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The rough and tumble debut full length album from The Lonesome Billies. DIY country music at it's finest.
The rough and tumble debut full length album from The Lonesome Billies. DIY country music at it's finest.
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Dearest Friends and Billies!

After many shows, winding roads, and several cycles of the moon, we finally have arrived. After so much hard work our debut full length album is finished and complete in all it's glory! The recordings were done what feels like forever ago. The album art is finished. The vinyl has actually been produced! We've made a record and are ready to share it. The thing is that it costs a boat load to do everything. Studio time, an engineer, mixing, mastering, cutting lacquers for vinyl, pressing vinyl, producing CD's, going on tour. It costs a lot. It's all done. And now we're seeking your help to cover the costs simply so we don't go in the hole to put this out to the world. 

It's Good To Be Lonesome Album Cover
It's Good To Be Lonesome Album Cover
Gator Bill and Whiskey Bill
Gator Bill and Whiskey Bill

So here we are, hat in hand, asking for money. But we don't want your cash with nothing in exchange, no sir:

EVERYONE who donates $10 or more gets an immediate digital copy of the full album. That means in exchange for your support we're giving you our album before anyone! At certain levels you have a chance to get limited edition products like vinyl test pressings, posters, t-shirts and collectibles (images below). Beyond that we're giving you a gift that really is priceless: a chance to embarrass us in public, on stage, in front of all our friends and fans. I mean, you can shave Ornery Bills head in front of a live audience. We delve into performance art with "Queens Of Country", where we will dress in drag and perform classics from the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline live for an entire evening. 

Billies Classic Trucker and Golf Hats. Available with select donations. You pick which one you want!
Billies Classic Trucker and Golf Hats. Available with select donations. You pick which one you want!

All we want is to put these tunes out into the world, hope that folks enjoy them as much as we do, and hit the road for 9 days at the end of summer and play shows every night like a band of buddies from way back when should. 

We thank you for helping us make it happen. 

Limited edition linocut poster from Keegan & Meegan Co. Available with select donations.
Limited edition linocut poster from Keegan & Meegan Co. Available with select donations.
Die Lonesome Punk Rock T-shirt
Die Lonesome Punk Rock T-shirt
Limited edition 7" flex vinyl - Billies covering a classic by one of our favorite bands...
Limited edition 7" flex vinyl - Billies covering a classic by one of our favorite bands...
An EXAMPLE of Whiskey Bill's painting style. You can get an original 24 x 36 piece for $400!
An EXAMPLE of Whiskey Bill's painting style. You can get an original 24 x 36 piece for $400!
It's Good To Be Lonesome album insert (song lyrics on reverse side).
It's Good To Be Lonesome album insert (song lyrics on reverse side).

Risks and challenges

The album is done! We just want to hit the road and let folks know that It's Good To Be Lonesome. That doesn't sound very risky. When you help out you will be part of a special group that gets access to the whole album, two plus years of our hard work, before anyone else.

Thanks Billies,
It's Good To Be Lonesome!!

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    Unreleased Track!

    Every dollar counts, Bills. Get a digital download of the unreleased single "Ode To The Open Road" from the new album. This is an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter track release!

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    Sticker Pack + Unreleased track.

    5 stickers for 5 bucks! That's a deal Bill. We'll throw in a song no one else will hear until the official album release on 9/1/15.

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    "The Day I Lost My Life" 7" Vinyl Record

    This limited edition record features 3 tracks from the full album and an exclusive B side recording of our song "Hazel Dell Yell", which is not offered ANYWHERE else.

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    Digital Download of Album

    Once the album is fully funded you will immediately receive an advanced digital copy of the complete album!

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    CD + Sticker Pack

    Old fashioned compact disc and 5 Billies stickers.

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    Limited Edition Poster - Digi Download

    11x17 Hand Printed Linocut Poster and an advanced digital copy of the album.

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    Vinyl LP + Digital Download

    This is it folks! The records are done. We have them in our hands. If you help us cover the cost YOU will get your copy a month before the release date!

