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This is our first BIG TOUR of many, and we need a bus! Launch us on our way to becoming a full-time touring band for years to come!
This is our first BIG TOUR of many, and we need a bus! Launch us on our way to becoming a full-time touring band for years to come!
133 backers pledged $8,759 to help bring this project to life.

East to West the album coming off the press!

Dearest Kickstarter backers, we have exciting news!!!!!

Our album, East to West, is ready to ship. Below, you'll find a video of the behind-the-scenes tour we got from the kind folks at Stumptown Printers ( who helped us create our beautiful album jackets. We can't wait to get this limited edition of the album into your hands! Thank you so much for helping us push our boundaries higher!

On Friday, April 19th, we celebrated the official release of the album with The Ruby Pines (, Bitterroot (our friends from Eastern Oregon) and an energetic new lineup of Portland favorite Water Tower ( at the illustrious Wonder Ballroom.

We went all out, and the show was a blast. We played a good selection of favorites from the album, as well as our cover of Ain't No Sunshine (we love all the covers you backers picked for us!) featuring guest singer Moorea Masa from Ruby Pines and guest violinist Lindsay Olsen. We also premiered two new songs and ended the set with Rust (from the album) featuring a brass quartet. SO FUN.

With the Wonder Ballroom inviting us back and all the work of creating the album behind us, we're excited for making our next steps, and there's plenty of action going on behind the scenes, from a video series of Kickstarter backer-selected cover songs to a growing YouTube channel ( to shows lining up with bigger acts and more.

Please stay in touch with us on our Facebook page ( and look for a new website launch in the coming month. It'll be filled with photos and video from the summer tour you helped us take, original artwork, upcoming concert/video shoot/party details and of course, sweet, sweet music.

We wouldn't be here without all of you. Thank you so much!

We're so happy we get to continue down this crazy road with you!

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The album is getting mastered and we've got an epic release show in April: THANK YOU, BACKERS!!!

***don't miss the pictures at the bottom!***

Dear Kickstarter friends,

Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you for your support and infinite patience with us throughout this crazy album making process! We've been refining it to perfection, and we've had to go back to the studio a couple more times than anticipated in order to bring you an ultimate, top quality Bottlecap Boys product.

Having said this, we're excited to announce that the album has been submitted to our mastering engineer, Timothy Stollenwerk, at Stereophonic Mastering. This guy ain't messin' around. He's mastered albums for some heavy hitters in our vein of music, including Mirah and tUne-yArDs. This is a very thrilling time, because the tracks are now out of our hands. All we have to do is let Timothy work his magic, which will take a couple of weeks. Then we'll package our albums up, adorn them with art, and send them out to you, our honored backers!

We haven't forgotten you folks with the cover songs! We've been working up the repertoire, and plan to begin releasing mp3s and some videos of the songs to you online in the near future. You may even see some special guest musicians helping us out on these!

Cheers to you all, and happy new year from Portland!

Luke, Ross, Adam, & Mikey

P.S. We've confirmed an incredible album release party/show at a premiere Portland venue for April, and we will be announcing as soon as we're allowed to by the venue (late February). 

Photo captions (sorry that Kickstarter won't let us place these under the appropriate photos!):

Mike and our friend Micaela enjoy a sunset jam session with passing deer at Doe Bay

Adam got a new puppy named Gully!

Mike tries out a resonator bass at Trade Up before a recording session at Jackpot! Studios

The Boys take it easy between songs

Adam's puppy Gully accidentally scratches off a chunk of Adam's cornea two days before recording starts

Ross will not tolerate subpar tone!

Luke breathes in deep, rocks it

Mikey and Luke warming up at Jackpot! Studios

The Bottlecap Boys play the most beautiful wedding ever on Guemes Island

Mike checks out the Jackpot! Studios photo album

Athena makes a Seattle coast sunrise look good!

Luke points out the best engineer of all time, Kendra Lynn!

All play and no work makes Ross and Luke very silly Boys. Cause normally, they aren't.

(Mike, too)

Kendra working her magic

One album recorded!!!

