Help Make The Slugs & Bugs Christmas Record

Do you remember when Southwest emerged as a national airline, and we were first exposed to their “choose your own seat” policy? I did not like it one bit. For a slow decision maker like me, nervously ambling down the aisle with the quality of the next two hours hanging in the balance, the whole thing seemed like an unnecessary irritation. Now, having decided to embrace a patron-based model of paying for a new record, I’ve been reminded of that feeling of uncertainty that crops up when you encounter a familiar process happening in a brand new way.

As Andrew Peterson so elegantly explained in his post last week in The Rabbit Room (www.rabbitroom.com), there are significant costs involved in any major recording project, and though the Slugs and Bugs touring schedule has grown significantly, it hasn’t produced the extra $15,000 it will cost to make a new record. With this patron-based model, the burden of that cost is placed in front of the CD rather than behind it, giving fans that see real value in the work a chance to pay for the record ahead of time and be a part of the process in a very real sense.

Adding a tiered set of options allows fans to become patrons as they see fit and invest in the creation of art they believe in. I’ve also added the option of what I’m calling “Performance Tiers” to give potential concert hosts a chance to get in on the action. As you’ll see below, you or your local church could purchase a tier for a concert and get even more for your money than you would with a traditional Slugs and Bugs booking. So if you’re thinking Slugs and Bugs concert for 2011, this option might be for you.

Even so, I’m not counting on a lot of those big purchases. Many fans of the first Slugs and Bugs CD have bought multiple copies and given them out as birthday gifts or baby gifts or Christmas presents, and that’s really what I’m hoping for here. If only 300 fans purchase the $50 tier or if just 60 fans purchase Tier 4 at $250, I’m at budget. That means Andrew Osenga and all the other guys helping make the record get paid in a timely fashion, and I can pay the manufacturer to print and ship the CDs before the jack-o-lanterns hit the landfill.

Before you scroll down to the tiers, however, let me tell you a bit about the record. It will have at least ten songs that range from stupendously silly (a-la “The Camel Song”) to poignant and poetic. I’ve been writing these songs all year and I’m proud to be able to introduce them into the Slugs and Bugs canon. There are two traditional Christmas songs and a few of Nashville’s musical masters have agreed to add their artistry to the mix. It’s a kids’ record, but it’s going to sound fantastic. Oh, and count on more trombone from Andy Osenga–that’s a Slugs and Bugs tradition.

I don’t know about you, but these days I LOVE to fly Southwest. I hope you’ll give this model of independent music making a chance. Now, on to the tiers:

CD tiers (simply click on the Tier you choose)

$25 – By offering support in the form of this Tier 1 Patronage you’ll receive:
(2) CDs just as soon as they arrive from the printer
– Special thanks in the liner notes

$50 – By offering support in the form of this Tier 2 Patronage you’ll receive:
(5) CDs just as soon as they arrive from the printer
– Special thanks in the liner notes

$100 – By offering support in the form of this Tier 3 Patronage you’ll receive:
(10) signed CDs just as soon as they arrive from the printer
– An immediate download of the previously unreleased song, “Dizzy”
– Special thanks in the liner notes
– A bonus limited edition Slugs and Bugs song (available as soon as the CD is released this Christmas)

$250 – By offering support in the form of this Tier 4 Patronage you’ll receive:
(25) signed CDs just as soon as they arrive from the printer (if you wish, you can choose a mixture of the new CD and the original Slugs and Bugs CD)
– An immediate download of the previously unreleased song, “Dizzy”
– Special thanks in the liner notes
– A bonus limited edition Slugs and Bugs song (available as soon as the CD is released this Christmas)
– (3) Slugs and Bugs T-shirts (child’s sizes) (email orders@rabbitroom.com with size preferences: 2T, 3T, XS, S, M, L)
– An immediate download of a special compilation of Randall’s non-Slugs and Bugs music that youngsters and parents alike will love
– A Merry Christmas video featuring Randall singing a silly Thank You song that mentions your kids by name

Performance Tiers (simply click the link and email us specifying which email you want to purchase)

Performance Tier 1
$1000 – 25 signed CDs, thank you in the liner notes, a personalized “thank you” video and a Slugs and Bugs house concert (if you’re in the lower 48, I’ll make sure it happens sometime in 2011).Click here and let us know your preference

Performance Tier 2
$2500 – 25 signed CDs, thank you in the liner notes, a personalized “thank you” video and a full-blown S&B concert at your church or school.Click here and let us know your preference

Performance Tier 3
$5000 – (tax deductible) 50 signed CDs, thank you in the liner notes, a personalized “thank you” video, a full-blown S&B concert at your church or school, and a Slugs and Bugs BIRTHDAY PARTY where I unveil an original Slugs and Bugs composition all about the birthday boy/girl, and a CD recording of that original song, your kids sweet little faces will also appear in an upcoming Slugs and Bugs video, and your kids sweet little voices on the next Slugs and Bugs CD.Click here and let us know your preference

Performance Tier 4
$15,000 – (tax deductible) that’ll cover the whole thing, and, well… we’ll work something out to make sure that it’s worth your investment. 🙂 Click here and let us know your preference

8 thoughts on “Help Make The Slugs & Bugs Christmas Record

  1. I would love to offer my support. Is there a way to get in on this if I don’t have any way to make an online purchase? Could I send a check?

  2. Have already sent in some support @rabbitroom but wanted to know more about the difference between a “house show” and “full blown concert” (because I’d *really* love to see if we can bring you out here to the Southwest for a show some time).

    1. Hey Randall,

      Thanks so much for supporting the production of the Christmas record. To answer your question about the house show/regular show question, I’d say a house show usually has a smallish crowd (between 25-60 people or so) and there’s no multi-media aspect to it. So, for the S&B concert, there’d be no tracks or videos going along with the songs. A regular show is usually a bigger crowd (200-500 people or so and has all the multi-media bells and whistles.

  3. Have you got all of the support that you need for the album? I’d love to offer my support, but can’t seem to get any of the links to work?

    1. Hey Justin,

      Thanks for offering your support for the record. We’ve shut down the pre-orders for a few days but will pick it back up next week. Again, thanks – and if you were interested in one of the show tiers just let me know. I’m booking for 2011 right now. Peace!

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