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Nate GibsonBy Nate Gibson
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Nate GibsonBy Nate Gibson
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About

Hey and howdy, friends. My name is Nate Gibson and you may know me from my records on Swelltune Records, Goofin’ Records, or Cow Island Music (or not, that's OK too). I’ve just finished recording a brand new record called Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday, but I need your help to finish it!

ABOUT STARDAY & THE PROJECT

Starday Records was the largest independent country music record label in the 1950s and ‘60s, releasing a lot of incredible traditional country music, honky-tonk, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel, and western swing. As my friends know, I’ve been obsessed with Starday Records for many years; I even wrote a book about the label called The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built (University Press of Mississippi).

In recent years, I've wanted to shine an even brighter light on the music itself, specifically on the many Starday artists who are still alive and still making great music today. So I decided to travel around the country and make a record with some of my all-time favorite Starday artists. Along the way I picked up some incredible studio musicians including Marty Stuart, Kenny Vaughan, Chris Scruggs, and many more, and together we finished the album!

SO WHAT'S ON THE RECORD?

24 Starday songs recorded as duets with the original Starday artists:

  • Betty Amos w/ Judy & Jean - Stars of the Louisiana Hayride and Wheeling Jamboree who were among the first women to write & record their own truck driving songs
  • Bill Clifton - Bluegrass Hall of Famer and International Ambassador of Bluegrass Music
  • Rudy “Tutti” Grayzell - Rockabilly Hall of Famer and Elvis Presley’s touring mate in the mid ‘50s
  • Wade Jackson - Grand Ole Opry Road Show performer and author of “Don’t Be Angry,” a huge hit for his brother Stonewall Jackson 
  • Sleepy LaBeef - Rockabilly Hall of Famer and rock and roll legend
  • Little Roy Lewis - Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Gospel Music Hall of Famer, Georgia Music Hall of Famer, and also the most recorded Starday artist of all-time
  • Jesse McReynolds - Bluegrass Hall of Famer and the longest tenured member of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Darnell Miller - Star of West Virginia's Saturday evening Country Jamboree TV shows and the longest tenured member of the Wheeling Jamboree
  • Frankie Miller - The "Black Land Farmer" himself, star of the Louisiana Hayride and frequent Grand Ole Opry guest
  • Arnold Parker - Rockabilly Hall of Famer and 2018 inductee into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Margie Singleton - Hit songwriter, renowned session vocalist, and the first woman to record a duet LP with George Jones 
  • June Stearns - The last Smokey Mountain Girl in Roy Acuff’s band and frequent duet partner with Red Sovine, Johnny Duncan, Lefty Frizzell, and many more

What an amazing group of country music stars!! It’s a really fun record with a lot of traditional country music, bluegrass, rockabilly, western swing, honky-tonk, and gospel music legends from the 1950s and ‘60s! I love that all of these artists are still making great music today, 50-60 years after their Starday records first came out, and I really want to help and support all of them in every way that I can. 

BUT I NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH THE PROJECT!

It will cost thousands of dollars to pay for the licensing fees for 24 songs (which adds up quickly), the pressing of a gatefolded double-album on vinyl, a CD release, and to make a digital release possible.

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?

Based on estimates I've received from Pirates Press, Discmakers, and the Harry Fox licensing agency, if we raise $10,000, I can do the following:

  • Press 1,000 CDs
  • Press 500 Double LPs
  • Pay for mechanical licensing fees
  • Make a digital download available via Dropbox

If we raise $14,000, I can do all of the above, but also: 

  • Produce heavier vinyl pressings
  • Include the retro tip-on cardboard gatefold jackets for LPs
  • Produce full-color LP inserts
  • Produce full-color extended liner notes with lots of photos for the CDs
  • Create download cards and get digital distribution

If we raise $16,000, I can do all of the above as well as create music videos. I've got 24 super-cool Starday marionettes and my plan is make at least 12 music videos (one for each artist or group). The puppets are already completed, but this money will go towards paying for basic video editing help (color correction, cropping, syncing, text and graphics insertion, etc.).

