Paul Cebar has recorded a new full-length disc and the Milwaukee musician has turned to fans, via a Kickstarter campaign, to help "Fine Rude Thing" see the light of day.
For a $15 pledge, fans can get an advance download of the record with a PDF of the artwork and credits. As always, the higher the pledge, the more elaborate the "reward." For $5,000 you get the download and PDF plus a CD or vinyl LP signed by Cebar and Paul and his band Tomorrow Sound will play a private gig for you and 50 friends anywhere in the continental U.S.
Cebar is hoping to raise $18,000 by Thursday, July 11. So far, nearly $10,000 has been raised from 107 backers, including two at the $1,000 or more level.
"In addition to helping to defray the cost of making the record (paying for the musicians, studio time, producer and the design and manufacture of CDs and /or albums), your contributions will allow us to hire a small group of professionals to help us distribute, publicize, market and promote the music. We're very proud of the record and want to get it out to as many people as possible," Cebar writes on Kickstarter.
"We don't take our relationship with you for granted and we're gratified that the years of hard work writing, recording and touring have led to our being able to share this journey with you. It's really something to be able to reach out directly to you and have you play an even bigger role in our ongoing journey of rhythm and kicks."
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.