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Be Raina Rose's sweetheart & support her BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH RECORD of heretofore unknown awesomeness. Real love in a digital world.
Be Raina Rose's sweetheart & support her BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH RECORD of heretofore unknown awesomeness. Real love in a digital world.
644 backers pledged $20,135 to help bring this project to life.

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WE DID IT!

we hit our funding goal because of you! thank you so much. We are so thrilled at the electric response we have gotten to this campaign, mostly in the number of people involved. Sooooo, we have a stretch goal for you:

1+1=YOU: If we get to 794 backers before the clock strikes 10pm on Sunday November 18th, we will give every backer a 5 song cover album of YOUR choosing! If all of our backers personally invite ONE friend to opt in and be a part of our team, we would easily meet this goal. Send an email to your best friend, your mom, or your kid and say "Hey, you might like Raina Rose. $3 gets you her whole new album. Give it a shot". We could not be more grateful to you. We are walking around giddy with gratitude. Thanks so much for being our family.

1+1=YOU! get us to 794 backers!!
1+1=YOU! get us to 794 backers!!

***************************************************************   HI. MY NAME IS RAINA ROSE, I'M MAKING ONE HELL OF A NEW RECORD AND I’D LOVE YOUR SUPPORT.

I am a working musician. I’ve been touring the United States, Canada and the UK non-stop for the last seven years. I play in living rooms, church basements, dive bars, coffee shops, as well as in theaters, at outdoor music festivals and old-school social halls.

You may not have heard of me before now. That’s because most the music you hear is controlled by the major-conglomo-music-as-corporate-product-monster, it’s hard to get noticed if you don’t fit their formula.

Thing is, it’s totally okay that you don’t know me. I am working on changing that with this project. Thanks to the interwebs, there is an emerging middle class of musicians that have found a way to have a sustainable career outside corporate entertainment. We are watching our music spread like a mighty river through digital media and it is amazing. We make music because we need to. Because we live and breathe songs and we need so much to share those songs with you.

I am launching this Kickstarter campaign in the hopes that you’ll help me make an incredible record. One that is entirely independent and without the backing of that monolithic music machine that only knows how to churn out bland, middle of the road crap.

We are going to be recording in Church House Studios in Austin, TX and we are starting soon (October 23, 2012)! Everyone who backs this album will get regular updates from the studio (just for the people backing this project). If we are excited about something, YOU, our record label (and newly found family) will hear about it as it's happening. These are all new songs, recorded with the utmost care, played by some seriously amazing musicians, and made with a commitment to GOOD ART.

I feel so fortunate to have been able to do a job I love for the last seven years, but I can’t keep doing it quite like I’ve been doing it. My husband Andrew Pressman (who also happens to be a incredibly talented bass player) and I brought a little person named Emmett into the world last year and he’s proven to be an able traveler in the last 11 months (so far, he's been to over 68 gigs, 7 music festivals, 3 recording sessions, 2 conferences, 18 states and 2 Canadian provinces). I am committed to being the ultimate musical mama, but need your help to make it all work.

 OK! Here's how this Kickstarter is going to go down:

We are going to give this whole record away for $3. Like they say in public radio pledge drives, that’s the cost of a cup of coffee. We’ve priced it low in the hopes that you’ll tell your friends and remind them that it’s good karma to support musicians. If you give $21, you’ll get every album i've ever put out in digital form. If you want to give even more than that, we have a world of good stuff to offer you.

  • Hand knit hats (from my very own hands)
  • The record on VINYL!
  • Private house concerts
  •  A copy of the cookbook Food in Jars (written by my big sister) paired with a pint of homemade jam from her Philadelphia kitchen 
  • VIP for a year
  • Postcards from the road
  • The album notebook
  • Copies of Sara Terry’s documentary, FOLK, in which Raina is featured
  • For the high rollers, a custom-made, Raina Rose-model guitar, built by Bayard Blain Guitars

 Here's the budget:

  • $5,000 for the recording studio & engineer
  • $4,000 to pay musicians prevailing wage
  • $3,500 for mixing & mastering
  • $5,000 to print CDs & Vinyl
  • $6,000 to promote the crap out of it
  • $1,500 to print merchandise (lunchboxes, skateboard decks, a blimp)
  • $500 to design the art for the record
  • $500 to revamp the website
  • $200 to take photos
  • $500 to make a music video

$27,000 is the approximate budget, and yet our goal is only set to $15,087. Well, we want to make this record SO MUCH that we don't want to take a chance in not hitting our goal. It might be possible for $15,000... But, if we end up blowing it out of the water, well, we have big plans for you. A huge party in Austin to which every backer is invited. A cover album with songs chosen by backers. New, exciting merchandise. And that’s just the start! Truly, if we blow past $27K, we will dance naked in the streets, all the while crying tears of joy and appreciation. Should that happen, there will be video. Promise.

