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Fans were key to making Framing Hanley's new album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The release of Framing Hanley's third album, "The Sum of Who We Are," in April brought an end to one of the hardest periods in the Nashville rock group's history.

The quintet left is previous label, Silent Majority, after 2010's "A Promise to Burn" and wasn't sure where it would end up for its follow-up -- or how to finance it. So the group used Kickstarter to fund the project, which frontman Kenneth Nixon says put even more pressure on he and his bandmates.

"Y'know, we were working two and a half, three years on this album and wondering if it was going to be deemed good enough to release for our fans who paid for this up front and fueled this album," says Nixon, 28, adding that Framing Hanley worked on more than 30 songs for "The Sum of Who We Are." "Just the idea of asking for funding from your fans alone is something that took awhile for us just to be OK with.

"But after doing it and after it being as successful as it was and the fans coming through above and beyond what we even imagined, we felt like we really had to make something special to make it worth it for these people. They wanted a new Framing Hanley album, so we wanted it to be special, and we feel like this is the best work we've done."

Nixon says it was also important to the band that it offer perks for contributing fans "that were more outside of the box and something that wasn't what every band offered, maybe some things I'd have jumped on for a band that I'm a fan of." That included letting one high-bidding fan name a song on the album, which wound up being "Forever Til the End." Another highlights was a private show, which wound up being a 16th birthday party "in the middle of nowhere, Texas" shortly after Framing Hanley wrapped up the fundraising campaign.

"That was something really cool for us," Nixon notes. "As special as it was for her, it was cool for us, too. We had never done something like that, and to be part of a 16th birthday for somebody, something they're obviously gonna remember their entire lives, that was really cool to be a part of."

Framing Hanley with Andrew WK, Kaleido, Of Mice and Musicians

Friday, Aug. 8. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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