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The songs portray characters familiar in hard times. Outside society, frayed by tough times, bad choices, they carry slivers of hope.
The songs portray characters familiar in hard times. Outside society, frayed by tough times, bad choices, they carry slivers of hope.
127 backers pledged $7,873 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm a grateful human being.

We Made It!! Thank you so much, everybody.

In the next couple days, I'll be sticking with it and seeing if we can get a few more pledgers to help us pay the fees associated with this drive, and to add to the budget for musicians and promotion. I am one lucky gal.

Yours. Truly.

Julie

In mid-August through September, I'll be going into the studio again to record this album of songs of mine, and some by friends who are great songwriters. We've talked to the engineer and have booked our first session are preparing to book more at the studios. We've done pre-production, arriving at the group of songs we'll record, and a good idea of the instrumentation for each one, casting the great musicians we know between my producer and me to come play on it. We'll come out with at least a limited CD run on Household Ink Records, wide download distribution, and possibly even vinyl if we exceed our goal.

Update: As of today, I'm only posting updates on our process to backers. But the good news is, you can back this project for as little as $1. I know it takes a few minutes, but join us for the ride! Thank you.

I shared the baby steps of this project here last year. We were halfway there, and I see now that the campaign was ill-timed due to simultaneous travel to Europe for another project. I wasn't able to keep you updated and put enough energy into the fundraiser, and we did not make our goal, so THANK YOU to those who pledged then (no money changed hands) and who have returned to pledge again.

Later last summer, my producer and friend Kenny Edwards passed away-- and I miss him an awful lot. A lot of people do.

I've found another producer to help me tackle the project anew: my friend Jeff Turmes, singer-songwriter and also bassist for Mavis Staples. The songs have changed, and we're very excited about this group of songs. Can't wait to share them with you. 

You can read more about me on my bio page and website (I have 4 other albums out on iTunes, I toured singing with Leonard Cohen, among other exploits, and I'm lucky to know lots of great musicians who can help turn this project world-class.) I plan to tour California this winter, and the midwest next spring. I really appreciate your help on this. I'll do right by ya.

I still have socked away the money donated for the project directly to my site, so that's why I'm able to keep this fundraiser lower than it really does cost to record the album, make it available widely for download, and manufacture some CDs. If we raise more than the initial $7500, we can actually make a vinyl pressing of the album, and have more money for promotion to radio, satellite and web outlets. AND I've put up some more rewards for those of you who can make that happen. Stay tuned. 

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My husband, character actor John Diehl's imdb resume for those interested in that  premium.

The pitch video was shot and edited by our son, Magnus Jackson Diehl. Playing with me in the video are JB White (whom you see at the very beginning of the video), and Charlie Bosson, of The Household Gods.

The BOOM photo/icon was shot by Michael Kelly

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    my sincere thanks for taking the time to support my music! (and updates on the project.)

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    free pre-release download of one song from the new album, and updates on the project.

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    one copy of a limited pressing of a CD, plus the download above, and updates on the project. If we make more than our goal, I'll be able to press more of these!

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    a signed copy of any one of your choice of my four other CD titles, plus the download above, and updates on the project. Please add $3 for shipping outside the U.S.

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    a private 30-minute voice lesson with me on Skype, plus the download above and updates on the project.. If you're shy, you can have a couple other friends join in on your session. You know you want to sing!

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    a private one-hour voice lesson with me on Skype, plus the download above and updates on the project.. If you're shy, you can have a couple other friends join in on your session. You know you want to sing!

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    a 10-minute Skype chat with my fun husband, actor John Diehl (click on his name in the main window) PLUS the download above, one of my previous albums of your choice, signed for YOU, and updates on the project.

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    A house concert in your home for you and 20 or so neighbors and friends (availability and dates limited to California for now--) a thank-you on the actual CD (and vinyl if we can afford it) artwork calling you a studio angel. PLUS the download above, all four of my previous albums, signed for YOU, and updates on the project.

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    My 1988 Leonard Cohen "I'm Your Man" blue cotton summer blazer (shown in update #13 with me in it on the 1993 tour). When I got it out today, I discovered something I'd forgotten about. When these were given to us, we realized they would get mixed up among us, so Leonard got out a laundry marker and wrote our names on the inside label (also shown in update #13) On mine, he underlined the word "BOY." Cute.

    This jacket, and a signed (by me) copy of the black and white photograph herein to validate it, as well as the free pre-release download, and the limited pressing CD of the album can be yours (of course after the project funds and we complete it) by pledging $1,250.

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