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The High 48s are heading to Nashville to record an album of train songs with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Randy Kohrs.
The High 48s are heading to Nashville to record an album of train songs with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Randy Kohrs.
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Our band name, The High 48s, is railroad slang for boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression. 

So it seemed only fitting to honor our namesake by recording an album of train songs.

Since the 48s formed in 2006, we've been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In that spirit, The High 48s will be combining new and old on this collection of train songs, drawing from the bluegrass and old-time songbook as well as some of our favorites from the likes of Greg Brown, Robin and Linda Williams, Becky Schlegel and the 48s' own Anthony Ihrig.

In January, we'll be spending a week in Nashville recording with Randy Kohrs. In addition to occupying the producer's chair on Jim Lauderdale's Grammy-winning bluegrass albums, Randy is a virtuoso dobro player who's recorded with Dolly Parton, Hank III, Dierks Bentley and even subbed for Jerry Douglas in Alison Krauss and Union Station.

This album will be our sixth, and to us, it feels like the culmination of many years of hard work. With band members who honed their bluegrass chops playing with Grammy-nominees Special Consensus and traditional bluegrass legend James King, as well as the many road miles logged since our win at the RockyGrass Band Competition in 2008 brought us national recognition, the band has never sounded better.

We have no doubt this album is going to representative a high watermark for us musically, and we can't wait to hear it take shape. We're hoping you can help us make it happen. 

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NEW! - MINI-DOCUMENTARY OF THE BAND by John Whitehead

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REWARDS!

Embroidered High 48s Baseball Hats (Kickstarter Exclusive)
Embroidered Baseball Hats (White or Black)
Embroidered Baseball Hats (White or Black)

 100% Cotton High 48s T-Shirts

100% Cotton T-Shirts (Black or White)
100% Cotton T-Shirts (Black or White)

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

Band Workshops & Educational Presentations
Band Workshops & Educational Presentations

 CD "BOX SET" & DELUXE "BOX SET"

Complete 48s Discography (Deluxe edition includes three solo project CDs)
Complete 48s Discography (Deluxe edition includes three solo project CDs)
 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risks with a project like this are possible production delays that can occur at various points in the recording process. We are doing our best to line-up the schedules of the tracking, mixing, mastering and pressing so that we will have the album in hand a couple weeks before the estimated shipping time. This will build in padding for any unforeseen delays.

We will be keeping all backers up-to-date about all of the important milestones of the project as well as any issues that may arise.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - You will receive a high-resolution digital download of our new album.

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    EMBROIDERED HAT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive a high-quality embroidered High 48s baseball hat (in your choice of white or black), a high-resolution digital download of our new album, an exclusive digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    T-SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive a high-quality, 100% cotton High 48s T-shirt (in your choice of white or black), a high-resolution digital download of our new album, an exclusive digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    PERSONALIZED BLUEGRASS VOICEMAIL - The High 48s have written a special song for the outgoing message on your voicemail or answering machine. We play bluegrass, so outdated technology is what we do...and we do it well! We’ll personalize our voicemail song just for you and send it as a digital download!

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    HIGH 48S CD "BOX SET" + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive all six of The High 48s recordings including their self-titled debut, Who Needs Love, Up North, The Gospel CD, You Asked For It, and, of course, an autographed copy of their new album, as well as an exclusive digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    HIGH 48S CD "BOX SET" DELUX (INCLUDES SOLO PROJECTS) + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive all six of The High 48s recordings including their self-titled debut, Who Needs Love, Up North, The Gospel CD, You Asked For It, and, of course, an autographed copy of their new album, as well as 3 solo CDs from band members Eric, Anthony and Marty, plus an exclusive High 48s digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    [SUPER FAN PACKAGE] EMBROIDERED HAT + T-SHIRT + CD "BOX SET" DELUX + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive a high-quality embroidered High 48s baseball hat (in your choice of white or black), a 100% cotton High 48s T-shirt (in your choice of white or black), all six of The High 48s recordings including their self-titled debut, Who Needs Love, Up North, The Gospel CD, You Asked For It, and, of course, an autographed copy of their new album, as well as 3 solo CDs from band members Eric, Anthony and Marty, plus an exclusive High 48s digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    CREDIT IN LINER NOTES + EMBROIDERED HAT + T-SHIRT + CD "BOX SET" DELUX + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - Your name will appear in a special section of the liner notes of our new album to acknowledge your support, you will receive a high-quality embroidered High 48s baseball hat (in your choice of white or black), a 100% cotton High 48s T-shirt (in your choice of white or black), all six of The High 48s recordings including their self-titled debut, Who Needs Love, Up North, The Gospel CD, You Asked For It, and, of course, an autographed copy of their new album, as well as 3 solo CDs from band members Eric, Anthony and Marty, plus an exclusive High 48s digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker.

