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County’s Instant Rivalry hopes to ‘kickstart’ new album

Instant-Rivalry1Accomplished County brother and sister musicians Caleb and Megan Hutton hope fans old and new will help them “kickstart” a new album.

The two started playing together as Instant Rivalry while attending high school at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. The Highway, a track from their first album, remained on independent charts for nine weeks, peaking at number two and received international radio play. The duo has spent the last five years touring, travelling to Nashville and honing their new sound. They describe their new music as ‘Americana’, an acoustic blend of country and folk music.

“Our new album is unlike anything played on the radio today,” Megan promises.

The two have opened for acts such as The Trews and Sarah Cripps and this Friday will be the opening act this Friday for Jefferson Starship, at The Empire Theatre in Belleville.

They hope the online crowdfunding site ‘Kickstarter’ will help raise funds to complete their second album. On opening day they gained more than $2,000 from backers. A fundraising goal of $5,000 has been set to cover the cost of CD production, local session musicians and overhead costs of mixing and mastering. Donations are being sought until Feb. 28. Click on the small information box below to visit the site.

In their kickstarter video, Megan and Caleb describe their financial needs and perform their song ‘Hoedown’, a song about love gone horribly wrong, which is to be a single from their new album.

The Huttons began playing their new songs during the 130 shows they performed in 2014 – a year spent writing most of the new album. Songs include ‘Little Old Farmhouse’ which was inspired by their grandparents’ County home and ‘Come and Take It’ a witty upbeat tune about hard times.

Megan and Caleb say they draw their musical inspiration from travelling, the people they meet on the road, but mostly from life in a small town. Since 2007, they have performed for countless local charities and events. They have also actively taken part in the growth of young local musicians through their support of events such as the Picton Rising Star competition and the County Musician Showcas summer stage program.

Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States, designed to bring creative projects to life. People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and special experiences in exchange for their pledges. This model traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists would go directly to their audiences to fund their work.

“With public funding, we can keep our album Canadian-made and keep our connection to the County alive and strong.” Caleb adds.

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