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We make a good team.

I’ve always been a writer. And Pete has always had melodies making their way to his fingertips. But it took us a while to realize it’s what we’re here to do.

When we met nine years ago at an open mic, we were both pursuing non-music careers. Both having chosen paths based on research and experience, and a whole lot of what other people thought and told us we should do. That seems to be the way of things. So when your career chooses you, it takes a bit to screw your eyes up just right to see it.

The Prelude in Harlingen, Tx - Photo by Bobby Villarreal
The Prelude in Harlingen, Tx - Photo by Bobby Villarreal

But here we are. Crystal and Pete Damore--married couple, full-time musicians, living on the road for the last four years, with four dogs. A scenario that would have sounded impossible to our 2009 selves. But now it feels impossible to do anything else. Writing and sharing our music gives us a voice we didn’t realize we had, and it gives us a way of communicating and connecting with people that is difficult to accomplish any other way.

It’s been quite a ride since our last album “Before I Go” was released. We’ve been overwhelmed by your love on all kinds of stages. From living room corners at small, intimate house concerts, to the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival, to the Folly Theatre in Kansas City, where we were named Artist of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards.

We make a good team.

And that’s why we’re here inviting you to get in on the ground level of our next album. It’s hard to know the right things to do in what is a very fluid and dynamic self-employed industry at the moment. But we have songs that we think can heal and connect people, and putting them out in the world in both a lasting and far-reaching way feels like the right thing.

To do this we’ve teamed up with Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, who has produced albums for inspiring artists like Mary Gauthier, Sam Baker, Glen Phillips, and Amy Speace. After meeting with him, we’re confident that our visions are aligning, and that he’s going to help us serve these songs, giving them only what they are asking for. This means that overall this record will be fairly stripped down, highlighting the emotional intensity of our live performances.

Club Passim in Cambridge, MA - Photo by Dan Tappan
Club Passim in Cambridge, MA - Photo by Dan Tappan

Many of you have heard some of these songs at shows, like the one below, and asked us about them. This is your chance to help put them into the world in a lasting way. 

We wouldn’t be at this particular spot on this path without you, and we cannot thank you enough for the support you’ve shown us. We hope you will continue to be a part of our journey.

What is crowd-funding & why $25,000? 

Crowd-funding is kind of like taking out a loan to help cover upfront costs of making and promoting a record, but way better. It’s a mutually beneficial exchange of value. People who connect with our music, and are able to lend support, pledge money that will be used to make and promote a new album, and those people will be repaid by us with music, physical products, and/or experiences, depending on the reward(s) chosen.

This benefits us because we can capture our music in a reproducible format that helps us connect with more people, and it benefits you in what whichever you would like based on the reward package you chose.

Here’s a breakdown of our budget, thanks to our accountant Mavis:

You're probably better at using a calculator than Mavis is, what with your human fingers and all. So you may have noticed that those numbers add up to more than $25,000. We will cover the remaining costs with money we have saved. 

Stretch Goals:
Any funds pledged above our goal will be used to offset the amount of savings we will put toward this project. This would also give us the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that may arise related to the album's release (e.g. an extra month of a PR campaign to continuing spreading the message of our music, travel expenses for a unique performance opportunity).

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Thank you.

Thank you for being here and taking the time to consider supporting this project. We would write and play music no matter what, put we know we couldn’t devote our lives to it and make a living doing so without you. You make this work. We are grateful for you every day.

If you believe in us and our music, please consider spreading the word about this project--through social media, email, telephone, carrier pigeon, or just good old conversation.

With all our love, 
Crystal, Pete, Benson, Parker, Carla, & Mavis

P.S. We've heard that if backers create a Kickstarter account when they pledge it significantly helps the reward fulfillment process down the line. Please consider this if you don't already have an account.
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Special thanks to these folks who captured some of the photos and video we used here: 

Wes & Anita Collins, Joshua Britt, Annie Davidson, Neale Eckstein, Alan Gann, Richard Herron, ilovekcmusic.com, Jim Kam, Stan Lewis, Corey Martin, JB Nuttle, Heather Pierson, Tara Shupe, Dan Tappan, Bobby Villarreal 

Rewards

Interested in multiple rewards? There isn't an option through Kickstarter to pledge for more than one reward level, so here are a couple ways to work around that:

1) If you have a second email address, you can log on to Kickstarter with it and pledge for the other reward. That should allow you to make a separate transaction.

2) You can select one of the rewards you would like, and then add on the cost of the other reward when you're filling in your info. Then just shoot us an email at info@ordinaryelephant.net to let us know about it!

A note about estimated delivery dates.
Estimated delivery date listed indicates the main reward delivery. Downloads, physical CDs, handwritten lyrics, poetry books, and tote bags will be delivered prior to the album's official release in April 2019.

For instance, the delivery date for a custom song is listed as December 2019. The items listed above would be sent by April 2019, but the song would be delivered by December 2019.

We are happy to work with you to accommodate specific timeframes. Please feel free to contact us at info@ordinaryelephant.net if you need something done by a particular date for a special occasion.

Executive Producer + 2013 Collings OM2H guitar reward
Purchased at Rockin' Robin in Houston, TX. Bill Collings signature on inside label. Our first two albums were recorded with this guitar. Own a piece of Ordinary Elephant history, and become part of it by being the executive producer of our next album.

Comes with a hardshell case and lots of songs left inside. Feel free to get in touch at info@ordinaryelephant.net to find out if we may cross paths to hand deliver rather than shipping. 

Crystal at the Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Crystal at the Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX - Photo by Richard Herron
Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX - Photo by Richard Herron

Risks and challenges

Our plans are to release the album worldwide in April 2019, but as backers of this project, we want to get it into your hands as soon as it's completed. Realistically, we think that could happen by March.

