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Korby's 6th full-length studio album is finished and ready for a proper release in early 2014. And introducing...Korby's first book!
Korby's 6th full-length studio album is finished and ready for a proper release in early 2014. And introducing...Korby's first book!
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Thank you for taking a second to check out my project. I'm releasing my 6th studio album and 1st book of short stories! Woohoo!

My brand-new self-titled album is the result of an exciting two-year collaboration between eclectic Nashville producer Tim Lauer and me. It includes fan favorites like "My Little Life," plus songs you've never heard before (until you watched that video up there.)

Unlike my past efforts which mainly consisted of making the record myself and then having a local CD release party and calling it good, this time we're going to do it right. We're hiring a team of people to get this record out there and give these songs the chance they deserve. In the past, this is what a record label would do, but you may have read somewhere that this is a new era where artists are taking those responsibilities on themselves. I'm perfectly happy to do so!

We're already working with a team in Nashville to set the stage for a proper 2014 release, but we need to put together the money to pay that team.

  • Publicist -                       $6500
  • Radio Promoter -         $4000
  • Vinyl Manufacturing -  $2000
  • Book Manufacturing-  $1000
  • Video Budget-               $1000
  • Kickstarter's take -      $1500

It's a bold goal I admit, but we've been through some things already together and I'm pretty confident we can see it through.

What you can do:

  • Check out the "THANK YOU PACKAGES" & pick your favorite! -->  Choose from signed copies of the new CD, T-Shirts, skype sessions, private concerts, personalized songs, limited edition packages and more. 
  • HELP SPREAD THE WORD through Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email, texts, Pinterest... Your word and enthusiasm will be hugely helpful in making this project possible!

Every pledge is truly instrumental in helping me get to my goal of $16,000. No pledge is too small! You probably already know this, but Kickstarter has an all-or-nothing model, which means that if you pledge and at the end of the campaign I don't reach my goal, then no one's card is charged...but let's not even go there, I know we can do this!

If we exceed the goal then I can do even more awesome things - like bring someone out on tour with me (which I would LOVE), find new quirky merch, and make cooler videos. A little $ goes a long way when I make videos because I do all the directing and editing myself. The sky is the limit! (Yes, I am wearing a cape as I write this.)

About the book - some of you might be familiar with my short stories. I've been writing them for more than 15 years. Originally, I posted them on my website and later, my Facebook page. I've written more than 60 stories, and I feel like it's time to collect a few of them into a small volume of 150 or so pages. I'm picking the best 20 or so -  from my weird times out on the road to the lean lonely years when I wasn't touring very much to fond reminiscences of my first piano teacher  - all different kinds of stories. I'm excited to share them.

An album and a book, that's what I'm up to. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope I see you very soon.

Korby

Risks and challenges

Fortunately the actual CD is already made.
The book is not, but I've already picked out the service (Lulu.com) and template and have even formatted the book via pdf as instructed so we are very close there. Everything else is made, except for the fan-generated songs.

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    BIG LOVE. I couldn't do this without you! Thank you!!

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    CHARMING BUTTON - An official Korby Lenker button featuring either the stuffed piranha or Korby's face. You choose!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - Digibueno! A digital download of all 10 songs from the new record, which you can shove into your iPOD instantly and without asking anyone's permission.

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    OFFICIAL PIRANHA T-SHIRT - also known as "The most beautiful t-shirts in the world" these babies are built for comfort, beauty, and years of proud wearing. Specify Men's or Women's (both in charcoal), or Kid's (in blue), S M L XL XXL

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    THE OFFICIAL STUFFED PIRANHA PAPERBACK BOOK - 150 pages of Korby's adventures, insights and mishaps, distilled into 20 or so stories (we're not yet sure of the exact number.) Some of you have been following Korby's stories online for years. Get them now all in one place, sandwiched inside a sexy pink cover.

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    THE OFFICIAL SIGNED SELF-TITLED ALBUM + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - Just like you saw it in the video. PLUS YOU GET IT BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! All the amazing artwork, plus the strange and alluring music of a man who wears bowties, heelies and has an unique fascination with fish taxidermy. This is our moment!

