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Everything's Jake is a record of country rock musical therapy by the Damngivers to uplift us and help us towards the good.
Everything's Jake is a record of country rock musical therapy by the Damngivers to uplift us and help us towards the good.
67 backers pledged $8,140 to help bring this project to life.

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I believe music can bring people together and lift people up.

As a person with a strong community sense, I feel that a lot of our values have fallen off the rails. We need to be supporting, uplifting, and respectful of each other and more importantly, ourselves. The America I see today through the eyes of my 10-year old son is not the same America I was raised in. Where have our values gone? Have we lost common sense? Decency? Understanding? Charity?

As the leader of the band, Damngivers, I have the unique position to reach people with our message:  We’re all in this together, “Can’t we all get along?” Yes, we can. And music can play a big part!

This Day Forward

Making music is my therapy. It grounds me and keeps me sane. I write songs to understand this crazy world. I ask my audience, “What do you think about this?” Or, “Are you seeing the same thing I’m seeing?”

Mark Turner, Mike Gavigan, Gerry, Mike Cusick, Doug Freyre
Mark Turner, Mike Gavigan, Gerry, Mike Cusick, Doug Freyre

Damngivers is aptly named. We're a band of people who give a damn. Our songs can provide an understanding for others and provide a different perspective of life around us. "Everything’s Jake" are songs of observations and life lessons, that serve almost as a community project to lift us up. They’re also a bit of a roadmap to give my son to help him consider right and wrong.

Daddy Knows     

My good friend and producer Anthony (Antoine) Arvizu says my songs are "folk rock meat and potatoes.” I’m fine with that description. He also says, I’m not afraid to say something. I’m not. In that way I feel aligned to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and singer-songwriters of previous generations that questioned the status quo. It’s my obligation to say something.

So I am here to share my experiences – which over the past few years has seen a lot of ups and downs, and I’d like to offer up encouragement to others in their time of need. Perhaps give us all hope in much the same way the music I love – be it rock, singer-songwriter, punk, soul, or folk music – did for me.

Of course, the songs rock with tons of rootsy swagger.

So how can you help?

The record is halfway done. The tracks are all recorded, but I have to put together more funds to finish this project, which includes: mixing, mastering and manufacturing. I'm asking you to help me complete the record.

It's very humbling to ask this of you, and I don't take it lightly. If you can help out there's a pledge level appropriate to what you can afford to the right. My official goal is $7500 but it will really take closer to $23,000 to properly promote and support the album. Amounts over our goal will be used for: promotion, publicity, videos, photography, website updates, and merchandise. It takes a community effort to build a band!

It’s one helluva good record! Getting it to the masses is the second life of the album. Please help me, the band, and the musicians get it there.

What's in it for you?

If you choose to become a backer, please choose a reward to the right and become a backer today. Each pledge comes with a unique incentive from cosmic kharma to CDs, t-shirts, to the opportunity to write and record a song with Damngivers, have dinner made for you by the band, receive a recorded video greeting, to a private house concert.

Help me dream

This album is a long time dream of mine and I’ve been massively fortunate to work on this project with incredible musicians from Marc Ford of the Black Crowes & Ben Harper to Neal Casal of the Hard Working Americans, Ryan Adams and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. And there’s a bunch more kindred spirits pictured below who really have made this a damn fine album.

Thank you

It will be an honor to complete “Everything’s Jake” with your help. Join in and become a first-class Damigo!

I'd like to thank the following musicians again for their contributions:

Neal Casal, Marc Ford, Mark Turner, Michael Gavigan, Jeremy Long (Freightshakers, Sam Outlaw) on guitars; Jeremy Long on pedal steel; Justin Smith (Old Californio), Antoine Arvizu (Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club), Keith Baker on drums; Robert Black (the Far West), John Bazz (the Blasters), Dave Brouillette (Gal Holiday) on bass; Mike Malone (Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club) and Jeffrey Howell on piano and B3; Alice Wallace and Jenn Gibbons on background vocals, Keith Erickson on percussion; Doug Freyre, omnipresent.

How the money is spent

People might ask themselves, "how much does it cost to make this album?" While there are many budgets from low to high, ours falls on the lower to middle level. Here's the budget we're using with two varying factors. In the first example, it's just completing the album without any publicity. The second chart shows the cost to run a three-month campaign to the roots market, including markets in the South.

And with a decent amount for a promotion campaign:

Risks and challenges

Most of our suppliers are in place but given that the project is a collaboration involving people's schedules, there might be some slight delays. Since we're over the recording process, we're really looking at small places where we can improve a song here and there, so we might go into unanticipated sessions. We are also currently speaking to labels who may delay the final produced CD. If that were to happen, that would be the only physical item delayed. This won't affect the digital release or other incentive items.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE: "THIS DAY FORWARD" - the most inspiring song on the album + A COSMIC HUG - Every little bit helps. Confucious say, path to long journey begins with the first step. Damngivers gives you a big cosmic hug!


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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of EVERYTHING'S JAKE before it's public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    EVERYTHING'S JAKE CD DIGIPAK + Digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    DAMNGIVERS VIDEO GREETING - need a little pick me up or know somebody who does? I'll send over a recorded greeting + Everything's Jake CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    2 CD BUNDLE: AUTOGRAPHED EVERYTHING'S JAKE CD DIGIPAK + DAMNGIVERS DEBUT 5 SONG CD DIGIPAK + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    LOGO T-SHIRT + AUTOGRAPHED POSTER + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    KHARMA CONTRIBUTION - Just want to help without receiving a reward? Aww shucks! This will still get you some karma and the album download one week before it's released! We'll even throw in the Logo T-Shirt + Autographed poster. What the heck. Thanks so much!

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    PRODUCER CREDIT ON EVERYTHING'S JAKE + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    MY LITTLE DAMNGIVER GERRY SONG: I will sit down and write you a song that lasts for at least 90 seconds about anything you you want... Anything! + producer credit on Everything's Jake + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    DINNER & ACOUSTIC SHOW WITH DAMNGIVERS!! - An evening at your home or ours with dinner prepared by several Damngivers including Gerry and our manager Eddie Gomez!! (Limited to the greater LA area) + executive producer credit on Everything's Jake + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    BE A BACK-UP SINGER ON EVERYTHING'S JAKE (if 2 minimum are purchased) + executive producer credit on Everything's Jake + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    FULL BAND ACOUSTIC HOUSE CONCERT - Damngivers will perform anywhere within a 250 mile range of Los Angeles, CA. 
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    WRITE & RECORD A SONG WITH DAMNGIVERS!!! - Come on down and spend the day with us. We'll arrange your song idea and help write it, then record it at the Compound Studio (compoundstudio.com) in Signal Hill with Producer Antoine Arvizu + executive producer credit on Everything's Jake + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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    FULL BAND AMPLIFIED HOUSE CONCERT - Damngivers will perform anywhere within a 250 mile range of Los Angeles, CA. 
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ON EVERYTHING'S JAKE + logo t-shirt + autographed poster + autographed Everything's Jake CD digipak + Damngivers debut 5 song CD digipak + digital download of the Everything's Jake prior to the public release date + a huge cosmic hug.

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