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Tour Report from Santa Fe, NM

Dear, beloved backers,

You don't yet comprehend the extent of the wonder you've helped bring into our lives and the world. Man oh man. We've been busy as all get-out, running around like madmen (as you'll see in upcoming chapters of our tour documentary, posted on YouTube and Facebook!) creating Kickstarter videos, finding and outfitting Athena, and playing music Non Freaking Stop. But without your help, we never could have pulled this crazy thing together. Without you, we wouldn't be driving through clear, piney Colorado air with two weeks of inspiring countryside, beautiful connections and awesome shows behind us, so here it is: your report from the road in three parts.

Part 1: a brief outline of three adventures, written by three different Bottlecap Boys 

LOS ANGELES (penned by the hand of the arm of the body of Luke Borsten)
A most ridiculous juxtaposition of shows occurred over our first two nights in L.A. The Basement Bar in Santa Monica was our first four-set gig, and we somehow managed to plan everything out to where we weren't repeating any songs more than once! The crowd was sparse during the first hour, but more and more folks kept rolling in. By the end of set number two, people were dancing and yelling with us. The crowd only got more intoxicated and boisterous throughout the night, but in a quite agreeable way. By the end, we were all exhausted but riding the big old performance high. The booker/head bartender gave us an additional $ bonus on top of our guarantee, told us to come back asap and bought us a couple rounds. To celebrate, we walked 3 blocks over to the Pacific for a 2 a.m. dip.
The next night was in Altadena, at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. The place is--in the words of the esteemed booker, Bob Stane--"dripping with atmosphere." We weren't sure what to expect, but we were not let down. This little room in the back of the cafe had been painted floor to ceiling to look like an Old Western town. Very endearing. The tickets were $15 a pop for this show, so the crowd was mostly comprised of appreciative older folks. The set turned out to be the exact opposite of what we had experienced the night before, with near perfect silence from the spectators between the applause at the end of one song and the start of the next. We held our own with stage banter, and the intimate nature of the night made it possible for us to focus on details in the songs that aren't normally quite as apparent. A dixieland/folk band called The Dustbowl Revival played after us, and they were so much fun! Four horns, mandolin, bass, guitar, drums, and a whole lot of sass. They were all quite cool people too, and we made a valuable connection by sharing the bill with them.

LAS VEGAS (in the words of Ross Becker, first of his name)
With this stop, we had one goal in mind: street perform for enough money to stay in a posh Las Vegas Hotel on The Strip. To execute this goal successfully, we had to put some of our most cherished "Bottlecap" qualities on the back burner and appeal to the Las Vegas demographic. Original tunes don't make money here, cover songs are gold, and we knew just the songs to play like a broken record: "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show and "Little Lion Man" by Mumford and Sons -- these songs are the new "Freebird" for string bands. No joke, we played those two songs on repeat for 2 hours and made the money we needed. There were a few really great folks who stuck around so we played a few originals (and thanked them for the break - dearly). After thrashing our voices and strings over the noise of Las Vegas Blvd, we headed back to the Mandalay Resort and Casino and dropped off our instruments. Adam stayed back and Mikey, Luke, Cat and I headed downstairs to the casino to see if we couldn't lose some money. Everyone but me (Ross) was too exhausted, so I bravely wandered the sea of sinners alone at 3:00 a.m. I found a roulette table and turned $10 into $300 in about 2.5 minutes playing red/black odds!!! I was by far the most lively person at the table by 6:00 a.m., at times summoning the fortune of Gandalf by using grand, wizardly hand gestures to manipulate the roulette wheel, and at other times getting a few other people to bet the same color and use our collective mind power. Did you know that if you tip the cocktail waitresses who serve free drinks they come around much more frequently? Quite a night.

TELLURIDE (a literary masterpiece brought to you by Adam Willumsen)
Wow. Have you ever been to this place? It's like walking around inside a postcard. The epic mountains blanketed in evergreens, studded with sheer rock faces and divided by alpine waterfalls surround Telluride, making you feel... microscopic. It's awesome. We had far too little time to enjoy all the possibilities, but we did have a damn good time. A few low-key, sunbaked afternoon farmers market sets led to deliciously cooler evening breezes, and we made our way to The Steaming Bean to share the stage with Bluegrass Delta Force, a rollicking "traditional newgrass" (Luke just made that lovely term up) band. We wrapped up the night with huge smiles, jamming on original tunes at our friends Sophia and Taylor's home. We hit the road to Durango after a morning gondola ride up the mountain, and oh yes! check our Facebook page ( or this link ( for a video we shot on the gondola of Luke and Ross singing Outside. It's pretty tasty.

