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Music that's born in a barn. Help make Trish's new CD in the Seed Savers Exchange barn in Decorah, Iowa! -- A Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Campaign
Trish Bruxvoort Colligan
Strawberry Point, Iowa
United States
2 Team Members


After a decade, I'm recording my fifth solo album! I can't wait to share it with you.


Hello, friends! We're in the final week of crowdfuning!

With the incredible support of my wonderful friends and fans, we're nearly 60% funded! We completed our first session of Barn Recording at the Seed Savers Exchange barn; now, we're waiting to be sure we're funded before heading back to to finish up with the band. Your contributions will make it possible for us to complete the album and get it playing in your ears, where it's really meant to be.

Before reading any further, please take a moment to watch my new video. 


Thank you! Continue on...



Yup, a whole decade.

The last ten years have been full. I've been raising a child, working as a spiritual director and retreat leader, founding and leading a spiritual direction training program, and making music with Richard, my husband and partner in music. It's been deeply fulfilling work and so much goodness has sprung from it. But as the years marched on, I began feeling homesick for my solo music -- writing, recording and performing -- and longed to know and share that part of myself again. 

I took 2012 as a year of sabbatical to reflect and replenish, and reacquaint myself with my music.


Trish's Garden Goodness Picture

That was also the year we planted our first garden. My sense of adventure took over. When we ran out of space in the backyard, I began peeling back sod all around our house to plant more and more produce. (Why, yes, those were big purple cabbages right outside our front door.)

The practice of working with the earth, planting seeds, and growing wholesome, organic food for my family took root within me in surprising ways. Hands in the dirt and face in the sun, I hummed little songs and let the dream of a new solo album start to take shape.



Fast forward to now, Summer 2013, where the lush green of growing things meets brand new music ready to blossom forth.





Trish Wild Acre Image

A new Trish record: 

Wild Acre. 


Solo, but not alone.

These are not the songs I thought I would write. They're stronger.

These are not the stories I thought I would be telling. They're richer.

This is not the album I set out to make. It's better. 

Everything about WILD ACRE is finer than I'd even hoped. Why? Because I'm not doing it alone. 

Yes, it's a solo album, but I'm working with some incredibly talented folks, and together we're creating a project that's more than the sum of our parts. It's deepened, ripened, and gotten juicier in all the best ways.

My previous recording ventures were written, arranged, recorded and packaged on my own with the help of my husband in our home studio. Richard and I have enjoyed this way of delivering new, shrink-wrapped beauty to our beloved listeners. It's been pretty "Mom and Pop" style. In all, Richard and I have made more than a dozen CDs together (no doubt we'll make more!), and I love what we've created.

But WILD ACRE was asking for something different…


I've made independent music my career for nearly twenty years.
Why try something new now?

In the decade since my last solo record, I've changed. Technology has changed. The music industry has changed… a lot. I wanted to live into that change. To challenge myself as an artist and songwriter and press the edges of anything I'd done before.

When it came time to think about who would produce and play on the record, I consulted indie rock 'n' roll artist and long-time friend Jonathan Rundman to help me navigate some options. Jonathan encouraged me to dream bigger about what this album could be, and connected me with Jake Armerding, producer, singer-songwriter, and player-extraordinaire-of-all-things-stringed. Jake soon signed on as my producer and principal arranger for the record, and we've also co-written several of the songs together. His gifts have helped steer the Wild Acre project into new and fun places, and we've jumped in with a sense of adventure. 


A return to real-life roots.

As the project has unfolded, a clear theme has been emerging. The music of Wild Acre hearkens back to the songs of my own musical beginnings: acoustic, Americana, roots-infused, real-life story songs comprised of themes both lovely and raw, weaving threads of love, loss, sweetness, ache and redemption. Some of my early influences have even come back around with some unexpected and welcome inspiration.



Born in a Barn

In thinking about where to record this album, we wanted a setting that would bring out the rich character of the music and contribute to the soul of the project. A vacuum sealed studio isolation room felt a little too sterile for our purposes, but a barn… now that might just work!


Wild Acre meets Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange has graciously made the barn on their 890-acre Heritage Farm, near Decorah, Iowa available for our recording sessions. I'm beyond thrilled!



When I think back to humming my way through last year's garden planting -- using seeds our neighbor had saved and shared -- I am in open-mouthed awe at this Wild Acre-Seed Savers Exchange partnership.

Seed to seed, garden to garden, community by community, this music is coming to life.



How to Plant an Album

You could say Wild Acre is similar to the work of a community garden, or CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). (Or, as Jake calls it, Community Supprted Arts.) Making an album of this caliber requires a tremendous investment of time, energy, money, and people coming together at just the right moment. Without the backing of a label, I am unable to fund this alone. In addition to all the behind-the-scenes musical "farm hands",  I want to invite you -- my community of listeners, supporters, and fans -- to join us and fund this project.

Together, we have 40 days! Let's bring this Wild Acre to life!


