The Faux Paws are making an album!

Hello friends, we are THE FAUX PAWS!
Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand and Chris Miller

Welcome to the GoFundMe page for our new album!  Almost exactly a year ago we were tucked into a cozy little studio in Trumansburg, NY recording this album.  And we had a fantastic time!  Everything went great!  Then, just a few weeks later, well, y'know, (gesturing vaguely towards 2020) all of THAT happened.  Gigs cancelled, plans scrapped, etc.  It took us a little while to regroup and sort things out.  But, we are finally ready to go and we can't wait (any longer) to share this music with you!
This is our first full-length album as a trio but we've been playing together now for nearly 10 years.  The material on this album is all original and ranges from dance music to folk songs.  Some of it is brand new, some of it has been thoroughly road-tested.  There's even a live bonus track from our set at the Rhythm & Roots Festival back in 2018!  

The funds we raise  will all go towards the album release.  That includes a few basic steps left in the record-making process, such as...
- mastering
- art design
- CD duplication 

And some essential promotional steps, like...
- digital distribution
- video production
- folk radio mailing  
- publicity and advertising 
- merch!

Any amount of support you could send our way is very much appreciated!  These are strange times (to say the least) and we're figuring things out as we go, just like everyone else.  We have some cool rewards to send your way and we are trying something a little different this time.  Because folks may be interested in different things, we put together a "paw" la carte list you can choose from at each tier, $30 and up.    

- signed physical Compact Disc of the new album
- original Faux Paws block print by Chris Miller and Kelsey Nelsen
- delightful Faux Paws t-shirt (straight cut or fitted)

Feel free to mix and match!  For example: at $90 you could choose one CD, one print and one t-shirt OR two CDs and a print OR three t-shirts, etc.  


- digital download of the new album via Bandcamp
- Thanks very much!  Hope you dig the music!

- choose ONE paw la carte reward!
- Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
- digital download

- choose TWO paw la carte rewards!
- Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
- digital download

- choose THREE paw la carte rewards!
- Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
- digital download

– USB thumb drive of the complete Great Bear Records discography (2003 – 2020) including a selection of unreleased, live, out-of-print or otherwise rarely heard tracks from our archives.  Over 175 tracks from The Great Bear Trio, Andrew & Noah Band, Buddy System, Wake Up Robin, and more!
– choose THREE paw la carte rewards!
– Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
– digital download

$250 – NOW… IT’S PAWSONAL (limit of 10)
– we will write you a personalized tune!  This has been a really fun reward in our past crowdfunding campaigns.  You can give us some direction if you want (title or dedication, key or mood, jig / waltz / reel, etc) and we will send you the sheet music and a demo recording when it’s finished.
– choose THREE paw la carte rewards!
– Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
– digital download

$300 – PAWS IN A BOX (limit 5)
Do you have a song, poem or tune you’d like to hear us exPAWnd upon? It could be an original, a cover, or even just a seed of an idea. Or maybe you have a solo recording you’d like to hear developed? Let the Faux Paws be your own personal studio backing band! We’ll work with you to develop the song (or tune or whatever) to produce, arrange, and record one demo-quality (home studio) track complete with whatever we think it needs! Your music is in good paws! Could make a great gift too!
– choose THREE paw la carte rewards!
– Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
– digital download

Private, NSFW?, virtual, livestreamed concert!  Let us entertain your friends, family and pets OR sell tickets and use it as a fundraiser for your favorite cause (let’s make sure we’re roughly on the same page about the “cause” before choosing this option).
– choose THREE paw la carte rewards!
– Faux Paws sticker + Great Bear Records magnet
– digital download

$600 – BACK BY PAWPULAR DEMAND (limit 5)
Real, live, actual, in-the-flesh, non-virtual, physically-manifested, intersection of a specific post-COVID space and time… house concert!  Obviously, this one is tricky and may require some patience and flexibility, so let’s talk it over before choosing this option. 

We would love to thank you in the acknowledgments on our album liner notes, plus anything you would like from the above rewards.
***Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!***


There are always risks and challenges making records.  We're mostly in the home stretch on this one and are hoping for a release date in early summer 2021.  Of course, there are still a lot of unknowns around how and when we'll be able to return to playing live, in-person shows. Donating here will help us navigate through this "new normal" and hopefully reach a bigger audience than ever!

THANK YOU so much for supporting us all this past year!  We are really proud of this album.  Like we said... Can. Not. WAIT for you to hear it :)

Take care,
Andrew, Noah and Chris 

The year was 2010.   Recently-former-teens and long-time brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand met up with their brand new friend, multi-instrumentalist and hot sauce connoisseur Chris Miller, for a fateful adventure. They loaded up a borrowed 1989 Volvo station wagon with fiddles, guitars, banjos and saxophones, and headed out on a five-week road trip through the American southeast.  They jammed on the beach, busked under a bridge, hung out at a festival on the Suwannee River, meticulously counted Cracker Barrel billboards and played some very, very strange little shows.  And by the end, a band had been born!  Over the next decade, Andrew, Noah and Chris continued to tour all over North America, often with the popular dance band Great Bear. Now, THE FAUX PAWS are once again striking out on their own with a distinctive sound that bends and blends traditional folk and classic country with driving dance hall rhythms and explosive improvisation.

Check out our WEBSITE  and sign up for the Great Bear Music email list!  You can also find us on FACEBOOK  and INSTAGRAM .

Fundraising team (3)

Andrew VanNorstrand
Manlius, NY
Christopher Miller
Chris Miller
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