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The new single is OUT!!! 



We did it! The response to this song has been tremendous and we're so very proud of it. This incredibly gorgeous artwork is from Jeanie Tomanek of Every Woman Art, and was perfect for us. I've been a fan of her work for some time and had a feeling we'd find what we needed with her. I'm excited to continue mixing the record, which is sounding so amazing, and cannot wait to share it with you.

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Well I'll be damned, I produced a record. 

Did that really happen? 

This was definitely one of those trips I knew would swirl around in a hazy daze as soon as it was over. The highest highs are the hardest to come down from and I've done my best upon my return from LA to be gentle and simply let myself take it easy and be really, really proud of what I've done. 

So here went the timeline: 

March 2014 - Joss Whedon backed my Kickstarter campaign for A Long and Precious Road 
April 2014 - Campaign ended and we began emailing about the personalized song I was to write for his reward 
A week later - song was in progress but a whole different set of spin off lyrics were inspired and sent my way 
A day later - Big Giant Me was born, and the decision to keep writing together was made 
August 2014 - Big Giant Me was released as a single from the now upcoming 6-song EP we planned to make 
Later that day - we had our first telephone conversation  
February 2015 - We met for the first time 
January 2016 - I flew to LA and we made a record

That's Sara Watkins in the top corner! Swooooooooooon!

You can see this was a long time coming! I was feeling so anxious for it to hurry up and happen already, but now I'm so incredibly grateful that it didn't. I'm much more ready than I would have been a year ago, and definitely feel that we're right on time.

In the studio Joss and I were an interesting mix. He clearly has a ton of experience directing people, but has never made a record. I have a lot of experience making records but had never been in such an active position of manning the ship. We did really well together. There were afternoons when he had to leave and it was all on me. The guys started calling me Boss, including him. I knew I was earning it, and it felt good. 

The true soul of the songs were all discovered, and uncovered, as we went and it was just magical. I started getting good at hearing my gut instinct and acting on it, reinforced by the fact that amazing things happened when I did. We still had one very unfinished song by the time our last day in the studio rolled around, and we managed to make it happen, making the final lyrical tweaks between takes in the sound booth.


I will soon be able to share video footage of this with you, which was such a tremendous blessing. My friend Chris Fuller did an amazing job capturing photographic moments, capturing us, and on that last day capturing our creative process as we went through it. All photos shown here are his.

Rooftop terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel! 



Well, it was a pretty eventful week as far as weeks go for me! I spent a long weekend in LA with this gentleman, Joss Whedon, checking out studios at which to record our EP in January. It was stupid fun. I made it to the hotel with just enough time to dress myself proper and head back out to a party honoring Drew Goddard, who wrote the screen play for The Martian, on the rooftop terrace of the Sunset Tower Hotel on the strip. Whaaaaaaaaaat.  


AND (more importantly) through recommendations of good friends we found Ocean Studios in Burbank, of which I said to Joss after we left, "If we got to record there I would feel like a princess..." The space is beyond beautiful, really top notch, and I'm excited to work hard and bring my A game, which I must. Part of the beauty of life is a good challenge here and there. I'm in!

And then Joss Whedon shot me (with a camera) 


It was super fun having Joss here for a few days to work on our project! We got to do a podcast with the amazingly badass Elizabeth McQueen at KUTX which will be airing soon, and we even made an impromptu music video! Because why not. It's what he does, and it's what I do. It's a newer song of mine called Little America. Take a look

                                                   Photo by Joss Whedon

                                                   I was a harsh task master!!!

A Long and Precious Road available for pre-order! 



I'm soooooooo happy to announce that after a very Long and Precious Road indeed the new album is now available for pre-order!!! Get immediate downloads of three of the tracks and help build the buzz for the official release date, August 18th! I'm learning how this works, and all the pre-sales get tallied up and counted all at once as sales for the release week, which gets reported to the people who are in charge of The Charts and all that. Show them you're excited! I certainly am!
 

