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Jazz Is for Everybody

A project in New Orleans, LA by Carsie Blanton
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A sweet, sultry, simply-produced album of great vintage songs. Play it while you throw a classy dinner party or make sweet, sweet love.
Backers: 1287
Average Pledge Per Backer: $47

Funded: $60,526 of $29,000
Dates: Jul 31st -> Aug 31st (32 days)
Project By: Carsie Blanton
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[PODCAST] Dj Grandpa's Crib: The Best of #1 of 6

DJG plays Fief with Uwe Eickert, gets organized with Strollo SmartJars, discovers the Jazz of Carsie Blanton, and hears the hottest from Spike Lee. (Read More)

30 minutes left!!! Up your pledge by $5

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
And I get to go to Australia. WWWWAAHHHHHHHHH KANGAROO BABIES (Read More)

Australia?

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Okay, people are demanding that I set one final stretch goal. So here it is: If we hit 60k, I'll go to Australia. That's all. :)  (Read More)

THANK YOU.

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
My ultimate goal has been met. You guys have pretty much just made my life.  In case you missed the video (which was posted in the wee hours of the night, it's here, and now it's shareable. Feel free to pass it around to prepare people for how lucky... (Read More)

One-word wishes granted!

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Good morning to you! I just spent a while making you this. Because I'm just really, really, extremely grateful.  I couldn't get screen time for every single wish, but rest assured, they all made it in.  I hope you like it! Me.  (Read More)

EUREKA! Time to share the love.

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
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What do YOU want???

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
We're almost at 56k, with 21 hours to go. I have the distinct feeling that we're going to make my penultimate stretch goal of 58k. So, you guys have given me everything I could possibly ask for.  Now, what can I do for YOU?  Want a new song? A... (Read More)

Tell everyone.

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
This campaign ends tomorrow at 1pm EST. You've already done quite a lot, so THANK YOU! If you want to do one more thing, copy and paste the below message into an email, and send it to three friends. ----Start here---> There is this... (Read More)

Song announcement: Hard-Hearted Hannah

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
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Increase your pledge for good juju

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Good day, sunshines. Here we are with just 50 hours left in this campaign! I can't believe how well it's gone or how MANY of you there are. Just the fact that 1100 people are potentially reading this update is freaky in the best way. Last night, we... (Read More)

Song announcement: You Don't Know What Love Is

August 28th - via: kickstarter.com
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One more way you can help.

August 27th - via: kickstarter.com
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Tickets! Touring! Goals! Oh my!

August 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Dearest Backers, I am flabbergasted by all the support I've received from you guys over the course of this campaign. Seriously, I'm sitting here flabbergasting, right now. Last night, we hit 47k, which means I can bring the full-band with me on my CD... (Read More)

Song announcement: Don't Come Too Soon

August 26th - via: kickstarter.com
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Can we hit 1,000 backers today?

August 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Howdy! I'm feeling pretty spry today because I think we can hit 1,000 backers. That's just such a nice, round number, and we only need 30 more! Will you help me? Please take a moment to think about who you know that might be interested in pledging.... (Read More)

Song announcement: Sweet Lorraine

August 24th - via: kickstarter.com
You can listen to this AND download it, AND share it with your peeps. You may have to click the song title to download - that will take you to the Soundcloud website.  This is me doing a sweet little version of a sweet little song called Sweet... (Read More)

New video! New rewards! FINAL WEEK!

August 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Howdy friends, Welcome to the final week of this Kickstarter campaign! In celebration, I've made a new video. In it, you'll have a taste of what jassholes might object to about this project, and why they're wrong. I've also added new rewards, to... (Read More)

New video and demo on Saturday!

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
I'm feeling pretttty excited right now, because if we can hit $42k by tomorrow night, we get a bonus $2k and then BAM! First stretch goal MET! That funds the entire promotion campaign, which will be wicked-helpful to the success of the record. That... (Read More)

A rather provocative article!

