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Country + Western EP Coming 2019
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Here’s the down and dirty.

You can’t hide country. I often think the only words I know are “y’all” and “yeehaw”...but y’all already know that! We’re about to embark on a great adventure into the depths of country + western music. How much steel guitar can I weave into a song? THE MOST. How much twang is palatable in three minutes and 30 seconds? ALL OF IT. Thanks for joining me! It’s been a long time coming, but we all know that good things take time.

time to KICKstart this thing / photo by Joe Yates
time to KICKstart this thing / photo by Joe Yates

EP #1

My self-titled EP came out around two years ago, almost three. It’s been so long! It was a major learning process and my friends and producers brought life to the songs I'd spent several years writing.  Since then, I’ve been itching to record again, but the songs just haven’t been ready yet. I don’t want to put anything out until it feels right. Those first five tracks were a mix of funny songs and true stories. Surprisingly, the heavier songs landed with all of you way more than I anticipated. I’ve always relied on humor to get through to people, but turns out we also really want to hear the truth. I'm so grateful for where those songs have taken me - opening for Lee Ann Womack and Ellie Holcomb, a couple of cruises, music festivals, and so many more incredible opportunities.

the infamous camper album art from my debut EP / photo by Allie Shaak
the infamous camper album art from my debut EP / photo by Allie Shaak

This Project

These are true stories. You’re gonna laugh, maybe cry, and hopefully find yourself in each of them. Over the past few years, my co-writers and I have spent our time pushing for the best songs - how do we tell the truth in the most conversational and beautiful and genuine way? I really hope we did that, and soon you'll hear it for yourself. You've all been such an encouragement as you’ve watched me grow up on and off the stage the past few years. With each year of life comes stories, wisdom, jokes, and memories, and the new songs tell the stories of these years. 

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If you're considering giving to the project, I want you to know exactly where the money is going. For an independent artist like myself, we have to fund our own recordings - that means paying for studio time, engineers, mixers, and musicians to play on the songs. All of that adds up quickly! Also, a portion of the money will go toward promotion and ordering physical copies of the music - hopefully on vinyl - so you can buy them online or at a show! I'm also contributing some of my own funds, so we're going in together on this. Check out each tier to see what rewards are available! I'm so excited to see some of you at house shows and to pass along personal notes through my favorite medium - handwritten cards. Get 'em while they're hot!

opening for Lee Ann Womack at Southern Ground Amphitheater / photo by Brooke Bennett
opening for Lee Ann Womack at Southern Ground Amphitheater / photo by Brooke Bennett

With all that said, I'm so grateful to be making music for a living. It's always been my dream, and I know without a doubt that it's my passion and my purpose - a path carved out for me by God. I want to thank each one of you for every show ticket, CD, poster, and t-shirt purchased. Your support has helped keep the dream alive and given myself and the band gas in the tank and hotels to sleep in as we bring the music to you. I'll never get over how special it is to have all of you in my corner!

Thank you for your patience. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for your friendship.

To country music and the people who love it,

Carly

Risks and challenges

The challenges of this project include assembling the engineering and recording team. It takes time and patience, and thankfully I already have a lot of that team in mind! Other challenges include getting your rewards out in time while maintaining a busy touring schedule. That's why I set December 2019 as the delivery date for each tier's perks, so know that I will stick to that plan!

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    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND

    Step aside Golden Girls - you’re the real MVPs. I’ll keep you in the loop on the recording process, how the songs are coming along, and you’ll get early digital access to the songs before they’re released!

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    BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

    Did we just become best friends? Yes. Yes we did. You deserve a gift! A hug! A thank you note! How about all of those? Give and you shall receive.

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    CD, BABY!

    Congratulations on the new addition...to your music collection! Enjoy a personalized signed CD as a thank you. I guess all those years signing my name in my middle school binders will FINALLY come in handy. I knew school was good for something.

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    SWEET TEE VIP

    Sequins. Rhinestone Suits. Stetsons. Country music is known for its fashion, and you’re joining the club! Wear your Carly Burruss tee to work, your local grocery store, wherever your boots are walkin’. Spread the good news of country music.

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    THE TRIFECTA

    Good things come in threes. In this case you get the holy grail of CB treats - a signed CD, t-shirt, and handwritten lyrics to a song of your choosing. You’re swimming in the deep end now! No turning back.

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    ACOUSTIC HOUSE SHOW

    Carly’s coming to town! That’s right - I’m playing a show and telling you jokes in your living room. Invite your neighbors, that person you tryna date, your dogs, your mom, whoever you want! I’ll be there with bells on to shake hands and kiss babies (please bring your babies - I love them).

    Note: For house shows more than 100 miles from Atlanta, you will also need to cover travel expenses.

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    I GOT FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

    You serious, Clark? You’ve really outdone yourself here, so I’m happy to pull out all the stops for you! Not only will I play a show for you, I’ll also write you a song AND treat you to a cake party! You provide the creative direction for both, and I’ll create a country-western masterpiece and a heavenly cake that’ll knock your socks off - much like you’ve done for me. Let’s eat cake and celebrate! We’re really doing it!

    Note: For house shows more than 100 miles from Atlanta, you will also need to cover travel expenses.

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