Where the Money Goes

Every dollar you contribute goes directly toward the creation of this album and getting it into the world. Plus, because I have fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlasa significant portion of what you give is tax-deductible. Score one for both of us!

Our fundraising goal is $20,000. This will cover the basic cost of recording the album.

Your pledges allow me to do these things:


  • pay my producer, Jake Armerding

  • carry out our barn studio recording sessions

  • hire top-notch musicians

  • mix and master the album at a pro studio

  • manufacture and duplicate the CDs

  • make great album art with a photographer and graphic designer

  • pay royalties and mechanical licensing

  • cover the fundraising fees  

  • cover travel expenses for myself, the producer and the musicians


Dreaming Bigger.

Wild Acre is by far the most universally accessible of all my albums, making this the perfect opportunity to extend the latitude of my music. My greatest hope is that the songs will reach new listeners, open the door to fresh venues, and place me in front of wider audiences. I'd be delighted if this record also led to collaborative ventures with other musicians whose work I love and admire.
 Dreams for a Barn Concert Tour are sprouting, and we'd love to bring this music to a barn near you!

Our budget does not, however, cover album promotion, distribution or concert tours, all of which are essential to getting the music out into the world. If we exceed our goal, the extra capital will go toward the requisite components for successful promotion, distribution and tours.

Making this album - and sharing it as widely as possible - is deeply important to me. If we don't reach the funding goal, we will still make this album, but we'll need to make some hard, careful choices about where to compromise.

Anybody Want a Peanut?

When I say "I can't do this without you", I really mean it. 

What we're able to do on the record is directly tied to the funding we receive. 
Thank you for the opportunity to continue making great music that means so much to me.

And remember… a portion of your contributions are tax deductible with my fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas.


Many hands...
Obviously, raising funds to meet our Wild Acre budget is one vital and tangible way you can help. But there are other ways, too. As you pass the word on to your network of friends and family, you're reaching people and places I could never reach alone.

  • Spread the word!

  • "Favorite" this IndieGoGo page to stay in the loop.

  • Like my TrishBC music Facebook page and share with your friends.

  • Like, Link, Post and Share on all your social networks.

  • Pull up the video on your phone or tablet and show someone in the room.

  • Email your friends.

  • Forward this page to your favorite blogs, websites, magazines, and public radio and television stations -- particularly those interested in music, arts, and sustainable community.

  • Whistle "Wild Acre" around the house/office until people pay you to stop. (Hmmm... might raise enough to get yourself a free barn concert.)

If you'd like to be on my street team to get the word out, I've got a list of many more ideas. Email me and we'll gladly put you to work!


smiling trish thank you pic

Thank you, Friends!
Your support means so much.

I can't wait to unveil what we're all creating together! Wahoo!


Q and A:
Is it possible to make a contribution without selecting a perk?

Yes. Click on the $2 Tip Jar perk. At checkout, fill in the amount you'd like to contribute. But, don't for a second think you're getting out of here perk-less: I'll be pleased and proud to blow you a kiss from the barn.
What is Fractured Atlas?
Fractured Atlas
 is a 501.c3 non-profit organization under which member artists may obtain fiscal sponsorship. My husband, Richard, and I have obtained fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas for our music business, The River's Voice, LLC. All contributions to this project will be processed by Fractured Atlas, then distributed to me as needed to cover the expenses of making the album. Not only do our contributors get a kick-back at tax time but, the standard of accountability we're held to means you get the assurance that your contributions are working as promised.
Hey, can I chip in for my own shipping costs?
You betcha! The cost of shipping is included in your perk contribution, but you're more than welcome to add a few dollars to contribution amount. Add your desired amount as you check out. Truly, every dollar counts! (Please note: Orders shipped outside the U.S. require an additional charge. Please see your individual perk for that more information.)
Can I give beyond the level of my desired perk?
Yep. Add whatever amount you wish as you check out. Every dollar helps us meet our goal!
I contributed earlier, but I'd like to give again. How do I do this?
Well, golly, thanks for double-dipping! Simply go through the process again. Each contribution you make will appear on your credit card statement as a separate transaction.

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This campaign ended on July 28, 2013
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  • $2USD
    Tip Jar

    Hey, every bit helps, right? Plus, you get to vote on the final organic tee shirt design! Your perk: I'll blow you a kiss from the recording barn deck. (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $10USD
    “Keep Moving” single

    DOWNLOAD - available now the one song we've fully recorded for the new record. “Keep Moving” is based on the incredible actual account of my friend’s mother’s great crossing of the frozen Baltic Sea at the close of WWII. The arrangement (by producer Jake Armerding) and recording are stunning in their own right, and I promise, this haunting and courageous story will stay with you for days. Plus, a vote on the final organic tee shirt design. (amount over $1 is tax-deductible)

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  • $15USD
    Album download

    Digital download of Wild Acre, before its official release. Plus “Keep Moving” single + vote on final organic tee shirt design. (amount over $4 is tax-deductible)

    25 claimed
  • $25USD
    Signed CD Pre-order

    A physical, signed copy of the new CD, WILD ACRE, before its official release. Plus single + album download + signed CD + vote on final organic tee shirt design. (If you live outside the U.S., please add $5 for shipping at checkout.) (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

