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Maritime Songs from the Seeger Songbag. A Recording Honoring Pete Seeger, with songs of Rivers & Oceans by two of his friends.
133 backers pledged $7,521 to help bring this project to life.

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Steering Pete’s Course, Maritime Songs from the Seeger Songbag

A kickstarter project that comes from the heart and soul of two of Pete Seeger’s long time friends, Rick Nestler and Rik Palieri, known as The RIX.

Rick Nestler and I started singing with Pete Seeger in the late 1970s. Now, with Pete’s 100th Birthday on the horizon, we thought it was time to honor him with this special collection of maritime songs from traditional and original songs that Pete sang about rivers and oceans. 

For this project, we picked some old favorites like The High Barbaree, Hudson Whalers, Blow the Man Down, The E-RI-E , Pay Me My Money Down, The Sinking Of The Reuben James and The River That Flows Both Ways. 

We wanted to also feature some of Pete Seeger's own songs that are not as well known such as The Ballad Of The Sloop Clearwater, Don’t Ask What a River is For, The Song of The Last Whale, The Sloop Woody Guthrie and many more! 

Altogether, 19 songs have been recorded and are now in the mixing process. 

To give this project the right spirit, a few of Pete’s friends who have sailed, sung and recorded with him have been included such as Guy Davis, David Bernz, Sarah Underhill and Melissa Ortquist . The photographers Econo-smith are doing the cover and helping with a special booklet filled with the lyrics so you can join in and sing along with the recording.

Much of the hard work is already done.

However, in order to bring our dream to life, we need your help to finish the recording, mixing, mastering, pressing, design and artwork, distribution to radio DJs, reviewers, tour support and other promotional costs. 

That is why we, The Rix, are asking you to help us meet our goal of $5,000 in 30 days.

Pete Seeger believed that it was participation that was going to help change the world. So we are asking you now to participate in this special project that will help honor his memory and continue his tradition.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be attracting people to buy the CD. In todays changing music world CDs are being fazed out with more and more people opting to download their music. CD players are disappearing and are not available in many of the newer cars. We strongly believe that many of our fans and supporters as well as fans of Pete Seeger still prefer CDs and that is why we are planning to make a limited run of 1000. Our CD will feature photos, liners notes and the lyrics to all the songs so that our listeners can sing along with the recording. This kind of comprehensive packaging ads even more to the production cost, but will make it both more attractive and informative. We will also offer a choice of the download card for those who prefer that option.

Another challenge will be getting this special album to radio stations around the world. We have budgeted money to pay a professional to do the radio distribution. We have already invested several thousand dollars in recording costs and we are now in the process of licensing the songs written by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. The licensing fees ad quite a bit more to the cost, but have to be paid.

The $5000 we are asking for is just covering some of our costs, but it will help us to deliver the best project that we can make. We are happy that many of our friends who are singers, photographers & graphic designers, share our vision and have already invested their time and energy to help us. We are very grateful for their support and also for our future Kickstarter backers. Together we all can keep spreading the message and music of our friend Pete Seeger.

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    Thank You card, guitar pick & download

    For our early backers of this project. If you are are one of the first 100 backers pledging $1 or more, we will send you a special thank you card from the RIX, a custom RIX guitar pick plus a one song down load card from our new album, Steering Pete's Course of the song High Barbaree.

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    • Thank you card, from the RIX
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    Thank You & Custom Pick

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    Six song CD sampler

    At the ten dollar pledge you will get The RIX Sampler CD featuring a few songs from our upcoming album including old favorites like The E-RI-E, Blow The Man Down, Roll On Columbia plus two songs written by Pete
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    The new CD! Steering Pete's Course

    For your $20 pledge, you will get our new CD! We will send it to our backers when it first comes out and sign each one by hand. This new album will feature up to 19 songs in special packaging filled with photos and the words to the songs so you can sing along while you are listening.

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    Download of full album

    Download of Steering Pete's Course, sung and played by The Rix

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    Two Signed CDs By The RIX

    For your $50 pledge you will get two of our signed CDs plus the whole swag bag of rewards.

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    Two CDs, note cards & signed song sheet

    At the $100 pledge you will get the two signed CDs, plus a set of two note cards that were drawn by Rik Palieri and a signed song sheet of the words and music to Rick Nestler's, The River That Flows Both Ways

    Includes:
    • Custom RIX guitar pick
    • Thank you card, from the RIX
    • Two hand drawn note cards, one of Pete Seeger, one of Leadbelly
    • Signed sheet music of the River That Flows Both Ways
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    Your name in our album credits

    At the $200 pledge, we have a very special and limited reward. If you act early you can get your name in the thank you credits that will be printed on the CD. At this level, shipping is on us with many thanks

    Includes:
    • Thank you card, from the RIX
    • Custom RIX guitar pick
    • Two hand drawn note cards, one of Pete Seeger, one of Leadbelly
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    Honorary Producer

    Every project has some producers who make dreams come true and help a vision come to life. At the $500 pledge level that person might be you! Yes, we are offering just 4 exclusive honorary producer credits on our album. At this level again shipping is on us.

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    House Concert by The RIX!

    For the real fan of Pete Seeger this could be a wonderful treat. At the $1000 pledge The Rix will come to your house and spend the day telling stories of the times we spent with Pete Seeger. In the evening we will do a house concert for all your friends. We can also teach everyone the words to the songs and have a big old style hootenanny! While we can travel anywhere in the northeastern USA, this reward would have to include our travel costs for destinations further away, and can be worked out as needed. In this case, all your rewards would be delivered in person. The download of the CD would be yours as soon as it is available to enjoy until we get there.

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