  • Video Editing for 12 music videos

Finally, if we raise, $20,000, well then, I could put that last $4k towards my credit card bill which I haven't been able to pay down since this project began. Boy, wouldn't that be dreamy!?!? I could also use some of that money to pay the costs of shipping 24 marionettes to their real-life likenesses as a Thank You for participating in this project.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF THIS?

Invest $20 or more and you’ll get to HEAR and/or HOLD the new Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday album! 

If you're a fan of Nate Gibson, Starday Records, traditional country music, or any of the artists involved with this production and you are able to contribute more to the cause, additional perks include:

  • The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built (paperback, winner of the 2012 Belmont Book Award for Best Book on Country Music)
  • Autographed 8x10 prints of the Stars of Starday (a very limited number of signed and stamped prints are available only via this Kickstarter campaign)
  • Autographed Starday 45s by the Stars of Starday
  • Some mighty rare Starday original releases
  • Autographed Nate Gibson CDs, LPs, and 7"s, including some mighty hard-to-find and out-of-print Nate Gibson productions

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m super excited about this album and I hope you are too. All of the Starday legends sound amazing and I know everyone is going to love it when they hear it. While I’m proud that I’ve been able to self-fund the entire project thus far, my credit can be extended no more! That said, I really don't want to let down the Stars of Starday, and I certainly don't want to deprive their fans of hearing the new record, and so I ask that you consider pre-ordering a copy to help this project see the light of day. Kickstarter campaigns are mighty risky these days, as they are an all or nothing ordeal, but together I am confident that we can meet our goals!

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

All that said, if this project sounds promising and you know someone else who also likes traditional country music, rockabilly, bluegrass, gospel, honky-tonk, or western swing (or is just a huge fan of marionette music videos), please do let them know about this Kickstarter campaign! Every share helps, and I'll keep updating the site with studio session snippets, interview gems, music video productions, and relevant info about the release as often as I'm able! 

It has been an absolute thrill to work on this project over the last two years and I'm really looking forward to the finished products. Many thanks for supporting traditional country music and, of course, thanks for supporting Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday!

Risks and challenges

Among the risks is that I don't know exactly how long it will take to get the vinyl records pressed until I place my order. If the campaign is successful, it could take anywhere between two and five months to get records back from the pressing plants. As soon as an order is placed, I will send emails alerting everyone as to when they can expect to receive their LPs.

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    Double LP + the 1st Starday 78

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    Everything Nate Gibson Has Ever Made

    Here's one for the ultimate Nate Gibson fan: Everything I've ever made! You get the Nate Gibson & the Stars of Starday Double LP + Digital Download + postcard + The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built (paperback) + Nate Gibson - Got Another Baby (Swelltune Records 7”) + Nate Gibson & Friends - The Starday Sessions (Goofin’ Records) + Nate Gibson & the Gashouse Gang - All the Way Home (Cow Island Music CD) + Nate Gibson & the Grasshouse Gang (bluegrass EP) + Nate Gibson - Go!Go!Go! LP + 2 Show Posters from the late 1990s + Fred & His Fisher Price Record Player zine (circa 1998) + Nate Gibson & the Gashouse Gang - s/t (long out of print 1st CD) + Viva Las Vegas Vol. 4 compilation CD + WFHB Local Live compilation CD + Nate Gibson & the Hi-Fly Rangers - Shadow My Baby (long out of print CD) + 34 Jokes About the 34th State (1/10 Kansas jokebooks printed for a special show) + Duck Butt [the book, circa 1998! My last copy!] + a Starday Story button & 2 Nate Gibson guitar picks.

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    • Fred & his Fisher Price Record Player (children's book)
    • 2 Nate Gibson Concert Posters from the '90s
    • Nate Gibson - Go! Go! Go! LP (colored vinyl)
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    • Nate Gibson - All the Way Home CD (Cow Island Music)
    • Nate Gibson - Got Another Baby / Duck Butt 7" (Swelltune Records)
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