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Doyle and Debbie are recording new music for their upcoming movie.
Doyle and Debbie are recording new music for their upcoming movie.
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Legendary, award-winning (yet none-the-less fake) country duo, Doyle and Debbie, are about to record their legendary, award-winning soundtrack album for their upcoming legendary*, award-winning** feature film.

A NOTE FROM THE DOYLE AND DEBBIE SHOW CREATOR, BRUCE ARNTSON:

Jenny Littleton and I have been portraying the country duo Doyle and Debbie since June of 2005, when we first performed my musical comedy, The Doyle and Debbie Show, upstairs at Bongo Java Coffee House in Nashville. Since then we’ve performed hundreds of shows in numerous cities to rave reviews. In 2012, we won Chicago’s top theater award, the Jeff Award, for Best Musical Production--midsize, after an 8-month run at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre.

We still perform the show weekly in Nashville, and I’m not exaggerating when I say we (including Matt Carlton as long-suffering bandleader, Buddy) have just as much fun doing it now as we did eight years ago. We still feel like naughty children getting away with something. So now I’ve written a screenplay and a dozen new songs for a Doyle and Debbie movie. My filmmaker buddy and longtime collaborator, Coke Sams, will direct. His partner Clarke Gallivan and Ruckus Film will produce. Our goal is to shoot some time next year.

Recording the songs will be the first step in pre-production, so we’re not just recording an album: we’re jump-starting our movie.

Award-winning producer/guitarist Colin Linden (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, T-bone Burnett, Coen Bros., Buddy Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, etc.) has joined forces with us and will produce the songs. He has assured me they will all sound just like hits.

As an under-the-radar showbiz phenomenon, The Doyle and Debbie Show has been kept alive these past eight years by the generosity of our friends and a big bunch of hard-core fans. We’ve already been humbled by that, so asking you for more isn’t as hard as you might think. So please check out the pledge categories on the right and pick one that suits you.

Thanks for keeping us on the stage, and thanks in advance for helping us ride the dream a little further.

Yours truly,

Bruce Arntson

*Allegedly legendary

**Potentially award-winning

Risks and challenges

We hope to populate our movie, as well as the album, with a handful of “legit” country stars. Some have already signed on—others remain on our wish list. We’ll let you know soon who they are. Shooting and recording will have to work around multiple schedules, so timing of this endeavor is a bit elastic. But we’re all focused on bringing this project to fruition as soon as possible. We’re on it.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You’ll receive a digital download of the new album before it’s available online!

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    You’ll receive a CD plus digital download of the new album!

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    You’ll receive the previous gifts plus two guest list passes to a Doyle and Debbie show at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN. Contact us to arrange the passes once the project is funded, and you should be able to come to any show with at least two weeks’ notice! Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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    You’ll receive the previous gifts plus a Doyle and Debbie t-shirt! Pledge includes shipping for continental United States. Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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    This is a special limited gift level! Our friends on the Big Pink Bus, the fabulous Jugg Sisters, have offered up 5 pairs of tickets for their hilarious bus tour. In addition to the previous-level gifts, you will receive a pair of tickets to the NashTrash Tour. Your travel costs to the tour are not included, and these NashTrash tickets are not included at higher pledge levels. You will be able to make reservations with the NashTrash tour once this project is funded.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You’ll receive the previous gifts plus the rest of the items in Doyle and Debbie’s Deluxe Merch Kit! Total Deluxe Merch Kit will include a CD and digital download of the new album, two CDs of Doyle and Debbie’s Greatest Hits, two guest list passes to a Station Inn show, a D&D tee shirt, an autographed poster, two “Whine Whine Twang Twang” bumper stickers, and two “Debbie #4” buttons. Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You’ll receive the previous gifts plus a personalized YouTube birthday message for you or a friend from Doyle and Debbie! Date must be mutually agreed upon after project funding. Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    You’ll receive the previous gifts plus Doyle and Debbie will give a 30-minute personal performance! Doyle and Debbie will sing their songs at your house (or other venue that you secure). This pledge gift does not cover travel and lodging expenses for performances outside of the Nashville area. Date must be mutually agreed upon after project funding. Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    You’ll receive the previous gifts, but the performance will include the entire Doyle and Debbie show with the full cast! Doyle, Debbie, and Buddy will perform the show at your house or other venue that you secure. This pledge gift does not cover travel and lodging expenses for performances outside of the Nashville area. Production costs (sound and light equipment) are not included. Date must be mutually agreed upon after project funding. Your travel costs to The Doyle and Debbie Show are not included.

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Funding period

- (60 days)