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Suzy Bogguss and her ace band have created a groovin' album of Merle Haggard songs. Pre-order and help get it out to the world!

I’ve always been a fan of Merle Haggard’s songs. I actually had my first charting single with a Merle song, “Somewhere Between” - it went to #46! (Not 47… 46!) For a singer, his melodies are like flying. You just catch a current and swoop and soar and ride it to the end. His stories are about real people with complicated lives. He doesn’t mince words: “Today I started Loving You Again”, “If We Make It Through December”, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink.”

Having been liberated from the treadmill of making records for a major label, I asked myself, “Self, what do I want to do now?” And the answer was this album. I titled it Lucky because that’s how I feel. This is not a tribute album. Merle is a great artist and his recordings of these songs are timeless and will stand on their own forever. I wanted to make a new Suzy Bogguss album (excuse the third person) with the best country songs I could find - and this is it!

The band on this record kicks butt! These are some of the best musicians I’ve ever worked with and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with most of them on the road as well. I’ve been recording and producing records with my husband Doug Crider for many years, but some of these slice of life songs really hit the “old home studio” if you know what I mean!  When we made this record we all drank the Kool-aid, (and a little bit of Tullamore Dew.) Here's a taste for you!

Wow, the last few years have been fantastic! I've been touring a lot and having a blast playing music for you folks. I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who continue to dig my stuff and take the time to find out what the heck I'm doing these days. In this DIY age the artist and the fans are really a team. You've recharged me and I'm feeling strong and creative and ready to take on the world!

As with the last few records I’ve made, I spent my own money to record and mix this album. Now, I would really like to give Lucky the promotion and push that I think it deserves. 

Here’s where I need your help: By pre-ordering the album through this Kickstarter campaign you will enable me to manufacture and distribute the album, pay for some cool cover art, and hire a team to promote and market the record. It will also allow me to deliver the album early and with bonus cuts (!) exclusively to you, my dedicated Kickstarter backers. You’ll have access to insider blogs and updates and I’ll also be offering some unique rewards and opportunities. (Check 'em out!) If your generosity exceeds the initial target goal, we’ll keep using the money to further promote the album with things like promotional touring, taking a single to radio, and shooting videos! I'm hoping you'll agree this is a good deal for both of us: I get the financial help I need to get Lucky out to the world; and you get stuff you really want, plus the excitement of being a part of the process, and my infinite undying gratitude!

PRETTY BIG DEAL: This Kickstarter campaign only runs for one month. I really need your help right now so please click one of those little buttons over to the right! :-) Also, if I don't reach my set goal the whole deal is off and everyone's money is refunded :-(

EVEN BIGGER DEAL: The viral thing really works. Please badger (I mean encourage) your friends to check out this Kickstarter too! Facebook, email, Twitter, YouTube, sandwich signs, tin can telephones, smoke signals… All appreciated!

ONE LAST DEAL: Want to give one of the rewards as a gift? If you add an extra $5 to any pledge I'll send you a lovely postcard in time for Christmas that you can wrap up as a surprise!

You guys are my rock. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sincerely,
Suzy

UPDATE:

Here's a peek at the design for the exclusive backer t-shirt!

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    A Download of one song, "Silver Wings" from 'Lucky', PLUS your name on a Thank You web page we'll build on my website. PLUS all the exclusive Kickstarter backer updates, pictures and video.

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    Exclusive Kickstarter version of the CD with 2 bonus cuts! (That's 14 songs in all.) PLUS the early album download, your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    AUTOGRAPHED copy of the exclusive Kickstarter version CD with 2 bonus cuts AND A high quality, limited edition 100% cotton t-shirt with a 'Lucky' design created exclusively for you, the Kickstarter backers. PLUS the early album download, and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    AUTOGRAPHED scrapbook style photo book full of pictures from the 'Lucky' recording and photo sessions, live shows, video shoots… who knows! We won't know until we're done! It will be fun though and I'll write the captions and include behind the scenes dirt! PLUS the limited edition 'Lucky' t-shirt, PLUS the Autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    Handwritten, autographed lyrics to any one of my songs. You pick the song and I'll write it in my beautiful just-like-third-grade cursive. I'll sign it too. If you pick a song Doug wrote (e.g. "Letting Go") he'll write it in his illegible scrawl, if you want, and we'll both sign it. It will come matted and ready to frame. PLUS the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download, your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    10 minute Skype chat or phone call with me. We'll set up a mutually agreed upon time and talk about whatever you want, (within good taste!). Outside of the US, Skype only please. PLUS the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download, your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    2 VIP tickets to the 'Lucky' album release concert, February 7th, 2014 at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, PLUS VIP passes to the pre-show private party. The band and I will be highlighting the songs from this record. All travel and accommodations are on you, but you and whomever you choose to bring get tickets and you're invited to a special release party before the show with hors d'oeuvres, and elbow rubbing! I'm expecting some of my famous friends to show up! Take all the pictures you want and I'll sign whatever! (Within reason.) PLUS the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download, your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    Sterling Silver one of a kind 'Lucky' necklace personally HANDMADE by Me! Many of you know I have an art degree with a concentration in metals. I recently rekindled my love for jewelry making and I'd love to make a necklace for you! It's a lucky horseshoe shape made of sterling silver on a leather thong with a turquoise stone dangling in the middle. It will be similar to the one I'm wearing in the picture to the left. Each one is handmade so they'll vary slightly. Guys or Gals! PLUS the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download, your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    4 VIP tickets and passes to your choice of any one of my shows in 2014. Travel and accommodations are on you, but you and three of your best buddies will get the pre-show backstage experience! We'll hang out and you can help me write the set list AND... add 3 songs of your choice! (I'd prefer that they were my songs, and if you know I haven't played them for a while give me a little notice to learn them again! Ha!) Take all the pictures you want. I'll post at least one of us together on my social media sites with a thank you. PLUS the t-shirt, the photo book, the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    A day in Nashville with me! Travel and accommodations are on you, but lunch is on me. We'll pick a date that works for both of us and you can bring a friend if you want to. We'll be BFFs for the afternoon, spend quality time together and do lunch at a favorite place of mine in Nashvegas. After lunch I'll give you a private tour of "My Nashville." I'll even throw in a singing lesson if you want one!! Take all the pictures you want. I'll post at least one of us together on my social media sites with a thank you. PLUS the t-shirt, the photo book, the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    A one hour acoustic performance by me at your home for 20 people or less. Hootenanny! Continental US only, on a mutually agreed upon date in 2014. You pay for my travel plus one other. I should be ok without a PA since it's 20 people or less, but let's discuss the setting and have a really special evening we'll always remember! GO IN TOGETHER with some friends and have a pot luck! Take all the pictures you want. I'll post at least one of us together on my social media sites with a thank you. PLUS the t-shirt, the photo book, the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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    A full performance by me and my band at your home or venue of your choice. Continental US only, (if you own an island we'll talk!) on a mutually agreed upon date in 2014. You pay for the PA and hotel rooms, I'll pay for travel and get us there. We'll make memories and it will be a special night you won't forget! PLUS the t-shirt, the photo book, the autographed CD with 2 bonus cuts, the early album download and your name on the Thank You page and all the exclusive backer updates, pictures and video.

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