CURRENT GOAL PROGRESS (as of 11/13): $7,113.86 of $7,000 raised!  As you can see, you/we did it! We have officially reached — and surpassed — our goal! "Men of Steel" will be coming on CD. THANK YOU! 

What's Next? The campaign will continue as originally intended until Dec. 1. After that date, there will be a bit of a wait until the album is available to purchase, as we want those who participated in the campaign to get it first. So if you're interested, please pre-order before the campaign ends. Still some great perks available! Thank you so much to everyone who's supported this project. We can't wait to finally get this music out to you!

WKW is Bruce Watson and Jamie Watson of Big Country and Skids, along with Thomas Kercheval of ... himself. We've just finished recording what we think is a great, anthemic, big-guitar album called "Men of Steel". The album will be released digitally sometime in December, but we need your help to unleash it in corporeal form (a.k.a. CD format), and that's the goal of this crowdfunding campaign.

The 13-minute video above will give you more information directly from Bruce, Jamie and Tom on the album and the campaign, along with extended previews of some of the tracks on "Men of Steel". (This is not the same short promo video you may have seen on social media.)

Below you'll find detailed explanations for all the perks available to campaign supporters. There are a ton of options here, from a simple digital download of "Men of Steel" all the way up to oversized music packages, podcast appearances, personalized recordings, meet and greets with Bruce and Jamie, soundcheck access to Big Country shows and more. 

Pledgers will be sent a password granting them entry to the "All-Access" page. There you'll find exclusive content related to the campaign, including an even longer version of the video above. More content will be added as the campaign progresses.

Also, For a limited time, all pledgers will also receive a free download of "Killiecrankie", one of the tracks on "Men of Steel". The link for the download will be sent to you via email as soon as your payment is processed.

This campaign will run for 30 days, and our total goal is $7,000. That will cover mastering of the tracks, artwork, replication of the CDs and shipping. We'll keep you updated on the campaign's progress on the blog link, so check back throughout to see how we're doing.

We are so proud of this album. It's intense, it's ferocious and it bristles with passion. We think you'll love it as much as we do, and we thank you so much for your support! Please consider sharing this page to help us spread the word and meet our goal, and if you have any questions or issues, please drop us a line at: watsonkerchevalwatson@gmail.com

 

PERKS FOR PLEDGERS — THE MEN AND WOMEN OF STEEL (Note: an additional shipping charge of $3 - $5 may be added to purchases that include a CD or the signed Bruce and Jamie photos at the bottom of this list.)

PERK 1: "Men of Steel" digital download
  • PERK 1: "Men of Steel" digital download

PERK 1: "Men of Steel" digital download

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$10.00

This gets you a digital download of WKW's new album "Men of Steel", along with good vibes sent from us to you from Parts Unknown. The download link will be sent to you electronically as soon as we have it mastered and available for upload. Most likely in early December, but possibly sooner.

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PERK 2: "Men of Steel" CD PLUS digital album download
  • PERK 2: "Men of Steel" CD PLUS digital album download

PERK 2: "Men of Steel" CD PLUS digital album download

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$15.00

This will get you a free digital download of "Men of Steel" as described in PERK 1, plus the actual CD sent to your door. Or cave entrance.

Downloads will be available earlier than the CD. Downloads should be available by early December if not sooner. CDs should be shipped by late December, early January 2020.

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PERK 3: "Men of Steel" CD, digital album download, digital demos download
  • PERK 3: "Men of Steel" CD, digital album download, digital demos download
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$20.00

This option gets you the "Men of Steel" CD, a digital download of the album, AND a digital download featuring a variety of demos and other tracks associated with the album and WKW. Here's a list of the songs in this demo package:

