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After the success of the critically-acclaimed "Confederate Buddha," Jimbo & Tri-State need your help to raise the WHITE BUFFALO.

From the Desk of...Captain Catfish

Dear KICKSTARTER Friends,

An exciting opportunity has been presented to us, and we need y'all to get on board:

~ shout and holler praise ~

First, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement over the years, specifically where this group of musicians is concerned.  This band—Justin Showah, Matt Pierce, Eric Carlton, Alex Holeman and now Ryan Rogers—has sacrificed tremendously and given time and talents to promote this music that we call CATFISH MUSIC.  We’ve worked hard and have honed our sound to become an outfit that I consider to be world-class, deserving of a wider audience.  

And now, we have a shot at the title, so to speak, and we need your help.

~ raise the white buffalo ~

Our last CD, CONFEDERATE BUDDHA, garnered critical praise as well as some great attention on the national stage and, in doing so, caught the ear of a fantastic producer named Eric Ambel (www.ericambel.com), regarded as one of the best producers in the music industry.  Eric came to us to express his interest in producing our next album.  I really haven’t seen an opportunity like this one since the old Squirrel Nut Zipper days, and I firmly believe that—with this new music—the band and I can take the world by storm in the same way.  As such, the Tri-State Coalition will head into the studio in the coming days--with Eric and his engineer from NYC--to record in Mississippi.  With 20+ songs written and demo-ed, we are set to deliver our strongest recording yet, in an album entitled WHITE BUFFALO set for an August 2012 release on Memphis International Records.

This is where you come in.

~ “the Lord loves a cheerful giver” ~ 

The current economy and destabilized music industry make money hard to come by, for artists.  And like many artists, we’re taking matters into our own hands to raise money for our project.  Through Kickstarter, we aim to raise $14,000 by Apr. 6 (Good Friday), and we are asking for you—our friends,  family and fans—to pledge your support and share with others who might be interested in being part of this project.  Money pledged will be safely collected using Amazon payments—but money is ONLY collected if the minimum goal is met in pledges.  Our minimum goal is $14,000—seemingly a large amount, but consider that it includes travel, lodging and fees for the producer and engineer ($9,800), necessary computer upgrades for recording ($450), a promotional video ($1,400) and production of limited-edition vinyl LPs for collectors and our donors ($2,500).  The remainder will be put toward Kickstarter fees and national touring expenses for the band.  

We’ve created some great incentives to offer our donors, at every level--check 'em out.  Larger donation options could be collected through a group of friends or corporate backer with whom you may be affiliated, one that might step up at these levels—live performances could be tied in with corporate events, special events, etc.  Have pledge parties, get together and get creative--but just get with our program.

Please consider backing our project in whatever way you can—you can pledge online at Kickstarter anytime though April 6th
 
We want you to be a part of this music.  Help us deliver more catfish music unto the masses.
 
Keep an eye on the horizon,
Capt. Catfish

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    The "STARVING ARTIST" level ~ you get advance downloads of final versions of songs from WHITE BUFFALO and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish himself.

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    The "CHEERFUL GIVER" level ~ gets you a signed hard copy of new CD, WHITE BUFFALO, plus advance downloads, e-newsletter updates from the Captain himself and a whole bunch of good feelings in your heart.

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    The "VINYL HEALING" level ~ you nab a highly-collectible, signed, limited-edition WHITE BUFFALO vinyl LP with original cover art collage by Mathus plus a signed WHITE BUFFALO CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates.

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    The "YOUR NAME HERE" level ~ it's about time you made it in the biz...you get a credit in the liner notes of WHITE BUFFALO, listed as "Trotline Runner." And you get four (4) free tickets to any show on the WHITE BUFFALO tour with reserved seating for you and your guests, plus you get the signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from the mind of Mathus.

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    The "DIRTY HUSTLE" level ~ you score signed copies of both "Jimmy the Kid" AND "Knockdown South" CDs (both now out-of-print) with cover art by Mathus in addition to credit in the liner notes of WHITE BUFFALO, four (4) free tix + reserved seating on the WHITE BUFFALO tour, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish.

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    The "CATFISH HEAVEN" level ~ you, friend, get a V.I.P. dinner for two as special guests of Jimbo & the boys as they perform at the mecca of catfish and catfish music, the world-famous Taylor Grocery in Taylor, Mississippi! Enjoy dinner, drinks and a cool schwag bag of goodies--including custom bandanas and the signed back catalog--as Jimbo's personal guests, plus the best catfish you can put between two lips! AND you get WHITE BUFFALO liner note credit, four (4) tix + reserved seating on the WHITE BUFFALO tour, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish.

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    The "FINE ARTISTE" level ~ you get a signed, numbered, illustrated Lyric Book for all songs on WHITE BUFFALO. Full-color pen and ink drawings by Mathus of his original songs like "Hatchie Bottoms" and "Fake Hex," all hand-colored with lyrics typed on Mathus' Smith-Corona typewriter. And then you still get all the other goodies--the schwag bag including custom bandanas and the signed back catalog, WHITE BUFFALO liner note credit, four (4) tix + reserved seating on the WHITE BUFFALO tour, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish.

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    The "SHOUT AND HOLLER PRAISE" level ~ have mercy, Captain Catfish is gonna write a song for you! You will receive one (1) customized song--written, recorded and produced by Mathus at his Delta Recording Co-Op--on any topic known to man or beast at your direction. Mathus will provide full band backing on this one-of-a-kind recording just for you (Jimbo Mathus retains copyright and 100% of the publishing of the song, as Kickstarter rules forbid rewards to offer "financial returns or investments"). And then you're also gonna get the the schwag bag including custom bandanas and the signed back catalog, the signed Lyric Book, WHITE BUFFALO liner note credit, four (4) tix + reserved seating on the WHITE BUFFALO tour, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish himself.

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    The "PICK-AND-GRIN PIC-A-NIC" level ~ Jimbo's acoustic duo will entertain you and your family, friends or co-workers at a private party featuring catfish music for all ages! Jimbo will be more than happy to cook a pot of gumbo, smoke some ribs, or fry some fish for you and your crew on a mutually-agreeable date. The band will cover travel and lodging expenses within a 400-mile radius of Memphis, Tennessee. Plus, the host will get our schwag bag including custom bandanas and the signed back catalog, the signed Lyric Book, WHITE BUFFALO liner note credit, four (4) tix + reserved seating on the WHITE BUFFALO tour, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD, advance downloads and e-newsletter updates from Captain Catfish.

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    The "BIG DADDY'S BIRTHDAY" level ~ here it come! An exclusive full concert by Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition anywhere within 600 miles of Memphis, Tenn-O-See! Includes band travel, P.A. and lodging. We will feature your event prominently on our website and all social media pages AND provide you with a custom concert poster just for your event. Your schwag bag will be loaded down with custom bandanas and the signed back catalog, the signed Lyric Book, signed WHITE BUFFALO vinyl + CD. Plus, you'll receive liner note credit in WHITE BUFFALO as either "Big Daddy" or "Big Mama" and you'll still get the advance downloads and e-newsletter ramblings from Captain Catfish.

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