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About this project

We need to record, like a vampire needs…
No, more like the flower needs the rain

Something really cool happened when Marina and I started writing together. Great songs like This One Is For Me

But also she showed me a song by Russian artist, Yuri Loza, thinking we could cover it. So we started working on the translation, and took a flyer on getting in touch with Yuri. Eventually we got a message back and after a few exchanges, we had the first official translation of his huge hit song, as well as his blessing to go forward with recording and releasing it. A gigantic honor for us. It will be the title song of our third album. "FREE"

 We have two great albums out already. We really thrive in the studio. But the last one came out in 2013. Many great songs have been written since then. AND most importantly, our prior albums didn’t have a promotion/publicity budget. 

Our first two albums
Our first two albums

We’re learning though. For one thing, don’t release a non-holiday album in late November. For another thing, it needs to be promoted properly.

So if we hit the base budget of $10,000, that gets us recording now and money that we would have put into a gradual recording process gets saved and put towards publicity and promotion. If we get anywhere near our stretch budget… well, lookout world.

BASE BUDGET 
Studio Time/mastering: $9,000
Printing/packaging: $1000 
Radio Promotion/Publicity: We’ll save, borrow and beg
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Total: $10,000

DREAM BUDGET
Studio Time: $12,000
Mastering: $1200
Printing/packaging: $2200
Domestic Radio Promotion: $4500
Int’l Radio Promotion: $3500
Publicity: $4000
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Total: $27,400

This shirt of John has become really popular so we decided to make it into one of our perks. Or if you want your own image on a shirt, you can send in a photo and we'll send you back a design you can print. Higher resolution images with good contrast and detail work the best. How it will go: You'll send me an image or a few; I'll send you feedback on whether the image will work well, and send you a proof. We won't be done until you're happy with it.

There’s a deep joy we feel when we do this and we want to share it with the whole world. That's why we want you to be part of this. As Chad puts it, we are "friends in the crusade to create art that will improve life as we know it!" Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge has been getting the music out there. Both albums I funded the recording myself over the course of about a year and a half each. Not surprisingly, that can make you rather poor and getting any money together to pay for radio promotion is a large challenge. Months after our second album released in November, 2013, I eventually saved enough to do a radio promotion. But it was late, and I was going to the wrong promoter for this type of music. It didn't really go anywhere significant.
But since then I've really looked into the right people to work with. I have a radio promoter who got our Christmas song to a lot of stations domestically and in Western Europe last year. He's the right guy for us. I've found a great promoter in Central and Eastern Europe which will be crucial to the success of "Free" as it is a very familiar and loved song there.

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    Digital download of our two singles: "Spangled" and "Find Love on Christmas Day" These are on neither of the two albums. "Spangled" is our rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and "Find Love..." is our one and only Christmas song.

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    Digital download of our first album: "Wicked Saints" from 2011. 11 tracks "A brilliant album" according to AltCountryForum

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    Digital download of our second album: "Don't Kill The Blackbird" from 2013. 13 tracks. "Haunting Brave and Beautiful" says Paul Zollo, bluesrailroad.com

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    Autographed CD of our first album: "Wicked Saints" from 2011. 11 tracks "A brilliant album" according to AltCountryForum.
    We'll also send you some Wicked Saints stickers.

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    Autographed CD of our second album: "Don't Kill The Blackbird" from 2013. 13 tracks. "Haunting Brave and Beautiful" says Paul Zollo, bluesrailroad.com
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    Autographed CD of our next album "Free" (the one all this is about.) We'll send it to you as soon as the package arrives, and prior to its official release.
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    Digital downloads of all albums, including "Free" the one we will begin recording shortly. Past albums will deliver as soon as this campaign is done. "Free" will deliver as soon as it's mastered and prior to its official release.

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    I (Paul, band leader and graphic designer) will create a shirt design like the one described in our pitch video, from a photo that you send in. I'm not printing the shirt for you - just creating a digital file you'll be able to get printed on a shirt. I can coordinate with a printer of your choosing near you, or just send it to you.

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    Autographed copies of all three CDs -- "Wicked Saints" & "Don't Kill The Blackbird" will deliver in November of this year (2015) and our next album "Free" will deliver as soon as we have them (and prior to official release) estimated September next year (2016)
    Sorry that the delivery amount is more, but this will take two deliveries.
    Wicked Saints stickers come with everything we mail.

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    Your very own "Johnny" shirt, like the one Paul was wearing in the video. We'll print this one and send it to you.
    For each $10 you add on, you can get the album download of your choice.
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    PAUL SOLO
    Live 1-hour show via skype/facetime.

    Since you already paid, you'll get to sell tickets to the event, or keep me all to yourself.

    Timing and specifics would have to be discussed.
    Digital downloads included. "Special Thanks" to you on album art.

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    PAUL SOLO
    House Concert (Southern or Central California)
    I'll come play for you live. Since you already paid, you'll get to sell tickets to the event, or keep me all to yourself.
    Hard copies of all albums included.
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    TRIO (or more)
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    Since you already paid, you'll get to sell tickets to the event, or keep us all to yourselves. We'll be a trio (or more depending on logistics) of Paul & John, plus some combination of Chad, Graham, Marina, Justine, Phil or Luanne.
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    Hard copies of all albums included.
    Timing and specifics would have to be discussed. "Special Thanks" to you on album art.

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    The guitar Paul used to track the album "Don't Kill The Blackbird" will be yours. It's a Parkwood PW360M, named "Parky." I love this guitar. It took a nasty spill while we were walking to the studio one day, but was repaired by amazing luthier, Dan Singer. It sounds as good as ever but it has a beautiful battle scar on the front.

    Hard copies of all albums included. "Special Thanks" to you on album art.

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