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A new double vinyl album from Whipkey and Co. 21 songs to transport you to Omaha's long gone and much loved Cass St. amusement park.
A new double vinyl album from Whipkey and Co. 21 songs to transport you to Omaha's long gone and much loved Cass St. amusement park.
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Singles: Roller Coaster, La Festa Italiana 

Penny Park is a person. Peony was an amusement park. The former spent a great deal of time at the latter. This is an album about a girl.

Conception

More than a long gone amusement park, Peony has left an indelible mark on the city of Omaha, NE. Everyone over 25 has those 78th Cass St. memories.Musically capturing the parks’ history for our new album proved a daunting and somewhat unrealistic task. I narrowed in on the one time of year we all identify with Peony, summer. Honing the exact year to the era of my early childhood, I settled on 1989. Then, in my 8-year-old mind, teenagers seemingly lived on another planet. As a child that world certainly intrigued me, as an adult the allure of ‘89 has not lessened.With time and place secured, what was left was the story. While rock and roll has tackled numerous subjects, there’s one area where music has always been an expert: young love. There had to be a girl, there is always a girl, one with a name that brings it all back home, Penny Park.

Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989.

With the 1990’s at their doorstep and young adult emotions running hot, one young woman, Penny Park, will not get out of their head. The teenagers of Omaha, NE are fighting, bleeding, screaming, begging to tell you all about her. Over two albums of music bearing little resemblance to my previous efforts, Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989 transports the listener to a time when your only concern was summer, summer, summer. What history dealt those Cass St. gates is readily documented. How the romance ends for these young men and Penny is anyone’s guess and everyone’s story.

Photo by Chip Duden
Photo by Chip Duden

For the last twelve years I have been independently releasing music from my hometown of Omaha, NE. Be it solo or with my bands, The Movies, Anonymous Americanand The Whipkey Three, I have tried to maintain a relatively consistent schedule of releasing an album roughly every year and a half. The Whipkey Three’s last album, "Two Truths" was released in May 2012. "Penny..." was conceptualized in the summer of 2011 but really took off during the ridiculous heat wave this last summer. For better of worse, I have always been able to see an album to completion, it is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. While other records dealt with more personal themes, "Penny..." opened up a whole new world of writing and storytelling that fed off itself. The songs kept coming, one album quickly became two. The history and connection to Omaha has made this one of the most satisfying artistic experiences of my life. You always hear, “write what you now” for this lifelong Omaha native it proved all too true.

Between teaching private music lessons, writing, performing and recording, music is not only a passion it is my living. Honestly the thought of not working with music full time, makes me… well not want to think that thought. Needless to say the process is expensive but it is one we love and take very seriously.

Your collaboration

My initial skepticism for crowd funding has recently turned into pure enthusiasm. This is an exciting time for independent music, like a live performance there is now no barrier between artist and listener. Through Kickstarter, we remove the proverbial middleman who always holds things up. You and I are working together on this one, in concert. Quite frankly the idea of a double gatefold, 150 gram vinyl double concept album about a long gone Midwestern amusement park in 1989 would make many labels immediately stop communicating.

Live at The Waiting Room, 3-16-2013, photo by Justin Limoges
Live at The Waiting Room, 3-16-2013, photo by Justin Limoges

More than a contributor you are a collaborator. You now have the ability to make this seemingly crazy album a reality. Oh and it’s pink vinyl. 

The Resume

The Movies- Anonymous American (2002)

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

Matt Whipkey – Anonymous American- Lonely Town (2005)

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

The Whipkey Three – S/T- (2008)

Matt Whipkey- Instant Heart (2009)

The Whipkey Three- Two Truths (2012)

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

Two Truths photo session, photo by Justin Limoges
Two Truths photo session, photo by Justin Limoges

Risks and challenges

While we are aiming for a funding of $4,000, this is only a fraction of the overall costs. With Penny being a double vinyl album the 4k essentially covers the costs for duplication of the records themselves. Ideally anything over the initial $4,00 can be used to recoup my own expenses of studio time, promotional materials and mastering etc. The largest risk in this project is falling short of our goal. If our minimum is not reached we cannot ensure this album will see the light of day in the near future and certainly not on vinyl. However if our goals are reached, we promise to deliver you an album that will surely become your soundtrack to Summer 2013 and many more. Currently the album release party is set for June 22, we would hate to have to reschedule.

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    The Ride Pass- A download of my 2009, 4-track cassette solo album, "Instant Heart".

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    The Water Pass - A download of the new album, "Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989"

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    All Day Summer Fun Pass- A download of the new album "Penny Park...." and a download of our 2012 release, "Two Truths".

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    Penny Park- Your own personal copy of our the new double vinyl album, "Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989". CD with the songs also included. Continental US shipping included.

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    The Black Hole - Including The Whipkey Companion (Every physical release of my career thus far). Also the brand new double vinyl with included CD, "Penny Park..."

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    The Ballroom- The brand new double vinyl with included CD. 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 Waterslide- The Whipkey Companion, Double vinyl with included CD new album, "Penny Park, Omaha, NE: Summer 1989" A Whipkey Three t-shirt and a genuine stage used Matt Whipkey harmonica.

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    The Galaxy- The brand new double vinyl album with included CD, "Penny Park..." Also including a signed and framed copy of the album cover art.

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    La Festa.. - The brand new double vinyl album with included CD, "Penny Park..." The Whipkey Companion (every Whipkey physical release), Whipkey Three 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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    The Royal Grove- The brand new double vinyl album with included CD, "Penny Park..." A private one hour solo acoustic performance by Matt Whipkey. Location within 70 miles of the Omaha metro area.

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    The Summer 1989- For those of you looking for nearly the whole package: the double vinyl, the framed and signed cover art. a one hour private performance with The Whipkey Three! Performance to be held within 70 miles of the Omaha metro.

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    The works, full spread, piled high with all the toppings- 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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