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The Oly Mountain Boys' concept album that tells a life story through original bluegrass and contributions from writers and artists.
The Oly Mountain Boys' concept album that tells a life story through original bluegrass and contributions from writers and artists.
The Oly Mountain Boys' concept album that tells a life story through original bluegrass and contributions from writers and artists.
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Our next album, White Horse, is going to be like nothing we've ever attempted. The music is coming together but we're not stopping there.

Because we love traditional bluegrass, we sing a lot of the songs written by Bill Monroe and the other pioneers of bluegrass: Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs. We wanted to draw on the history of the place we're from the way they did when they wrote that classic bluegrass.

White Horse tells the life story of a fictional historical character, Charlie McCarver, who lived in early 20th century Washington State. It begins with his happiness in youth with wife Lisa-Ann and their children. When his marriage unravels and his family leaves him, the songs chronicle Charlie's psychological crack, descent into violence, and life on the run. The album closes with songs that explore Charlie's memories, regrets, and confrontation with aging and death.  (Check out some preview tracks at our website: http://www.olymountainboys.com/audio/ - or check out the video below!)

To further enrich the story and the character, we sent out over 20 packets to writers and artists who will contribute their work to a booklet that will accompany the album.

We think there's a lot of reasons to be excited about this concept - it unifies music with other art forms, and weaves it into a picture of Washington history. And as far as we can tell, nothing quite like it has ever been done in the bluegrass world before.

We need the help of our fans to get this project across the finish line. The project funds will be used to pay for:

  • Final mixing and mastering of the music.
  • Creation of the album artwork.
  • Graphic design layout of the album art and the accompanying booklet of lyrics, stories, and art.
  • Printing and production of the CD and booklet.
  • Production of the t-shirt rewards! (Check out examples at: http://www.olymountainboys.com/img/ombshirts.jpg)
OMB Shirts!
OMB Shirts!

And with any funds we get above the goal, we hope to hire a promotional company to distribute the album to radio stations and press contacts, to make sure it gets heard widely by people who don't know about the Oly Mountain Boys... yet!

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of moving parts to this project! We have finished much of the recording process, but we're waiting for the artistic contributions to roll in. We need to have all those contributions in place before we can get going on graphic design layout. The timeline might slip a bit if artistic contributions come in late, or if graphic design and production take longer than expected.

We're not sure what it'll look like when it's all done. But we do know it's the most ambitious album we've attempted, and we're excited to make a musical and artistic product that we think will be truly unique.

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    A download card to get you a copy of the music of "White Horse" from CDBaby!

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    The full "White Horse" album experience - CD, booklet with lyrics, art, and writing contributions - autographed by the Oly Mountain Boys.

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    A signed copy of "White Horse" plus an Oly Mountain Boys t-shirt! A District "Concert Tee" in gold or heather gray, ladies' or mens' cut!

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    A signed copy of "White Horse", t-shirt, plus the rest of the OMB discography (Oly Mountain Boys, Live at High & Dry, and Through the Sky).

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    "Friends and Family" - you want a signed copy of the album and a t-shirt, but want to help us out a bit more! And to say THANKS, we'll list your name in the album credits! And, you'll get an invitation to an exclusive White Horse Release house party!

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    Signed copy of "White Horse," t-shirt, name in the credits, house party invite, and a bluegrass lesson from a band member of your choice! (Subject to band member availability. Limited to Thurston, Mason, Pierce, or Lewis County Washington, or via Skype!)

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    Signed copy of "White Horse," t-shirt, name in the credits, release house party invite, plus we'll bring an acoustic HOUSE CONCERT TO YOU in your very own home! We guarantee it'll be an unforgettable evening for you and your favorite bluegrass fans! (Subject to band availability. Limited to Thurston, Mason, Pierce, or Lewis County Washington.)

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    Signed copy of "White Horse," t-shirt, name in the credits, house party invite, and a chance to go see a Mariners game with the Oly Mountain Boys in summer 2014!

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    Signed copy of "White Horse," t-shirt, name in the credits, release house party invite, and a full-on PRIVATE SHOW from the Oly Mountain Boys, with full sound system and all the bells and whistles! (Subject to band availability. Limited to within 250 miles of Olympia WA. Additional travel costs may be requested.)

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