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A 24 artist, 2xLP tribute to Outlaw Country's Renaissance Man, Kris Kristofferson.

UPDATE! We've met the first goal, and this thing will definitely happen, but we are still a ways away from fully funding the records.  We can still use your help!  Thanks so much for your support!

The Rising Cost of Livin’ High and Lovin’ Hard: A 2xLP Tribute to Kris Kristofferson:

Kris Kristofferson’s music might not be quite as well known as his buddies Waylon, Willie, and Johnny, (who he was in a super-group, The Highwaymen, with) but amongst songwriters in the know, he is just as highly respected. Rhodes Scholar, helicopter pilot, songwriter, janitor, actor, heartthrob, and all-around Renaissance Man. His history is just as legendary as any of his outlaw country counterparts.

And now, PIAPTK Records wants to pay homage to this living legend and his songwriting through a new double LP full of amazing artists putting their own personal spin on his classic tales of ne’er-do-wells, miscreants, ladies men, hard luck heroes, and misunderstood every-men battling the devil. We contacted all of the friends and artists that we have worked with over the years, and within months, we had over 27 incredible submissions.

Unfortunately, we need your help to release this amazing double album. PIAPTK Records has released 95 records over the last 6 years. However, in the next several months, PIAPTK will be dramatically decreasing releases as it’s proprietor gets ready to move his wife and 2 year old daughter into a motor home to hit the road and take travel jobs for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we have neither the money, nor the storage space required to produce a double LP.

In addition, in order to produce a tribute album, one most pay mechanical royalties to the songwriter. While some small labels/independent artists do not pay these royalties on small run releases, we, at PIAPTK, have always felt it important to compensate the writers of the songs that our artists love enough to record. We feel especially dutiful to compensate Kris. However, these royalties are no small sum. $.11 per song, per copy produced (not sold), plus a registration fee for each song. Another problem with vinyl compilations is the problem of artist copies. The artists have donated their time and recording expense to make these recordings, but at the industry-standard artist copy distribution (10%), each artist will only receive 2 copies (not even enough for everyone in the band to receive one, in many cases!)

So, with 24 songs times 500 copies times $.10 each, a run of 500 double albums is $1100 just in royalties. Mastering, plating, pressing, printing of covers, shipping, etc of a double LP is close to $6,000. Meaning that all in all, this project will cost $7,100, not including the cost of all the gifts. Many of the artists involved have contributed to the cause, but we still need a LOT of help to make this happen.

We are asking, no…, begging, for you to help us make this project that we believe so deeply in, a reality. While we really need $8,000, we are setting the first bar at $4,000. Anything above and beyond that will be used to make the record better, the packaging better, and to fund additional artist copies.

Preview ALL of the tracks at: http://soundcloud.com/piaptk-kristofferson-trib/sets/rising-cost-of-livin-high-and

The Rising Cost of Livin’ High and Lovin’ Hard: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson:

Advance Base - To Beat The Devil
Wooden Wand feat. The Scrivener –
Tell Me One More Time
Little Wings - I May Smoke Too Much
Simon Joyner -
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Golden Boots –
Best of All Possible Worlds
Calvin Johnson, Sandman The Rappin' Cowboy,
Timezone Lafontaine, and Andras Jones – The Highwayman
Turner Cody –
Sam’s Song
Karl Blau - Here Comes That Rainbow Again
The Blank Tapes –
Other Side of Nowhere
The Gifted Children – Enough For You
An Experiment - Golden Idol
Assateague –
Josie
RFK Heise – Stranger
Ohian – Year 2000 + 7&5
Wckr Spgt – Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
The Gift Machine – The Taker
Great Lakes – Nobody Wins
New Science Projects – The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
Amo Joy! – Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down
Miniature and Presidential – Bottle to the Bottom
The Ocean Floor – For the Good Times
Daring Ear – Silver Tongued Devil and I
Southerly – Same Old Song
Matt Hopper – Jody and the Kid
The Black Swans – Moment of Forever
Good Saints – Breakdown
Bob Simpson – Jesus Was A Capricorn

What can we do for you?