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    VIVA LA VINYL - Get a SIGNED COPY of the NEW RECORD in shimmering VINYL plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD for when you don't feel like taking your record player to the gym. Records won't be pressed until January 2014, but you'll get your digital copy as soon as the campaign finishes. Put your sunglasses on now.

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    BOOK NERD PACKAGE - You know the kind I like the best. You get a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW ALBUM + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, plus the STUFFED PIRANHA BOOK, and the charming BUTTON. And you save $5. You savvy smarty you.

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    CD and T-SHIRT and BUTTON, together forever. You get a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW RECORD (with all the beauty contained therein) + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, plus a T-SHIRT you won't ever want to take off, plus a BUTTON for you to poke into whatever you like. PLUS YOU GET IT ALL IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.

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    And then there are some for whom nothing but the best will do. I give you "THE SALINGER." You get a SIGNED COPY of the VINYL ALBUM + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, the new STUFFED PIRANHA BOOK, and a BUTTON to put on your studded demin jacket next the Black Flag patch.

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    The TRES HOMBRES. You get a signed copy of the CD, the BOOK, and the TSHIRT. Simple, sophisticated, yours.

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    The MY LITTLE LIFE BUNDLE -
    a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW CD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, T-SHIRT (specify Men's, Women's, Kid's and size), STUFFED PIRANHA BOOK, the BUTTON, plus a SIGNED COPY OF THE SHEET MUSIC for "MY LITTLE LIFE." You'll have everything but the book in time for CHRISTMAS.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRICS FOR A KORBY SONG OF YOUR CHOICE, plus a SIGNED HARDCOPY and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the NEW RECORD, a T-SHIRT, and a BUTTON. A one-of-a-kind opportunity!

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    "THE RETROSPECTIVE" - get a thumb drive with ALL 6 KORBY ALBUMS - PLUS 3 unreleased songs - plus everything in the MY LITTLE LIFE BUNDLE. That's alot of Korby though. I'm not sure you can handle it.

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    AUTOGRAPHED BOWTIE. Did you see a bowtie you liked in the kickstarter video? You might need to watch again. I wore 10 different ones, on purpose. Pick any one of them and I'll sign it with a special tag on a laundry marker, and send it your way. They are all one-of-a-kind so it's first come-first serve! Plus you get a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW CD and a T-SHIRT.

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    ONE-on-ONE 60 minute SKYPE session. Let's talk! I can teach you how to play "My Little Life" on ukulele (or any other Korby song) or we can start writing a song, or I can show you how to tie a bowtie, or we can just talk about life and music. I'm a pretty good hang. Plus you get a signed hardcopy of the CD and a T-shirt, of course.

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    SIGNED MARTIN BACKPACKER GUITAR. I won this guy for being a finalist at the 2013 Telluride Troubadour Contest. It actually sounds great, and you can take it anywhere. PLUS you get a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW CD and a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD.

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    I'll write a song JUST FOR YOU (or someone you love) and record a video of it. I can either post the video to my own youtube channel or send you a private file, whichever you choose! Plus you get a SIGNED HARDCOPY of the NEW CD and a TSHIRT, and a BOOK, and a BUTTON. Phew!

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    SOLO HOUSE CONCERT anywhere in the US. I will come and play a private show for you and your friends anywhere in the United States (4-8 months lead time). Doesn't include travel, but if I'm in your neighborhood there won't be any extra travel expense. Ready or not here I come!

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    I'LL WRITE A SONG JUST FOR YOU and then I'll come to your house and play it for your family and friends (travel not included). PLUS I'll send you a copy of it beforehand so you can learn the harmonies and sing it with me. This will be a MEMORY we'll remember for a long time. I'll do my best to write you a really good song!

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    YOU SNAZZY BEAST YOU JUST BOUGHT THE ONE AND ONLY STUFFED PIRANHA. The very item around which my entire career is based. Display it proudly among your softball trophies and pinewood derby awards. You have made my dreams come TRUE. Plus you get the CD and TSHIRT and VINYL and BOOK.

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    COME TO NASHVILLE and WRITE AND RECORD A SONG WITH ME. Full-studio production. Plus I know all the good places to hang. You get here. I'll take care of the rest. 3 days of world-class music making. Now THAT is a vacation. Give us 3 - 6 months to coordinate our schedules. Let's make some music!

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