The band is tuned up and tape is rolling! Claudia & Bruce team up with producer Peter Case to make their fourth CD. It's gonna be great
Hi, Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan here. We are making the best record we've ever made, and you can help!
In case you don't know us, we've been making music together for the last 12 years, driving all around the country in our 2000 Camry (or the rental car du jour) playing coffee houses, clubs, parks, churches, living rooms and gardens. It's been a ton of fun and we have met the best people all along the way. Like you!
We are very excited to have started work on our next studio CD - our first in nearly 7 years. Naturally, we want to make this next CD a great one. And we’re off to a awesome start. We've worked hard on songs for the CD and working on arrangements with our producer, Peter Case - a brilliant songwriter himself. And late last month, we began recording tracks for the CD. It sounds great! In fact, here's a preview link to a couple of the songs we just recorded - they're not quite finished, but you can definitely hear where we're going with them.
We’ve been recording in our old hometown – Hollywood, with some of our favorite musicians - Carl Byron, Debra Dobkin, Paul Eckman and Danny Frankel - people who have played with artists like Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, MIchelle Shocked, kd lang, and many more of our musical heroes.
As we said, we want to do this right. Our goal is to produce a distinctive recording that truly moves people, and stays with them like a good friend. We’re excited to say that this next CD will be mostly original songs, and we promise it will be our best one yet.
We’ve saved up and set aside more than $10,000 from gigs and record sales over the last 3 years. And we've already spent most of that money. And to record, package and manufacture the record, we’ll spend a minimum of $18890 to finish the CD. We still have more recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing to do. So we set our goal at $8890. It's attainable, but we need your help. And you may know that if we don't make the entire goal, none of the funding comes through and all the pledges get refunded!
Why does it cost so much to make a CD? Here's where the money will go:
- Recording studio and engineer
- Pay the musicians decently (they are working for a really reasonable amount)
- Pay the producer decently (he is working for a really reasonable amount)
- Mixing and mastering
Of course, we'd be thrilled to go over over our goal - if we do, we can take a little more time on the mix, do a proper promotion and publicity campaign, and press more CDs. We also hope to create a few backer exclusive bonus tracks.
So we’re asking for your help and support, and offering some cool and unusual rewards to make it fun. Just look over on the right! Even a $2 contribution (especially combined with a share to your friends) is helpful as a vote of support for what we are doing. Please join in at what ever level you can, and share our project to your friends who love music.
Song Food, our first CD is nearing its 12th birthday. It launched our career and earned Claudia Best New Artist honors from WUMB FM in Boston, receiving air play on more than 150 stations. Our second and third CDs got rave reviews from Sing Out magazine and other media outlets. With your help, we’ll have another fine collection of music to represent us to our largest audience yet.
We have come up with some great rewards. A lot of people compliment us on our graphics, which are all designed by Bruce. So we have incorporated them into a number of cool items:
- Backer exclusive Claudia Russell 2013 edition T-Shirt
- Claudia and Bruce coffee mug with home roasted coffee by Bruce
- 16 x 16 canvas poster art ready for hanging
- Stuck on You refrigerator magnet
And some unique items:
- Celebration Dinner at our home
- Tour of the Bay Area with Bruce and Claudia
- A vintage guitar signed by all the musicians that play on the CD
- And more cool stuff!
Thanks for checking out our campaign. If you like what we're doing, we hope you'll make whatever contribution feels comfortable to you, as well as forward this on to your friends. And If you're interested in finding out more about us, check out our web site - its got quick links to YouTube videos, our FaceBook page and lots of other stuff.
Thanks for reading!
Love, music and gratitude,
Claudia and Bruce
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Actually, we don't think there is much risks to this project, but Kickstarter requires this section. Our producer, Peter Case is experienced and dynamic and has made at least 20 records in his career. He is a man of unusual musicality, common sense, experience and integrity, so we're in really good hands. Peter has twice been nominated for a Grammy. On our own part, we have successfully released 4 CDs - 3 of our own, and one of Claudia's father, Val Rosing. We plan to tour extensively and sell as many CDs as we can. Of course, there is no guarantee that everyone will like every song, but we're pretty sure if you've read this far, this is your kind of music.
