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Deja Blues is an album I've wanted to make for a long time, and to have our fans be a part of it. This is a dream come true!

Deja Blues

This is  an album of original blues songs I've wanted to record for a long time. The Blues has always been near and dear to my heart, I have so much respect for it.  When I'm recording a blues song, it's a 5 minute journey and you can't take a breath, you can't keep punching in the recording button to fix stuff or it loses the vibe.  So...you have to go for it like it's a live performance, and hope you land on your feet. If you love the blues as much as I do this album will be right up your alley. If your new to the blues this is a great intro with a modern twist. (plus I borrowed from all the best, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King and even Burger King) I'm playing some slide songs in Open E-tuning which I'm having a blast with, acoustic blues, slow dirty blues, and some fun Texas style ala SRV, I plan on letting you all hear the songs from my studio as they unfold with videos and audio samples. So come along for the ride I promise it will lift your spirits.

Thanks for your time.

Gary Hoey

Why Kickstarter?
I'm excited to do this project with Kickstarter because it takes out the middle man and brings the music, as well as the process, right to the fans. Record labels need you to deliver a CD 3 to 4 months before it will be available to the fans.... that's too long for me. Plus we are trying to make this a unique experience for you.  A joint effort. This will still take a lot of work for the next 30 days and beyond for us to fulfill our promises.  By pre-purchasing the music (and other cool stuff), you give us a Kickstart and we give you all we got!  The music! Would the album get made without Kickstarter? Yes!  As always, we would figure it out, but we would not be making history and we would rather take that journey with YOU! Are you in?
Don't read past here if you're not in. (Just kidding, keep reading.)

All kidding aside we are making history here and you are part of it. To create art because there's a demand for it is a beautiful thing, But to have a place where  artists who may never have had a chance to be heard or realized get that chance is totally amazing and who knows what will come from that. The next...big thing.

The future is here! Kickstarter.

Thanks again, GH

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS WITH PLEDGING PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY AT fanmail@garyhoey.com WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS

Gary Hoey singing the blues!
Gary Hoey singing the blues!

Frequently asked questions:

Q. When do I get charged?

A. You only get charged if we reach our goal if we don't no one gets charged and no one get the rewards. and we are all sad.

Q. Will people see how much I pledged or is it private?

A. No. your pledge amount is not made public, they will only see that you made a pledge.

Q. Can I use Paypal?

A. NO, sorry, Kickstarter uses Amazon's Flexible Payments Service, which enables our all-or-nothing funding method. Feel free to email us if your having problems. fanmail@garyhoey.com and we will try to help.

 
Q. How do I pledge?

A. To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on any project page. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Note that you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

Q. How do I pledge for more than one item?

A. If you want more than one reward pledge that total amount. Currently, Kickstarter has no provision for identifying the items you want aside from totaling the money and passing us the information. So let's say you want an autographed CD and (The Phone Call): please pledge that amount in total, and send us a message that you would like those items. We are sent your message in email form and we're keeping it on file. Once the pledge drive is over, we'll fulfill your order.

Q. After I make a pledge can I upgrade to something else?

A. Yes you just click "Manage My Pledge" and it's that's easy.

Q. Whats the fastest way to make a pledge?

A. If you already have an Amazon account it's one click and your done. So you may want to open an Amazon account they are good for lots of on-line shopping.

Gary live ripping behind his head!
Gary live ripping behind his head!

What are the pledges going to be able to help with?
Rewards (all the cool stuff we promised): estimate $5000 The total will vary depending on how many pledge rewards we need to fill.
First thing if we reach our goal is to pay for all the CD's, T-shirts, and other rewards we promised to you awesome people. We need graphic designers, manufacturing, and then all the packaging and shipping cost to get them to you. And a crew of people to help. Isn't this fun?

Commissions: Yes, believe it or not Kickstarter needs to make money to make their awesome service available.  They make this web site easy to use and easy to manage your pledges, etc.... So they take a cut, as does Amazon which processes the transaction. You get the idea.

Recording: estimate $5000
Studio time for recording drums, bass, guitars and vocals, the engineer on the sessions. Then overdubs for vocals. Mixing and mastering are the final touches. And Matt the drummer is always hungry!

