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Jack River Kings are a rock and roll band based in Anchorage, Alaska. We are working hard to get our first record out, thanks! Read more

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Jack River Kings are a rock and roll band based in Anchorage, Alaska. We are working hard to get our first record out, thanks!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Jack River Kings, a Rock and Roll band hailing from the Last Frontier of Alaska. All four band members call Alaska home, transplanted from parts further south, drawn to a land so beautiful and endless. We live in a state full of musicians where often the people in the crowd listening are the very people you could find yourself sharing the stage with on any given night. It has given us the ability to listen and draw on other ears to form our own sound, a sound that is real and able to transcend the musical tastes of many. Most often a sound that is rocking and telling stories of injustice, hard times or love,  that makes you want to get out of your seat, grab your drink and dance the night away with us. 

We have waited for three long years to record this first record, because well, we wanted to do it right. Wanted to develop our sound and grow into our own as a band. With the right members in place, we feel that we are in that position now. With good songs, good recordings in the works, and a level of genuine respect for each others creativity, things are sounding better than we ever thought they could. Sometimes it really does pay to wait!

Alaska is a big, small place. The music fans in Alaska really are the best. They come out at forty-five degrees below zero in Fairbanks to listen to us rock at the Marlin. They are tough as nails, and they want their rock and roll with whiskey and sweat and want you to melt the blizzard outside with your guitar tone. We cannot say enough how appreciative we are of all the people we've made friends with and those who come out to a live show. We owe it you to deliver this album, you've been asking for one for years and we are happy to finally be able to give it to you....soon.

New York City here we come! We have done all we can on our own, all our own recording and producing, but now we need some real professionals to help us finish this record. In May we are heading to NYC to work with a great engineer, James Frazee (Bettye Lavette, My Morning Jacket, a-ha), at Water Music recording studios to finish all the mixing of our first full length record! Franz Nicolay, formerly of The Hold Steady and currently fronting his own band, is coming into the studio to add some more tracks for us playing organ, accordion, and generally working his magic on a handful of our songs. The guy is a magician with keys and he has a killer mustache to boot!

Making music is costly but with your help we can succeed! What we have here for you are various ways to pledge money to our cause and be handsomely rewarded in the process! From the smallest donation to the largest it all helps and we cannot say enough how much your pledge and you mean to us personally. Without people going to live shows and buying records we couldn't do what we do.

We look forward to seeing you at a show in the very near future whether in Alaska or parts beyond. We do live in what often seems like a far away place, but the music here is very real, as are we, and our commitment to making a quality record has no boundaries. Thank you for all your help.

www.jackriverkings.com

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    We'll mention what a bad ass mofo you are to anyone that will listen, and shake your hand for supporting us and our music! We will also thank you on the interwebs on our website!

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    Previously mentioned items plus a signed copy of our brand new album upon release! We will do everything in our power to get this album out to Kickstarter backers first!

    You'll also receive a copy of the CD "Blackbird", the solo album from JRK frontman, Matthew Dean Herman. Two great albums, how can you go wrong here?!

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    Previously mentioned items plus a Jack River Kings T-shirt and guitar pick used during recording or live show.

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    All previously mentioned items plus a personal note from the band, autographed photo of the band, and you and your guest on the guest list at one of our shows.

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    Previously mentioned items plus your name and thanks in the liner notes and a custom JRK koozie for your brewski!

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    All previous items plus we will either video us playing an album song of your choosing, acoustic or electric and send it to you! Or you can have the option of joining us for a live Skype/Gmail video chat and we can play you a song live!

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    All previous items plus our most humble and sincere thanks for supporting us at such a high level. And of course for being such a great supporter, a live show by us, in your home, garage, back porch, at your family reunion, almost anywhere that we can work with, either acoustic or electric. While we do live in Alaska and travel is difficult at best, will we do our best to get to you anywhere on the road system. If you live out of state, we will do our best to get to you when we do get out your way. If we cannot find a way to get to ya, we will think up a gift as good as or better than the live show!

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