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Travelling Mercies' latest is a musical labor of love featuring an impressive cast of Omaha talents and presented on vinyl.
Travelling Mercies' latest is a musical labor of love featuring an impressive cast of Omaha talents and presented on vinyl.
51 backers pledged $7,740 to help bring this project to life.

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The Vinyl Edition
The Vinyl Edition

It's been five years since you helped Travelling Mercies produce the award-nominated* album MOTEL.That was a fantastic experience that culminated in a piece that we were very proud of. So why did it take so long to make another album? Devastating heartbreak? Crushing depression? The darkness of addiction? Financial calamity? The unchecked appetites of my evil alter-ego, Vlad Von Gluten? Absolutely. Those, and many more stories best left to song.

The Travelling Mercies
The Travelling Mercies

The first thing I wanted to do after I'd dug myself out of my own grave was to play again. I missed the bond among bandmates, the thrill of live performance. And I had a lot of songs to share. I was anxious to commit them to record, but I felt like the recording process was limiting when attempting to recreate the energy and fun of a live Mercies performance. So when we went back into the studio with Curt Grubb, we decided to track the band live - everybody playing together, no click track, just a couple of takes and get out. 

The result was an organic and live-feeling framework we were able to build on with additional instrumentation and the tools of recording magic at Jeremy Garrett's Hidden Track Studios. Then Molly Welsh came aboard, bringing with her the otherworldly vocal talents of the ladies of Omaha favorites All Young Girls are Machine Guns and a small army of background vocalists (including Junior Mercies Townes and Lucy Holan).  I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.

Can you dig it?
Can you dig it?

Recording Cheap Labor has been the most personally rewarding musical experience of my life. Not only because I think it sounds great, but because it was made with so many of the people I love. Motel was a dark look at the borders we impose on our world and lives, made at a dark time in my own life. Cheap Labor, while dealing in many of the same themes fans have come to know from Travelling Mercies, is, by contrast, a celebration. It's a tribute to friendship, collaboration, and the power of music to heal and connect.  And now we want to share that with you.

*2013 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards: Best Album and Best Country/Americana

Your Role as Collaborator

This is NOT a request for a handout. This is a pre-order of our amazing new album, Cheap Labor. You're investing in our artistic vision, and you're getting something for it. The more you give, the more you get. Invest at any level and you will own the album. And from there it only gets better. Take a gander at the Pledge Rewards section (over there on the right). We've streamlined the rewards to focus on the music, this time offered up on a warm plate of VINYL. That's right - nearly 45 minutes of brand new tasty jams that you can spin at home (or remix at the club, should the spirit move you). No record player? No worries. Every contribution level includes a digital download, and you can frame the iconic cover art designed in collaboration with Bast Bramhall.

Choose Your Reward!!!
Choose Your Reward!!!

If you want to contribute more than the indicated levels, by all means, do so. Our $7500 goal is simply to help defray the costs I've already personally invested. Pressing a vinyl record alone costs nearly $3000 dollars; the recording, mixing, and mastering processes leading up to that cost twice that number. Anything beyond that helps ensure that those debts are paid, and Travelling Mercies can continue to bring you our music.

Risks and challenges

BUT HERE'S THE CATCH

...if we don't reach our $7500 goal by the deadline, we get NOTHING. Not a dime. And the album, already written, recorded, and shipped off to be made into a record, is delayed indefinitely, or maybe never sees the light of day at all.

So if you're planning to buy the album, want to support a hard-working artist and his band, or are my mother and don't want to see your son rot away in debtor's prison - this is the time to get on board. Your support means everything!

Thanks,

Jeremy and the Mercies

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    The Panhandler

    If you would like to show your support without anything in return but our sincerest love and thanks, throw your loose change our way!

    We are grateful for your support!

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    Slacker Special

    Does dropping the needle on fresh-pressed vinyl sound like too much work for you? Say "eh" to the warm sound and beautiful, suitable-for-framing artwork of your very own Travelling Mercies record, while still enjoying the musical fruits of their labor. 10 bucks allows you to download the album BEFORE the release date.

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    $25 Blue Collar Holler

    For the fan who appreciates the value of hard work and American craftsmanship. 12 inches of aural pleasure containing 12 songs of toil and trouble, heartbreak and hope. Beautifully packaged for maximum pride of ownership! You will also receive the digital download of the album.

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    The Shirts Off Our Backs*

    Recieve the Digital Album Download, The Vinyl Edition of "Cheap Labor" and an Exclusive Kickstarter-only Travelling Mercies T-Shirt!
    *shirts will not have previous contact with backs

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    The Cool Boss

    Are you the kind of person who takes responsibility, makes tough decisions, creates jobs, and drives the economy, only to be looked at like a stuffy funhater by your underlings? Hey, you know how to party, and you'd love to do more of it, but SOMEBODY'S got to do some work around here...
    Relax! The Mercies know you're cool, and we're going to help you prove it with this unique business opportunity.
    For a nominal $100 investment, The Cool Boss package nets you not only the vinyl album and download, but also a signed commemorative certification of your status as a Cool Boss.
    There's more: Cool Bosses also get a hand-selected power tie shipped to their door!
    With the Cool Boss package, you'll be less Donald Trump and more Bruce Springsteen. Guaranteedsteen.

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    Song Construction Foreman

    We will build to suit - order a song by topic, specify a style or influence, or simply serve as our muse.
    Jeremy and the crew will construct this personalized hymn just for you, professionally recorded and mastered so you can bump it at your own work site. Or wherever!

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    The Tawny Kitaen

    Tired of slaving away behind the scenes? Take your rightful place working in front of the camera! Contribute at this reward level, and you'll be given a starring role in a Travelling Mercies music video shot on location here in Omaha. You can dance your way across a car hood or two and into the hearts of America!

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    The Plumbers Union

    The kitchen sink - you get everything! Plus a professional photo shoot in Omaha with you and the band (or just you if the band doesn't meet your beauty standards).

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