August 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Levi James and Ian Anderson at the Kickstarter blog Launch and Release have just written a great article about this whole shindig. I think they're trying to raise some people's hackles - read it and tell me if yours are raised!... (Read More)

Song announcement: Azalea

August 21st - via: kickstarter.com
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How cute is this paper doll?!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Just got the mockup of the paper doll! The final one will include more outfits and accessories. Illustrated by Lauren J. Andrews, and available with every pledge of $75 of more. Also, I forgot to mention last week: the newly added rewards (the... (Read More)

Song announcement: Heavenly Thing

August 19th - via: kickstarter.com
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The Weepies show their support!

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
I'm here in Iowa, sitting on the porch of the cutest family in existence, The Weepies, who also happen to be phenomenal songwriters and musicians. Here is a video of me playing a snippet of 'Sweet Lorraine' for them, and Deb talking about my album!... (Read More)

Halfway mark - new rewards!

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
In honor of the HALFWAY MARK of this campaign, I've added a bunch of new, crazy, limited-time rewards! Here's some stuff you can get (but ONLY until we hit 44k): $50: Signed vinyl! $125: A personalized compilation CD (curated by yours truly) $175: A... (Read More)

Interview!

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey friends, I just appeared on a great podcast called Dj Grandpa's Crib. During this interview, you can hear me talk about jazz, why I love it, and why I would say something crazy like "it's not just for black people". You can also hear the full... (Read More)

Question for Backers! Please respond.

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
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Song announcement: Laziest Gal in Town

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
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Chris Wood says Jazz Is for Everybody

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Chris Wood is a bassist. You might have heard him play with his band Medeski Martin and Wood, an "avant-jazz-funk organ trio", or with The Wood Brothers, a roots rock/Americana band. Both bands are excellent, and widely renowned for their innovation,... (Read More)

Song announcement: Crazy He Calls Me

August 11th - via: kickstarter.com
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Stretch goal: 44k for publicity!

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Dearest friends and dream-makers, Yesterday, you funded the entire budget for this project. Now that I've spent 24 hours jumping up and down, grinning uncontrollably, and pinching myself every few minutes, I'm ready to talk about the next big thing.... (Read More)

Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
We just passed 34k, which means I can make this record. What's more, I can make it without going into debt, for the first time in my life. This is a record I've been wanting to make since I learned to sing my first Billie Holiday song, "Baby I Don't... (Read More)

Just $250 to go.

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
GOOD MORNING! I AM SO EXCITED I CAN'T STOP YELLING! WE ARE ONLY $250 AWAY FROM MEETING OUR GOAL! *clearing my throat, calming down*. When we meet our goal, we get $5,000 extra. Thus FUNDING THE ENTIRE ALBUM WAAAHHHHH!!!! Please consider increasing... (Read More)

A little secret for the Backers.

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
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Song #3: I'll Be Seeing You.

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
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New Reward Added!

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey friends! Things are going great here in Kansas City. We're at 25k now, and I'm aiming to meet our original goal of 29k by the weekend. When we meet that goal, we get a boost of $5,000, which means THE FULL ALBUM BUDGET WILL BE PAID FOR! I can't... (Read More)

Oliver Wood + BONUS PLEDGE

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
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Music video alert!

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
This is only loosely related to this project, but I thought you guys might enjoy my brand-spanking-new music video. It's for my song Smoke Alarm, which appears on the album 'Idiot Heart' (2012). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQQ09Lxy7dI This video... (Read More)

Almost matched!

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey friends.  We are $400 away from meeting our matching grant! If we can hit $18,200 by midnight tonight (east coast), KABLAAM, suddenly we're well over 20k. Do me a solid and share this important message! An easy way to do that is to... (Read More)

Song choice update #2: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
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Matching grant!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
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Zachariah Hickman says Jazz Is for Everybody.

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Zach Hickman is a fancy bassist. He plays for rockstars like Josh Ritter & Ray Lamontagne, AND he owns and operates his own moustache wax company. Plus, he's hilarious.  (Read More)

A fix-all solution!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
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A question for Backers. Please respond!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
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Song choice update #1: Two Sleepy People

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
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Peter Mulvey says Jazz Is for Everybody.

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
This guy is a great songwriter. Also, he plays pretty AND knows what's up. What a winner! Listen for hints about song choice. Backers: sorry about the double post! Still figuring this whole thing out. In the future, I won't bug you so often!  (Read More)

HOLY HECK & THANK YOU

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
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