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    T-shirt + Digi Download

    Get a 100% Ring spun Cotton tee, featuring our "Die Lonesome" Tee art in all black (merch can be found on our website for visual reference).

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    Limited Edition Brixton 10 Year Anniversary 7" Vinyl.

    This is where it pays off to read the fine print. We recorded a cover of The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton" song which was produced as a flexible 7" vinyl invitation to the brand Brixton's 10th Anniversary Party. Only 500 of these were made and we got 10 of them. The track is unavailable in any other format and is not online!

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    Vinyl LP + Limited Edition Linocut Poster + Digi Download

    Self explanatory! You'll get an advance digital copy of the album FIRST, before it's out to the public.

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    Vinyl LP + Ltd Edition "It's Good To Be Lonesome" Trucker Hat + Digi Download

    We're making a classic trucker cap in limited qty's for the Kickstarter campaign. Available in royal blue or blk. You can see photos of the product by going to the merch section of our website!

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    Hat + T-Shirt + Digi Bundle

    Get the Limited Edition "It's Good To Be Lonesome" Trucker hat along with our "Stay Lonesome" in black.

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    MADE IN THE USA! Vinyl LP + Ltd Edition Made In The USA Trucker Cap + Digi Download

    This is the CLASSIC foam front trucker cap your Grampa wore on the tractor. None of this new fangled, overly curved junk. If you buy vintage caps cause they fit how they're supposed to then we have a line of US made caps that you'll keep forever.

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    Vinyl LP + T-shirt + Made In USA Hat + Digi Download

    You get the record, the tee (Die Lonesome tee in black) and our special Made In USA trucker cap.

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    Limited Edition 12" Vinyl Test Pressing + Digi Download

    We're only releasing a total of 15 of the original test pressings we received from the vinyl plant when the album was being produced. These extremely limited items come in unmarked sleeves with a hand written center label.

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    Test Press Bundle

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    Lonesome Bill's Skills Challenge + 2 Guest List Spots + Digital Download

    This is where we get to the fun stuff. Each of the following individual items come with two complimentary guest list spots. We'll coordinate with you and make sure you and a friend will be on hand to enjoy these special items.

    - Bill Collins 5 Minute Drum Solo - This is Bill in all his glory. He'll probably take his shirt off...

    - Gator Bill Sings "Blue Eye's Crying In The Rain" as Bill Paxton...

    - Whiskey Bill Sings Justin Bieber - that'll be interesting at a live show...

    - Ornery Bill as Kermit The Frog, singing Kenny Rogers "The Gambler".

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    Shave Ornery Bill's Head During A Live Show + Vinyl Test Pressing + Digital Download

    The Billies will jam while you shave Ornery Bill's head in front of a live audience. You also get a limited edition vinyl test pressing of the album.

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    Write & Record An Original Tune + Digi Download

    You pick the topic. It could be a song about mamas, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk. Anything really. We'll write the song and record it for you. You'll get a digital copy of it! Just in time for Christmas.

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    Whiskey Bill commissioned art piece. Whiskey Bill will paint you an original 24 x 36" acrylic painting.

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    Billies Karaoke Night + Billie Bundle that includes Vinyl LP, Digital download, T-shirt and hat.

    Share the stage with the Billies to sing your favorite classic country song. We will coordinate a time and date.

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    Billies Backyard BBQ Show - At Your House!

    Gator Bill's gonna smoke 20lbs of his signature Brisket, we'll bring a half gallon of whiskey and our music gear. You bring your neighbors, your buds, and your grampa. We'll party! This is a great show to team up with friends to split the cost.

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    Queens Of Country Show Bundle (In Portland Area only) + Vinyl / Tee / Digital Download

    Dolly, Patsy, Loretta, June Carter, Emylou and many more, brought to you by Gator Bill, Whiskey Bill, Ornery Bill and Bill Collins. Yep, it's a drag show! For this special item, we're tucking and plucking to bring you the classics.

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