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Alice PeacockBy Alice Peacock
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Alice PeacockBy Alice Peacock
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, May 1 2019 11:45 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods
Original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods

“Much has changed for singer-songwriter Alice Peacock since her last solo studio album, 2009’s Love Remains…”Feel the weight of the world on my shoulders/ Am I wiser or am I just older?” she sings on “Dry Spell,” from her new collection, Minnesota. The record suggests that despite her “wondering what all is yet to be,” she has indeed attained a measure of wisdom...“Being a parent, I don’t know that I could love any more than I do right now,” she says, “so I’ve also never been more vulnerable. I have everything to lose.”

For me, it was all about finding balance in my life.  I continued to write and perform on a pared down schedule, keeping that thread of connection with my audience and friends who have steadfastly supported my music. I describe it as "keeping that muscle alive" as, at times, it felt like my creative self was at risk of disappearing in the whirlwind of mothering three very busy, curious and active children. A workout on all levels for sure - one, two, three, four . . . 25 senses working overtime!  

Then, this past fall my twins enrolled in full-day kindergarten and, finally, I had the time to record these songs in Nashville that had been resting in the quiet for years.  With the help of my dear friend and GRAMMY award winning producer, Phil Madeira, I’m thrilled to bring these songs into the world. Backing me up were Phil and the rest of the members of Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Boys - Bryan Owings, Chris Donohue, Will Kimbrough - along with all-stars John Painter, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Derri Daugherty and James Hollihan. Together we wove a strong musical quilt that supports and warms these songs perfectly. 

The result is my new record Minnesota which feels like a touchstone of where I've been, who I am today and where I look to in the future. I am lucky to spend my summers with my family up on the Minnesota/Canadian border teaching songwriting at summer camp. It’s here sitting shoulder to shoulder with wilderness that I’m reminded how to breathe again, what’s really important and how to truly see what’s in front of me, from the miraculous regenerating Jack pine to the striped tiger leech camouflaged in the reeds. I grew up in Minnesota and the calls of the red winged blackbird and the loon still stir my soul as I am instantly transported back to an 8 year old, jumping off the end of the dock into White Bear Lake while the sunfish scatter around me. There’s nothing like being in a canoe and not seeing another soul for days to make one think the dichotomous thoughts “I am nothing. I am holy.” My family and nature continue to be my greatest teachers.

As many of you know, much has changed in the music industry over the last decade.  In the past, record labels provided the money for the recording, production and release of records. These days many artists depend on their listeners and supporters to take that journey with them. I like to say that the Internet taketh away (due to the fact that many people refuse to pay for music anymore) and the Internet giveth back (in that the power to  connect music makers and their fans is stronger than ever before). I believe this community way - where we travel a road together - is a lot more fun and in the spirit of the intimate music-making that speaks to my heart. I love the conversation that happens between me and an audience at shows; that "give" and "take" exchange of energy. It's why I keep performing and writing songs. That being said, making records has a real cost and most artists have had to find a new way to produce their music.

That’s where platforms like Kickstarter have been a godsend. And though I have never done a Kickstarter campaign before, I am excited to take on this challenge and walk this journey together with my fans. You all know me as well as anyone. So let’s do this!

This is what I need.  

I am asking for $24,550. This will cover the costs of the musicians, the recording studio time, the producer, the mixing and mastering engineers, the creation of the CD artwork, the CD duplication, the Kickstarter video and the manufacturing of the merchandise. The record itself is already recorded, mixed and mastered; I need your help to finish the process!

With Kickstarter it’s all or nothing. If I don’t reach my goal I don’t get a cent and your credit card isn’t charged. But let’s not go there...let’s do this together!

You'll see that there are various levels of pledges. 

Choose from an early digital download of my record in May to autographed copies of the CD before my official release in September; a cool camping coffee mug (with original artwork "Minnesota Jack Pine" by Phary Woods - see above); a vintage Alice mosaic poster & handwritten lyrics; a Martin "Backpacker" guitar; a SKYPE songwriting session; a custom written song for you or an intimate house concert. Please find a level of pledge reward that speaks to you most. My sincere thanks, in advance, for your support!

Many blessings to you,

Alice

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please pledge and help me spread the word about this campaign among your friends and on social media! 