Thank you from every cell in my body for being a part of the beautiful machine that makes it possible for me to keep making music for you.

poster thanks to Lively Productions!
poster thanks to Lively Productions!
At our wedding! Photo by Sara Terry
At our wedding! Photo by Sara Terry
Myself, Andrew and our dog Hopi. Photo by Rodney Bursiel.
Myself, Andrew and our dog Hopi. Photo by Rodney Bursiel.
This is how we roll. Photo by Amy Sue Berlin
This is how we roll. Photo by Amy Sue Berlin
our other band, Elliott, Rose, da Costa.
our other band, Elliott, Rose, da Costa.
Bohemian Gothic. Photo by Vanessa Lively.
Bohemian Gothic. Photo by Vanessa Lively.
at folk alliance 2012 with Rebecca Loebe!
at folk alliance 2012 with Rebecca Loebe!
photo by Chloe Pressman
photo by Chloe Pressman
Tote bag, sticker & t-shirt art by Adam Kobetich!
Tote bag, sticker & t-shirt art by Adam Kobetich!

Risks and challenges

Making a record is a challenging process. Not only is it very costly and time consuming, it also requires a ton of passion and creative energy. One will never know how the record will sound before the tracking begins. We have excellent songs and some arrangement ideas in place, as well as stellar musicians. But the finished product is a great unknown at this point.

We are also under a deadline. We have 5 days reserved in the studio. The drummer is only here for those 5 days. We need to work effectively and efficiently within that timeframe if we want to make a top quality record.

The final unknown aspect of this process is what will happen with the record once it is released and set free into the world. It may be something that we carry on compact disc and vinyl from show to show and sell to audience members who enjoy our performances. Or it may be something that tons of people hear and love and talk about and tell others to check out. There is no way of knowing. One can plan all they want. But the record will have a life of its own. We will need to make decisions on the fly about how to proceed once people hear it. Hopefully the latter happens, in addition to the former. We will find out soon!

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    (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE NEW RECORD) Yep, you heard me right. For 3 bucks, which is less than a latte from your favorite independent coffee shop, you will get the new record and a big sloppy wet internet kiss... thank you.

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    (BACKER EXCLUSIVE DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD) Whoa... new record with the stuff that will never be for sale! The new record in your choice of mp3 or WAV files with pdf lyric booklet AND the John Elliott Sessions which are 5 haunting songs recorded in June 2012 in Carmel Valley, CA.

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    (BACKER EXCLUSIVE SUPER DELICIOUS DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE) This is the whole she-bang!
    The new record in your choice of mp3 or WAV files.The John Elliott Sessions. Digital media package. AND digital downloads of all my old material. YEP! You'll get my 4 full length albums & 1 EP along with all the other goodies. Sweet candy for your computer's music library.

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    (COMPACT DISC & SUPER DELICIOUS DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PACKAGE) Here's where you get stuff mailed to you! Starting here you'll get a hand signed copy of the new CD. You'll also get the John Elliott Sessions. And the super delicious deluxe digital download package. And a sticker. And a hug next time i see you.

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    (NEW! HOLIDAY GIFTIE!) Can't think of a gift for your loved ones this Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Solstice/Festivus/Whatevs? opt in at this level (or upgrade if you've already donated!) and not only do you get the new CD and super delicious digital download package sent to you, i will also send a digital download card with all my previously recorded material and a hand written note to whomever you so desire before December 15th. Give and receive!

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    (NEW PRIZE! FOLK DOCUMENTARY!) You will get a copy of the compact disc and a DVD copy of the FOLK Documentary in which we are featured. (check out www.folkdocumentary.com). Hooray!

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    (WEAR US OUT!)
    shirts! Yep, with this package you will get a beautiful custom T-shirt (or baby onesie!) in your favorite size along with a CD of the new record and the super delicious deluxe digital download package. I love that you will wear us.

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    (VINYL FOREVER!)
    We are going to print up high quality, 180 gram vinyl records and design a Kickstarter backer-exclusive album cover for those of you that want the real deal. I promise you this record will be worth hearing this way. Vinyl is forever. You will also get the super delicious deluxe digital download package. Put on your headphones and zone out.

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    (HARD COPIES!)
    You get physical copies! This is for the music enthusiast who likes to hold things in their hands. You get the new record on compact disc AND vinyl, AND t-shirt all hand signed and loved on. Ok, we won't sign the shirt (unless you want). You will also get the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (HANDWRITTEN!)
    You will get the CD, VINYL and i will hand write (not a copy of something handwritten, but actually sit down and write on nice paper...) the lyrics to one song for you. You can even choose the song. As long as it's one i've written. You also get the super delicious deluxe digital download package

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    (POSTCARDS FROM THE ROAD) We will be your personal pen pal. Andrew or I will send you 4 postcards from various locations over the coming year. Handwritten notes from wherever we happen to be at the time. You will also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (JAMS IN JARS!) My sister is canning enthusiast and brilliant writer, Marisa McClellan of Food In Jars. This package will get you a jar of her amazing jam, a copy of her book, Food in Jars, as well as the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A VIP) We will be playing lots of shows in lots of towns to support this record. Opt in at this level and you get a VIP guest pass to 3 of those shows this year. You or a delegate of your choosing will get a seat saved at 3 shows of your choosing. And a big hug! You will also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (BOAT MOBILE) by request we have added this incentive! You get to ride around Austin in Bob's Boat Mobile! Let's drive up and down South Congress and wave. You are in your own personal parade. You also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (RAINA & ANDREW'S FAVORITES!)
    We will send you a pile of our favorite things: a bag of Texas roasted Cuvee coffee, a mix CD of some songs by my favorite songwriters, wrapped up in a special Raina Rose tote bag! you also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package (87 is my favorite number.)

