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Carla Ryder and the Blue Ribbons: A collection of stories captured in a moment in time. Help me tell them!

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“Carla Ryder is getting more serious with her songwriting. Her new material shows impressive depth and flashes a stunning poignancy at times (witness new song “Yellow Curtains”). I can’t wait to hear more of what she comes up with."
-- Steve Morse, former staff music critic at the Boston Globe for 28 years who now teaches the online Rock History course for Berklee College of Music

The Artist:
I’ve been performing for over 20 years, have released 8 albums and have been in 3 different bands (well, 4 if you include our family band!). From the Mudhens to Miriam, I’ve garnered awards and songwriting contest accolades as well as placements in TV and Film. I’ve toured regionally and nationally and played shows and residencies in some of Boston’s most coveted venues. But it’s been almost 10 years since I’ve released an original collection of songs! Being a mother to 3 young kids, as well as an inner-city public school educator and a performing artist, life has been BUSY. But at this moment, it’s about finding beauty in the balance and joy in the juggling…And realizing that each facet of my life actually feeds and nurtures the others.

For most of this decade, instead of recording and releasing records, I’ve been patiently watching and waiting, looking and listening, creating and collaborating. I’ve been storing up stories that I’m very much looking forward to putting out into the universe.
From the inception of these songs, to gathering my team around me, to recording demos in Austin TX, to tracking the tunes at Signature Sounds in CT, this recording process has already been one of my most favorite creative endeavors. And I’m relishing every little piece of the process.

The Team:
The most exciting part of the project is my brilliant team. David Goodrich is producing the album and The Blue Ribbons are the players! Easily my favorite band in Boston, I have been openly stalking these guys for years. As people, they are encouraging, gracious, supportive and funny as all hell. As players – they’re deadly.
The studio experience was exactly the vibe I was hoping for. So many studio records these days are flawless and glistening –and in the process they lose the juice. I’m not interested in perfection, but rather capturing a moment in time. This album is live, spontaneous, raw, adventurous, and experimental. It’s different than anything I’ve ever done and I feel it’s my best work. I can’t wait to share it with you -

The Stories:
These songs are character studies. I’ve stolen little pieces of everybody around me and created a window into life’s joys, struggles and complexities at this stage of the game. They are an observation and an attempt to find hope, love, redemption and balance in this crazy life. I’m hoping that EVERY one of you will find a piece of yourself within these stories.
So this is where you and your heart come in: be part of my project and join me as I release these stories into the world. If you pledge, at any level, you will receive a download of the finished album before anybody else. You will also get an inside look at how the record is made.
I have put together a really great bunch of exclusive merch items from T-shirts to house concerts to song-writing commissions, to yoga retreats. There’s something for everyone. So jump on board and grab an oar! Shout it, share it! It’ll be way more fun if we do this together.
From the bottom of my Unguarded Heart,
Thank you.

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AccessPass: Unguarded Heart Digital Download

Unguarded Heart Digital Download
$12
12.00
Available

A digital download of the album before it’s released anywhere else, PLUS access to my behind the scenes updates of music, videos and more

Signed CD

Signed CD
$25
25.00
Available

The new CD. Signed.

Handwritten Lyric Sheet

Handwritten Lyric Sheet
$50
50.00
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The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way.

Acoustic House Concert

Acoustic House Concert
$750
750.00
2 left

Your place. You pick the songs for an acoustic evening of music Within 75 miles of Boston.

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD

Your Name In The Liner Notes + Signed CD
$75
75.00
17 left

You’ll be part of the new album…literally! With your name appearing in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. PLUS a signed CD.

Acoustic Demos

$20
20.00
Available

Own the limited addition acoustic demos from the Austin session where the songs were arranged by David Goodrich and me.

Women's T-Shirt

Women's T-Shirt
$25
25.00
Available

New design just for pledgers.