Part 2: in which we inquire: what would you like to hear about?
Let us know so we can write all about it in the next tour update!

Part 3: it's survey time
If you have a moment to share with us, we'd love to hear: what was the last really awesome live show you attended? What was it about the show or the musician(s) that made an impression? We've been playing all sorts of venues --basement bars and farmers markets, on top of Athena and at the foot of the Space Needle-- and we've had different connections with our audience each time. So please share! We'd love to hear what gets to you musically.

Well, dear backers, friends and extended Bottlecap Boys family, you have all our love. We send it your way and immediately get back to work! We are even now resting up in order to bring hours of entertainment magic through Taos, NM on the way to Colorado (Ft. Collins, Denver and Boulder). Keep an eye on our Facebook page for ongoing photo and video updates as well as stories and surveys from the road (!

Adam, Cat, Luke, Mike and Ross

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The home stretch!

Time for one final update before our Kickstarter campaign ends and the summer tour begins! This is a really exciting time for both. As for our tour, IT HAS BEGUN. Athena brought us in good spirits and high style to Seattle, where we kicked off the tour at the NW Folklife Festival. We played on the brand new Indie Roots Stage, directly under the Space Needle. Intense. And our Kickstarter is equally exciting. Less than a week ago, our last update saw us inching past the halfway point. Today, we have less than $600 left to go. We are GOING TO MAKE OUR GOAL. Having already achieved 92.5% of our goal, we have 109 individual backers. We're in the home stretch. Here's how close we are. The most popular reward so far has been preordering our debut album for $11. If even half of you 109 backers share our music with a friend and have them preorder our album, not only will our Kickstarter campaign succeed, we'll succeed in sharing our tunes with a bunch of new friends (which is one of our main goals in this tour, after all). The next most popular level ($29 for an album and one of our awesome, fresh-off-the-screen t-shirts) would only need twenty more donors... So we're asking you, sponsors, patrons, backers and yes! parents. We have a mere 46 hours left until our campaign is over. Take a moment this weekend to help us one more time. Share our music and cause with a friend, so they can help us reach the goal and ride off into that magical tour sunrise on magestic Athena. Onward!

One week left to meet our goal! Meet Athena in Chapter 1 of the HD tour documentary!

The WAVE OF GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT (hoped-for, but until recently unimaginable!) has us ENERGIZED AND READY TO GO. Thanks to you, we've passed the halfway point of our $8,000 goal! We can't thank you enough for helping us edge closer to getting on the road, and we're looking forward to putting donation rewards in your hands. The new Bottlecap Boys t-shirts look amazing, the bottle openers are ordered and we've fielded an impressive variety of cover song requests. Very exciting. 

And oh, speaking of exciting, WE FOUND OUR BUS! Your donations bolstered our confidence in reaching the goal before the end of our Kickstarter campaign, so when we found a perfect, inspection-passing beauty of a bus, we couldn't afford to let the opportunity pass. We've named her Athena, who in Greek mythology accompanied heroes on their quests and was the goddess of wisdom, courage and the arts. Now, it's more important than ever to find the funding to bankroll our faith-purchase! If you haven't donated yet, please consider being our patron and an essential part of lifting The Bottlecap Boys to the next level we're so ready for!

For a trial run, she brought us to a raucous show at Squirrel's Lounge in Corvallis last night (four broken strings in one night: a new record!). She's already gorgeous, but wait until we finish her paint job... The decision to fully wash, sand, wash, tape and paint her was motivated by legal restrictions on her present "National School Bus Yellow (NSBY)" color, but check out the paint job below, and you'll see how worthwhile the work will be!

We have one week left to raise the remaining $3486 of our goal. So close! We're reaching out to everyone we know to ask them to help us finance this incredible bus, to help us bring our music across state lines and to be a part of this summer tour and many more to come. $3486; that's just forty album/t-shirt packages, twenty photobook/hd tour documentary packages, three personally selected cover songs and a private show! 

To get you as excited as we are about this beautiful bus and the summer of music it will make possible, we're sharing the first chapter of our tour documentary. 

Enjoy Athena's debut, and spread the word to your friends and family in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. We want to play for them, so please invite them to come and meet us along the tour! If they like the tunes (available at, please ask them to preorder our debut album by supporting this Kickstarter campaign. 

See you this summer!

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