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Rj CowderyBy Rj Cowdery
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Rj CowderyBy Rj Cowdery
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About

My name is Rj Cowdery. I’m a singing songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. I am so excited to let you know that I’ve just finished recording a new album.

It’s called "WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS"

It’s a conversation of change and loss and, ultimately, how I am dealing with life here in the middle.

My friend and amazing singer-songwriter Amy Speace produced and Thomm Jutz recorded and engineered at his studio in Mt Juliet, Tennessee.

The goal for this record was to be simple and real. Like I'd be playing for you live with some amazing harmony and texture. Perfectly imperfect.

I was really lucky to have had the help of these amazing players and singers.

Mark Fain/bass. Lynn Williams/drums. Thomm Jutz/acoustic and electric guitar. Justin Moses/banjo, dobro, and fiddle. Jen Gunderman/keys. Ingrid Graudins, Melissa Greener, and Amy Speace sang harmony.

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The past few years have been incredible. In 2008, I had the awesome chance to go to The Kerrville Folk Festival where I found this amazing community of people that up until then I never knew existed. And, I started thinking that…maybe…this is what I’m suppose to be doing with my life. Maybe - I was finally becoming the musical person I always thought I could be.

I was 45 then. Since then I’ve made three CD’s, won a few performing songwriter awards, traveled playing house concerts, coffeeshops, and festivals…even some hotel rooms at 3:00 in the morning. 

Most importantly, though, I’ve made many friends along the way. And had I never taken that chance a few years ago…well, who knows…I’d still be writing songs but it's not near as much fun singing them to myself.

And now - For this new record, I’m launching this Kickstarter campaign to help finish and release this new album. I've never done this before and admittedly, I am a little nervous.

It’s hard for me to ask for help, but the need is real and I know that this is not just "asking for help.” This is way for you to be a part if this process with me - and together - we might just make it happen.

The good news is…The record is already recorded.

There are 10 songs: Nine originals and one cover by Josh Ritter. And, I am thrilled to finally get the chance to share them with you. 

The songs.

  • Somewhere A Place
  • What If This Is All There Is
  • Secrets Of My Dreams
  • Broken Wheel
  • Don’t Give Up
  • Is There Time
  • Shotgun Rider
  • Girl In The War
  • Get Out Of Here
  • Lost And Found

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HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

You can help by sharing this video, pre-ordering a CD, or by choosing any of the thank you rewards that are listed. If a monetary pledge isn't possible you can still help in a big way by sharing this video with your friends and on your social media pages! Help spread the word!

Your contributions will help to cover the cost of duplication, distribution, promotion, graphic design, radio, and more! PLUS...you will get this music way before anyone else. 

If we are able to "stretch" past the original goal I will be able to do a video from a song on the new record and secure a wider promotional campaign.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I’m humbled and inspired. 

Please share the video and campaign with your friends and family and donate if you can. I’m forever grateful.

Love, 

Rj

P.S. Thanks to all the friends helped me put this together and to those who just might be in the video. Credit to Neale Eckstein, Paul Schatkin, Scotten Jones, and Dan Mitchell for their photos. And, to Korby Lenker for the video footage.

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SPECIAL REWARD ALERT!     

Here's a very special one of a kind reward! A 1959 Gibson LG-3. I wrote and played this vintage guitar on the song Get Out Of Here from the new record. I would love for you to have a piece of this record's history by acquiring her here. I have a couple "road guitars" that get most of the glory and so my wish is to get this one into the hands of someone who will play her more. She sounds sweet and deserves the attention. I am certain there's a lot of great songs left inside. She's in great condition with nary a mark, with only some finish checking from being almost 60 years old. Hard shell case included. I'd prefer to hand deliver this guitar but we can talk about the best way to get it to you. Contact me at rj@rjcowdery.com for more information or questions!

VINTAGE 1959 Gibson LG-3
VINTAGE 1959 Gibson LG-3
I picked up this folded note card on the floor of a restroom at The Sister's Folk Festival...that "older folk singing lady" is me. Music can move mountains, or at least refer to them!
I picked up this folded note card on the floor of a restroom at The Sister's Folk Festival...that "older folk singing lady" is me. Music can move mountains, or at least refer to them!
Nothing better than writing by the The St. Vrain at Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Colorado.
Nothing better than writing by the The St. Vrain at Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, Colorado.
Oh dear, just a baby. Fancy mullet!
Oh dear, just a baby. Fancy mullet!
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Lounge Stage.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Lounge Stage.
"Are these lines that I ride, miles that I drive...just a hopeless love affair?" RJC - Somewhere in Kansas.
"Are these lines that I ride, miles that I drive...just a hopeless love affair?" RJC - Somewhere in Kansas.

www.rjcowdery.com     

Is there a reward combination that you would like that is not listed?  We can likely make it happen, I appreciate you! 

