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Be a part of the Canoecopia concert experience (near or far) with Jerry Vandiver and the One Match Band and say, "I'm with the band!"
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“I’M WITH THE BAND!” 

 Hi! Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter campaign here. Don’t forget to watch the video above. 

 The Project 

 Last year I answered a life-long dream by combining my two passions – songwriting and paddling (a canoe or kayak, c’mon now!) – when I recorded the CD “True and Deep – Songs for the Heart of the Paddler”. I held a CD “release party” in the form of three concerts at Canoecopia (in Madison, WI) last March to multiple standing ovations. Canoecopia is the largest paddle sports expo in the U.S., with over 20,000 paddlers (my audience!) attending the three-day event. 

 Canoecopia wants us back this year for 3 concerts on March 8, 9 & 10, but their limited budget can’t cover all our expenses and that’s where this campaign, and YOU, come in. I’m looking for you to be a part of our journey back to Canoecopia 2013. Your investment in “Jerry Vandiver and the One Match Band” will help pay for the musicians, rehearsal time, transportation, sound, and lodging. If this campaign raises more than the goal amount, it will be invested to go to future paddle sports festivals and expos as well! 

 Who the Heck is Jerry Vandiver and the One Match Band?

 I’m glad you asked. I (Jerry) am a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN. I’ve been blessed to have a few recording artists record my songs – Barbara Mandrell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phil Vassar, Lonestar, and Tim McGraw, to name a few. I’ve even heard a couple of those songs on the radio! I also get to perform regularly at the Bluebird Café and the Country Music Hall of Fame here in Nashville, as well as many other songwriter venues and house concerts around the US and Canada. Most importantly, I’m an avid wilderness canoeist and camper, especially in the Boundary Waters (where my wife and I were married) and Northwest Ontario. 

Tim Buppert on Drums
Tim Buppert on Drums

 On drums is Tim Buppert who is a sought after Nashville session player and singer. An award winning songwriter, Tim has had his songs recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Kevin Sharp and Yankee Grey. 

John Foster on acoustic lead guitar
John Foster on acoustic lead guitar

On lead acoustic guitar is John Foster. John is a session player and singer and even was a member of the Beach Boys a while back (How cool is that?). An award-winning songwriter, John also played and sang extensively on the “True and Deep” CD project.

Stephanie Gertken on fiddle
Stephanie Gertken on fiddle

On fiddle this year is the dynamic Stephanie Gertken. Steph is a veteran of Nashville’s music scene and can be heard playing regularly there with the Steve Collier band. 

 The music is all acoustic with a little Americana, folk and bluegrass mixed in. Best of all, it’s really fun! 

 What’s Different This Year? 

 First of all, we are performing my new song, “Me And Molly”, which is about paddling with our best canine friends. We’ll be playing it while showing a slide show of some “canoe and kayak dogs” on the screen behind us. Check out the video below and the “Hey! That’s My Dog!” Reward category on the right.

 Popular Ontario paddler and “Happy Camper” Kevin Callan joins us for the Saturday concert to play cowbell with the band on one song. (You can, too! Look at the “More Cowbell!!” category!) 

 And finally, award-winning aboriginal singer/songwriter Shy-Anne Hovorka is joining us to perform an Ojibwe chant on one song and sing a duet with me on another. It will be an event to be remembered!

“I Want to Help! How Can I?” 

I’m REALLY glad you asked! Look over the Rewards categories on the right and please choose one - or more! You will be billed through Amazon.com once the campaign is over. By the way, it’s important to keep in mind that if I don’t reach my goal of $4,000 then I receive NONE of the funds that were pledged. Zero. 

 Not Just A Donation 

 Whether you’re a paddler, a musician, a songwriter or you’re a supportive friend (or ALL of those!), I think I’ve come up with some fun creative Rewards for you to take advantage of on the list to the right. 

 You don’t have to be going to Canoecopia to be a part of this. The Rewards range everywhere from a signed “Wish You Were Here” post card to a personal acoustic (me and my guitar) house concert or custom song written for a special event in your life. If you are going, Canoecopia passes, VIP seating and signed CDs are just a sample of what’s available. Be sure to check out the “More Cowbell!” category or “Hey That's My Dog!” among them all. 

 Don’t want any rewards but still want to help? Just check the “No thanks, I just want to help” button which will lead you to an amount you would like to contribute. 