  1. Seven Swords (Bruce demo)
  2. The River Stays the Same (Bruce demo)
  3. Lay the Coin (Bruce demo)
  4. As Long as I See Shadows (Bruce demo)
  5. Storm of Thrones (a piano/orchestral version of Big Country classic "The Storm" recorded by Tom, Bruce, Jamie, Tom's wife Joanie and Colin Berwick. Used by Big Country as opening show music on only two occasions. Very rare.)
  6. Men of Steel (instrumental recorded by Tom. Did not have time to develop it into full song for the album, but may in future.)
  7. Peace In Our Time (acoustic version of the Big Country classic featuring Bruce, Jamie and Tom. The first track the trio ever worked on together.)
  8. Rose Red Sunset demo (The arrangement Tom presented to Bruce for approval. Features Tom on vocals and guitar.)
  9. Girl With Grey Eyes instrumental (Bruce and Jamie's instrumental recording of this BC classic as they prepared for their Steeltown 30th anniversary tour, as played on The Great Divide podcast. Features just two electric guitars showing off the intricate construction of the song. Beautiful stuff.)
  10. East of Eden instrumental (same as above: Bruce and Jamie's version of this great BC song as they prepared for the band's 30th anniversary Steeltown tour.)
  11. Podcast Theme (track Bruce wrote and recorded and presented to The Great Divide podcast as an alternate show theme song.)
  12. Jamie instrumental that became "Rose Red Sunset". This is the track that appeared in the "attic video" Bruce and Jamie released a few years ago, and we finally have it in pristine quality.
  13. Untitled Bruce demo recorded during American Big Country tour in 2013. Heavy guitars with drums and bass, no vocals.

Demos download link and "Men of Steel" download should be available in early December. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

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PERK 4: "Men of Steel" CD, digital album download, digital demos download, download of "Men of Steel" songs in instrumental format, including one long track of all instrumentals mixed by Bruce Watson
  • PERK 4: "Men of Steel" CD, digital album download, digital demos download, download of "Men of Steel" songs in instrumental format, including one long track of all instrumentals mixed by Bruce Watson
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$25.00

This perk gets you the "Men of Steel" CD, a digital album download, the download of the demos as described in PERK 3, and ... a digital download of each track on "Men of Steel" in instrumental format. This includes a separate file for each track AND one long file featuring all the tracks cross-fading into each other that was put together and arranged by Bruce. Bruce calls it a "mix for a long drive," and the track order is different from the album as well.

By the way, some of these instrumentals have parts in them that are not in the album versions. For example, certain guitar parts needed to be cut from the album versions of certain songs because they interfered with vocals. Some of those parts have been restored to these instrumental versions.

Download links for the demos, the "Men of Steel" album and the instrumentals should be available in early December. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

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PERK 5: All items in Perk 4 PLUS digital download of "Another Anthem for the Damned" by Bruce and Jamie and the albums "Rail" and "We Were Here" by Tom
  • PERK 5: All items in Perk 4 PLUS digital download of "Another Anthem for the Damned" by Bruce and Jamie and the albums "Rail" and "We Were Here" by Tom
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$30.00

This is the mother lode of music choices. For this perk, you'll get:

  1. "Men of Steel" CD
  2. Digital download of album
  3. Digital download of demos (see Perk 3 description)
  4. Digital download of "Men of Steel" instrumental versions (see Perk 4 description)
  5. Digital download of Bruce and Jamie's fantastic album "Another Anthem for the Damned"
  6. Digital download of Thomas Kercheval's "Rail" EP from 2018
  7. Digital download of Thomas Kercheval's full-length "We Were Here" album from 2015

A ton of great music for the price here. Bruce and Jamie's "Another Anthem for the Damned" album from 2010 is hard to come by these days, but it's a fantastic album, full of great songs and powerful lyrics. "Rail" and "We Were Here" by Thomas Kercheval feature songs in the same vein as "Men of Steel": big guitars, tons of Big Country influence.

Download links for "Another Anthem", "Rail" and "We Were Here" will be sent within 2 days after purchase. Download links for the demos, the "Men of Steel" album and the instrumentals should be available in early December. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

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PERK 6: Appearance on The Great Divide Podcast PLUS all items in Perk 5
  • PERK 6: Appearance on The Great Divide Podcast PLUS all items in Perk 5
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Along with a ton of music, this perk gets you some fun options related to "The Great Divide" Big Country podcast, hosted by Tom and Svein Hjorthaug.