Send me an email at rj@rjcowdery.com with any questions.

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks in just about everything but some things are worth it. I've made a few records and have been lucky to get them released without any financial help. But the need now is real so I'm asking for your support.

I've only asked for the minimum amount to help finish and release these new songs, plus a small promotional radio campaign. Any amount over $11,500 will allow me to do a larger scale promo campaign and I'll be able to actually make a video from one of these songs!!! So exciting!

THE KICKSTARTER CHALLENGE

Most of you probably know how Kickstarter works. But just in case you're new to this sort of thing (like me) I'll tell you how this works.

If I do not meet this amount in the time allotted then the campaign gets cancelled.
This means that I will not receive any funds, your credit card will not be charged, and unfortunately, you will not receive any rewards.

Together, though, we can make this happen. And, even if you are unable to give with a monetary pledge , you can still help in a big by spreading the word with your friends and on your social media pages!

Thank you for your support and generous contribution to "WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS."

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    You'll receive a digital download of the new album before anyone else. By anyone, I mean all the peoples! And way before the official release in February, 2019. Also a super cool sticker. Thank you for your support!

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    Get your very own Rj Cowdery t-shirt. The design is still in the works but I promise it will be super comfy and cool enough to wear out of the house! Limited Edition! Plus the "new school" digital download and sticker. Thank you for your support!

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    You'll get the full Rj Cowdery vibe on four CDs sent to you with a handwritten note of thanks. I've made four CD's in the last 10 years and you'll get them all!

    1) One More Door - produced by Todd Burge.
    2) In This Light - produced by Billy Crockett.
    3) Something Fine - produced by Matt Nakoa and Neale Eckstein.
    4) And, of course the new CD - What If This Is All There Is - produced by Amy Speace.
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    As a special gift and while supplies last I'll include my very 1st CD of original material, called Bernies's Daughter. I never really released this record and it's out of print ,but I found a few copies. So, that's a total of five CD's! Thank you for your support!

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    Let's get together for one hour via Skype (or in person, if we are close to each other) and talk about anything form guitars to the folk music biz. Get a gentle constructive song critique or a guitar lessen. Or, maybe you'd like to know how to play one of my songs. **I love mentoring performing singer songwriters on how to better include your guitar as an integral part of your live performance! Its your time. How can I help?

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    ACOUSTIC, BABY

    Are you a fan of the stripped down all-acoustic version of a song? I know I am. I'll record an all-acoustic version of one of my songs with just me and my guitar. You'll choose the song (any song from any of my records) and I'll send it to you in digital format for your listening pleasure. This reward includes the digital download of the new album, signed CD, and sticker! I love this reward! Thank you for your support!

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    HAND CRAFTED LYRIC BOOK

    I'll make you a one-of-a-kind limited edition Lyric Book. It will have all of the lyrics to "What If This Is All There Is," "In This Light," and "One More Door." I'll include a few of my favorite pictures from this musical journey I've been on the last few years. I'll send you the digital download, signed CD, and sticker too! I am really excited to make this special book just for you! Thank you for your support!

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    Are you having a hard time choosing a reward? I'll try and make it easy for you. This includes two signed copies of the new CD - one for you and one for a friend! Plus the digital download, sticker, lyric book, t-shirt - right on!!

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    HOUSE CONCERT

    What about your very own private concert in your living room? I’ll play a house concert for you and as many friends you'd like to host. It's intimate and up close. We'll laugh and maybe even cry. I'll tell some bad jokes and talk about my dogs! This is my favorite way to share my music. I'll send you a signed copy of the new CD and bring 5 copies for you to share for your friends.. Let's coordinate dates that will work for both of us. (Depending on schedules and geography - travel may not be included.) Let's talk! Contact me at rj@rjcowdery for more information. Thank you for your support!

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    1959 Gibson LG-3

    This a one of a kind reward! A 1959 Gibson LG-3 in amazing condition. I wrote and played this guitar on the song "Get Out Of Here" from the new record. It's a very personal song and I would love for you to have a piece of this record's history by owning this beautiful guitar. I'm certain there are lots of songs left inside.

    I'd prefer to hand-deliver this beautiful vintage Gibson, but we can talk about the best way to get it to you. See photo! Message me at rj@rjcowdery to find out more! ** See the photo over to the left.

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    CREATING COMMUNITY...

    I am calling this CREATING COMMUNITY because that's exactly what you're doing. You are contributing in a way that allows me to continue making music that matters. From a place that might just make a difference in someone's life --including your own. You'll get credit as an Executive Producer(s) on WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS, along with the rewards listed below. Thank you for your support!

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