“One of the year’s finest albums. With a compelling voice at once uplifting and heartbreaking, delicate and wounded, and with melodies dextrous and irresistible, Kilgore has, in one bold move, established herself as an important presence in folk music. This is a gorgeously crafted work.”  ~Tom Buckley, Texas Music Magazine

 

The Songbird Society ~ Week 2! 



We have passed the first milestone goal! With flying colors and wings! Thank you!!!

The second weekly video of the Songbird Society has been posted, called My Heart Will Be. Society members got a download of it last Thursday, and tomorrow morning I will be posting another brand new song for download, called Drunk on June, which I let slip early to a friend and has already earned itself an interest in being covered as well as a middle finger from a rather legendary Austin songwriter. I know the feeling - it was quite the compliment!!! It's a fun one that I'm excited for you to hear! ;)

To join the Songbird Society and get a download of a brand new Shawnee Kilgore tune every week visit me at www.patreon.com/shawneekilgore

 

Hear every single song that I write!! 



This is the coolest thing ever you guys! I have finally found a way to share way more of my creative output with you. I write a brand new song every week, did you know?? And now you have the chance to hear every single one of them - for better or worse! (Knock on wood but so far they've mostly been for the better!)

I made a video to explain how you can be in my super awesome Song a Week Club, and please visit my Patreon page as well to see what it's all about. As I write this we're already 1/3 of the way to my first milestone - and bonus reward for you! Life is so freaking cool :)

Folk Gals for Flood Relief! 

These amazing gals, Daisy and Ashley Monical, and I teamed up with Concert Window last night and raised almost $600 for flood relief in Wimberley, TX! I'm feeling so humbled and overwhelmed by the amazing support shown, for us and for the folks who suffered big time this week, losing homes and, for some, loved ones. 

For more information on how you can help please visit: http://barnabasconnects.org/wimberley-flood-2015/  - or - http://gofundme.com/vn426e4

A Long and Precious Road is off to the press!!! 

 


Wow, I finally made it!!! This record is aptly named.....this has been a Journey, with a capital J. I feel like I faced so much more of myself with this record than any other, and that was trying at times. I had a bigger vision for this one, a bigger vision for myself, and therefore everything really, really mattered. There was no half-assing, no "that's good enough" when it wasn't, no hurrying. And oh my god I wanted to hurry!!! To say I'm more proud of this record than any other I've done is, like, not even talking about the same thing. This record feels like the birth of my true self, the emerging of a light that I've kept hidden in the shadows, the surrender to a song that I will never stop singing. It's truth; it's my truth. And when all is said and done, that's what we have.

Thank you for your patience if you had it (and the keeping quiet of it if you didn't! :). This thing is finally real, and I think my good friend Ray Prim probably said it best: "Praise baby geezus!!!"

My praise and gratitude to every one of you. The long and precious road continues...

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    Pretty much. #josswhedon #folkstars #backtoeden
  • Best thing to do when you finish mixing a record at #congresshousestudio is grab a limo, pop some champagne and head towards New Braunfels and #neilyoung. Life is NOT sucking, and neither is our record. Can't. Wait. #josswhedon #folkstars #goodlife #backtoeden
    Best thing to do when you finish mixing a record at #congresshousestudio is grab a limo, pop some champagne and head towards New Braunfels and #neilyoung. Life is NOT sucking, and neither is our record. Can't. Wait. #josswhedon #folkstars #goodlife #backtoeden
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    Humbug. #josswhedon #iloveyousomuch #beforecoffee #folkstar
  • Thanks @daisyoconnor for bringing us food and photos at #congresshousestudio today! I love, love, love this record! Good work team! #josswhedon @thedoctorofsound
    Thanks @daisyoconnor for bringing us food and photos at #congresshousestudio today! I love, love, love this record! Good work team! #josswhedon @thedoctorofsound
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A Long and Precious Road named in Texas Music Magazine's Top Albums of the Year!

“With a compelling voice at once uplifting and heartbreaking, delicate and wounded, and with melodies dexterous and irresistible, Kilgore has, in one bold move, established herself as an important presence in folk music. This is a gorgeously crafted work.” ~Tom Buckley, Texas Music Magazine