You can choose to be our guest on the show where Svein and Tom will interview you or talk about anything BC-related you like, OR you can choose for Tom and Svein to "Deep Dive" any Big Country song of your choosing. You join Tom and Svein for that deep dive if you like, or you can just let them do it on their own. We guarantee a minimum of 30 minutes of discussion on the show, the biggest Big Country podcast in the known universe, with nearly 500,000 downloads since the show began in 2012.

Along with the podcast appearance, you also get all the items in Perk 5:

"Men of Steel" CD Digital download of the CD Digital demos download Download of "Men of Steel" tracks as instrumentals Download of Bruce and Jamie's "Another Anthem for the Damned" album Downloads of Tom's "Rail" EP and "We Were Here" album

Read the descriptions in Perks 4 and 5 for more details.

Appearances on the podcast will take place as soon as we're able to schedule them. Multiple appearances will most likely be compiled into one podcast episode. If scheduling proves difficult, we may ask that the pledger appear only with Tom or only with Svein, depending on the circumstances.

Our goal will be to record all segments within the first half of 2020.

Download links for the demos, "Another Anthem", "Rail" and "We Were Here" will be sent within 2 days after purchase. Download of "Men of Steel" and "Men of Steel" instrumental tracks should be available in early December if not sooner. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

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PERK 7: Bruce and Jamie personalized instrumental track from first two albums, personalized acoustic track with vocals from Tom, PLUS all items in Perk 5
  • PERK 7: Bruce and Jamie personalized instrumental track from first two albums, personalized acoustic track with vocals from Tom, PLUS all items in Perk 5
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$200.00

OK, this is a very cool perk, but it needs a bit of explaining, so here we go:

On an episode of "The Great Divide" podcast from a few years back, Tom and Svein played two "guide" tracks recorded by Bruce and Jamie. These were instrumental tracks they recorded with two electric guitars to work out their parts as they prepared for their 30th Anniversary Steeltown tour.

Listeners went nuts over these two recordings ("East of Eden" and "Girl With Grey Eyes"), which really showcased the intricate guitar work of the songs and had a sparse, ethereal beauty to them. These two tracks are available in a variety of the perks listed here, starting with PERK 3 and the demos download package associated with it (see PERK 3 for more details).

For THIS perk, however, Bruce and Jamie will record a similar guide track of any song you choose from the first two albums and their current set list (full song list below), minus the two songs listed above (which you'll automatically receive with this perk) and "The Great Divide", which Bruce and Jamie had to omit from this list because "we won't have time to re-learn it."

These songs will be instrumental versions with electric guitars, and they will be personalized at the beginning with a message to you from Bruce and Jamie.

Here's the list of classic songs you can choose from:

In a Big Country Inwards Chance 1,000 Stars The Storm Harvest Home Lost Patrol Close Action Fields of Fire Porrohman Flame of the West Steeltown Where the Rose is Sown Come Back to Me Tall Ships Go Rain Dance Just a Shadow Wonderland Restless Natives Look Away

In addition to the instrumental track recorded by Bruce and Jamie, Tom will record an acoustic version (with vocals) of ANY song you choose from the Big Country catalogue, the Skids catalogue, or Tom's own catalogue. (If none of those choices are of interest to you, he will consider other requests, too. As long as he can play it and it's not called "Free Bird".)

In addition, you'll also receive all the items in Perk 5:

"Men of Steel" CD Download of album Download of demos Download of "Men of Steel" instrumental tracks Download of "Another Anthem for the Damned" album from Bruce and Jamie Download of "Rail" EP and "We Were Here" album from Tom

Because of Bruce and Jamie's intense touring schedule, only a small number of these perks will be made available. The songs will be recorded as soon as the boys are able.

Because Tom does not currently have an intense touring schedule, he'll be able to get your song recorded more quickly.

