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It's a dream come true to work with Zachariah Hickman and Sam Kassirer from Josh Ritter's Royal City Band in my home state of Maine.
It's a dream come true to work with Zachariah Hickman and Sam Kassirer from Josh Ritter's Royal City Band in my home state of Maine.
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It feels so good to say those words.... "I'm making a new record." And it feels even better to say them for the right reasons. 

It's easy for us singer-songwriters to feel like we always have to have something shiny and new, to sell, to share, to promote. I'll never forget excitedly telling a folk DJ about my new album Back to Eden and when he heard it was 6 months old he said almost disdainfully, "That's not new." I don't want that to be the voice that tells me when it's time to make a new record. 

There were other, much gentler voices that told me it was time to put new music into the world. I have been writing at least one song every week since December 2013 and without being any good at math you could still tell that means a lot of songs, a lot of stories, and I want to tell some of them. 

I've made five studio albums and each one has been its own unique and beautiful time and place, and I wanted to allow this one its unique time and space too. 

Josh Ritter's So Runs the World Away came out around the time my now partner of seven years and I were getting to know each other. Our first (somewhat official) date was dinner and song swapping at the house where I was staying and he decided it was imperative that we listen to the album in its entirety, which we did in the wee hours of the night, in the soft light and heart space of new love and possibility, and which we have done many times since.

I reached out to Sam Kassirer, owner of the Great North Sound Society in Maine, member of Josh Ritter's Royal City Band, and producer of some of my favorite Josh Ritter albums, including So Runs the World Away. I told him my story and how I arrived at his door, why this new album is meaningful and why I wanted to make it at Great North. 

It's a funny, and often uncomfortable thing, to be constantly readjusting your understanding of how you fit in the world. I can admit I've accomplished some pretty cool things in the last few years, work that I'm very proud of, but it's really been the growing cultivation of a community of incredible artists and fans and friends that has made me realize I'm not worlds away anymore from many of the people I so greatly admire and look up to. Perhaps I have worked hard and earned myself a place at the table. Perhaps there has been a place for me all along and I just had to ask for it.

Sam was excited to play on the album but due to prior commitments referred me to Zachariah Hickman, another member of the Royal City Band, to produce it. This was incredible news, as I love his work as well, and I'm so grateful that he was willing and able to do this with me. Recording will take place in late August/early September in Maine, my home state, with a small and intimate group of musicians. My trust in the direction of this project and how it is unfolding is deep and absolute, and I am so honored and excited to work with these incredible individuals. 

Josh, Sam and Zachariah ~Courtesy of Rich Kassirer/modernacoustic.com
Josh, Sam and Zachariah ~Courtesy of Rich Kassirer/modernacoustic.com

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out what I'm up to. This is really a dream come true, and I can't wait to bring this album to life. 

There are many ways you can help! 

Of course every dollar pledged to this campaign gets us closer to an all or nothing goal, but you can also share this link on your social media, or tell your friends who you think would like my music. Word of mouth counts for so much.

Thank you for being part of my village. I couldn't do any of it without you.

"Those Are My Dreams"
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This is by far the most money I have had to raise for a project, but it feels good to have a real budget laid out (by a professional), and an actual number to work towards that means something. Last time I did a Kickstarter I asked for what I thought I could get. This time I'm asking for what I need.

I admit I was almost more nervous to do this the second time around, but the good news is that now I've done it before. I learned a whole lot about what I did well and what I can do better. I know how to be more efficient with rewards and realistic about what I've promised so that as much money (and effort) as possible can go where both of us intended it to.

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    Early Bird

    You will get a download link of the album before anyone else! The early bird gets the worm and I have some yummy worms for you.

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    A Good Egg

    SIGNED CD!

    I'd love for you to have your very own physical copy of the album in good old fashioned cd form (as eco friendly as we can get 'er done). Sound good? I certainly think it will!

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    Let That Chicken Go

    SHAWNEE'S PHOTOGRAPHY!

    Some of you know I'm a photographer. For those of you who don't: Hello there! I'm Shawnee from Let That Songbird Go Photography. I would love to offer you a signed 5x7 print of one of my photos. I have an online shop, but also have umpteen million images posted on the internet, and most of them I can print for you (other peoples' privacy permitting).

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    Bawks Set

    5 previous albums + 1 brand new one makes a 6 cd discography that I will sign with love and thanks and send your way!

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    Birds of a Feather

    LIMITED EDITION POSTER!

    People have been over the moon for my moon photos lately and I love the beautiful dance that music and photography make together. I am creating a limited edition, signed and numbered, 11x17 poster exclusive to this campaign that will feature one of my most favorite, and favorited, moons.

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    Chicken Scratch

    PERSONALIZED MIX CD!

    I have a lot of songs y'all, and my mom is the only one that has gotten random cds of pretty much most of them. I will make one just for you, of songs that potentially very few people have ever heard, or have never been released. I can ask for requests (funny, super old, no swear words or songs about sneaking out to the garage to smoke as a teenager, etc) or you can be hands off and see what you get. This is going to fun. Potentially embarrassing, but fun.

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    Hen and Ink

    ORIGINAL PAINTING!

    I will make you your very own Shawnee Kilgore original painting! I can show you examples of ones I've made, so you can choose a general direction. Or if you like I can base it on one of my song lyrics that speaks to you, and include it in the work.

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    Im-peck-able Taste

    PHOTO SHOOT! *Austin / Northwest WA area only*

    We can either do a photo shoot for you or someone you know, or perhaps you have a garden in which I could wander and find photographic treasures. Or we can just take a walk for an hour and I will take pictures along the way. (People who walk with me generally find this to be fun.) I will send you JPEG files of the good ones, and if you pick your favorite I will make an 8x10 print and frame it for you.

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    Jon Dee Graham Original Bear Art!

    My last guest of Wonder What Wednesdays in July Jon Dee covered my song Blue Moon Shine (Heart Like Mine) and created an original Blue Moon bear for the Kickstarter cause! If you've seen his bears you know how special they are and this one is super duper extra special. On the back are the lyrics that he used on stage to completely slay the room with his beautiful rendition of what is now my favorite song on the new record. As he says, "Some of them are scratched out so you know it's authentic." Definitely my favorite reward of this campaign!

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    Home to Roost

    HOUSE CONCERT!

    Live in Texas, Washington, New England or actual England? I would love to come to your house and sing songs for you and your closest friends. A real deal house concert. Don't worry, you can have a lot of closest friends, or you can have no friends. I will come and play just the same (and I will be your friend!).

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    Wattle It Be?

    PERSONALIZED SONG!

    Know what I'd love to do for you? I'd love to write you a song. That's right. We can do this several ways. You can give me some words or lyric ideas and I can work them in, or you can just give me a topic, or tell me a story you'd like to have sung for you. Maybe there's someone in your life you always wished you could write a song for. We can do it!

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    HOUSE CONCERT ANYWHERE IN THE US!

    I would love to come to your house and sing songs for you and your closest friends. A real deal house concert. Don't worry, you can have a lot of closest friends, or you can have no friends. I will come and play just the same (and I will be your friend!).

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    Eggs-ecutive Producer

    Everything below this on the pecking order will be yours, plus executive producer credit on the album. You are, indeed, the wind beneath my wings!

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    Fly the Coop! Anywhere in the World

    The sky is the limit! At least as high as an airplane can go. I will take one and bring my songs anywhere in the world (granted it is relatively safe and legal) to play for you and your friends, or your enemies if you think we could convert them with folk music.

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