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After my return to piano on "Providence", I decided to record an instrumental record. This is called "Crickets" as in "not a word".
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I recently went into Compass Studios in Nashville and recorded my first instrumental record, "Crickets".  The title has personal meaning for me, but it is just a clever way of saying "without a word".   

TO BE HONEST, I didn't mean to make an instrumental record, never mind a jazz album.  I just had the itch to record with some friends.  I'm not a trained musician, but whenever I sit down to play the piano, something like jazz happens.   When I played some of this music for a few intimate friends, the response was unanimous- "This music needs to be heard".  

SO, HERE IT IS- "CRICKETS"!

The band is smoking on these 10 self penned songs, and I'm excited to share the music with my fans, old and new.  All backers will receive the digital download before Christmas!  

The record is finished, but I need to pay costs of manufacturing and marketing, and that's where you, the listener, come in.  Most of you know the drill- this is how we get a lot of our music these days, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with you to get my music in your hands.  $10,000 is the bare minimum to meet most of my expenses, and I'm happy to say we have met that goal.

So here are the "STRETCH GOALS",  which need to be met by December 14th, less than two weeks away:

At $15,000 EVERYONE will receive a free download EP of me playing Holiday songs on piano- funky, jazzy, heartfelt renditions that no one has ever heard!  

Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Volume One
Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us, Volume One

At $20,000, EVERYONE will receive "Mercyland: Hymns For The Rest Of Us" Volume 1, which includes Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, John Scofield, CIndy Morgan, Mat Kearney, North Mississippi Allstars, Shawn Mullins, and more!  (At $20k, digital only backers will receive a download of Mercyland; physical backers will receive the CD and the download!).

I've got backer rewards that have been popular in past campaigns- a limited edition T shirt, my hand-painted postcards, songwriting sessions, CDs, Vinyl, and more.  But the most exciting thing to me is the music.  Long after your T shirt gets worn out, these grooves will keep spinning.  

Thanks for your support!Meanwhile, below you can see some postcards I've painted that exemplify the span of ideas if you wish to order the custom painting from me.

Phil's handpainted postcards
Phil's handpainted postcards

Risks and challenges

This is my 5th Kickstarter campaign. My pledge is to get the products to backers before the various deadlines, but this is not a guarantee. I'll do my best to get everything manufactured and into the backers' hands in a timely fashion. Being a human endeavor from manufacturing to mailing, we may hit a snag here or there, but all rewards will be delivered.

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    Pre-Release Download of "Crickets"

    You get the entire record on MP3 before it's released to the public!

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    Pre-release WAV. download of Crickets

    For those audiophiles who can hear the difference, backer receives prerelease download of "Crickets" in WAV. format.4 before December 24, 2018.

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    SIGNED CD + DOWNLOAD

    Backer gets the "Crickets" CD- AUTOGRAPHED! Plus the early digital download!

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    Signed copy of Phil's BOOK + Download

    Signed copy of Phil's book "God On The Rocks" PLUS early digital download. In time for for HOLIDAYS!

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    T SHIRT + DOWNLOAD

    LIMITED EDITION T Shirt + early digital download of "Crickets"!

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    Vinyl LP PLUS Download!

    Keep it simple- Backer gets Vinyl LP of "Crickets" PLUS the early digital download!

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    Signed VINYL LP + Signed CD + Download

    Backer gets signed VINYL copy of "Crickets" + signed CD + early digital download!

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    T SHIRT + SIGNED CD + DOWNLOAD

    Backer receives LTD EDITION T shirt + signed Crickets CD + early download.

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    Mercyland Bird Painting + SIGNED CD

    SIGNED CD *PLUS* The iconic bird that started it all- Mercyland Bandaged Bird postcard, HAND-PAINTED BY PHIL MADEIRA *PLUS* digital download of "Crickets"

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    Phil Madeira CD Collection

    Backer receives SIGNED CD OF "CRICKETS" + Phil's CDs dating back to 1995-
    OFF KILTER + THREE HORSESHOES + PM + MOTORCYCLE + ORIGINAL SINNER + PROVIDENCE + Early Digital Download of "Crickets"!

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    Custom painting + Crickets CD + Download

    4x6" watercolor by Phil of your choice- your home, your dog, cat, horse, your guitar... Whatever you'd like to commission PLUS Crickets CD + Early Digital Download!

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    T SHIRT, VINYL LP, CD, PAINTING, + MORE

    Backer receives T Shirt + signed Vinyl LP + signed CD + Mercyland Bird painting!

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    YOUR NAME IN CREDITS + LP + CD + T + mp3

    Signed VINYL LP, Signed CD, Limited Edition T shirt, PLUS early digital download, PLUS my thanks to you in the album credits!

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    3 hour Songwriting Session

    A 3 hour Skype or face to face songwriting session with Phil. This can either be a co-write or a consultation. PLUS backer receives SIGNED "Crickets" CD PLUS early Digital Download. Session must happen within the 2019 calendar year. Backer responsible for transportation, lodging, meals, etc.

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    6 hour SONGWRITING SESSION WITH PHIL

    You'll spend a 6 hour day consulting with Phil, helping you finish the songs you've been working on. This is one of the most popular high end items offered. Some of the songwriters who've participated have had the songs they wrote with Phil placed on records! PLUS your name in the CD liner notes! PLUS you get the CD, signed in Person by Phil PLUS the digital download of Crickets! PLUS LUNCH with Phil at his favorite Nashville bistro!

    (Backer is responsible for his or her own Transportation and lodging, and reward must be claimed before 2020.)

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    The Sheer Joy Of Supporting The Arts

    Backer feels really great! Plus Early Digital Download!

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    Hand Painted Vintage Guitar PLUS CD!

    As in past Kickstarters, Phil will paint a vintage archtop guitar for you! You can have input or let him do his thing. In the past, he has painted a Lap Steel with Blues images, and a Lap steel with a Hank Williams theme. This time, it will be an old vintage archtop guitar- please note- it will not be set up to play; it's literally something to hang on your wall. PLUS the SIGNED "Crickets" CD PLUS the early digital download!

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    2 day SONGWRITING SESSION WITH PHIL

    You'll spend TWO 6 hour days consulting with Phil, helping you finish the songs you've been working on or starting from scratch. This is one of the most popular high end items offered. Some of the songwriters who've participated have had the songs they wrote with Phil placed on records! PLUS your name in the CD liner notes! PLUS you get the CD, signed in Person by Phil PLUS the digital download of Crickets! PLUS LUNCH with Phil at his favorite Nashville bistro!

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    House Concert Phil SOLO

    Backer gets a house concert from Phil Madeira! Phil will show up with a guitar; backer supplies a keyboard or piano. Backer receives SIGNED "Cricket" CD PLUS your name in the CD liner notes, PLUS early digital download. Backer covers transportation and lodging costs. Concert must happen in 2019. (delivery date below is for CD)

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    House Concert Phil with Band

    You'll get the SIGNED CD mailed to you PLUS the early digital download, PLUS your name in the CD liner notes, PLUS will enjoy a concert with the Phil Madeira Trio, playing many songs from "Cricket", as well as "Providence", "Mercyland", and other PM projects! Backer responsible for transportation and lodging costs. Concert must occur no later than December 31st, 2019.

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    EXECUTIVE CREDIT PACKAGE

    Backer gets their name prominently in the liner notes as Executive Producer! PLUS LTD EDITION T Shirt, "Crickets" CD, Vinyl of "Crickets", Vinyl of "Providence", early digital download, PLUS box of 10 CDs PLUS VIP GUEST STATUS to any Phil Madeira concert.

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