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    BAND MUSIC WORKSHOP [HARMONY SINGING, PERFORMANCE, RECORDING ETC.] - The High 48s will give your band a private in-person* 1.5 hour workshop on the art of making bluegrass music. Need help with playing around a single-mic, singing harmonies, playing instrumental fills or writing a set list that gets an audience going? We can do that. Competing in a bluegrass band or duet competition? We can show you what we’ve learned as competitors. Recording an album? We can help with arranging and recording tips. Whatever your goal is, we’ll come to your house or rehearsal space and help you take your band to the next level. * In-person workshops are limited to locations within the Twin Cities metro area. We can travel to you or you can come to us. An online/Skype option is also available. The workshop will take place before May 1st, 2014 and is subject to band availability. If you are interested in this reward, please contact Eric at booking@thehigh48s.com to discuss details.

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    PRIVATE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE + CREDIT IN LINER NOTES - You will receive two 45-minute, all-acoustic sets from the band in the place of your choosing (within the Twin Cites metro area). This will be an intimate, high-energy show without a semi full of speakers, fog machines, robot lights or those transparent pods from Spinal Tap. That means we’re portable and flexible, and you can fit us just about anywhere. House concerts? We do 'em. Work parties? Not a problem. Proposing to your sweetheart? We can provide the soundtrack. Having a press conference? We've played 'em. Quitting your job? We’ll play your exit interview. You get the idea: We're a can-do kind of bluegrass band! Your name will also appear in a special section of the liner notes of our new album to acknowledge your support Contact Eric at booking@thehigh48s.com to confirm the band's availability and discuss the details of your special occasion before donating at this level.

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    [HISTORY OF BLUEGRASS PRESENTATION + MINI-CONCERT] The High 48s will come to your school/house/church/company and give our popular History of Bluegrass presentation, followed by a short concert. In this program, we trace the history of bluegrass from its roots in the British Isles and Africa to its development in Appalachia on to the present day. Think Ted Talks...but with fiddle and banjo! This is a fast-paced, fun and engaging program with lots of audience participation. Learn how bluegrass singers arrange vocal harmonies and try singing the lead, tenor or baritone note in a bluegrass vocal “stack.” Discover the mystical bluegrass concept of “drive” and clap along to the “chop” beat. The History of Bluegrass program can be adapted to just about any audience or age group. Contact Eric at booking@thehigh48s.com to confirm the band's availability and other details before making your generous donation at this level.

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    [ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE] PRIVATE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE + CD "BOX SET" DELUX + CREDIT IN LINER NOTES + EMBROIDERED HAT + T-SHIRT + BONUS TRACK + STICKER - You will receive two 45-minute, all-acoustic sets from the band in the place of your choosing (within 100 miles of the Twin Cites metro area). This will be an intimate, high-energy show without a semi full of speakers, fog machines, robot lights or those transparent pods from Spinal Tap. That means we’re portable and flexible, and you can fit us just about anywhere. House concerts? We do 'em. Work parties? Not a problem. Proposing to your sweetheart? We can provide the soundtrack. Having a press conference? We've played 'em. Quitting your job? We’ll play your exit interview. You get the idea: We're a can-do kind of bluegrass band! Your name will also appear in a special section of the liner notes of our new album to acknowledge your support Contact us at booking@thehigh48s.com to confirm the band's availability and discuss the details of your special occasion before donating at this level. You will also receive a high-quality embroidered High 48s baseball hat (in your choice of white or black), a 100% cotton High 48s T-shirt (in your choice of white or black), all six of The High 48s recordings including their self-titled debut, Who Needs Love, Up North, The Gospel CD, You Asked For It, and, of course, an autographed copy of their new album, as well as 3 solo CDs from band members Eric, Anthony and Marty, plus an exclusive High 48s digital bonus track and a High 48s bumper sticker. Your name will also appear in a special section of the liner notes of our new album to acknowledge your support.

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