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    (THE NW ECO-PACKAGE)
    I will knit you a hat. Yep, i like you that much! You also get a copy of the CD wrapped up in a special canvas Raina Rose tote bag in which to carry your groceries home from the co-op! you also get the super delicious deluxe digital download package. (This prize has been lowered in price!)

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    (MOMENTO) This is a special item only ONE person can receive. I am going to make a scrapbook of all the album notes. The ideas, pictures of all the musicians, the takeout orders, the potential track listing. Almost as good as being there. This is one of a kind memorabilia. You also get the CD, the vinyl album and the super delicious deluxe digital download package!

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    Pledge $387 or more About $387

    (YOUR CUSTOM SONG!)
    I will pour over a special song for just YOU. That's right, give me a topic or a name or a vibe and i'll write and record a song for you or someone you love. You also get the new CD, a sweet tote bag and the super delicious deluxe digital download package. (This prize has been lowered in price!)

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    (VIP FOR A YEAR) You will get season tickets to all my shows for the next year. That's a ticket for you to every headlining show i play! I will save you a spot up close or in the back, depending on what you like. You will also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package.

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    (PRIVATE CONCERT FOR FOLK HERO WITHIN 500 MILES OF AUSTIN!)
    Andrew and i will come to your house and play a private concert for you and all your friends and loved ones within 500 miles of Austin! Invite as many people as you want! Let's have a folking great time. You want us to come play at your wedding or bar mitzvah or birthday party? Great! You also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package! Tour scheduling may be a factor in date selection. Questions about this one? feel free to email & ask! (this price has been lowered!)

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    (SPONSOR A SONG PROGRAM)
    With serious gratitude to all lovers of song, i offer each song up for sponsorship. You will be invited into the studio for an hour or so to watch the magic happen (in Austin, TX, if you can't make it, we will email/text you photos of the recording while it's happening!). You will be listed in the album notes as being the sponsor of your particular song, which basically means it was recorded because of you. Thank you for believing in me. You also get the new CD, a vinyl record and the super delicious deluxe digital download package and a copy of the FOLK Documentary!

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    (PRIVATE CONCERT FOR FOLK HERO WITHIN 800 MILES OF AUSTIN, TX or ANYWHERE in CALI, OREGON or WASHINGTON!)
    Andrew and i will come to your house and play a private concert for you and all your friends and loved ones within 800 miles of Austin -or- in California, Oregon or Washington! Invite as many people as you want! Let's have a folking great time. You want us to come play at your wedding or bar mitzvah or birthday party? Great! You also get the new CD and the super delicious deluxe digital download package! Tour scheduling may be a factor in date selection. Questions about this one? feel free to email & ask!

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    (MEGA-JAMS!)
    My sister is canning enthusiast and brilliant writer, Marisa McClellan of Food In Jars. This package is for jammers of all kinds. My sister and i will come to your door with the new CD & a copy of her book and provide a canning party for you and 9 friends. She will teach a canning class and i will provide musical entertainment. Travel not included & let's talk scheduling. You also get the super delicious deluxe digital download package! Questions about this one? feel free to email & ask!

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    (A DAY IN THE LIFE) Come to Austin. We will put you up for the night. We will take you to our favorite morning spots; Once Over for coffee & Bouldin Creek Cafe for breakfast. Then you, Andrew and I will go into a nice studio and record a song you wrote or song you love -or- we can go to the greenbelt and swim at Barton Springs. We will make you dinner. Then we will go see a badass show in town maybe at the Saxon Pub or the Continental Club. Or maybe we'll go hang at a friend's house and have a song circle. This is YOUR Live Music Capital Of the World experience. After you leave we will send your song along with the new CD, the Vinyl, and the super delicious deluxe digital download package. You will be listed in the liner notes as an Executive Producer. Questions about this one? Feel free to email & ask.

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    (WOW.) Okay, we have something very special for you. We have commissioned our fabulous luthier, (that means guitar builder), Bayard Blain, to build you a Raina Rose model Bayard Guitar (or whatever style of guitar you want of equal value). These guitars are amazing pieces of art and will only appreciate with time. You will also receive executive producer credit on the record. And my eternal gratitude. Delivery details to be worked out. THANK YOU. (This prize has been lowered in price!!)

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    (!!) Ok, if you are interested in backing us at this level, what would you like? Send us an email and let's talk about how we can work together to create you a custom reward for this kind of donation. We'd love to have you on our team.

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