Help bring the beloved Night Owls, & their music, out on their first autonomous East Coast Tour! Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 15, 2013.
About this project
Our band, the Crow Quill Night Owls is a string band that is devoted to the revival and preservation of pre-war American music. We mostly learn our songs from old shellac records, that spin at 78rpm. We dig these up from the graveyards of yester-year. They are treasures that teach us songs from people that have slipped through the cracks of history, and the only print they left behind are in the grooves these old records.
Check out this American Standard Time artist portrait/documentary just released, about our band! It was just accepted into a Film Festival in N.C.!
We are doing this kickstarter so we can take our music out to the east coast on a tour. We want to be able to promote our band, (and our new album) , tour the East coast autonomously, and, collaborate with some of the few people in America that play this music today.
We recently recorded a new album, that took us a year to complete. This Album ,"Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", is a collection of different recording sessions we made through out that time. Some of the people featured on this album live out on the east coast. Finding people who play this music is almost as rare as finding the records themselves. We thank our lucky stars that we have found friends who also have their heads steeped in the sound waves of this almost forgotten music, and style of playing.
Our East Coast Tour…
We are a D.I.Y. band, we do everything from creating our own artwork to booking ...The one thing we have not been able to do ourselves is get out to the East Coast to tour.
Although we've been out east a hand full of times, we've never made it out there on our own steam. It has only been when we've ganged up with other projects and the extended members of our group, that we have had the chance to braise that side of the country.
We've had the pleasure of teaming up with the Indigo Dance Co., as Le Serpent Rouge, the Spiders Nest Clown Show, including Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks, and Brody Douglas Hunt. Some of us even, joined Maria Muldaur on her US and Canada tour as her Garden of joy jug band. Because of these few trips we have had requests to return, and want to answer those requests with a "coming near you" tour schedule.
Our Plan is to return to to Louisville, KY, and play the Jug Band Jubilee, for our second year, on September 21st. After that we hope to head to Asheville,NC, play some shows and busk, and then head down to New Orleans, LA. Depending on the weather and venue availability, we will then head north to New York stopping in various towns along the way.
For the past 6 years that we've been a band, we've been touring and playing this music, mainly in the North West due to the fact that our trusty steed, Busephalis Nordskag is sadly dying. It is only a matter of time that he will Putt putt no more.
Since the beginning we always new we were limited to the West coast, because of warnings from our mechanic, and the way our van struggles on the road. We've been push starting our van since the day we got it, and the problems have only ripened with age. Presently our touring territory has shrunk to exclusively the North West, and even that tour route is diminishing. We won't be able complete this project, unless we get a new ride.
We are a full time working, touring band. It is important for us to be able to promote our music and art by getting it out there. Our most important tool is having a reliable touring vehicle, that we can call home on the road, and that will get us to your town.
What are we gonna do with the dough?
To go out east, and take a month long tour from NOLA to New York, say, the average cost would be anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000. This is a low estimate that includes only gas, touring costs, promotion expenses, and not other other costs that can pop up on a tour.
Touring is expensive! When you are going to towns that are unfamiliar with your music, or have a small fan base, coupled with the cost of gas being at an all time high, you end up doing what we call "pay to play". Not to mention the fact that times are hard, and most people can't afford to pay musicians well!
If we reach our goal, the funds raised will go to the cost of touring, promotion for that tour , kickstarter & Amazon fees, rewards creation and distribution, and last but not least , a dependable touring van, that will take us out on our East Coast Tour.
We will be able to get to the towns and people we have been unable to reach with our music, and collaborate with some of the few musicians that play this music in the US. JAM!
That's ALOTTA dough!... Break it down, Night Owls.....
All the dependable looking vans we've had our eye on, although used, don't come cheap!
$5,000- $8,000 - damn well better get us a trusty steed!
$3,000 - will cover our expenses to take this tour
$2,000 will cover the costs of completing this campaign, creating gifts, and sending them out... at least by our estimations.
If our costs are less, or if we make over our goal (one can only hope...!), all excess money will go right back into our band. Creating more merchandise, posters for promotion, AND making this tour all the more grand!
This project is a dream we've had for a long time. We've had to put it on the back burner, because we've never had the means to fund it. It's a big deal, and alotta dough!!! We have been reluctant to do something like this for years, because we ARE so used to being D.I.Y., but have come to the realization that we can't do this with out help. Kickstarter is a rare and wonderful platform that provides artists a chance to reach otherwise unattainable goals. We are thankful to have this opportunity. This is a scary and exciting venture for us, and we can't do this with out your help and support!
Wish us luck! And if you can't donate, pass this project link on!!!
