will have to fund this project ourselves, which will stretch things out way past our anticipated September release date. We've all waited long enough, and it's been years since I've released a CD. Let's do this!

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