After Recording: estimate $15,000 - $20,000
Distribution: getting the product to market
Advertising: Letting people know it's out.
Radio promotion: Booking interviews and traveling city to city for interviews.
Marketing: Employing clever ideas to get people's attention
Publicity: It would be great to hire a very well-connected publicist so that the all-important media will let people know that the album is out, available, and really really good (in my humble unbiased opinion)

If we're fortunate enough to surpass these numbers, we will be able to invest the additional money into touring, merchandise, and other cool projects Gary keeps dreaming up!

Thanks for you time!

If we double our goal Gary will add 2 more bonus tracks!

Gary playing some down and dirty slide!
Gary playing some down and dirty slide!

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    (The Record Release Party) 2 tickets to the Deja Blues private record release party. Hear the new CD live and hang with Gary and the band (Venue location somewhere in Boston or New Hampshire area 2012 date to be announced). + The Compact Disc + The Download 2 weeks before the release date. (International please add $12 for shipping)

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    (The One Hour Skype Video Chat) A one hour Skype video session with Gary! (Or ichat video chat) Want guitar tips, or just chat with Gary about music, life, career advice. You will also receive Gary's DVD on Lead guitar "The Need for Lead." + (The Power Pack!) + The Download 2 weeks before the release date (International please add $20 for shipping)

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    (The VIP dinner and Show Tickets) 2 VIP tickets to a Gary Hoey show + dinner with the band (you eat what we eat, no double dipping... welcome to Rock n Roll!) sometime within the next 12 to 18 months. (Travel/Hotel not included). + (The Power Packs!) + The Download 2 weeks before the release date. + (2 names in The Special Thanks!) (Where not driving you home after the show sorry!)

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    (The Black Belt) A One Hour Session. Gary will teach you the basics of self defense because he's a 3rd degree black belt and can still open up a can of whoop ass if he needs to. Open to all skill levels and all ages. (within 12 - 18 months), at Terry Dow's Academy of Martial Arts, Manchester, NH - USA, (travel expenses not included) + (The Power Pack!) + (The Special Thanks!) + The Download 2 weeks before the release date.

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    (The Session Player) Gary will perform one lead guitar solo on one of your songs or demos, You send him the track and where you want him to play. He records in Pro-Tools and you can import it into any DAW system. + (The Power Pack!) + (The Special Thanks!) + The Download 2 weeks prior to the release date.

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    (The Jam on Stage!) Play a song on stage with Gary at one of his shows within the next 12 to 18 months. Plus dinner with the band. We will provide 2 tickets to the show. (Travel/Hotel not included). + The Power Pack + (The Special Thanks!) + The Download 2 weeks before the release date.

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    (The Acoustic Concert!) Gary will perform a private solo acoustic concert and meet and greet. Within 12 to 18 months, Gather up to 30 of your closest friends for an intimate concert in your house. The concert must be within 200 miles of Boston.+ ( The special thanks credit) + Power Pack + The Download 2 weeks before the release date.

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    (The Personal Guitar!) A guitar from Gary's personal collection, A Fender American Made Stratocaster that Gary has toured and recorded with can be yours, Gary will be happy to sign it and will include a photo of him playing it. + The Compact Disc + The Download 2 weeks before the release date. (International please add $350 for shipping and you will be responsible for any import duties)

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    (The Producer!) Gary will produce YOUR song, he just produced Lita Ford's latest release "Living Like A Runaway." You bring the song and he will help arrange, record and guest on it. Then mix and master it. When you leave he will give you a fully produced song. When that's all done, it will be ready for iTunes (in the next 12 - 18 months). If that's not enough, lunch and dinner will be provided (Travel/Hotel not included). + Your name in the special thanks. Plus the Power Pack.

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    (The Local Band Concert!) Gary and his band will perform a 90-minute private concert plus meet and greet, Gather up to 100 or more of your closest friends for an intimate concert in a venue of mutual agreement. The concert must be within 200 miles of Boston and to be fulfilled in the next 12 to 18 months, You must provide lights and sound system + 5 names in the special thanks. + 2 Power Packs + The Download 2 weeks before the release date.

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    (The Living Room Concert!) Gary will perform a private solo acoustic concert and meet and greet. He can bring his electric as well. Gather up to 30 of your closest friends for an intimate concert in your house. The concert must be inclusive to the 48 continental United States and to be fulfilled in the next 12 to 18 months + 5 names in the special thanks! + 2 Power Packs + The Download 2 weeks before the release date.

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