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By Yusuf Kilgore
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About this project

Gertrude's Hearse has been together as a band for eight years through the bad times and mostly the good. We have over 500 shows under our belt, and any one who has seen us would agree that we are a seasoned and highly entertaining band with roots in americana, country, folk and rock n' roll. 

We have recently been through a creative catharsis which has resulted in the eminent release of our second album of all original songs. Our song writing has gained depth as we delve into issues such as the unhealthiness of processed food, the love of a wandering man for his daughter, the destruction of Appalachia do to mountain top removal coal mining, whiskey, broken hearts and more. 

One thing we have never done is go on tour. This has been a dream of ours for the last few years which has eluded us. Getting a tour together takes a lot of work and organization and costs money. We believe that a tour is the next step for our band to continue to thrive and become more established. Help us share our music with more folks around the country, and make the dream of our first tour a reality.   

Risks and challenges

Getting a tour together poses organizational and logistical problems.Trying to play original music in a new area requires building a fan base before we get there. Unlike, the old days, we can't just call the local DJ and sell out a show. These days, the band pays for that in advance through agencies or hiring a publicist /tour manager. After releasing our new album, we don't have the funds to hire these people or to pay travel costs to get us there.That's where you come in. These are just a few of the costly and painstaking challenges that we face. We are all united by the love of the music we have created and our desire to promote it in other parts of the country.

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    A download of our new CD. All of the great new songs, just without the packaging!

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    An autographed copy of our first CD "Worst"

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    An autographed copy of our first Cd "Worst" and our second CD "Knot Worst".

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    An autographed copy of both our CDs and a "Gertrude's Hearse" T-shirt and sticker.

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    Two one hour music lessons from any one in the band + all of our other rewards:
    Raymond John: Vocals, guitar, harmonica
    Keith Stone: Tenor sax, flute
    Steven Starr: electric bass, guitar, songwriting
    Yusuf Kilgore: guitar, fiddle
    Matt Clausen: drums

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    All of our other rewards + at least two members of Gertrude's Hearse will take you and a friend on a sunset cruise with live music on one of two sailboats available to Gertrude, either on Lake Union in Seattle, or out of Anacortes WA. You can redeem this when the weather gets warm!

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    This gets you a house concert by Gertrude's Hearse + signed copies of our CDs and a T-shirt and stickers.

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    Signed copies of the CDs, T-shirt, stickers, music lessons. sunset cruise, and the house concert!

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    All of our previous rewards except instead of the house concert, we will play a special event for any one you know: your wedding, a relative's wedding, bar mitzvah, New Year's party etc... This is Gertrude's Hearse deluxe. We can work with you on any special requests, and play as long as you need for this special event.

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