Download links for "Another Download links for the demos, the "Men of Steel" album and the instrumentals should be available in early December. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

NOTE: Anyone purchasing this Perk will be eligible to purchase Perk 6 (appearance on The Great Divide Podcast) at half-price ($50). If you're interested in that, please purchase PERK 10 for $50 along with this perk and let us know in your purchase or via email that you'd like to also receive the podcast perk: watsonkerchevalwatson@gmail.com

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PERK 8: Meet and Greet with Bruce and Jamie, access to Big Country sound check, plus all items in Perk 5
  • PERK 8: Meet and Greet with Bruce and Jamie, access to Big Country sound check, plus all items in Perk 5
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$250.00

This option gets you a meet and greet experience at any Big Country show of your choosing, including rare access to the band's soundcheck. (Note, this does NOT include the price of a ticket. Also, just to make sure it's clear, pledgers are responsible for their own transportation to the selected venue and for their own accommodations.)

Another asterisk: Although this perk does include access to the soundcheck, we can't guarantee you'll be able to meet other members of the band, although that's a definite possibility. We just can't guarantee it.

You will, however, get some quality time with Bruce and Jamie and the thanks of Tom sent to you telepathetically from somewhere in America.

Oh, and you'll also get ALL ITEMS in Perk 5:

"Men of Steel" CD, digital download of album, digital download of demos, download ofdigital download of Bruce and Jamie's "Another Anthem for the Damned" and digital downloads of Tom's "Rail" EP and "We Were Here" album.

Download links for the demos, "Another Anthem", "Rail" and "We Were Here" will be sent within 2 days after purchase. Download of "Men of Steel" and "Men of Steel" instrumental tracks should be available in early December if not sooner. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

NOTE: Anyone purchasing this Perk will be eligible to purchase Perk 6 (appearance on The Great Divide Podcast) at half-price ($50). If you're interested in that, please purchase PERK 10 for $50 along with this perk and let us know in your purchase or via email that you'd like to also receive the podcast perk: watsonkerchevalwatson@gmail.com

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PERK 9: All of the Above! (Plus signed Bruce and Jamie Photo)
  • PERK 9: All of the Above! (Plus signed Bruce and Jamie Photo)
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$400.00

This gets you every single item and experience listed on this page, along with a 10 x 8-inch photo of Bruce and Jamie signed by Bruce and Jamie. Let's sum up, shall we?

  1. "Men of Steel" CD
  2. Digital download of "Men of Steel"
  3. Download of demos (see Perk 3)
  4. Download of "Men of Steel" instrumentals (See Perk 4)
  5. Download of "Another Anthem for the Damned" album by Bruce and Jamie (See Perk 5)
  6. Download of "Rail" EP and "We Were Here" album by Tom (see Perk 5)
  7. Appearance on "The Great Divide" podcast (see Perk 6)
  8. Personalized instrumental Big Country "guide track" recording from Bruce and Jamie
  9. Personalized acoustic recording from Tom
  10. Meet and Greet with Bruce and Jamie at a Big Country show, including access to a soundcheck
  11. Our eternal thanks

Download links for "Another Anthem", "Rail" and "We Were Here" will be sent within 2 days after purchase. Download links for the demos, the "Men of Steel" album and the instrumentals should be available in early December. They will be sent simultaneously. "Men of Steel" CD should ship in late December/early January 2020.

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Perk 10: The "Better to Give Than To Receive" Perk
  • Perk 10: The "Better to Give Than To Receive" Perk

Perk 10: The "Better to Give Than To Receive" Perk

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Perk 10: The "Better to Give Than To Receive" Perk

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$1.00

So you have no interest whatsoever in any of the items listed here, but you just want to help the cause.

OR, perhaps you purchased one of the perks already but just want to give a little bit more because you're just that kind of person.

Either way, this is the perk for you. You contribute as little or as much as you want (minimum of $1) and get absolutely NOTHING tangible in return. Just our thanks and good vibes floating through the ether, searching for you, ever-searching ...

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ADD-ON: Signed Bruce and Jamie Photo
  • ADD-ON: Signed Bruce and Jamie Photo
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$20.00

This is a newly shot 10x8-inch photo of Bruce and Jamie Watson signed by Bruce and Jamie.

NOTE: This photo is INCLUDED In Perk 9, the "All of the Above" Perk. If you buy any of the other perks and would like to get this photo, too, please add it to your cart along with the Perk you want to purchase. (Or, if this is the only item here that you want, have at it!)

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