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Howdy Folks,

It’s been almost exactly a year since I started prepping for this album, and now it’s ready. And I am too.

When the North Carolina Arts Council awarded me the 2017-18 music grant a year ago, I got in touch with my producer/engineer buddy Chris Rosser right away (probably that same hour).

It’s a year later and the record is finished. Done, dusted, and at my house. I call it Welcome to the Ether and I think this record has the potential to be heard by a lot of people. 

So now for the next step: getting the CD to as many ears as possible. I’m going to do as much as I can to support and promote this record. “As much as I can” includes radio promotion, touring, and promotional materials. 

Radio promotion: Radio programmers get 7 to 8 bajillion CDs in the mail every week. They don’t have the time to plow through them all, so they rely on people whose ears they trust to separate the wheat from the chaff. A good radio promoter is like that great friend who knows what you like and turns you on to new music (and works hard to keep your music in the station manager’s consciousness). It’s early yet but I’ve seen spins in Germany in Australia. This bends my brain.

Touring: Most of us folkies make our bread and butter getting our music out in front of people. It’s how we connect to you and to each other. So far I have tours in the works for Texas, the West Coast and New England. Or where you live might be good. Any leads? Send them my way!

Finally, promotional materials: Stuff like tee-shirts, buttons and posters help spread the word and keep musicians in peoples’ minds year-round. And they're cool.

I’ve never done any of this stuff before but I’m going to do it now. 

If you know me I’ve probably worked into our conversation that I won the Kerrville New Folk competition (the big dog of folk songwriting contests) in 2015. Since then I’ve placed at Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower in Texas. And now the NC Arts Council’s vote of confidence and strong positive feedback from early listeners make me feel like this record can go places. I’m asking for your help to make that happen.

Any amount you can give will help, and I'll send some cool promo items your way as a thank-you. 

My budget: 

· Radio promotion: $2000

· Promotional items: $1200

· Travel and touring expenses: $2700 (Folk Alliance Conferences, Tours of California, Texas, and New England)

· Kickstarter expenses: $500

· Shipping costs: $600

Total: $7000

Risks and challenges

I should have the tangible rewards ready soon after the campaign ends, but I'll have to iron out the details of the intangible rewards (concerts, hang sessions, wang dang doodle at the Carolina, cover recordings, etc.) with the individual contributors. I'll do my best to accommodate.

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    Finger guns in your direction. Thanky!

    You get the satisfaction of donating a custom amount to the campaign, and I get the satisfaction of your MONEY!

    We both win!

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    Download Welcome to the Ether!

    A digital copy of my brand new album Welcome to the Ether to play on all your newfangled digital gadgetry.

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    I want the CD and I mean to have it!

    Get your very own (autographed if you want) copy of Welcome to the Ether delivered to your door or Post Office box, and get a digital download of the album to play on all your gadgety things.

    AND!

    As a special thank-you I will include an animated button. Who doesn't love a lenticular button? Monsters, that's who.

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    I want all the round things!

    Fifty bucks will get you signed copies of both my records - 2013's One Layer Down and the new CD Welcome to the Ether. Or grab two copies of the new CD - one for you, one for a friend.

    And since it's round I'll include one animated button of our little owlet welcoming you to the ether.

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    The Sartorial Splash

    The Sartorial Splash gets you 2 CDs (one of each, or two of the new one), the adorable animated owlet button, and a tee shirt picturing the whole fowl family on the back. Wear 'em responsibly, but with pride.

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    All the CDs, all the chotchkes!

    This nets you all of the things on offer that take up space. You get two CDs (signed if you want), an animated button, a tee shirt, and a suitable-for-framing art print, signed by the artist.

    ALL OF THE THINGS!

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    Not all about stuff? Let's hang then.

    Do you love to talk about songwriting? Boy howdy I do.

    Do you have a tune you want to bounce off somebody? I think we may be able to come to an arrangement.

    For $150 I will send you two signed CDs and carve out a solid hour to get granular on your (or someone else's) song. If you're too far away for us to do it in person we'll figure out a Skype-y kind of thing.

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    Let's actually hang!

    If we make our target we're gonna pitch a wang dang doodle.

    Pony up $250 or more and you get all the physical goodies (2 CDs, a button, a tee shirt and an art print).

    AND, as someone who donated $250 or more you will be invited to a special catered VIP CD release event a the Connie Moses Ballroom at the Carolina Theater. I will have the honor of handing your rewards to you personally.

    And Rebecca Newton tells me that VIP members will get a special backstage tour of the Carolina Theater. So you'll have that going for you, which is nice.

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    The Greatest Form of Flattery

    Within reason (no Air Supply please) I'll learn a song, record it at home and send it to you either as a CD or a digital file. Heck, I'll even run it down in front of my phone and email you a youtube link if you like.

    You also get all of the physical rewards (CDs, button, tee shirt, art print), and as a contributor of over $250 you'll be invited to the big CD Event at the Connie Moses Ballroom at the Carolina Theater in Durham.

    What say?

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    I come to your house! (Local only)

    For $500 I will come to your place (provided it's reasonable driving distance from the Triangle) and play for you. I can play about 90 minutes with or without PA, whichever you prefer. And you don't have to take a bath on this deal. Feel free to invite friends and charge them admission to make back your investment!

    And as a contributor of over $250 you'll be invited to the catered CD Event at the Connie Moses Ballroom at the Carolina Theater in Durham.

    And don't tell anybody but I'm likely to bring you a CD or two.

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    the bennys come to your house!

    For $750 I'll enlist the aid of Barry Gray and Rebecca Newton (both subject to availability) and we'll play a night of bennys music to you and your friends. PA is optional depending on the size of the room and your preference. As always, feel free to treat the show as a house concert to defray your cost!

    And as a contributor of over $250 you'll be invited to the big CD Event at the Connie Moses Ballroom at the Carolina Theater in Durham.

    (And I'll probably bring you a CD or two!)

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    They call me the wanderer

    I am up for boarding a plane and playing you some songs at your house! Let's do this.

    And feel free to invite your friends and charge them like it's a house concert. Because it is.

    Travel and lodging will be extra - I'll look for the best deal, I promise.

    (And I'll probably bring you a CD or two.)

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