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I'm excited to announce that I'm in the studio working on a new record!
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I've been working really hard for the last 4 years trying to finish these songs. A lot of them are ideas that I had sitting around the house for years that I kept kicking at until one day they smiled back and allowed me to write them. They were written all over the United States, from Alaska, to Oregon, to Colorado, to the Chihuahuan and Sonora Desert to my front porch in Austin TX. It takes me years to finish a song. I wish they came easier but that doesn't seem to be how it works for me. I'm really excited that I'm able to make a new record and I get to share it with you. I'm recording about fourteen songs and putting the ten that I feel make the album complete on the new record. Of these fourteen, about five of them I co-wrote with some of my long term friends and co-writing partners, Ron Scott, Gregory Alan Isakov, Marc Brenton and new to this group of writing friends, Robby Hecht.

Making a record is extremely expensive, after studio time, printing CDs and t-shirts, musician fees, mechanical royalties fees, radio promotion, artwork, mastering, the total comes out to about $ 8,000. I have a dream of being able to hire a company that does Press Promotions but that is another $2,500, So I'm just sticking with the $8,000 for now, but it would be amazing if I could get enough pledges to raise $10,500 for press promotions.

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I'm already in the studio working on the songs, so I expect to have it out by February, but sometimes making music seems to take longer than scheduled. I'm aiming for a completed record in February but if any delays happen I will keep everyone posted and I'll work around the clock to get it completed. I'm super thankful for all of you that have grabbed the CD's in the past, or came out to shows, or recorded one of my songs for your own record. It's means a lot to me. Thank you for your current pledge, or for passing this link along on the social media sites.

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    A full digital download of the new record. Yes, for only $3! ( With a virtual promise to repost or tell a friend )

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    A full digital download of the new record + Plus an exclusive digital download of J Wagner: the Acoustic Sessions, an intimate collection of my never-released B-sides from a 2011 Colorado demo recording session. I'll be honored to have the opportunity to share this with all of you.

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    A physical copy of the new CD +the B sides, mailed to you with a hand written thank you note.

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    A physical copy of the new CD, The B sides, a custom hand drawn peice of artwork, and a personal thank you note all mailed to your door step.

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    I mail a CD to your favorite friend or family member and write a note about how you picked them out of all of their friends to recieve this CD and I'll brag about how cool you are and how lucky they are to have you in their life. I'll also send you a CD, The Bsides, A hand drawn piece of artwork and a personal thank you note. ( I love this one)

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    I'll send both you and your friend every thing in the $40 category but I'll also label you in the CD cover as a "Cormac McCarthy" Donor

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    I'll send both you and your friend everything in the $40 category but I'll also send you a J Wagner T-shirt and then I'll label you as a "Dylan Thomas" Donor

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    I'll send both you and your friend everything in the $40 category but I'll also send you a J Wagner T-shirt and a collection of 4 poems added to the artwork. Suitable for framing. I'll also label you in the CD as "Lawrence Ferlinghetti" donor

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    I'll send both you and your friend everything in the $100 catergory and I'll also send you one of my pieces of Collage Art and then label you in bigger letters as a "William S. Bourghous" Donor.

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    I'll send both you and your friend everything in the $100 Catergory plus I'll come and play your house for your own private house concert and label you in the CD as a "William Carlos Williams" Donor. (Central or North TX only...or we could work a day out when I'm traveling through your town)

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    Become the proud new owner of my hat. Yes, Believe it or not, you can own my hat. The hat I wear almost every day! The one that is featured in the video can be all yours! I'll also send both you and your friend everything in the $100 Catergory plus I'll come and play your house for your own private house concert. (House concert for TX only)
    I'll also label you in big letters the one and only "John Steinbeck" Donor.

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