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Experience 16 months, 37 states and 250 gigs on the road. Photos and stories. Let the book and music inspire your own adventure!
Experience 16 months, 37 states and 250 gigs on the road. Photos and stories. Let the book and music inspire your own adventure!
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Drivin' & Dreaming - BOOK & LIVE ALBUM!

I spent a year and a half from 2011 to 2013 traveling across America in an old RV, playing over 250 shows in 37 states. I named the tour "Drivin' & Dreaming."

During the tour I met amazingly wonderful, weird and inspiring people, and I got to see and experience every corner of the US. This book and live CD are the product of all the stories, pictures and recordings from the "Drivin' & Dreaming" tour that I collected along the way.

This project is a way for me to be able to share this wonderful adventure with you, we will relive it together, like you were with me on tour!

The back story:

You know that dream that you carry deep inside of you. The one you secretly hope one day will come true, but there are so many obstacles and you don't know if you have the courage to take the leap? I had a dream like that. It was the dream of touring the United States, playing my music in every little town I could find and doing it my own way, grassroots style.

I finally took that leap. I fulfilled my dream.

In November 2011, with two months of shows booked, I left my life in Sweden and bought a one-way ticket to America. Starting out in Florida, I bought an old RV from '94 that my husband and I spent two weeks renovating. It became our home for over a year and took us from state to state and town to town, as we kept booking and playing our way through the country.

I made this tour documentary consisting of ten episodes in the beginning of the tour. Check out the first episode here.

Details about the book:

The final product will be a gorgeously-packaged, true limited edition book, numbered and personally signed.

The book is in coffee table format with beautiful pictures. You will be able to open the book to any page and just start reading. You'll get to experience the life on the road, breakdowns, the wonderful people that came to our rescue, weird gigs, breathtaking places and smiling faces. The book also contains a collection of my favorite recipes that we cooked in the RV.

The only way to get your hands on one of these treasures is to support the project. The book will be printed in a limited numbered edition and will not be for sale in any store after the project is completed.

About the live album:

We recorded almost all of the 250+ shows on the tour and have chosen the best of the best to be featured on this live album. If you weren't able to make it to any of the concerts, here's your chance to experience it, just like you were there in the room with me.

All the recordings on the live album were recorded with room microphones and direct sound from the board. The final product will be a high-quality live album mixed and mastered from these source recordings.

How do we make this all happen?

I made a calculation for the budget that includes writing, designing and printing the book, mixing and mastering of the live recordings, CD manufacturing, shipping, art prints and other items and we will need. We need to raise just $3000. When we reach this goal, the project can be produced, as well as some special goodies and rewards for supporters who want to contribute even more. If we don't reach the goal, then nobody will have to pay anything and the project will not happen.

Final thought:

It's true, I'm absolutely thrilled to start working on this project, but it's really about all of you guys. All the people who followed my tour on Facebook and my website. All the people that came to my shows. All the people who sent me cookies and invited me to their homes. All of you who made this tour an unforgettable adventure. So if you support this project, don't do it for me. Do it for you!

Keep in mind, you have absolutely nothing to lose if you pledge and we don't reach our goal. But if we do succeed, you know that this project will be an incredible and rewarding end to a great adventure and tour.

- Sofia Talvik

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I will see to it personally that you get your rewards and gifts in a timely manner. Don't hesitate to request information from me. I will be easily accessible to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
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    [ACOUSTIC DOWNLOAD] - “There’s a Man In a Smiling Bag” is an Acoustic version of “The Owls Are Not What They Seem”. All songs are re-mastered from live videos that were recorded outside in scenic locations throughout the tour. This download is included in all levels of pledging as a download delivered directly to your email as soon as you make the pledge.

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    [BACK CATALOGUE] - Direct digital download of my first THREE albums in your choice of format. MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Apple Lossless, FLAC and AAC (aka .m4a or iTunes store format), and the download of the exclusive acoustic bonus album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag"

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    [Drivin' And Dreaming LIVE CD] + [ACOUSTIC DOWNLOAD] - The "Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD" consists of recordings from concerts during the extensive "Drivin' & Dreaming" tour. Get a personally signed live CD and the download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag", and my eternal gratitude.

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    [Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD] + [Owls CD] - The "Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD" consists of recordings from concerts on the extensive "Drivin' & Dreaming" US tour 2012. Close your eyes and experience the music live. Included is also a personally signed "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" CD. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag", and my eternal gratitude.

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    [Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD] + [Owls CD] + [Lyric Sheet] - Signed handwritten lyric sheet of your favorite Sofia Talvik song. Also includes "Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD", a personally signed "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" CD and a download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag", and my eternal gratitude.

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    [Drivin' & Dreaming BOOK] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - The book is a beautiful collection of pictures and stories. Read about all the friendly and crazy people I met on my US tour. Experience some amazing and hilarious things that happened on the road throughout 37 states. Learn how to cook some of my favorite RV recipes. Also includes "Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD" and a download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag", and my eternal gratitude.

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    [Drivin' And Dreaming BOOK] + [Live CD] + [Owls CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - Get the book about the extensive US tour and TWO signed CD's. Read about all the friendly and crazy people I met on my US tour. Experience some amazing and hilarious things that happened on the road throughout the 37 states and over 250 gigs. Includes "Drivin' & Dreaming LIVE CD", a personally signed "The Owls Are Not What They Seem" CD and a download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag", and my eternal gratitude.

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    [BOOK] + [Your name in the book] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - Get a handwritten dedication and your name in the thank you section of the book. I might even include a special short story about your home state or town. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    [2 x BOOKS] + [Your name in the book] + [2 x Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - Get a handwritten dedication and your name in the thank you section of the book. I might even include a special short story about your home state or town. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    [I'll sing for you live!] + [BOOK] + [Your name in the book] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - I will sing two songs from the live album just for you in a private Skype session. Get a handwritten dedication and your name in the thank you section of the book. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    [FIRST PRINT of the BOOK] + [Your name in the book] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - You will get the first book off the production line and also get a handwritten dedication and your name in the thank you section of the book. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album “There’s A Man In A Smiling Bag”.

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    [Oil painting] + [BOOK] + [Your name in the book] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - There is something timeless and compelling in an oil painting. Get your own printed oil painting of the Drivin' & Dreaming Live CD artwork (without text) on a big canvas. Standard size is 70x50cm / 27,6x19,7 inches, but if you prefer a smaller size you can just let us know. Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    [I'll cook with you!] + [BOOK] + [Your name in the book] + [Live CD] + [Personalized Thank You Card] - I will teach you how to cook one of the recipes from the book and sing you a song in a private Skype session (30-50 minutes). Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    I will fly anywhere in the WORLD to personally deliver the book and live CD. I'll play an acoustic set in your living room for you, your friends and family, followed by a Q&A or hangout. I will also cook you some Swedish food! Plus download of the exclusive acoustic album "There's A Man In A Smiling Bag".

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    I will book a mini tour in your area and you can come with me on the road. I will coordinate a time that is suitable for both of us. You will of course get any or all (your choice) of the perks in the previous levels.

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