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Ryan Weaver, an up-and-coming country artist is raising funds to complete his second EP. We have the songs, now we just need the cash.

I'M MAKING A NEW EP!

Hello everyone in Kickstarter-land! Ryan Weaver here.

I've had the time of my life traveling the country and playing shows for my fans and making new friends along the way. I've been writing and making demos for the past several months and I really think we have a strong batch of songs (6 to be exact) to record for the follow-up to my last EP "Crank It."

So...why am I here on Kickstarter? Well, I'm trying to raise $35,000 to record, package, and market the project--but to be honest, I'm really depending on YOU to help because this will only be successful if YOU--my loyal and amazing fans and friends--help spread the word. If we don't raise ALL the funds, then we get nothing--zero, nada, zilch! That means, no new project, no new music.

I know--$35,000 sounds like a TON of money. That's because IT IS a ton of money. To compete at a professional level here in Nashville, not only does the recording have to be world-class, but in order do all the packaging, artwork, photo shoot, marketing, promotion, etc...well, you can see how quickly the money can get spent. Believe me, I won't be using a cent of this money on private jets and fancy meals. This is a tight budget but it will allow me to hire the best musicians, engineers, studios, photographers, designers, and marketers in Nashville and put together a stunning new project. I have an incredible team of people around me who know how and where to best spend the money, yet still stretch every dollar to it's max.

Just so you know, NO MONEY WILL BE CHARGED UNTIL FRIDAY, DEC 7...and ONLY if we reach our goal.

Me and my team have put together what we believe to be some really unique and  personal rewards for everyone who chooses to back my project. Take a look and I'm sure you'll find something in there you'll like. 

Remember, this is YOUR project. My hope is that you'll take ownership of this too and help spread the word about this campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for updates as we go along.

Until then, BE SAFE!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Many people think that making a record is as simple as setting up equipment and playing through the song a few times to "get it right." I've actually heard things like, "how come it took so long to record that song? It's less than four minutes long." That's definitely a question from someone who's been around the recording process.

Once the project is funded, then begins the process of lining up people to record the project. We're doing this 100% pro-quality, so we won't be lurking around someone's basement "studio." Rather, we will be recording in a state of the art facilty (www.vergenashville.com/recording) here in Nashville. Also, we'll need to hire a producer, an engineer, an assistant engineer, players (bass, drums, keys, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, steel, fiddle, mandolin...get the picture?). The next challenge is getting everyone's schedule together. The simple fact is that as soon as the Kickstarter campaign gets funded, we'll started scheduling. However, we can't make a single phone call until our goal is met. It's very probable that we won't be able to record anything for at least a month after the Kickstarter ends because it will take about that long to get everything arranged.

At that point, it will take about another month of recording because unlike what you see on tv or in the movies, everyone doesn't sit in the room and record at the same time. Typically, you track each song over and over (dozens of times) with drums, bass, and guitars but you're only planning on "keeping" the drum parts. Then, each musician will work on their individual parts on different days--so it's easy to see how that 4 minute song could easily take 2-4 days to record. Multiply that by 6 songs and all of a sudden a month doesn't seem all that out-of-reach. After all the "meat and potatoes" parts, then comes the "ear candy"--things like strings, background vocals, etc.

Once all the recording is completely finished, we're about half-way there. Editing, mixing, mastering, and replication can easily take another month of work.

What we're talking about is two months of solid work. Add into all of this the upcoming holidays, various delays (what if someone gets sick for a few days?), performance schedules, etc and what we're looking at becomes more realistically four months of time passing before we're ready to let the songs be heard.

And what happens if we're not liking how things are going? Well, that's a risk every artist takes when they start a project. The absolute worst case scenario is that we simply don't like how things are sounding. In that case, we start over from square one and try it again. This would be a severe blow to our schedule, but as far as you, our supporters, are concerned, it would simply mean having to wait a little longer to hear the finished product.

Thankfully, we have the ability to keep our supporters informed on everything and I'll be sending you regular updates about every two weeks to give you the inside scoop. Plus, you can always send me a message through this Kickstarter page and either I or someone on my team will get back to you asap.

It truly is a humbling thing to ask my fans to help support me. I don't take this lightly and will do everything in my power to make each of you proud that you participated.

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    DIGITAL THANKS - a digital download of the NEW EP, 2 weeks before it releases to the general public. Also includes a hi-res photo, suitable for printing.

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    LET'S GET PHYSICAL - Physical copy of the NEW EP, along with the DIGITAL THANKS package

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    TWO-FER - Not just one, but TWO physical copies of the NEW EP...one to keep, one to share. Also includes the Digital Thanks package.

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    SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED - Autographed NEW EP and an autographed Ryan Weaver T-shirt, along with the Digital Thanks package.

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    FANFARE - 2 year membership to the Ryan Weaver Official Fan Club, along with the signed physical EP, the signed T-shirt, and the digital download package.

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    YOUR NAME HERE - Everyone at this level and higher will be listed as an Associate Producer on the EP. See your name in print! Also will include a signed photo of Ryan Weaver, Official Ryan Weaver dog tag, and everything at the Fanfare level.

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    VIDEO SHOUT OUT - A special, one-of-a-kind video Thank You from Ryan, uploaded to YouTube for the world to see. Also includes everything in the YOUR NAME HERE package.

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    CALL ME - A personal phone call from Ryan to thank you for your support. Also includes everything in the YOUR NAME HERE package.

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    SKYPE CONCERT - At this level you get an invitation to Skype concert in front of a limited number of people. Date and time TBD. Also includes everything at the YOUR NAME HERE level

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    VIP TREATMENT - 2 front row tickets to one of Ryan's headlining shows, Backstage passes, and personal one-on-one time before or after the concert. Also includes the items at the YOUR NAME HERE level. Patron is responsible for their own travel and lodging to the event. Tour dates are available on www.weavercountry.com

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    YOUR SONG + VIP TREATMENT - Pick a song, any song, and Ryan Weaver will record it for you. This can be a song you've written to propose to your girlfriend, or a theme song for a special event, or simply because you want to hear Ryan sing Rocky Top...you're choice. Ryan will also include a special video message for your girlfriend/boyfriend/event/whatever. Also includes EVERYTHING in the above VIP TREATMENT package!

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    ACOUSTIC HOUSE SHOW - Ryan will come to your house and play an intimate acoustic concert in your living room/garage/back deck for you and up to 100 of your closest friends. You are responsible for transportation and lodging for four people from Nashville, TN. Dates will be determined once the Kickstarter funding is complete and the EP is recorded. Obviously, you'll get a handful of signed EPs, T-shirts, etc too.

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    CRANK IT UP - Patrons at this level will receive a full, plugged in and cranked up concert. This is the full-on, Rockin' Country Ryan Weaver assault. Obviously, there will need to be a few guidelines, but essentially you'll be the promoter: you book and pay for the venue of your choice, rent the sound and lights, and pay for the band's transportation and lodging while in your fair city. This can be a private, invitation-only event OR you can sell tickets if you so choose. Finer details will be discussed with Ryan Weaver's management after the Kickstarter funding has completed. Also, dates can only be booked AFTER the EP has been recorded.

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