Now that we have confirmed our 1st African guest on Music Manumit, I guess it's time to start looking for Eastern Europe (minus Poland if you think it's not central Europe), North Africa, Middle East, Central American (minus Mexico) and Central Asia. Actually, we have a Russian lined up once I take the time to arrange for an interpreter (but that still leaves the rest of Eastern Europe). We've worked with interpreters twice before with great success.
Of course, we still take musicians from all over the world. We've just already had guests from all the other continents.
I spent a year and a half from 2011 to 2013 traveling across America in an old RV, playing over 250 shows in 37 states. I named the tour "Drivin' & Dreaming."
During the tour I met amazingly wonderful, weird and inspiring people, and I got to see and experience every corner of the US. This book and live CD are the product of all the stories, pictures and recordings from the "Drivin' & Dreaming" tour that I collected along the way.
This project is a way for me to be able to share this wonderful adventure with you, we will relive it together, like you were with me on tour!
You know that dream that you carry deep inside of you. The one you secretly hope one day will come true, but there are so many obstacles and you don't know if you have the courage to take the leap? I had a dream like that. It was the dream of touring the United States, playing my music in every little town I could find and doing it my own way, grassroots style.
I finally took that leap. I fulfilled my dream.
In November 2011, with two months of shows booked, I left my life in Sweden and bought a one-way ticket to America. Starting out in Florida, I bought an old RV from '94 that my husband and I spent two weeks renovating. It became our home for over a year and took us from state to state and town to town, as we kept booking and playing our way through the country.
I made this tour documentary consisting of ten episodes in the beginning of the tour. Check out the first episode here.
Details about the book:
The final product will be a gorgeously-packaged, true limited edition book, numbered and personally signed.
The book is in coffee table format with beautiful pictures. You will be able to open the book to any page and just start reading. You'll get to experience the life on the road, breakdowns, the wonderful people that came to our rescue, weird gigs, breathtaking places and smiling faces. The book also contains a collection of my favorite recipes that we cooked in the RV.
The only way to get your hands on one of these treasures is to support the project. The book will be printed in a limited numbered edition and will not be for sale in any store after the project is completed.
About the live album:
We recorded almost all of the 250+ shows on the tour and have chosen the best of the best to be featured on this live album. If you weren't able to make it to any of the concerts, here's your chance to experience it, just like you were there in the room with me.
All the recordings on the live album were recorded with room microphones and direct sound from the board. The final product will be a high-quality live album mixed and mastered from these source recordings.
How do we make this all happen?
I made a calculation for the budget that includes writing, designing and printing the book, mixing and mastering of the live recordings, CD manufacturing, shipping, art prints and other items and we will need. We need to raise just $3000. When we reach this goal, the project can be produced, as well as some special goodies and rewards for supporters who want to contribute even more. If we don't reach the goal, then nobody will have to pay anything and the project will not happen.
It's true, I'm absolutely thrilled to start working on this project, but it's really about all of you guys. All the people who followed my tour on Facebook and my website. All the people that came to my shows. All the people who sent me cookies and invited me to their homes. All of you who made this tour an unforgettable adventure. So if you support this project, don't do it for me. Do it for you!
Keep in mind, you have absolutely nothing to lose if you pledge and we don't reach our goal. But if we do succeed, you know that this project will be an incredible and rewarding end to a great adventure and tour.
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