    73 claimed
  • $60USD
    Organic Tee Shirt Pack

    Special edition WILD ACRE tee + a signed copy of the CD. Plus single + album download + signed CD! Adult sizes SM-XXL. 100% ORGANIC COTTON. (Yes, it costs a little more, but it's better for you and the earth, and that's what we're about around here.) All my IndieGoGo contributors will get to vote on the final t-shirt design! (If you live outside the U.S., please add $8 for shipping at checkout.) (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

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  • $80USD
    Fridge Postcard Trio

    Real mail! I'll send you three thick, glossy, photo postcards snapped during barn recording. Snail mail means you can hold them in your hands. Sent at unknown intervals to keep the thrill alive. Sure does make nice refrigerator art. Plus "Keep Moving" single + album download + signed CD. (Please add $5 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!) (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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  • $100USD
    Farm Hand CD credit

    Way to roll up your sleeves! I'll print your name in the CD liner notes and on my website with the credit "Wild Acre FARM HAND." THEN! Dress up as your favorite Farm Hand (with some of your best pals), snap a pic, and I'll post it on my Facebook page. Instant fame, for sure. You'll also get a WILD ACRE STICKER! Yep, you Farm Hands have really arrived. Plus single + album download + signed CD + vote in final organic tee shirt design! (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

    10 claimed
  • $120USD
    Lullaby for your Love

    Trish will sing a lullaby for your Loved One. You decide the best format: phone, Skype or video. This is a lovely gift for a child (your grandkids will love it!); a person facing health challenges; a friend needing a touch of lovingkindness. Or, treat yourself! Choose up to three songs (or ask Trish to help). You're welcome to be with your friend at the time of the call. Conference calling is also an option. This a la carte item includes a vote on the final organic tee shirt design. (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $125USD
    Farm-to-Table Dinner Concert

    UPDATED Now by individual ticket -- only 16 available! Be my honored guests, treated to a scrumptious meal made by me, my parents, my sisters. Followed by Trish and Richard in concert. Truly, a very special, one-of-a-kind occasion. DATE: September 21; LOCATION: ARNKA Acres CSA, Dike, IA Plus single + album download + signed CD + vote in final organic tee shirt design! (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $140USD
    Watercolor Lyrics

    Choose any song from any of my CDs. I'll write the lyrics on an original, made-for-you watercolor background, sign it, date it and dedicate it you -- or someone you like a lot. Definitely frame-worthy! Plus single + album download + signed CD + vote in organic tee shirt design + all Farm Hand Goodies! (Please include $8 for shipping outside U.S.) (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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  • $160USD
    Music and Chocolate...

    So good together. Richard's Famous Fudge! Lucky you, devouring this melt-in-your-mouth awesomeness. Usually reserved for winter solstice, he's breaking out the chocolaty goodness for the benefit of Wild Acre (and chocoholics everywhere). You'll discover your fave way to eat it. (Mine: juicy blackberry in one hand, slab of fudge in the other.) Plus single + album download + CD + organic tee shirt vote + all Farm Hand Goodies! (USA/Canada only. Add $10 for Canadian shipping.) (amount over $20 is tax-deductible)

    3 out of 20 claimed
  • $200USD
    Tee + Poster Pack

    T-shirt + a special POSTER. Adult sizes SM-XXL. 100 % ORGANIC COTTON. Exclusive to my IndieGoGo contributors: You get to vote on the final t-shirt design! Plus single + album download + signed CD + Farm Hand Goodies! (Please add $10 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!) (amount over $30 is tax-deductible)

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  • $300USD
    A Song for You

    I’ll record an acoustic version of one of my songs OR a cover tune — you decide. A great gift for a loved one! I’ll include a spoken dedication of your choice. (Ex: This song is for [name] from [your name] on [date].) You’ll be the only one with this special edition song! This a la carte item includes a vote in the final organic tee shirt design. (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

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  • $1,000USD
    House/Barn Concert

    Trish and a band member will play a concert at the home or barn of your choosing. Keep the concert for yourself or gift it to someone you like a lot. (Birthday, rite-of-passage/life event, fundraiser, spiritual community, etc.) I love dreaming about such things, so ring me me up: we'll dream/scheme together. (Travel/lodging beyond 500 miles is additional. Dates subject to availability.) Plus single + album download + signed CD + organic tee vote + all Farm Hand Goodies! (amount over $250 is tax-deductible)

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    House/Barn Concert with BAND!

    Trish and a band will play a concert at the home or barn of your choosing. Keep the concert for yourself or gift it to someone you like a lot. (Birthday, rite-of-passage/event, fundraiser, spiritual community, etc.) I love dreaming about such things, so ring me me up: we'll dream/scheme together. (Travel/lodging beyond 500 miles is additional. Dates subject to availability.) Plus single + album download + signed CD + vote in organic tee design + all Farm Hand Goodies! (amount over $500 is tax-deductible)

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