IF WE EXCEED THE FUNDRAISING GOAL then we can do really awesome things like a limited vinyl edition of Minnesota, more promotion and extended touring.

Risks and challenges

The recording is finished and I have every reason to believe that we will meet this Kickstarter goal together! I have good relationships with all the vendors manufacturing the CD and merchandise and I am skilled at packing and shipping. Seriously. I love mailing stuff!

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    I'M A GIVER! GIFT WITH NO REWARD

    You are a minimalist when it comes to stuff but a maximalist when it comes to generosity! Thank you so much for your support and taking this journey with me!

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    EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE RECORD

    Pledge $15 or more and you'll get a DIGITAL COPY OF THE RECORD - MP3s of the 10 songs that make up "Minnesota" plus pdfs of the CD artwork.

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    SIGNED CD

    Pledge US $25 or more and receive a SIGNED COPY OF my new CD "Minnesota" BEFORE IT'S OFFICIAL RELEASE DAY of September 20th, 2019 + the EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and pdfs of the CD artwork in May.

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    COOL CAMPING MUG/VINTAGE POSTER

    COOL CAMPING MUG with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods + VINTAGE MOSAIC ALICE POSTER + SIGNED CD + EARLY DIGITAL COPY OF CD with pdfs of the CD artwork in May.

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    ALICE CD "COLLECTION"

    ALL 6 OF MY PREVIOUS ALBUMS PLUS NEW ALBUM "Minnesota" + COOL CAMPING MUG with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods + SIGNED CD + EARLY DIGITAL COPY of the CD with pdfs of the artwork in May.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS

    Frame-able HANDWRITTEN LYRICS to one of my songs on beautiful paper + ALL 6 OF MY PREVIOUS ALBUMS PLUS NEW ALBUM "Minnesota" + COOL CAMPING MUG with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods + SIGNED CD + EARLY DIGITAL COPY of the CD with pdfs of the artwork in May.

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS

    YOUR NAME WILL APPEAR IN THE CREDITS of my record with undying gratitude + VINTAGE MOSAIC ALICE POSTER + COOL CAMPING MUG with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods + SIGNED CD + EARLY DIGITAL RELEASE with pdfs of the album artwork in May.

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    Martin Backpacker Guitar

    A Martin "Backpacker" guitar (signed by me if you'd like!). PERFECT to take on your next camping/canoe trip. Also, includes a cool camping mug with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods, a signed copy of my "Minnesota" CD and an early digital download of my new record with pdfs of the CD artwork in May.

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    SKYPE SONGWRITING SESSION

    2 HOUR SKYPE SONGWRITING SESSION: I'll help you write a song or offer advice about a song you're working on. If you'd like I can show you the chords/tunings of some of my songs. We will coordinate schedules to figure out the best time to do this. This reward includes a signed copy of my new CD "Minnesota" plus an early digital download of the album with pdfs of the artwork in May.

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    I WILL WRITE A SONG FOR YOU!

    I WILL WRITE A SONG FOR YOU or someone else! I will record a video of me playing it and, also, include FRAME-ABLE HANDWRITTEN LYRICS. We will coordinate when this will be completed and what the song will be about! FUN!
    This level also includes all the stuff: the EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD plus pdfs of the artwork (in May), the SIGNED CD, the COOL CAMPING MUG with original artwork "Minnesota Jack pine" by Phary Woods and the VINTAGE MOSAIC ALICE POSTER.

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    INTIMATE HOUSE CONCERT

    I will come to your house (or other venue) and play a CONCERT FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS! Let's coordinate schedules so it works best for both of us.
    *Note* It is perfectly legit for the Backer to have the option of asking a "suggested donation" from guests to cover their costs. Travel and hotel are additional. If I have to fly instead of drive I will bring my guitar and ask that Backer provide a keyboard or a piano. Backer is asked to provide a small PA or sound system. United States only. Reward includes a signed copy of my CD "Minnesota" plus an early digital download of the CD and pdfs of the artwork in May.

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS

    YOUR CHOICE of any or all of the above OR let's discuss how I can create something meaningful for you. I will add your name as a Patron of The Arts to my CD credits and you will have my undying gratitude for helping me continue to do what I do as an artist!

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