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Country and rock stalwart Lawrence Peters is completing a record full of good times, heartbreak, and old-skool country mayhem.
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Lawrence sez…

I’m nearly finished with my first record as a frontman - after making thirty or so with other bands and projects- and I’m proud of the results. My band and I have been working like dogs on this thing, and we could use your help to get it the rest of the way there. Just a few more over-dubs, and then I mix it, master it, and press it up. So close!

The Record

What I’m talking about here is a country record.

Not that kind of county- my kind of country!

“Why, Lawrence, what ever do you mean?” you may ask yourself.

I mean the kind of country music that’s full of dirt and fire and ghosts and whiskey, with a living connection to its roots, and a respect for its origins.

This album has all of the gritty goods, plus a little polish in the right spots.

Some Details

The cover art is being made by Kathleen Judge, who is probably best known for her Grammy Award nominated work for Neko Case. Her posters and prints are things of rare and powerful beauty.

The recording features the mad skills of my group - Matt Gandurski, John Hasbrouck, and Josh Piet.

I also got assists from a bunch of talented friends, including Robbie Fulks,Kelly Hogan and Nora O' Connor.

The Songs

I write the songs I want to hear, so I have lots of stompin’ honky-tonkers about love and heartbreak, and catchy tearjerkers about loss and longing.  

The Wind is about my ancestors who migrated to The Kansas Territory in the 1850’s and lived through “prairie madness,” the Dust Bowl, and generations of floods.  Another Year is all about missing home and times that are long gone, and wondering if the choices made were the right ones. Bear Creek, my saddest song, for sure, is about the loss my mom a few days before my 15th birthday. Writing this is how I finally dealt with it, twenty years later. Beats crying, I suppose.

You’ll find two love songs on the record (A Man Needs Love, and Dirt on My Hands), but writing about that achy lonesome feeling is just more satisfying than writing about being happy - kinda like how it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.

...and the Goods!

Every level of giving gets you music. The first couple of options are like pre-ordering the album, which is hugely helpful for getting this thing sewn up. The rest of the amounts will get you the album, too, plus some unusual bonus goods, such as the Lawrence Peters Song Book (designed by the amazing Steve Walters). You’ll also have my heartfelt and humble gratitude, and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped bring my record into the world. 

Please note: all of the reward amounts are for folks in the United States. If you live elsewhere please add the appropriate amount for shipping. 

Lastly, a Note on the Goal

Realistically, the cost of making a record these days far exceeds my request of $5,000. If you all contribute more than my goal I may be able to cover costs I have not represented here. It's important to note that Kickstarter gets 5% for making all of this possible, and Amazon also takes an additional 3% to 5%. Also, all bets are off if I don't reach the goal, by the date set, so please consider giving more than I’ve asked, and tell your pals. 

Thanks for your support!

Lawrence

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    A download of the brand new album!

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    The album download + your choice of cd or vinyl version of the album (artwork by Kathleen Judge!) + a “toy surprise.”

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    Everything from the $35 level + The Lawrence Peters Songbook (artwork by Steve Walters!)- Frighten the children with your own rendition of The Wind, or charm and confuse your significant other by pickin' away on any of my seemingly upbeat honky tonkers that are really about heartbreak. Do it!
    Printing will be very limited on this choice and handsome item.

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    Everything from the $50 level + a “mix tape” made by Lawrence, from his massive record collection (seriously, many thousands of rare and amazing records!). Your choice of :
    1. A country mix (classics and lost gems- all top-notch), or
    2. An assortment of pop, psych, country, post-punk, rock, lo-fi, mutant… (new and vintage goods, and all tasty as heck).
    Your mix of choice will be sent as a download.

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    Everything from the $75 level + 3 additional "mix tapes," (so, 4 total) sent to you "seasonally" over the course of a year; new mix every 3 months, or so. Your choice of the country option, or the pop, psych, etc. option, or mix and match. Yow! These will arrive in your in-box through the magic of the internet.

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    Everything from the $100 level + I cook a crazy good meal (plus dessert) for you and a few of your friends/family. I have loads of cooking skills, so you won’t be disappointed. This option is limited to three locations:
    within 100 miles of Chicago,
    within 50 miles of Lawrence, Kansas,
    or within the Metro Denver area.

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    Everything from the $500 level plus a show for you and your friends/ family. The same location limits apply. Includes dessert. Yep.

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