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Addie is making a new record. Join Addie and change the world! (not really, but wouldn't it be fun to have your name in the credits?!)
Addie is making a new record. Join Addie and change the world! (not really, but wouldn't it be fun to have your name in the credits?!)
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I Beg Your Parton 2015
I Beg Your Parton 2015

So... If you just watched the video, you may be interested in a little more... shall we say... color about this particular project.

I'm making a new record. It's called You and Me Abridged. I was going to call it something else. Something from a Thomas Hobbes quote. And then everyone to whom I told the name of the new record looked at me like I was a weirdo.

I wrote a song that's going to be included on the record called "You and Me Abridged", and one day my mom called me and said, "You know how when you told Steve the name of your record he looked at you like you were a weirdo?" And I was like, "yeah". And she said, "what if you call your record You and Me Abridged". (Mom already knew about the song. This would freaking freak my freak if she didn't and this was just a total coincidence??!)

On principle I try not to take my mother's suggestions. But this one rang true for me. So welcome to the beginnings of You and Me Abridged.

Preview the new record...

"Addie Pray" from the upcoming record, You and Me Abridged

I'm not going to lie. I feel like a weirdo asking you for money. Like, Hey it's Addie, could you give me some money? Like What?? Like heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey. Can you give me some money?

I know. It's odd right? Are you feeling uncomfortable? I've made two previous records that I've completely self financed, and I have put my own money into this project as well. After much hand wringing I finally decided that other than turning to a life of crime, doing a campaign like this was the only way I could make another record this soon.

Addie and Brad at the FIRST Annual I Beg Your Parton 2011
Addie and Brad at the FIRST Annual I Beg Your Parton 2011

 If you're reading this, then it's likely you've listened to my songs before, or come to a show, or told a friend about my music. I can't tell you how much I appreciate that support. It's priceless. And you don't have to give a dime here to prove that you support me. YOU'VE ALREADY SHOWN ME. AND I THANK YOU.

I often try to figure out why I do this - singing and songwriting. I don't really have a good grasp of why. But I do think it's something about connecting. When I can tell that someone has connected to a song of mine that feels good. We actually connected. It worked. You got me. I got you.

I'm going to try to have this record ready and in your hot little hands in the spring of 2015. Can't wait.

Risks and challenges

I really hope this project goes smoothly. But sometimes there are bumps in the road - like I decide that a vocal on one of the tracks is just horrific right before we're sending it to mastering and that holds things up, or say the radio promoter I wanted to work with isn't available until a few months down the road... but even if the timeline isn't exact, I'm not going to let anything get in the way of this record. I can't wait to get it to you.
Love - Addie

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    Pack o' Addie! You'll get the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download. I'll also send you signed copies of "Back When We Were Christians" and "East of Leaving", my two previous records! (disclosure: a couple of the songs are on both "East of Leaving" and "You and Me Abridged")

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    Grandma's Cookies! What??! Grandma (she's the one in the main photo - yes - with the bag over her head) makes the most amazing choc chip cookies in the world. She will bake and send you a fresh batch. You get that along with the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download!

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    A Private Cover! I'll record a cover of your choice on youtube and send it to you via private link. It's your choice to share it with the world or keep it all to yourself! (plus a signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it and the digital download)

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    Cookies and a Cover! Grandma will bake you a fresh batch of cookies AND I'll record a cover of your choice on youtube and send it to you via private link. It's your choice to share it with the world or keep it all to yourself! (same with the cookies) along with the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download!

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    I BEG YOUR PARTON?! Get TWO tickets to the Sixth Annual I Beg Your Parton: Addie Sings Dolly at Joes's Pub - Friday, January 15, 2016 (plus a signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it and the digital download) Get your Dolly on.

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    ZOMBIE RUN with Addie: Basically on Oct. 15th you and I are going to run a 5K while zombies chase us. We'll grab lunch after if I didn't shove you in front of a zombie to save myself. This includes your entry fee, but not travel or lodging if you're outside of NYC. You'll also get the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download. I'm terrified.

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    NO ZOMBIES. NO RUNNING. Let's get a pizza. No one has to run. No one has to die.This does not include travel or lodging if you're outside of NYC. You'll also get the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download.

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    Record Your Own Demo! It runs in the family! You'll record a 3 song demo that my DAD will engineer at Duct Tape Studios in Bristol, TN. This does not include travel or lodging if you don't live in the Tri-Cities area. You'll also get the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download

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    I'll write a song for you. You and I will spend 15 - 30 minutes talking about it so I can get some details. I could write about you, an instance in your life, someone you care about? You'll also get the physical, signed copy of the record delivered to you before anyone else has it plus the digital download!

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