I'm ready to release my first album, but I need YOUR SUPPORT to get it mixed, mastered, duplicated, and out into the world! Read more
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About this project
What's this all about?
Our Kickstarter Campaign is the first jump at the dream I had when I put together my band, Scott Slay & the Rail. The Album, although untitled for now, is the most important artistic endeavor that I've attempted in my life. Building and establishing this idea will cost more than $4K and is part of a vision far beyond a one hit wonder. I want to let all of my friends, family, open mic patrons, acquaintances, coffee shop fans, neighbors, and strangers that as backers, you will not be let down. I am thinking about more than just my band and putting out one album. This is it! This begins my dive into the indie music world as Scott Slay & the Rail.
So when's it all gonna happen?
If I get the backing needed, the first album will be recorded during the late Spring and early Summer, and released in the Fall. It will be done as a studio album, my/our FIRST studio album. I felt it was appropriate at this point to take the time creatively to add all the layers and sounds dreamed up from everyday life. This then becomes impossible in a live situation without adding a bunch more musicians or a lot of pre-recorded tracks - which can get messy.
The best way I can explain is to just let you listen. This album will by no means be strictly acoustic, however you can expect a lot of earthy mandolin, bluegrass-influenced guitar licks, crafty and intellectual lyrics, and a couple of references to the thrift shop. I've been playing mandolin since I was 6, and guitar from age 15. I know a couple of things to get me by and I look pretty good with the right photographer and assuming she reminds me which is my best side. At the moment, I have an album's worth of songs written and these are demos of several. Not all will be on the record.
Thanks for listening.
Risks and challenges
I understand that this is a risky endeavour. I might run out and make an album just to be booed off the stage at the release party. I could also run into the risk of creative differences with my lyricist and all of the sudden I'm out in the cold with no new material. I could break a string on my guitar and ruin a good recording session. Get a leg stuck in a pair of skinny jeans; the list goes on. BUT, I promise that in the light of all of horrible things that COULD go wrong, I will persist on and get it right. Ain't nothin' stopping me now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Surely that could never happen, but just in case, I'll invite my Mom to hang out backstage.
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PITCHFORK AIN'T GOT NOTHIN' ON YOU: Name in booklet/cover art of my first album as a backer. You better believe it! Your name will appear because you have great taste in music and the world should know it!Estimated delivery:
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DO YOU LIKE STICKERS?: Name in the album booklet PLUS a sticker mailed to your house prior to album debut.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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MAKE ME FAMOUS: Name in the album booklet PLUS a signed copy of the NEW album delivered right to your doorstep on or before the release date. If you are outside the US we will email you a download link so you can enjoy the spoils of your generosity as well.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EXCLUSIVE: Name in the album booklet, a signed copy of the NEW album PLUS a Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE, Limited Edition, never to be sold anywhere else ever, BeanieEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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VINTAGE VINYL: Name in the Album Booklet, a signed copy of the NEW album PLUS a signed VINYL copy of the album to show off that new old record player.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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LIVING ROOM FREEBIE: Free one-hour long acoustic show in your living room in the Hampton Roads area up to 100 mile radius. If you are out of the area, free live show via webcam/skype/google hangouts. Free entry +1 to our next show, physical copy and digital download of the record. You will receive the digital download of the record before it is available to the general public and your name will be credited as an executive producer in the liner notes. PBR and hipster friends to be brought by you.Estimated delivery:
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HOUSE CONCERT: receive FOUR copies of the new album upon release, a song written for you, a shout out on my next radio spot, FREE admission for you and THREE FRIENDS to the album release party, as well as a concert in your honor, at YOUR HOUSE from Scott Slay & his band "the Rail". (Further arrangements will be made to accommodate those outside the Hampton Roads area).Estimated delivery:
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BUM: I will stop making music. That's it. I'll just break it off and get a real job.Estimated delivery:
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