 Also, please pass this campaign on to all your friends that you think might want to particpate! I can’t do this without your support. 

 THANK YOU! 

 I’m hoping you’ll want to be a part of “Jerry and the One Match Band” at Canoecopia. Please pick out a Reward category, make a pledge, cheer us on and if  you come hear us at Canoecopia, don’t forget to say, “I’m with the band.” 

 THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 

 Hope to see you from the stage, Jerry 

Still with me?  Awesome!  Here is the "Me And Molly" video I mentioned above.  You can put your dog's name (and pic in the slide show) at the concerts.  Look over the "Hey, That's My Dog!" category.

And speaking of videos, I would love to write a song for you (or co-write it with you) surrounding a special event in your life - a birthday, anniversary, graduation, you name it.  I'll make a professional guitar/vocal of that song and then, with your pics, I'll make a slide show video of it.  Below is an example of one I did for my wife for our anniversary last September.  I got a lot of points for this!  You can, too!

Thanks for being a part of this project!  Hope to hear from you soon!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter has asked me to put in a statement about the risks and challenges of this project. I'm trying hard to think of some and I suppose a major snowstorm or vehicle breakdown could prevent us from getting to the gig, but I'm not counting on that. Would the governor of Wisconsin ban us from playing a suggestive song about what happens in the tent after the sun goes down? Nahhh, I don't think so. (I just got a song idea: "What Happens In The Tent, Stays In The Tent". What do you think?)

I will say that if those challenges arise, we'll face them and turn the lemon into lemonade. Hey! It's show business!

We'll do everything in our power to be on that stage. It will be an event to remember. Thanks.

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    * Wish You Were Here! - I’ll mail you a signed postcard from Canoecopia with a picture of the band on the front saying “Wish You Were Here”. Suitable for framing or scraping frost off of your windshield. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    "It’s OK, I’m With The Band!" (Friday, 3/8) - Get VIP reserved front center section seating at the Friday concert, plus a signed postcard of the band saying “Glad you’re here!” And I really will be!

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    "It’s OK, I’m With The Band!" (Saturday 3/9) - Get VIP reserved front center section seating at the Saturday concert, plus a signed postcard of the band saying “Glad you’re here!”

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    "It’s OK, I’m With The Band!" (Sunday 3/10) - Get VIP reserved front center section seating at the Sunday concert, plus a signed postcard of the band saying “Glad you’re here!”

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    "Don't You Know Who I AM?!" - Get a one day pass (day of your choice) to Canoecopia. Please specify which day and I’ll mail it to you in advance. Gives you access to all speaker events (including the One Match Band concert) and entry into the Exhibition Hall. Those big burly security guys will smile at you when you walk by.

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    * Patron of the Arts – Receive a digital download of any one of my CDs of your choice, plus a listing in the “Paddlesongs Hall of Fame” on my paddlesongs.com blog, plus a signed postcard mailed from Canoecopia. Be the first kid on your block! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    All Access (Friday 3/8) - Get a one day pass to Canoecopia, plus VIP reserved front center section seating at the Friday concert, plus a signed postcard. You can wink at the fiddle player from there.

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    All Access (Saturday 3/9) - Get a one day pass to Canoecopia, plus VIP reserved front center section seating at the Saturday concert, plus a signed postcard.

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    "I Know the Guitar Player" (Friday 3/8) - Get a signed copy of one of my CDs of your choice, plus a one day pass to Canoecopia, plus VIP reserved front center section seating at the Friday concert, plus a signed postcard. You'll look important here.

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    "I Know the Guitar Player" (Saturday 3/9) - Get a signed copy of one of my CDs of your choice, plus a one day pass to Canoecopia, plus VIP reserved front center section seating at the Saturday concert, plus a signed postcard. You"ll look important here.

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    "I Know the Guitar Player" (Sunday 3/10) - Get a signed copy of one of my CDs of your choice, plus a one day pass to Canoecopia, plus VIP reserved front center section seating at the Sunday concert, plus a signed postcard. You'll look important here.