We know that the number of people who buy CDs is rapidly declining, and that, frankly, is why we are seeking your help, so we can complete this CD and without going into debt, so we can afford to come to your town and perform! So thank you for your contribution - even if it's just two dollars.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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(STUCK ON YOU) Even if your budget is $2 we still appreciate your support, and would like to send you a Claudia Russell refrigerator magnet to dress up your fridge.Estimated delivery:Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
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We want everyone to hear our new stuff. This will allow you a limited digital download of our favorite 5 songs from the new CD.Estimated delivery:
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(DIGITAL CONNECTION) Download the new CD plus a PDF file of the album art and credits - and receive our unending thanks and appreciation for your support!Estimated delivery:
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(THE MAIN ATTRACTION) An advance, personally signed copy of our new CD along with a refrigerator magnet, plus our never ending thanks, hand-written on a vintage linen postcard card from Claudia and Bruce's personal collection.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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(RAID THE VAULT) An more than complete selection of our music, including a personally signed hard copy of the new CD, digital download editions of our three earlier CDs, plus downloads of rare live recordings, demos and outtakes of songs and maybe some alternative takes or works in progress from this project. And to top it off, archival recordings from our checkered musical past - The Life Is Grand Band, Maggie's Farm, Annyland, The Tearjerkers and more!Estimated delivery:
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(FITS YOU TO A TEE) A flattering and fashionable limited edition Claudia Russell 2013 edition T-shirt, a personally signed copy of the new CD, a magnet, all the downloads, plus our never ending thanks.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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(COOL BEANS AND HOT COFFEE) All the above -magnet, signed CD, and deluxe download - plus an official limited edition Claudia Russell coffee mug filled with coffee beans home roasted by Bruce. Make a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the music!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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(MORE COFFEE PLEASE!) The mug and coffee reward proved to be very popular, and we have decided to make more available, even if Bruce has to stay up all night roasting coffee.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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RADIO RHYTHM RECORDS COLLECTION The new CD, and all three earlier CDs: Song Food, Ready To Receive, Live Band Tonight, PLUS Try A Little Tenderness (24 songs recorded by Claudia's father Val Rosing a popular British 1930s crooner best known as the vocalist on the original recordings of The Teddy Bears Picnic and Try A Little Tenderness.) OR, let us know, and we'll just send you 5 copies of the new CD instead, so you can give it your friends.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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(DANG ME, HANG ME) A really nice piece of poster art ready to hang on your wall. We will contact you so you can choose the design you want. A personally signed CD, a Claudia fridge magnet.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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A delicious CD release celebration dinner cooked at our house here in Point Richmond, cooked by us. Plus a personally signed copy of the new CD.Estimated delivery:
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(BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) We'll pick you and a guest up at your hotel anywhere in the SF Bay area and be your guide for the day. We'll take you to some of our favorite spots in and around the Bay, including dinner at a great restaurant. You'll come over to our place for glass of something, and we'll play some songs for you. Expect to hike a little and enjoy some good food. To be arranged at a mutually convenient time in 2013. And of course, you'll be among the first to get our new CD.Estimated delivery:
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(VINTAGE GUITAR VIBE) If you check out the really cool Silvertone Guitar you see Claudia playing in our Kickstarter video, we're gonna get it signed on the back by the musicians who play on the recording. We plan to use this guitar on the recording of at least one song. It can be yours, plus a CD and T-Shirt.Estimated delivery:Add $100 USD to ship outside the US
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(YOURS FOR A SONG) Bruce and I will learn and make a recording of a song of yours, or one of your favorite songs in our very fine little basement studio. We will deliver it to you on a CD with a nice cover. Plus of course, the new CD, downloads and a T-shirt.Estimated delivery:
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We'll perform a house concert anywhere within a 400 mile radius of San Francisco for you and up to 40 of your friends, sometime mutually agreeable in the next 15 months.Estimated delivery:
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A house concert anywhere that we can get to. Or a full band concert within 450 miles of the SF Bay Area.Estimated delivery:Add $1,000 USD to ship outside the US
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