With any large project, there can be unforeseen obstacles and circumstances that delay the release. However, we've done this before and are well prepared. Should there be any major changes in the timeline, you'll be the first to know.

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    Digital Download

    The core of our art. You will receive the digital audio recording in high-quality MP3, as well as digital pictures of the artwork and lyrics booklet, prior to the album’s official release.

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    Signed Physical CD

    Enjoy the first physical copies off the press. Signed, sealed, and delivered prior to the album’s official release.

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    Signed CD Special - Personalized Package

    Upgrade to this level and your signed CD will have an Ordinary Elephant sticker and postcard, with a personal message to you from us, in tow.

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    • Personal message on postcard featuring "Before I Go" artwork
    • Ordinary Elephant Sticker
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    Poetry Book + Signed Physical CD

    We often include poetry in our newsletters, and we’ve gotten lots of positive feedback about that, and even questions about making it available as a physical collection. We thought that sounded like a good idea too.

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    Book & Bag Package

    The poetry book, signed CD, and an Ordinary Elephant tote bag to carry them in. The bag can also be used to bring snacks to the next house concert you attend, do your grocery shopping, or carry around your cassette collection...whatever needs carrying, we’ve got you covered.

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    Postcards from the Road

    We will send you (or other people if you’d like) 3 separate postcards with a personal message at random times, from random places, throughout the year in 2019.

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    Handwritten lyrics

    Any specific lines, or full lyrics, from any released or unreleased Ordinary Elephant song, handwritten just for you. You may specify if you’d like them signed by us, addressed to someone specifically, and/or if you’d like to include a personal message.

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    Lessons from the Road

    We're an open book. You can ask us anything you'd like about living on the road full-time (with 4 dogs!), cooking on the road, songwriting, instruments, bad habits, our favorite coffee, our favorite irrational fears... This can be done via Skype or phone, or in person if our schedules align.

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    Picker's Package

    Want some one-on-one time with Pete to pick his brain about clawhammer banjo or mandolin? You’ll get a one hour session, which can be done via Skype, or in person if our schedules align.

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    Songwriter's Package

    One hour songwriting session. This can include any combination of discussing the songwriting process, ideas for writing exercises, working on a song you’ve started--anything you’d like. This can be done via Skype or phone, or in person if our schedules align.

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    • One hour songwriting session with Crystal
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    Name in liner notes + $150/$200 reward

    Your name will forever share booklet space with the lyrics to this album. A special section of the liner notes will thank everyone who contributes at this level, and all higher reward levels. You also get to choose one of the $150 or $200 rewards: handwritten lyrics, lessons from the road, songwriting session, or banjo/mandolin lesson.

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    • Your name in the liner notes
    • Choice of one $150/$200 reward
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    Sponsor a song

    If you feel a particular connection to a song that you’ve heard us perform, you can sponsor that song specifically. Your name will be listed in the album credits as having helped this song permanently exist, and you will receive handwritten lyrics of the song. Maximum of two sponsors per song, so please contact us at info@ordinaryelephant.net to check availability.

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    • Handwritten lyrics for the song you sponsor
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    Personalized Poetry

    You tell us a topic or the story you want told, we tell it through poetry. You’ll receive a handwritten and signed copy. This can be for you, or as a gift to someone for an anniversary, wedding, birthday, or just because. Please get in touch at info@ordinaryelephant.net if there is a particular date by which you would like to have this to give as a gift.

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    • Your name in the liner notes
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    Sponsor a song + Get a song

    Song sponsorship in album credits and handwritten lyrics as outlined above, plus a video of a song just for you. Is there a someone else’s song you’ve always wanted to hear us perform? We’ll learn it and video our version of it for you.

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    • Song sponsorship in album credits
    • Handwritten lyrics for the song you sponsor
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    Your Story, Written by Us

    You tell us the story you want told, we tell it in a song. This can be for you, or as a gift to someone for an anniversary, wedding, birthday, or just because. Once we are done writing it, we'll send you a video and/or audio of our performance, as well as handwritten lyrics to your song. Please get in touch at info@ordinaryelephant.net if there is a particular date by which you would like to have this to give as a gift.

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    • Handwritten lyrics for your song
    • Your name in the liner notes
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    House Concert

    An Ordinary Elephant concert right in your home, and 10 signed CDs to give out to your guests. Invite your friends and family for an intimate listening room style show at your place. You can even wear your pajamas if you want. You may take up donations to recoup the costs of this pledge.

    Please contact us at info@ordinaryelephant.net for expectations of when we may be getting around to your part of the country. Depending on both of our schedules, coverage of travel and lodging expenses may be necessary.

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    • Your name in the liner notes
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    Associate Executive Producer

    Your name can be one of two that will be featured in the album credits as Associate Executive Producer, having helped this collection of songs permanently exist in a massive way. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You will also receive many of the other rewards as listed below, as well as 10 signed copies of the new album to share.

    Includes:
    • Associate Executive Producer in album credits
    • Handwritten lyrics
    • 3 Postcards with personal message in 2019
    • Ordinary Elephant Tote Bag
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    Executive Producer + Collings guitar

    Own a piece of Ordinary Elephant history, and become part of it by being the executive producer of our next album. Crystal now plays her grandfather's old Gibson, but she previously wrote and performed on a Collings guitar, handmade in Austin, TX. This is the guitar that was used to write "Best of You" and to record our last album “Before I Go”. Please see Rewards section for more information.

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer in album credits
    • 2013 Collings OM2H used to write "Best of You"
    • Handwritten lyrics
    • 3 Postcards with personal message in 2019
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