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    * The “A” List - Recieve either two digital downloads of my CDs of your choice or two signed copies of my CDs of your choice, plus a postcard from Canoecopia, plus a listing in the “Paddlesongs Hall of Fame”. If you can’t be there, this is the next best thing! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Call Me, Maybe - Receive a personal phone call from me to sing you “Happy Birthday” or other song of special occasion, plus an enlghtening conversation about paddling, the music business and/or the secret of life. I know what it is! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * The Next Big Thing! - Receive a hand-written lyric of one of my songs of your choice personally autographed to you, plus a free digital download of one my CDs of your choice, plus a postcard from the band, plus your name in the “Paddlesongs Hall of Fame”. Mrs Williams, my 4th grade teacher, called my handwriting “unique”. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    Hey! That’s My Dog! - I will sing your dog’s name in all 3 concert performances of “Me And Molly”. (see slide show to the left) If you send me a pic of your dog, I’ll also put it in the slide show. Your pooch will be demanding extra treats after this! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward,but it would be a lot better if you were!)

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    * Superfan! - Receive two signed CDs of your choice plus a signed True and Deep Songbook complete with music, lyrics and chords to the True and Deep CD, plus a postcard from the band, plus your name in the “Paddlesongs Hall of Fame”. Digital downloads available if you prefer (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    “More Cowbell!!” - Play cowbell on stage for one song with Happy Camper Kevin Callan and the band at the Saturday (3/9) concert. You keep the cowbell and the band will sign it for you. Get your autograph pen ready, the groupies will be lining up!

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    * Step Aside Eddie Van Halen! - Want to learn some guitar techniques I use on stage? Receive a personal, customized 1 hour guitar lesson from me (via Skype) plus a signed True and Deep songbook. Choose a song from the book you’d like to learn. If we have time, choose another. Be tuned up and ready to go! Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * The Box Set! - Receive personally signed copies of all 3 of my CD releases (or download if you prefer) and a signed copy of the True and Deep Songbook (or download if you prefer). Only my mom has one of these right now! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * The Full Jerry! - Receive a personally signed copy of my popular music biz songwriting workbook “Your First Cut”, plus three signed CDs, plus the True and Deep Songbook Hey, what more could you want? (digital downloads available if you prefer). (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * You Write The Songs - Are you a songwriter looking for some professional feedback and advice? Send me up to 3 songs and we’ll Skype a one hour evaluation session. Let’s brainstorm your songs and great ideas together. Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Quit Your Day Job! - Receive a two hour songwriter mentoring session. Includes a signed copy of my songwriter workbook, “Your First Cut” (download if you prefer), an evaluation of up to 3 of your songs and together well take an in depth look at your songwriting path. Paul McCartney will have nothing on you! Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Lookout Music Row! - Enjoy a personal insider’s tour of the music business in Nashville from someone who’s lived it – me. Includes an in depth tour of Music Row, a state of the art recording studio and a stop at the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Approximately a half day. You provide transportation to/from Nashville and lodging. I used to drive a Nashville tour bus, by the way! Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Take Me To the River! Get the insider’s tour of the music business above and then we’re off to the Narrows of the Scenic Harpeth River for a half day paddle! Weather permitting. Pack lightly. I have the canoe (or kayak if you prefer), paddles and everything we'll need. You provide transportation to/from Nashville and lodging. Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Gold Level Business Sponsorship - Let me bring my audience to your product. You will receive grateful acknowledgement of your sponsorship from the stage at each concert, plus thank yous on stage plus a blog post written about your sponsorship (including your logo!) on my paddlesongs.com website. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * I’ll Write This One For You - Do you have an anniversary, birthday, graduation or special life event you really want to make memorable? Let me write (or co-write with you via Skype/email) a song commemorating your special event. I’ll record a professional guitar/vocal of the song. But wait! There's more! If you send me some pics, I will create for you a cool slide show video of it as well! (see the anniversary song/video of mine on the left). We'll put it up on YouTube. This is really fun and you’ll get major points! Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Platinum Level Business Sponsorship - Receive all the above in the Gold level, plus I’ll display a stand-up banner with your company logo next to the stage. Plus if you are exhibiting in the Exhibition Hall, we’ll draw attention to your booth when we come and play a couple of songs at your booth on the day of your choice at the expo. Choose the songs you’d like us to play! (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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    * Take it to the House! - I would love to perform a house concert in your home for you, your family and friends. It will be an enjoyable, intimate and interactive evening of fun and music. It’s easy to set up. Let’s do this! Must be within a 500 mile radius of Nashville. If further, you’ll need to also cover airfare and lodging. (note: if I’m already in your area, i.e. MN or WI or such, no problem!) Good for one year from Canoecopia 2013. (* you don't have to be at Canoecopia for this reward)

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