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Prevention Intervention was written to show fans new and old what we have been through and where we want to go. This is our passion.


Dear friends and fans,
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about the Poorhouse Millionaires.
This project started because Ray Vazira and I wanted to make music together after years as friends and fans of each other’s work. In 2011 we took the leap and started writing songs together.
From the beginning the focus has been on writing our own songs and playing live. At this point we are coming up on our first anniversary together and we have played nearly 50 shows at a variety of California venues.
We asked our friend Eli Lester to join us as our lead guitarist about six months into our project after working with him unofficially for quite a while. We have since added a couple more members to out motley crew including Skeez Nava and Nathan Ignacio, on upright bass and Harmonica respectively. Often times Ray and I still preform as a Duo due to the fact that the venue or event may not call for a full band.
This CD that we are working on now is called “Prevention Intervention” and is named after one of our songs. The record was written to chronicle the past year in our lives and we believe it represents the various styles of music we want to make as we move forward. We also believe that it tells an honest and passionate story about our experiences. We poured every ounce of emotion and sweat that we had into this project.
I believe the most obvious musical genre influence on “Prevention Intervention” is Blues but, Folk, Old School Country and Gospel are infused into the mix also to offer a sense of variety and depth.
We raised the money for the studio time and mixing and mastering of the album by playing shows and saving our pay and the money from our trusty tip jar. You could say that we are doing all of this the old-fashioned way. You will hear a sense of struggle and growth in our music and we are proud of that. We are highly motivated people on a mission! You can believe me when I say that we take our music seriously and will put your money to good use. We know about hardship and we know that your money is hard-earned. We respect that very much. We sincerely appreciate our fans and friends.
The goal of this project is to raise the money needed to produce the physical copies of our CD’s and T-shirts, as well as cover the cost of promotional materials. We believe our goal amount to be a relatively modest amount when you consider that one of the major expenses (studio time) is already covered. If we go over our goal, all the remaining money will go toward producing more shirts and other promotional items including stickers and buttons. Money from this Kickstarter campaign will also be used to ship copies of our CD to radio stations and record companies.
I think that’s about it folks. Please take the time to view our video and check out our Facebook page. Lets team up and ‘Kickstart’ the heck out of this project!
I have been so inspired by the recording process that I have begun writing songs for our next CD already. This will be a long and bumpy road. We are excited about the ride and we hope that you will join us.
Sincerely,
Big Earl Matthews

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've proven we are able to face challenges by raising the money to record our CD. The challenge now is to keep the momentum going. With help from friends and supporters we are confident we can raise the necessary funds to support our future endeavors and taking the band to the next level of touring. Most importantly, we believe we will produce music we can all be proud of and enjoy for years to come.

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    Trying to get your feet wet? Would you like a sample before you buy the meal? This is the way to go! Contribute anywhere from $1-$5 to our project and we will buzz you a nifty song that you can sing to in the car! Good times!

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    Become the envy of all your friends and neighbors! Contribute a shiny new $5 bill to our project and we will zap you down our entire CD before physical copies hit the streets!

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    This is the multi-media motherlode! Contribute $15 to our project and you will get a download of Prevention Intervention before physical copies are pressed and a physical copy when the CD hits the streets! We will even run down to our local office supply mega-score, buy a Sharpie and scribble our names all over it for you! You can sell this on eBay and become a millionaire when we become famous!

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    Now we are getting serious! Contribute $30 to our project and you will receive a download of Prevention Intervention before CDs are pressed, a signed physical copy as soon as they are available and a signed poster that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters. Show you care and have something pretty to hang on your walls!

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    We want to give you the shirt off our back! Contribute $65 and receive a download of Prevention Intervention before CDs are pressed, a signed physical copy as soon as they are available, a signed poster that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters and a Poorhouse Millionaires T-shirt. You couldn't possibly have the blues when you are rocking fashion this cool!

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    This one goes deep into our artistic roots. Big Earl Matthews is a man of many talents and this package will give you the chance to say things like, “Hey! Check this out! My favorite blues singer helped me decorate my pad! Sweet!” Contribute $100 and receive receive a download of Prevention Intervention before CDs are pressed, a signed physical copy as soon as they are available, a signed poster that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters, a Poorhouse Millionaires T-shirt and a small hand-made wire sculpture designed exclusively for Kickstarter supporters by Big Earl Matthews.

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    Does your wife or girlfriend have a song that makes her crazy? Let us help you show her or anyone else just how much love that you have for them! Contribute $150 and receive a download of Prevention Intervention before CDs are pressed, a signed physical copy as soon as they are available, a signed poster that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters, a Poorhouse Millionaires T-shirt and a video of us performing a song of your choice. This is your chance to say that you are the musical director of a blues band! Add that to your resume!

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    Put us to work! Contribute $225 and receive a download of Prevention Intervention before CDs are pressed, a signed physical copy as soon as they are available, a signed poster that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters, a Poorhouse Millionaires T-shirt and a larger hand-made sculpture designed by Big Earl Matthews. We are proud to pour heart and soul into our music and Big Earl infuses just as much love into his art.

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    Let’s get cozy! Contribute $350 and we will show you our love by rocking your house, yacht, trailer, yurt or tent! We will show up to your location (within 100 miles of Modesto, CA or farther if you cover the cost) and play two sets (two hours) live for your friends and family to enjoy! By the time we arrive you will already have a digital download of prevention intervention and we will hand-deliver a CD, signed poster and T-shirt. Let’s party!

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    Are you a mega-fan of The Poorhouse Millionaires? Let us show you how much we appreciate your dedication! Receive a month of guitar lessons from our award-winning guitarist and bassist, Eli Lester, a digital download of Prevention Intervention, a live two-hour performance at the location of your choice (within 100 miles of Modesto, CA or farther if you cover the cost). We will hand-deliver you a CD, signed poster, video of us playing a song that you choose and a T-shirt. This package is very special to us. Our fans mean just as much to us as the music that we play. This package lays it all on the table. This is where we wear our hearts on our sleeves.

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