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Philadelphia-based Song Dogs and the Nightjar is gearing up for their first full length album!

"My home is a stable I built with my own hands; but my love, she is wild, and her heart is the land's."

We've all felt it:  the promise of the Wild Country, a call to the West, a nostalgia for the freedom and limitless expanse of the first place we called home--where we dreamed our first dreams.

"There's a time when a boy can be content with his dreams, sitting by the creekside.  But there's a time when a boy becomes a man, and starts wondering the reasons why."

These feelings inspire the latest effort of Song Dogs and the Nightjar.  The band's new material explores the Wild Country: a landscape offering limitless possibility and promise; but is also a ruthless world, dictated not by the Ideologies of Man, but by the Law of the Land.  

"I made a promise, I'm gonna keep it anyway I can.  Cause that's my word, and that's the law of the land."

The music of the album reflects this wild, nostalgic dynamic.  Calling their sound "Prairie-heavy", the band's new material is a mix not only of heavy rock grooves, delta blues tunings, and hard hitting drums; but also of rolling harmonies, quiet melodies, and whispered secrets.

"Baby, baby, I promise; next time I won't be so heartless."

Your contribution to this project will help Song Dogs and the Nightjar recapture the Wild Country, and explore our collective place in it.  If we raise the full $5,500, we'll be able to record our first full length album.  If we raise $8,000, we'll be able to cut the album to vinyl!  Moreover, your generosity will help a hard-working Philadelphia band share their passions with a wider audience, and help to make good on a promise the band makes in the song that is their namesake:

"We are Song Dogs."

Together, we all are.

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    Were you there at the beginning? At the $40 level, you can let everyone know! Included are all of the above, plus: Song Dogs T-shirt, Limited Edition Original Linoleum-cut Song Dogs Print, CD of Rarities and Live Recordings, and signed Song Dogs Set List!

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    This limited reward is not available with other "all of the above" incentives. Dan will treat you and up to three friends to a round of one of his favorite sports, mini-golf, at a Philadelphia area course. Following the round, Dan, a self-proclaimed music junkie, will sit down with you and a stereo (while also providing snacks and drinks). With well over 200 GB of audio files on his hard-drive, Dan is sure to be able to share with you some new gems. (Includes up through the $100 incentive!)

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    Special limited offer: Ryan writes and records (or records with you) a personalized song for you or a person of your choice. We'll talk about what kind of song you'd like to make, instrumentation, and the product will be delivered to you, dedicated to anyone you'd like. Limited to only two, this quality creative time with the Song Dogs axe-man is not available in other "all the above" rewards but includes up through the $100 incentive!)

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    Special limited offer: Have a song sitting in your brain you'd love to record? Want to add a little pedal steel guitar to that tune of yours? Record, mix, and master your own three-song acoustic EP with Mike in his home studio! Yet another unique incentive not included in other "all the above" offers! (includes up through the standard $250 incentives)

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    All of the above (up through standard $500 incentive), plus a cymbal used by Dan signed by the Song Dogs! (not included in other "all of the above" offers!)

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    All of the above (up through standard $500 incentive), plus Song Dog Signed Fender Squier Stratocaster with handmade artwork and lyrics from the album drawn on the album. We'll make it look awesome and provide a display for you to put it up in your "rock room." (not included in other "all of the above offers!)

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    Think Song Dogs might be the next big thing? Then this is the reward for you! This limited reward, not included with other "all of the above" incentives, gets you and a guest "guest-listed" for every future Song Dogs show, no matter the venue or location. Be shown permanent VIP treatment at the door! (Includes up through the standard $500 incentive).

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    All of the above (up through standard $500 incentive), plus Mike's first real guitar and amp! 1998 Epiphone Casino and Traynor YCV40 combo. Bought with money saved from teenage summer jobs, and used on the very earliest Song Dogs recordings!

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