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Help Portland's vintage country heartbreak serenaders with their first record!
352 backers pledged $22,700 to help bring this project to life.

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Being an independent musician who plays in any genre of traditional roots music is the true definition of a labor of love.  It's not an easy road, but the worthwhile and meaningful things in life seldom are. Classic country music has been described as 'three chords and the truth' and though the path that inspires The Earnest Lovers might be well worn, it still has the power to tell our stories, sometimes surrounding us in heartbreak and loss, sometimes holding us in arms of great love and beauty. We're so excited to be heading into the studio the week of February 23rd to record our debut EP, a collection of 6 original songs written collaboratively by Pete and Leslie over the past 6 months. The album will feature our full band consisting of drums, upright bass, telecaster and pedal steel as well as special guest instrumentalists. Production will be left in the capable and creative hands of Jon Neufeld. We have been working hard to bring this big undertaking to fruition, and we are asking for the generosity of our community to help and support us along the way. 

In return for your financial support, we'll be able to make an album of authentic, uncompromised original music straight from the heart. Your pledges will go towards studio time, engineering, production, mixing & mastering, musician compensation, CD duplication, artwork, rewards fulfillment, and includes a budget for national press and radio promotion. We have included stretch goals for vinyl production and additional PR services, but our base budget will allow the album to be created and promoted without corner-cutting or compromise. It is with your help that we will be able to make a high-quality product worthy of your ears!

In this age of mass-produced music, it is so important to keep true songwriting alive. Kickstarter and other crowd-funding platforms provide independent artists the ability to produce quality art without the stress of financial worry or limitations of commercial ties. We thank you in advance for your generosity, and we look forward to seeing you at a show sometime soon!

*****Home-stretch Update!!*****

As we near our goal with time to spare, it's time to announce our once-only-dreamed-for stretch goals...the things we plan to do should we exceed our goal! We kept our Kickstarter funding goal to the bare-minimum of what we needed to produce a high-quality product and ensure it would be released with a proper PR push. But there are 'extras' we'd be so pleased to accomplish if the support is there:

$21,000   We opted for the mid-tier PR package; substantial to be sure, but an extra $2000 will allow us to move to the top-tier offering, reaching the highest possible number of media contacts;

$24,000   VINYL! We'd really love to make a 10" record, and raising an addition $3000 will make that happen! Since we know many of you who pledged would prefer vinyl, but we are unable to guarantee it before the close of this campaign, we can offer that any backer who pledges at the $25 level or up may purchase a record, should we meet this funding goal, at cost. $6!

$25,000   Additional studio support. The budget to bring in additional instrumentalists as well as a vocal coach is our next wish. Any funds we raise over $24,000 will be allocated to the music!

Special thanks to Kyle Eaton and Madison Rowley for the video, and Sean Flora at the Rock and Roll BnB for sound. That's Rusty Blake on steel guitar.

Risks and challenges

Under the expert direction of Producer Jon Neufeld (Black Prairie, Jackstraw, Martha Scanlan), and with a band comprised of true professionals, we'll be giving our songs the finest of treatment at Type Foundry studios. Pete brings over 25 years of experience as a professional musician to the table, having made 17 albums over the course of his career. Leslie is newer to the scene, but no greenhorn, having successfully made her first full-length album with Copper & Coal in 2012. While there are always unforeseen circumstances possible with any project, we are confident that our experience, planning, and dedication to this album will bring it off without a hitch.

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    *THANKS!*

    You've found your way into the Lover's hearts....Every contribution gets us closer to our goal! Thank you so much for your support!

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    *DOWNLOAD*

    A digital download of the EP and our sincerest Thanks for your support!

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    *SIGNED CD*

    A physical copy of the CD, signed by Pete and Leslie, with a sticker and hand-written thank you note. Also includes a digital download!

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    *T-SHIRT/DOWNLOAD*

    Get your lovely Earnest Lovers T-shirt along with a digital download of the EP. Men's and Women's cuts available, hand-screened and super soft. And we should mention, this also comes with deep gratitude!

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    *ALL THE GOODIES*

    A signed copy of the CD, digital download, AND a cozy Earnest Lovers T-shirt featuring the album art, a coozie and a sticker. We are gonna sign that CD for you too! This reward comes with plenty of Thanks from us to you.

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    *ALL THE GOODIES/LYRICS*

    Here's a cool thing: this package comes with all mentioned above (CD, download, T-shirt, sticker and coozie) PLUS hand-written lyrics to a song of your choice. This will be a frame-worthy memento, and a great reminder of your generosity in MAKING ART HAPPEN!

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    *GUITAR SLINGER PACKAGE*

    Are you in Portland? Can you get here?! Pete is offering a 1 hour guitar lesson for those willing and able, and we'll throw in a signed CD, digital download, and a cool sticker too! A great way to support the band AND up your chops in jazz, swing, country, flamenco (just kiddin'!) from one heck of a great teacher.

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    *COOKIE MONSTER PACKAGE*

    Here's where Leslie makes good on her skills: this package includes a batch of homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies delivered right to your door, along with a signed CD, digital download, and a sticker! Trust us, worth it!

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    *STAR BACKER REWARD*

    We'll send you a signed CD, digital download, sticker, lovely T-shirt, and...wait for it...we'll print your name in the liner notes of the EP, thanking YOU for your generous support of our music!

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    *BIRTHDAY PACKAGE #1*

    Looking for an absolutely unique and stellar gift for a loved one? Look no further! Birthday package #1 includes 2 signed CD's (we assume you'll want one for the birthday boy or girl!), digital download, a sticker, AND a phone call to the person of your choice to sing them Happy Birthday! Must be scheduled between March 2015 and March 2016.