THANK YOU soooo much for checking out our campaign!
And our sincere adoration and graditude to all our friends, family and fans that believe in us, and have encouraged this project to live!
Out takes from editing our video... "How the band was formed..."
All These Could Be Yours! And So Much More!
So that's all folks! Thanks so much for your time and support, and wish us Owls luck!
Risks and challenges
Being in a touring band, there is always risk, challenges.. and..luck, glorious luck! Completing a project like this takes a lot of time and planning. We will have a small window of time to book a tour, promote it, send off our gifts and find our new van before the weather turns.
However, like Night Owls, we are used to burning the midnight oil, and pedal to the metal planning. If we need to send out gifts while we're on the road, so be it. If unknowingly we find a lemon, and our van busts, we'll fix it. If for some off chance, Godzilla is real, and happens to find us irresistibly tantalizing, at a truck stop at 4 in the morning, as we innocently are refueling ourselves with coffee on a all night drive to the next town, we will run.
Our point is, we have faith that we can stand the test, and can figure out the best was to keep our vision afloat.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $3 or more
Any donation helps! You will become a part of our journey to spread our music across the country. This wouldn't be possible without you, and for that we offer our sincere uncontainable gratitude and love!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5 or more
A post card sent to you from the road, with a special note saying thanks! We couldn't do this without chya!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $10 or more
A digital download of our new c.d. Wrap your troubles in dreams. including all art work and a digital copy of the Crow Quill Comic featuring "Puppo".Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
Your choice of a hard copy of Mechanical Unicorn, Snake Liqour, OR Our new album Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
- AND a postcard we designed with our thanks.
* Additional shipping fees may apply.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
Kits "Stymee" Stovepipe's Stack O' Sides. A 26 track compilation of kits very own 78 rpm record collection.
This compilation is designed and hand picked by Stymee himself, to get your toes a-tappin' and your hips a-groovin'. compiled to educate and inspire. Ranging from 1920's-30's jazz, string band, hillbilly, and many more!
-Digital download of our new album, including images of all cover artwork & C.Q.N.O. comic featuring "Puppo".
-AND a postcard sent to you, from the road, from us with special thanks!
*Additional shipping fees may apply.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
All 4 C.D's made by the Crow quill Night Owls, including, rare, out of circulation, Basement Recordings.
-Kit Stymee Stovepipes solo album
-AND our newest album Wrap your Troubles In Dreams
-Stack O' Sides (see more detailed description in $50 reward)
- Also free admission for you and a friend *venue allowing, limited to 3 backers per venue. Festivals not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
The "Get to Know the Crow Quill Night Owls (in a way you never thought you could....) PACKAGE:
All that's offered in the $100 gift package (except for poster..)PLUS...
Kit's "Now That's What I Call Choice Sides" c.d Bag set.
169 tracks! Spread over 7 c.d's.
Here's some of the best songs recorded in the 1920's-30's and before. It's the real deal! Chapters include: Jazz, Blues, Ethnic, Syncopated Rhythm , HIllbilly Favorites, Hawaiian melodies, and Songs of Yester Year.
Complete with artwork drawn by Stymee for every genre. Hand assembled, this thing is BAD ASS!!!
This Music is the roots of our inspiration, and who knows, might inspire you to learn old songs too!
- Out of print copy of "Stymee's Original, Champion Discount Viel Dance Techniques." Kit's own guide to dance the ladys off their feet! His very sought after Veil Dance instructional booklet form the Le Serpent Rouge Tour 2010!
For all skill levels.
- AND!!!!! a past tour poster made by C.Q.N.O.
*restrictions still applyEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (9 left of 11)
All that's mentioned in the $200 gift package, PLUS...
A piece of original artwork by either Kit or Alex, plucked form the depths of their imagination, or inspired by pictures of musicians or film stars of the Jazz Age and before. Your choice. We'll talk. (Examples shown in video and below not for sale).
*restrictions still apply
*additional shipping fees may apply.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,300 or more
Special CQNO Party Package:
We will come to your town*, and play for your event! Be it a Birthday, wedding, funeral, bris, or just a good time. Any way we can rock your sox off, (by playing music)...we'll do it!
*1: As long as we are available on the date of your event, we can book it. The more heads up you give us as to the date, the better chance we have of making ourselves available. *2: Unless we are planning to be in your town anyway, travel costs are not included!
-All 4 CQNO C.D's
-Stack O' Sides
-A past show Poster
~ A print of the "shooting star lady" (featured on the cover of our new album), hand colored by Alex..
-AND!!!!!!!!! you guessed it... a postcard, with our sincere gratitude scripted all over it.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
- (30 days)