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Serving up a collection of homegrown, rootsy Barry & Michelle tunes.  Lend a hand in the kitchen.
Serving up a collection of homegrown, rootsy Barry & Michelle tunes. Lend a hand in the kitchen.
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16 years ago, we sat across the table from each other in Cracker Barrel, trying to decide if we should quit our full time job and go after our dream of being "full time musicians".  We were young, pregnant (literally) naive and chock full of hope and faith.  We just wanted to be able to say that in our lifetime, we had really gone after the thing we felt like we were made to do. Right then and there, while Michelle was eating a catfish sandwich, (the whole pregnant thing) we decided to go for it and we handed in our notice the very next day.

16 years later, we have recorded 8 cd's and played for thousands of people.  We have toured  living rooms, coffee shops, bars, colleges, churches and festivals.  We have worked a vast array of part time and full time jobs.  Barry earned a Dove nomination and Michelle gave birth to four babies. We have played all over the world and driven our minivans and suburbans all over North America.  We have been kicked around some and got back up some. Record deals fell through while artists all over the world have been recording our music. We moved to the mountains and moved back from the mountains.  And here we are, 16 years later, having another catfish sandwich moment.

We are still sitting across the table from each other, trying to decide if we should keep going for it.  We have learned a lot of things the hard way and we are much less naive these days (are we?).  We still really want to say that we did what we were made to do.  We are doing whatever it takes to keep food on the table and always trying to find a way to do the music we believe we are meant to do.

The Catfish Sandwich project is a group of songs that sums up our journey, from Cracker Barrel to today. There are songs about growing up, love songs, prayers, heartaches, hope and bustin' your butt.  Anyone who knows us will hear the narrative of our crazy life in the words of these songs. It's a story worth telling because it ends with the future and hope we have always believed was ours.

We are returning to our Americana roots and taking the production somewhere grassy and rootsy.  Banjos, steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle and honkey tonk piano will tell this story for us, the way we want it told.  We will record this project in Dallas and hope to raise the funds to hire the studio musicians who speak that language the best. We want to raise funds to master Catfish Sandwich in Nashville, like we did Long Straight Uphill Climb.

We haven't packaged our cd's in anything but cheap envelopes in a decade, and we are aching for the packaging to match the content of this project in quality and class.  We want to raise funding to make that happen.

We have never once, in the past 16 years, been able to get any single project done without other people helping to make it happen, so why should this project be any different?  Partnering suits us and helps us know we are doing something that is of value to anybody else.

So, who wants to make a Catfish Sandwich?

If we exceed our initial goal, we will let ourselves dream bigger and plan for the most amazing cd release tour of our lives.

ps If you have never heard us before, here are some samples. :)

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we would face in this process would be if we had a ton of people sign up for the "Rock Star" reward and ended up needing to record a bunch of other people while we were in the middle of recording our own project. This challenge could be kept in hand with serious scheduling. It would and will mean that the moment the funding comes through, scheduling begins. Good record keeping, prompt and pre-emptive communication and treating this production period like the full time job it will be will keep these sessions humming along.

The only other challenge we may face is if we sell a lot of Catfish Delivery rewards, where the recipient receives a house concert in exchange for their pledge. If we happened to sell more of these rewards than we could actually perform in the month of February, we could extend the delivery date and take this tour into March and beyond. Again, as soon as Catfish Sandwich funds, we can start scheduling these events. Administration, administration, administration. Interns?.

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    SAMMICH: digital pre-release of CFS, two weeks ahead of physical release

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    SAMMICH & FRIES: digital pre-release of CFS & physical copy

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    TRIPLE WHAMMY: Sammich & Fries & CFS t-shirt

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    TRIPLE WHAMMY W/ HUSH PUPPIES: Triple Whammy & an exclusive b-sides cd of unreleased material, most of it never heard before by any audience (save for our children and hound dogs).

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    FISH-FRY: Triple Whammy W/ Hush Puppies & 2 tickets to our Kickstarter fish-fry in the DFW area (you get yourself here) where we will perform an exclusive CFS Kickstarter concert for you. Date TBA 1 month prior to event.

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    THE BETH ROHMAN SPECIAL: Triple Whammy (digital pre-release, physical cd & t-shirt) AND you will receive a one of a kind piece of art by artist Beth Rohman, inspired by the music of Catfish Sandwich. We will cover the shipping and handling of your artwork. A literal steal of a deal

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    The Dawne Broadfield Special: Triple Whammy (digital pre-release, physical cd & t-shirt) AND you will receive a one of a kind piece of art by artist Dawne Broadfield, inspired by the music of Catfish Sandwich. We will cover the shipping and handling of your artwork. A literal steal of a deal!

    http://www.dawnebroadfield-art.com/index.html

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    PUT ME IN COACH: Triple Whammy & 1 hour skype or face to face lesson (depending upon your location). Your choice of teacher: Barry or Michelle. Your choice of lesson: guitar, voice or songwriter coaching.

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    PUB CHOIR: Triple Whammy & singing in the Pub Choir recording session for Recession Song in the DFW area (you have to get yourself there), exclusive CFS pint glass, post-recording pub dinner, your name listed in the album credits as part of the Pub Choir. Recording session in December.

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    CATFISH DELIVERY: We will perform a Catfish Sandwich house concert for you and your friends at the house of your choosing and every one of your friends will get a complimentary catfish sandwich cd! (You pay travel costs if more than 50 miles out of the DFW area)

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    SERENADE: Triple Whammy & we will write a song just for you, based on stuff you tell us about you. We produce and record it and send you a cd. We will also put out a youtube video of your CFS Kickstarter Serenade song.

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    ARTSY FARTSY: Triple Whammy & own an original, commissioned piece of artwork created for/inspired by songs from Catfish Sandwich, packing and shipping on us. Here are the artists we have lined up.

    Dawne Broadfield

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    Beth Rohman

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    PICKIN' & GRINNIN: Triple Whammy & one of the customized, acoustic guitars we used to record CFS, autographed and shipped or hand delivered (depending on where you are).

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    ROCK STAR: Triple Whammy & we will record YOU! We will songwriter coach you on an original song of yours, produce and record your song. We arrange the session for you at a top notch studio in the DFW area and hire the professional studio musicians for you. You approve all proposed edits, show up for the session and are...the rock star. You go home with a cd of your fully produced, mixed and mastered song.

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