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Help fund the recording and completion of my new CD, "Where It Hits You". Lots of cool awards for backers.

Okay Friends,

I've gone ahead and jumped into a twenty first century way of making records here with this Kickstarter campaign modality. What I'm doing here, or trying to do, is raise the money to get this next album done. Normally a label handles the nuts and bolts of funding the albums, but last year I broke away from my label, Luaka Bop, for a variety of reasons (hated to go, but it was time) and am now making records all by my lonesome. In certain ways it's liberating, but financially it's terrifying, particularly when you're working on two records at once, like I've been doing the last year or so. See, I've just released Sounds Of The Americans ( for a free download go to www.jimwhite.net) a side project that grew out of a score I wrote for a play that Julliard Music School put on.

For this next album, called Where It Hits You, I've got upwards of twenty new songs written. Already a fair amount of the core recording's been done---paid for with every last penny of my life savings---but I've come up short with the album half finished and need your assistance to complete it, so pitch in if you're able. Pray like hell for me if you're not.

In the FYI category, this album looks to be one of the most eclectic I've done so far, with songs ranging from a fun loving ska kind of number (Here We Go) that I recorded with Athens based The Heap Project (they kick ass) to some old time country numbers (Harry Allen and On The Best Of Days) with folk darlings Caroline Herring and Terri Binion. It's always been important to me to include feminine voices on my albums, and those two ladies are some of the best I've worked with. Throw in a few curve balls like my collaboration with the Australian experimental trip folk band Otouto and you've got about what you've come to expect when you get one of my albums---a crazy quilt of musical influences.

So there you have it. If you can pitch in and help get this done I'll be deeply obliged. Being a musician and selling records is how I feed my two kids and pay my mortgage. There are no words to express how grateful I am to any and every person who helps me accomplish that complicated task.

I wish you well, a peaceful Christmas with those you love.

Your friend in music,

JW

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    MP3's of the new record (when completed), PLUS: A CD of the songs that got me signed to David Byrne's label Luaka Bop, PLUS a digital copy (PDF) of the short story I wrote chronicling the bizarre events leading up to getting signed. The demo CD was referred to by Warner Brothers Records as ".... the worst demo tape we've ever heard."

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    Hmmm. I see I'm about out of rewards. Okay, for you die-hards I'm gonna go to the vault and dig out the rarest of rare stuff I have. What might that be? The last remaining copies I have of the only vinyl I ever released---a single of Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi---and a CD of Gimme 5, the EP I released around the time I put out my first album. These come up every once in a while on Ebay and fetch significant numbers. To sweeten the deal I'll throw in my first official show poster. Be happy to autograph the poster if that suits your fancy. I'll add images of the poster, vinyl and CD to my website. Head over to the Jimart part of it and they'll be listed at the top.

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    Many of you who've come to live shows have seen me playing my banjocaster, a Samik electric guitar modified to be a banjo. Since I have two of these, I'm gonna part with the one I always toured with. It's not pretty, but if you play electric banjo, and are fond of Wah-wah, this baby might be for you.

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    I guess I can also part with the banjo I played on Wrong Eyed Jesus. I played it on Sleepy Town, Angel-Land, and many other songs over the years. I'll put a picture of it up on my www.Jimwhite.net site as well. It plays great and has quite a "provenance".

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    "The David Byrne" package: a Fender Deluxe 112 once owned and used by David, a weird neck tie DB gave to me, a large photo print taken by David when he visited me in Pensacola, a couple of candid photos I took of the man. PLUS: the demo CD, bootleg CD, the PDF of the story and an autographed copy of the "Wild-Eyed Tree / Superwhite" book. ** EX-USA: YOU PAY SHIPPING COSTS **

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    I come to your house, rake your yard and mow your lawn (or some corollary menial labor), then do a private house concert for you and your invited guests. This offer only valid for the contiguous 48 states, plus Canada.

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