“I’M WITH THE BAND!”
Hi! Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter campaign here. Don’t forget to watch the video above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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