I'VE TALKED WITH ARTISTS WHO HAVE POLAR OPPOSITE OPINIONS ON USING KICKSTARTER.COM TO RAISE FUNDS. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO TRY IT? If I could have released it myself entirely I would have. I paid for all the studio time, mixing, and mastering, and when it came time to press, I had nothing left to sell and the savings account was empty. I set my Kickstarter goal like a pre-order, asking for no more then it would cost per item after the release. I didn't want it to be a charity. You want it, you pre-order it, and we make it. I still had to kick in a good hunk of change in the end.

I do find it funny that a fair share of artists that knock it have no problem doing "CD fundraiser" shows and charging more then a normal show. I just played shows for normal prices and told people where to pre-order the album — is there really a difference?

ANY BACKSTORY AS TO HOW YOU CAME UP WITH THE BAND NAME? Denver Boot came from practicing in Providence and always getting parking tickets when we'd stay late rehearsing. Our first fiddle player at the time asked, "What's a Denver boot?" while reading his ticket, and our saw player explained it and said it would make for a good band name.

IS THE DENVER BOOT A REVOLVING CAST OF MUSICIANS OR ARE YOU SETTLING IN WITH A PARTICULAR LINEUP? Well, I've been letting the band slowly grow since we cut the record last June. The recording session was pretty much a line of greatly talented friends playing with me, but our main goal was to cut the CD. After it was finished I focused on forming a more permanent group, and I think I've found it.

THE DENVER BOOT + THE HONEY BROWN + VUDU SISTER + WASH HOLLOW | Saturday, June 23 @ 7 pm | Fête Lounge, 103 Dike St, Providence | $8 | All ages | 401.383.1112 | denverbootmusic.com

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