For the past six years you've been a lot more than our fans (unless you're just discovering us, in which case scroll to the bottom).
You've been our hotels, offering up guest rooms and floor space for seven musicians and our mountains of equipment (and shoes). You've been our commissaries, feeding us home-cooked meals that gave respite from food deserts on the highway. You've been our cheerleaders, offering up the kind of spirit and affirmation that keeps us afloat and passionate.
Now we need you to be our record label.
We couldn't be more excited to bring a second full-length record to life, and to involve our fans in the process right out of the gate. We'll be collaborating with producer Jano Rix, a member of The Wood Brothers, and Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip at Clubhouse recording studio in Rhinebeck and Milan Hill Studios in Milan, NY. This is a dream team for us, and a set of seasoned professionals who share our vision.
This will be a collection of our most original and diverse songs yet. It will have music that features the full range of what influences us, through the lens of four different songwriters and musical ideas from everyone in the band. It will also be our first recording project featuring bandmembers Allison Olender (vocals) and Christian Joao (saxophone and flute). We’ve taken our time making sure we could bring you an album you’ll want to listen to cover-to-cover, with songs we’re all proud of.
The landscape for independent musicians has changed a great deal; mostly it's only gotten tougher. The exception is that it's easier than ever for fans and artists to connect directly, and we're depending on that connection to keep us moving and shaking.
Your contribution ensures we can make the best record possible, and that we can support it with adequate promotion and touring when it's released. We aim to work hard for it, and we hope the rewards we've put together can show our sincere gratitude.
Thank you for everything. Let's make a record!
WHAT IT'S FOR
We'll be funding and supporting this record a lot like a record label would for one of their artists. We tour close to full-time, and this band is a central source of our income. That's why we're relying on fans to make sure we can fully cover the expenses of making an album.
On the Production side that includes:
- Producer and Engineer
- Six days at Clubhouse Studio, and another two at Milan Hill
- Mixing and Mastering
On the Distribution side that includes:
- Production of Physical CDs
- Production of Vinyl Records
- Rewards fulfillment
And critically, on the support side that includes:
- A promotional budget to properly support the release with a publicist and sufficient advertising. This is essential for the record to carry a living touring band like ours.
WHO WE ARE
While we addressed most of the message on this project to the folks who've gotten to know us over the past six years, some of y'all may be hearing our band for the first time. This brief introduction is for you:
We're an acoustic septet based in the Hudson Valley, and we play a broad range of music from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage.
You can get a sense of our live sound here
And see a music video here
And you can learn more about our band on our website, spotify, and social media:
Risks and challenges
Risk #1 - We've never worked in a studio with this particular group of musicians.
At 100+ shows a year, we're an experienced live band, but we haven't spent much time in the studio. And this is our first recording experience with Allison and Christian.
Fortunately, we have an experienced production team in Jano and Justin to steer us through. Everyone in the band trusts them and that goes a long way.
Risk #2 - Some great albums never get heard.
There's a lot of great music out in the world, and quality isn't enough to insure that our music will reach enough ears.
That's why we're including a budget to fully promote the record with a publicist who understands how to do it right. The more new fans hear our music, the more places we can go.
Risk #3 - Being a musician.
Trying to make a living as a professional musician is precarious. Even with talent, hard work, and a generous bit of good luck, there are no guarantees.
But the best answer to that challenge is you. Never underestimate how much of a role you play in keeping your favorite bands going-especially ours.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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