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The poetry of the great Croatian bard Tin Ujevic set to music by myself and all-star crew of musicians, with exotic instrumentaion.
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Five years ago I was in Split, Croatia when I discovered the stunningly powerful poetry of Tin Ujevic. (Of course Croatians were all familiar with his work, there are streets, parks and boats named after him!) I soon began to set his words to music and record the songs I'd written with Croatian musicians including Miroslav (prim tamboritza) and Gordana Evacic (cymbalom). I then brought the project back to the U.S. where I continued to work with a fantastic crew including Jolie Holland: voice, fiddle, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes): bass, Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven): violin, organ, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven): bass, guitar , Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas): vocals,  Gideon Freudmann: cello, Dave Dreiwitz (Ween): bass, Janine Nichols: vocals, Glenn Wolff: Dobro, Loretta Simonet: harp and Jay Ansill: violin with Dan Grigsby and Zak Kimmel zengineering. Thirteen songs have been recorded to date, about half of them with Tin Ujevic lyrics and the rest are tunes that I wrote, inspired by Ujevic, and Croatia. The time has now come to mix the project with the wonderful Jay Ansill at the board. I then need to hire a graphic artist (hopefully the terrific Pat Flynn) to lay out the cover art - a classic Generalic painting (photo above) which the rights have been secured from the museum in Hlebine, Croatia for use and to manufacture a run of 2,000 copies of the disc, which will then be distributed to DJ's and reviewers, stores (and yourselves). I then hope to sell the remainder at live shows in the U.S. and Croatia. With whatever money is left over I hope to hire the wonderful Cheryl McEnaney as my publicist. My deepest gratitude for your consideration and generosity. May an avalanche of light fall gently on your shoulders! JVK

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My biggest concern with this project is that without your generosity it might remain in "the can" a for a few more years to come as I have already spent a considerable amount of time and money (and thanks to my friends who all recorded gratis!) on the project to date, and now need your help to get it out to the world.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of an earlier Kruth CD - Either Last Year Was A Great Day, Songs from the Windy Attic or maybe even the Cherry Electric - you can specify your preference and I'll try my best to make sure you get your choice.

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    You'll receive a signed copy of an earlier Kruth CD - Either Last Year Was A Great Day, Songs from the Windy Attic or maybe even the Cherry Electric - you can specify your preference and I'll try my best to make sure you get it. You also get a copy of an earlier book of poems and stories - Bed Crumbs or The Perfumed Firecracker - signed!

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    You'll recieve a signed copy of the CD The Drunken Wind of Life plus a copy of my last CD Splitsville

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    You'll recieve a signed copy of the CD The Drunken Wind of Life plus a copy of my last CD Splitsville along with my 8th disc Songs From the Windy Attic

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    You'll recieve a signed copy of the CD The Drunken Wind of Life plus a copy of my last CD Splitsville along with my 8th disc Songs From the Windy Attic as well as two collectible books of my poems and stories (all lovingly signed to you fine patron!)

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    You'll recieve a signed copy of the CD The Drunken Wind of Life plus a copy of my last CD Splitsville along with my 8th disc Songs From the Windy Attic as well as two collectible books of my poems and stories For your exceptional generosity you'll also receive copies of my first two LP's - that's wax! Midnight Snack and Greasy Kid Stuff (all lovingly signed to you fine patron!)

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    Wow, I really don't know what to say other than an enormous thank you! and that I will sign and send you copies of All Things Kruth - that includes 9 albums, in various formats, 6 books of short stories and poetry and whatever available copies I have of my musical biographies.

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    You get all the goodies above and I will come play songs from the album along with a variety of my greatest hits for your house concert

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