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For my 5th album I retreated into a Vermont studio during an ice storm with an ace producer and band. Help me finish the release!
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From the first time I caught Jeffrey Foucault play at the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson back in 2003, I've been a serious fan. Fast forward eleven years, and you might say that I am excited about releasing an album that we worked on together, and that might be an understatement. 

Back in January of this year I flew all the way out to New England from my home in Denver and drove up to Verdant Studios, set deep in the backwoods of southern Vermont. In three days, we recorded the whole album live, while stoking a wood fire in the stove, eating meals together, and avoiding the raging ice storm happening outside. This is how records are supposed to be made.

Verdant
Verdant

 Jeffrey hired an amazing band:

Mark Spencer (Son Volt) - Guitars, Pedal Steel, Keyboards
Mark Spencer (Son Volt) - Guitars, Pedal Steel, Keyboards
Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) - Upright and Electric Bass
Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) - Upright and Electric Bass
Billy Conway (Morphine) - Drums
Billy Conway (Morphine) - Drums
Caitlin Canty - Vocals
Caitlin Canty - Vocals
Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) - Fiddle
Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) - Fiddle

 SO THE ALBUM IS FINISHED, BUT...

Yes, Tulsa has been tracked, mixed, and mastered, but there is more work to be done. The next steps that need to happen and be paid for, hence, this Kickstarter:

1. Publicity
2. Pressing/Printing Physical Copies
3. Radio Promo
4. Website Redesign
5. Graphic Design
6. New Press Photos
7. Video Production
8. Tour Support

The goal I have set is a minimum that will enable me to handle the basics for above. If we exceed that goal, well, we'll do all of those things better and for longer, and my dream of releasing a Platinum record will be that much closer. World takeover, shortly after that.

Thank you for your support in making this record! Anything you can do is greatly appreciated, from becoming an official backer, to simply sharing or passing along to friends. 

Risks and challenges

Releasing music these days is always risky. The industry is ever-changing, and defining a successful career seems like aiming at a moving target. One thing remains clear, to me, however, and that is: keep making more, and better, music. After the release: touring, performing, and continuing to write. All of this brings more risk, but I feel more proud of this album than anything I have ever done, and feel great about putting my career behind it for years to come.

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    ADVANCE SIGNED CD BONUS

    A signed, early copy of the new album on CD (+ digi download) PLUS a digital download of the back catalog album of your choice. Options include: 12 August, Old Fashioned, Ghost Towns, An Evening With..., Our Love Was Made For Canada, or Dusk Came Slow.

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    A signed, early copy of the new album on CD (+ digi download) PLUS 2 digital downloads of the back catalog albums of your choice. Options include: 12 August, Old Fashioned, Ghost Towns, An Evening With..., Our Love Was Made For Canada, or Dusk Came Slow.

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    GUEST LIST FOR TWO

    To the show of your choice. Say hello, hang out back stage, we'll all have a drink together. Can be saved indefinitely and cashed in on at any future show. PLUS, you get a physical signed advance copy of the new album mailed to you before the release date.

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    MIX CD

    I will send you a burned mix cd featuring tracks from some of my favorite artists, in a handmade and handwritten package. Provide me with one or two artists that you are into, and I will personalize the mix to your tastes. Also includes an early signed physical copy of the new record.

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    DINNER FOR TWO AT MY HOME

    If you are in the Denver area, or have travel plans in this direction, and with a little planning... I will have you and a guest over to our house for dinner. If I may say so myself, I am a pretty darn good cook, and specialize in Mediterranean food. So come on over, have a fine evening with food, drink, good company and conversation. Also includes a signed, advance copy of the new album.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS

    I will personally write out the lyrics to the new or old song of your choice, and sign it. Includes an advance, signed physical copy of the new album, plus two digital download albums of your choice.

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    DENVER'S FINEST TOUR

    You may not have realized it, but Denver is a city full of amazing breweries, wineries, cider houses, distilleries, and, yes, marijuana dispensaries. I have my favorites, and you, me, and one other guest will hop between them as your tastes dictate for as long as we all are having fun! A stop at Biker Jim's Gourmet Hot Dogs will be likely, though not a necessity. Also includes a signed early copy of the new album. *Cost of night out not included, you will pay for your drinks and I will pay for mine*

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    GUIDED SKI WINTER PARK TOUR

    I have been riding Winter Park Ski Resort for a very very long time, and I know the mountain well enough to know a few secret spots. We'll spend a day at the resort, catering to your sense of adventure. I would recommend you be an advanced skier or snowboarder for this reward level, as you will get the most out of it. Bring a friend! Also includes a signed, early copy of the new album. *Price of your lift ticket not included*

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    GUIDED HIKE ON THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE

    I love hiking in the mountains and foot hills outside of Denver and Boulder, and would love to take you and a friend on a guided hike on one of my favorite trails. We will meet up and take as long as the hike takes, and I'll give you a few options beforehand. Also includes a signed early copy of the new album, plus my entire physical back catalog.

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    THE HISTORY BUFF PRESIDENTIAL

    If you follow me on the social media interwebs, you may have learned that I am a complete history dweeb. Furthermore, I am in the midst of a project that only the deepest of history nerds would undertake: I am reading one biography for every US president in chronological order. Currently, I am almost finished with #6, John Quincy Adams, which brings me to the reward. I will write a personalized dissertation about my thoughts on the first five presidents, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. I will compare them and their policies, identify their triumphs and missteps, and give you my own opinion on each of them. This will be a hefty paper, and don't worry, I am totally qualified to do this. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History! Also includes a signed early copy of the new album, plus my entire physical back catalog.

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    HOUSE CONCERT

    I will play a private concert in your own home! This one will take some planning, and we should probably chat a bit before you select this level. This will be extremely easy to work out if you live in Colorado or Wisconsin, or close by in a neighboring state. Otherwise, let's talk about my touring schedule. I'll be playing lots of different places in 2015, both in and out of the United States, we just might be able to work it out. Plus I'll send an advance signed copy of the new album, and you can basically take your pick on any and all digital downloads from the back catalog.

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    THE ULTIMATE COLORADO TOUR

    Yes, for this level you get the full experience over a weekend! We will go snowboarding at Winter Park, hiking somewhere on the Front Range, brewery-hopping in Denver, and I will cook you a homemade dinner at Chez Statz. This level is good for two people, and also includes an early, signed copy of the new album! *All earlier disclaimers on tickets, drinks and whatnot apply*

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