$1+ – The “Poor Okie Kids by the Door” Package
Receive the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved!

$10+ The Sailor Package
Receive a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 23 song album when it is released. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved!

$25 – The Pilgrim Package
Receive a copy of the double LP in a professionally printed jacket, including US Shipping, PLUS a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 23 song album when it is released. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $11 for international shipping)

$40+ Third World Warrior Package -
Receive a copy of the double LP in a HAND-LETTERPRESSED SLEEVE (plus a copy of the pro printed jacket) featuring a woodcut by Heidi Elise-Wirz, PLUS a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 22 song album when it is released. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $11 for international shipping)

$50+ Silver Tongued Devil Package
Receive a special COLORED VINYL copy of the DOUBLE LP in a HAND-LETTERPRESSED sleeve  featuring a woodcut by Heidi Elise-Wirz. There will only be 100 copies on COLORED VINYL and any copies not bought through Kickstarter will be split between the artists and given as artist copies. PLUS, receive a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 23 song album as soon as it is mastered. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $11 for international shipping). Also, have YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE LINER NOTES as an executive producer/dream-come-true-maker.

(plus a copy of the pro printed jacket)

$75+ Rescue Mission Package -
Receive a copy of the TEST PRESSING as soon as it is approved, AND a special COLORED VINYL copy of the double LP in HAND-LETTERPRESSED SLEEVE featuring a woodcut by Heidi Elise-Wirz. There will only be 100 copies on COLORED VINYL and any copies not bought through Kickstarter will be split between the artists and given as artist copies. PLUS, receive a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 23 song album as soon as it is mastered. And, of course, the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $23 for two international shipments). Also, have YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE LINER NOTES as an executive producer/dream-come-true-maker.

$100+ Living Legend Package –
Receive a LATHE CUT 7" of four songs NOT on the LP (from Simon Joyner, Magic Leaves, Gifted Children, Magic Leaves and Miniature and Presidential)  as well as an exclusive silkscreened T-SHIRT. Also get a copy of the TEST PRESSING as soon as it is approved, AND a special COLORED VINYL copy of the double LP in a HAND-LETTERPRESSED SLEEVE featuring a woodcut by Heidi Elise-Wirz. There will only be 100 copies on COLORED VINYL and any copies not bought through Kickstarter will be split between the artists and given as artist copies. PLUS, receive a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 23 song album as soon as it is mastered. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $22 for two international shipments) Also, have YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE LINER NOTES as an executive producer/dream-come-true-maker.

$250+ Border Lord –
Ideal for folks with distros, Angel Investors and Santa Claus. You receive TEN COPIES of the 2xLP, including two copies on COLORED VINYL in HAND-LETTERPRESSED SLEEVE, a TEST PRESSING, and our ETERNAL GRATITUDE.

$500+ To Beat The Devil Package
I have no idea what we could possibly give you to justify this size of pledge, but shoot us an email and tell me what you want, and I can hopefully arrange it. Plus everything from the other packages!

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    $100+ Living Legend Package: Receive a LATHE CUT of FOUR songs (from Simon Joyner, Gifted Children, Magic Leaves and Miniature and Presidential) that aren't on the LP as well as an exclusive silkscreened T-shirt. Also get a copy of the TEST PRESSING as soon as it is approved, AND a special COLORED VINYL copy of the double LP in a HAND-LETTERPRESSED SLEEVEfeaturing a woodcut by Heidi Elise-Wirz. There will only be 100 copies on COLORED VINYL and any copies not bought through Kickstarter will be split between the artists and given as artist copies. PLUS, receive a high quality, 320kbps DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the entire 25 song album as soon as it is mastered. AND the ETERNAL GRATITUDE of PIAPTK and the artists involved! (Please add $22 for two international shipments) Also, have YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE LINER NOTES as an executive producer/dream-come-true-maker.

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