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"Album of duets"--The Better Halves are ready to du-et! "Tête-à-Tête" will be full of clever lyrics, harmonies, and fancy playing.

This is our first full length album together, and we are so excited!  We have already started recording our album at Tommy Byrd's studio in Austin and it's going great!  We will have Warren Hood add some fiddle and Sara Hickman will add some of her magic vocally once we get our basic tracks all down.  Keyboards, bass, percussion, harmonica and cello will round out the sound.

For those who know our repertoire (and if you don't, clips of several of these songs are on the video) we'll be including "Wedding Vows," "Country Boy, City Girl", "Baby, It's Hot Outside" (a Texas parody of the Christmas classic), "Internet Date," "Different as Can Be," "Getting Nowhere," a brand new song called "The Captain and Mermaid," and instrumentals "Blue Angel" (by Los Indios Tabajaras)  and "Flight of the Bumble Bee." (Rimsky-Korsakov), an original instrumental, and a few others.   Our music is upbeat Texas swing/bluegrass with touches of jazz, folk, and even classical music. This album will be entirely duets (including the guitar instrumentals.)  We keep hearing that there aren't enough duets in the world, and we are doing our best to help remedy that!

We really mostly need help with the cost of production (mastering) and printing of the CD and a little bit for paying the other musicians.  We plan to be as environmentally friendly as we can with the printing.  The cost of mastering a CD is usually around $100 per song, and we have 13 songs planned.  Then there is printing, which can cost upwards of $1200.  Paying other musicians will cost around $500.  If we go above our goal, we could certainly use it to help with promotion (We'd love to hire a publicist, which could cost up to $2000 to really get the CD out there.) and artwork for the CD.  

As a married couple, we are so lucky to get to make music together and to make wonderful friends and fans all over the country!  We love writing songs to which other folks can relate.  We always have people laughing at our shows, and are often surprised when folks come up and tell us we made them cry (in a good way!)  We would appreciate any help in making this album a reality and look forward to seeing everyone we'll get to meet along the way!!

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    We'll send you a download of our "Wedding Vows" when the recording is finished--before the CD is available in print or on CD Baby.

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    We'll send you a download of "Mickey the Mechanic," which is actually an addendum to Jimmy Joe's "Torque Deluxe" album. This is a special addition song that won't appear on the new album and that got him into the Fiddlers' Frolic Songwriter Serenade competition coming up in mid-April!

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    We'll send both "Mickey the Mechanic" and "Wedding Vows" as downloads before the album is available in print.

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    We'll send you a CD autographed by both of us when they are all finished! This is a special deal to thank you for supporting us ahead of time!

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    We'll send you an autographed CD and the early downloads of "Mickey the Mechanic" and the "Wedding Vows."

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    We were so excited to get videos from our friends and fans about our music! We'd love to make a video for you thanking you for your support! We'll include the CD and downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows."

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    We will send a "Better Halves" T-Shirt and autographed CD, along with the downloads of "Mickey" and the" Wedding Vows".

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    We'll send you CD autographed by each of us with the lyrics to your favorite "Better Halves" duet hand-written by each of us. Chrissie will write her parts in her handwriting and Jimmy Joe will write his, and we will sign and date them for you. We'll include the downloads of the "Vows" and "Mickey", too.

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    We'll send you : a thank you video, autographed CD, T-Shirt, and downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows."

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    We'll send you : a thank you video, autographed CD, handwritten lyrics, and downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows."

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    We'll send a T-Shirt, hand-written lyrics and an autographed CD. Of course, we'll send the downloads of the "Vows" and "Mickey", too.

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    Acupuncture with soothing live music! Just like it says in the "Wedding Vows" song, Chrissie is a licensed acupuncturist in Texas and will give a treatment while Jimmy Joe plays beautiful instrumentals. (Limited to those in the Austin area, please.) Sorry, I know the wedding vows also say that Jimmy Joe changes Chrissie's oil, but we decided not to offer an oil change as a reward. . . :-)

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    You'll receive: Acupuncture with soothing live music, the autographed CD, T-Shirt, hand-written lyrics, and downloads of "Mickey" and the "Wedding Vows."

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    We will custom write a song for you and do a recording in our home studio with the 2 of us on guitar. We will write on a topic of your choice, or take lyrical or melodical ideas you already have and craft them into a song.

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    We'll give you a custom song from our studio, autographed CD, downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows", and either a T-Shirt or hand-written lyrics.

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    We'll give you the custom song from our studio, T-shirt, hand-written lyrics, an autographed CD, and of course, downloads of "Wedding Vows" and "Mickey."

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    We will do a concert in your home featuring the duets on the album along with our other songs.

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    We'll do a concert in your home and give you the autographed CD, T-Shirt, hand-written lyrics and downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows."

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    We will do a concert in your home and give you a serenaded acupuncture treatment, as well as the T-Shirt and CD and hand-written lyrics, plus the early downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows."

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    Here's the list . . . Custom song in our studio, acupuncture with music, autographed CD, T-Shirt, hand-written lyrics, and downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows"

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    At this level you'll get the best of all of our halves!! We'll do a concert in your house, write and record a song, give you a T-Shirt and CD and acupuncture and handwritten lyrics and, of course, downloads of "Mickey" and "Wedding Vows"

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