About this project
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!
Here's a peek at the design for the exclusive backer t-shirt!
Risks and challenges
We don't anticipate any problems getting things out to you on time, but should something come up, be assured we'll contact you right away and do our best to fix it. Feel free to click "Contact Me" if you have questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
My schedule for 2014 is still evolving right now. You can see the dates I already have booked at my website, http://suzybogguss.com/tour.html Keep checking back as dates are being added frequently. I will be touring heavily in 2014 promoting the new record so I'm probably coming near you!
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