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A brand new 10 song full length vinyl album from 2013 Omaha Arts and Entertainment Artist and Album of the year winner, Matt Whipkey.
A brand new 10 song full length vinyl album from 2013 Omaha Arts and Entertainment Artist and Album of the year winner, Matt Whipkey.
114 backers pledged $5,446 to help bring this project to life.

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"Underwater", title track off the forthcoming LP.

live photo by Jon Pearson, MAHA music festival 2014.

2013 was a whirlwind year, changes occurring at such a rate, I did not realize them until months later. Through the tempest there was a harbor: her name was "Penny Park..."  For many artists, myself included, it is possible to become so focused on a single goal, everything outside erodes. "Penny Park..." became a reality. The satisfaction of seeing a double concept album originally conceived at the Brass Knocker lounge come to life was beyond thrilling. However art, like all quality elixirs, eventually sets one back down to earth. Every year just before New Year’s I do a little self-assessment of the prior years songwriting. 2013’s grand total of 6 left me a little frustrated, I knew "Penny..." certainly taxed the creativity but was the tank empty? 

Omaha, NE in the winter really sucks for a lot of things. Fortunately, songwriting is not one. Perhaps the shut in weather and inviting warmth of your nearest neon fuel the brain and incite the pen. When spring arrived, I found myself with over a dozen new compositions. The songs, while varied in subject, simultaneously addressed the mystery and reality of the last year. The names were not changed, the dates were not changed, the places true to life. Unlike "Penny Park..", a record rooted in historical fiction, these songs read almost too honest. The listener in me needed some distance, the writer knew that was not possible.

The band immediately following 2014 MAHA set: Robert Carrig, Matt Whipkey, Scott Zimmerman, Korey Anderson. Photo courtesy of HEAR Nebraska.
The band immediately following 2014 MAHA set: Robert Carrig, Matt Whipkey, Scott Zimmerman, Korey Anderson. Photo courtesy of HEAR Nebraska.

Narrowed down to ten tracks, “Underwater” is split between songs performed between my trusted band of rock and roll specialists (Scott “Zip” Zimmerman, Robert Carrig, Korey Anderson and Travis Sing) and collaborations with J. Scott Gaeta. Throughout the summer, recording sessions went down with an ease I had not felt in a long time. Everything was fitting, the sound was cohesive, the songs laid bare their hungry bones: this was an album.

Whipkey and Co. live at the Hive, photo by Kevin Franz.
Whipkey and Co. live at the Hive, photo by Kevin Franz.

Over my 14 years releasing recordings, no single collection has featured songs written exclusively within a small window of time. “Underwater” is unique in the sense that each tune came from a feeling and place rooted in the winter of 2014 (with one written in June). While it is common to sit on and workshop songs for up to years, I did not want this collection’s initial spark tampered with. Though not a concept in the sense of “Penny Park..”, “Underwater” may be my most conceptual work to date, an aural documentary of fourteen frigid weeks.

Matt Whipkey and multi-instrumentalist, producer, J. Scott Gaeta. Photo by Chip Duden
Matt Whipkey and multi-instrumentalist, producer, J. Scott Gaeta. Photo by Chip Duden

Discography

The Movies- Anonymous American (2002)

Anonymous American- When the Drummer Counts to Four (2004)

Matt Whipkey – Anonymous American- Lonely Town (2005)

Anonymous American- World War III single (2006)

Matt Whipkey and Anonymous American – Don’t Be Late (2006)

The Whipkey Three – S/T- (2008)

Matt Whipkey- Instant Heart (2009)

The Whipkey Three- Thome at the Plate single (2010)

The Whipkey Three- Two Truths (2012)

Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989 (2013)

Matt Whipkey / Brad Hoshaw- I Miss You / Sorry - split 7" (2014)

Underwater (2014)

Winning the 2013 Omaha Entertainment and Arts awards Artist and Album of the Year honors. Photo by Chip Duden.
Winning the 2013 Omaha Entertainment and Arts awards Artist and Album of the Year honors. Photo by Chip Duden.

Risks and challenges

The album is recorded. It is my deep desire for you to hear these songs shoot through the stylus of your trusty turntable. For this, we need you. After the wonderful Kickstarter support received for “Penny Park…” , my faith was restored in releasing music as a collaboration with the audience. With your support “Underwater” will emerge as a gorgeous colored heavyweight vinyl record, compact discs and downloads will also be produced for the digital crowd. After funding the entire recording process myself, the financial well is tapped. With your support, you and I in collaboration and in concert can bring “Underwater” to the surface.

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    Your choice of download between The Whipkey Three's 2012 "Two Truths" album or Matt Whipkey's four track recorded classic, "Instant Heart"

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    A compact disc of the brand new Matt Whipkey album, "Underwater" Also includes bonus download of "Penny Park..."

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    The vinyl package: a heavyweight colored vinyl LP of the new album, "Underwater", the double vinyl album "Penny Park...", the record store day limited edition split 7" with Brad Hoshaw, "I Miss You" / "Sorry"

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    The Digital Companion: A heavyweight vinyl copy of the "Underwater" album, a thumb drive with every Matt Whipkey release in high resolution mp3 format. Immediate download link of the "Underwater" single

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    An autographed heavyweight colored vinyl LP of the new album, "Underwater" and exclusive Kickstarter supporter T-shirt. LP includes download of the record. Three private half hour guitar lessons with Matt Whipkey. Lessons will be held with Mr. Whipkey at this location of choice in the Omaha metro.

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    The Whipkey Companion: Every physical release of my career thus far. Includes the double award winning double vinyl album, "Penny Park", the new LP "Underwater and the Hoshaw Whipkey split 7". An autographed limited edition poster for the "Underwater" album. Exclusive Kickstarter t-shirt included.

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    Exclusive hand written lyrics for every song on the "Underwater" album. The Whipkey Companion (every Whipkey physical release), Special "Underwater" kickstarter t-shirt. Four private half hour guitar lessons with Matt Whipkey. Lessons will be held with Mr. Whipkey at his location of choice in the Omaha metro.

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    An autographed heavyweight colored vinyl LP of the new Matt Whipkey album, "Underwater". LP includes download of the record. Immediate download link of the "Underwater" single. A private one hour solo acoustic performance by Matt Whipkey. Location within 70 miles of the Omaha metro area.

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    A private performance by Matt Whipkey and his band. Location within 70 miles of the Omaha metro area. An autographed heavyweight colored vinyl LP of the new Matt Whipkey album, "Underwater". LP includes download of the record. Immediate download link of the "Underwater" single.

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    The works, full spread- All the benefits of the previous reward along with four private 1/2 hr music lessons with Matt Whipkey at a location of his choosing, The Whipkey Companion, personal thanks in the liner notes, and a little song written just for you.

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