New Album on CD

New Album on CD
$20
20.00
Available

The new album available on CD. PLUS the album download and access to the exclusive updates.

Signed Mudhens album (Carla's first band)

Signed Mudhens album (Carla's first band)
$30
30.00
8 left

Own a signed limited edition copy of Crickets by the Mudhens (Carla’s first band). This album sold 10,000 copies and was critically acclaimed.

Signed Poster

Signed Poster
$30
30.00
Available

New CD and Vintage Carla Ryder 8.5×11 poster. Signed.

Women's T-Shirt + Signed CD

Women's T-Shirt + Signed CD
$40
40.00
Available

A signed CD and a Women’s t-shirt, just for you!

Ringtone

Ringtone
$50
50.00
10 left

Any part of any of my songs, made into a ringtone for you.

Signed Set List

Signed Set List
$50
50.00
Available

From a recent show, the songs that were played, right from the stage and signed by artist.

The Carla Ryder Archive

The Carla Ryder Archive
$100
100.00
Available

Pulling Down Sky, Acoustic and Live, Time Has Come, Til the End of Counting, and the new CD!

Publicly Posted Video Thanks

Publicly Posted Video Thanks
$125
125.00
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I’ll record a video of me personally thanking you for your pledge (amount not disclosed) and post it on my website as well as social media!

Run with me!

Run with me!
$150
150.00
3 left

Discover my other passion with me…I’ll take you on a (up to) 5 mile run through the beautiful trails of Millenium Park – no faster than an 8 minute mile, I promise (unless you’re up for it)!

CD+Lyric Sheet+Women's T-shirt+Poster+Set List

$155
155.00
5 left

The new CD. Signed.

New design just for pledgers.

The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way.

New CD and Vintage Carla Ryder poster. Signed.

From a recent show, the songs that were played, right from the stage and signed by artist.

Name in liner notes, CD, Poster + Women's T-shirt

$155
155.00
Available

Your name in the liner notes, signed CD, Women’s T-shirt and poster

Personalized "Happy Birthday" song for a loved one

Personalized "Happy Birthday" song for a loved one
$200
200.00
4 left

I’ll record and sing a personalized version of Happy Birthday that you can send to a friend or loved one…In whatever style you choose!

Voice Mail Recording

$250
250.00
Available

Whatever you want it to say! I’ll record a personalized voicemail message for you. And if you’re so inclined – I can do it in a wicked good Boston accent.

Cover Song of Your Choice

Cover Song of Your Choice
$300
300.00
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You name the song (within reason) and it will be covered in a very unique way. You’ll receive a video of the rendition.

Yoga concert class for you and your friends

Yoga concert class for you and your friends
$400
400.00
1 left

Semi-private yoga concert class for (you and up to 9 of your friends) led by Kevan Gale at Stil Studio in Dedham, with the Carla performing the live soundtrack.

Signed Original Artwork

$500
500.00
Available

Own the signed original artwork for the album.

5 day Yoga Retreat

5 day Yoga Retreat
$800
800.00
1 left

5 Day yoga retreat (in a New England location tba) during the summer of 2018. Led by Kevan Gale and/or Betty Riaz from Stil Studio. Enjoy an amazing experience of yoga twice per day, local excursions and delicious vegetarian meals in a picturesque setting.

I'll write a song for you!

I'll write a song for you!
$1,500
1500.00
3 left

You send me the details and subject matter and I will write a song for you delivered in acoustic MP3 format.

Executive Producer Credit

Executive Producer Credit
$3,000
3000.00
2 left

The highest honor of them all…executive producer credit. You’ll appear in the album liner notes and on the back of the album with your new title. Plus a signed CD.

Because you can...

Because you can...
$5,000
5000.00
2 left

Because you can. This reward gets you executive producer credit, access pass, house concert, song commission, T-shirt, signed CD, poster, handwritten lyrics, and the knowledge that you are allowing me to continue to do this work.

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