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    *HEARTS ON FIRE VALENTINES PACKAGE*

    Pete and Leslie will be performing at a very cool Valentine's show at the Secret Society Ballroom in Portland, OR. Hearts on Fire features the great classic country duets as performed by a group of Portland's finest singers with a full backing band. This package includes tickets for 2, reserved and fancy-decorated table seating, libations, and some chocolate treats! Also 2 signed CD's and digital downloads, as well as posters from the show. We can thank you in person!! Limit of 2! More info here: http://www.secretsociety.net/event/751147-hearts-on-fire-night-portland/

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    *ALBUM RELEASE VIP PACKAGE*

    Attend our release show in style! Includes guest list for 2, access to the greenroom to hang with the band before and after the show with libations and hors d'oeuvres, and an Earnest Lovers goodie bag with 2 signed CD's, digital download, 2 T-shirts, stickers, and coozies! Also includes a frame-worthy poster from the show. Gonna be a party! Show in Portland on 5/22 at the Secret Society and in Seattle on 5/21 at the Sunset Tavern.

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    *SOU'WESTER ARTIST RETREAT!*

    Week-long (5 night) stay for 1 at the beautiful Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, WA! The Sou'wester is "a hodgepodge of private cabins, vintage travel trailers, suites and campsites. We are located minutes from the surf and less than 15 miles from Astoria, in historic Seaview on the Long Beach Peninsula". Also has a brand new sauna! Must be booked prior to July 1st (The Lovers will be there the week of March 9th...join us!!). Also includes a signed CD and download!

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    *SOU'WESTER WEEKEND!*

    Weekend stay for 2 at the beautiful Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, WA! The Sou'wester is "a hodgepodge of private cabins, vintage travel trailers, suites and campsites. We are located minutes from the surf and less than 15 miles from Astoria, in historic Seaview on the Long Beach Peninsula". Also has a brand new sauna! Must be booked prior to July 1st (The Lovers will be there the week of March 9th...join us!!). Also includes signed CD and download.

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    *CUSTOM SONG PACKAGE*

    This reward includes a signed CD, digital download, sticker, and an original composition written just for you (you choose a topic or leave it to us), recorded as a trio and sent via email as anMP3 or burned onto a CD and mailed. We'll also include the hand-written lyrics in a frame-worthy format. What a great gift!!

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    *WILD WEST PACKAGE*

    How about a trail ride for two out at beautiful Ekone Ranch? Just a 2.5 hour gorgeous drive from Portland out I-84, Ekone makes you feel a million miles away. Expert horsewoman Shonie will take you out along the canyon loop on one of Ekone's gentle horses. In May the wildflowers are amazing (hint, hint)! This reward also includes the full Earnest Lovers goodie bag: signed CD, digital download, T-shirt, sticker AND coozie. And a whole heck of a lot of memories (not to mention awe-inducing photos for your Instagram cronies!). Only one available!!

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    *BEACH ESCAPE*

    2-night, mid-week stay at the Sea Turtle Inn in Arch Cape, OR (5 miles south of Cannon Beach). 2 minute walk to the gorgeous beach! 2 bedrooms w/ loft, sleeps six. For more details see our Facebook posting or send a message and we can send you info and photos!

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    *BIRTHDAY PACKAGE #2*

    Pete and Leslie will provide a 1 hour performance at the Birthday celebration of your choice, including, of course, a stirring rendition of Happy Birthday AND a cake! Made by Leslie! (Trust us, that girl can bake). You'll also get the Earnest Lovers goodie bag with 2 signed CDs, download, T-shirt, sticker, and coozie. Must be scheduled in 2015 and due to our busy schedule, is subject to, well, that. But we'll figure it out. Location must be within 30 miles of Portland, OR. This is going to be a blast!

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    *EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE*

    With this generous donation, you'll be listed as an Executive Producer in the album credits! Of course you'll also receive the full schwag-bag including 2 signed CD'S, digital download, T-shirt, sticker, coozie...the works. And our most heartfelt thanks for your generosity in a written note!

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    *TRIO CONCERT*

    The Earnest Lovers Trio will perform at your party or event! Includes 2 40-minute sets, as well as the full-on goodie bag with signed CD, digital download, T-shirt, sticker, and coozie. Must be within 30 miles of Portland or contact us for southern OR/California possibilities this summer!

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    *FULL BAND CONCERT*

    Can you say dance party??!! A full-band show at the location of your choice! We'll provide all the gear and 2 40-minute sets within 30 miles of Portland, OR! Contact us to inquire about scheduling prior to making your pledge, or plan to schedule at least 3 months out. This comes with your own goodie bag as well with the signed CD, digital download, sticker, poster, T-shirt and coozie. Yee Haw!!!!

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    *PETE'S GUITAR!*

    Own a piece of Portland Music History -- The Hazel Guitar!

    This is Pete's 1962 Fender Mustang guitar used with the legendary Portland band Hazel. Used extensively for the last several years of the group, including tours of the US and Europe as well as on the band's last recording, 'Airiana'. It graced many stages now lost to the wrecking ball, including CBGBs and The Satyricon, as well as hundreds of others along the way. The guitar and case show tons of wear and tear (Pete had to reconstruct the case after Delta Airlines crushed it on the way to Amsterdam). It's a time capsule that's been untouched since 1997, aside from a few Hazel reunions, with stickers and duct tape still in place (sort of) after all these years.

    The guitar was also featured alongside long-time friend Elliott Smith's guitar at The Portland Historical Society's retrospective of the history of Portland underground music.
    Comes with a COA, a CD copy of 'Airiana', an original unpublished photo of the band and a hand-written letter from Pete telling the story of the guitar.

    We will post photo's in an upcoming project update, or message us to see them sooner!

    This guitar will never come up for sale, being offered only to fund this new recording. Own a piece of Portland music history!

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