UPDATE: Complete Demo version of "Hear Us Now" uploaded on Update tab above. You asked, we heard! Please contribute - pick a perk. We need your financial support - the time clock is ticking and time is of the essence! [><]
Also see video, Give A Rebel Yell, on Update tab above!
Quote from Ron Eckerman, original manager/survivor of plane crash of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and author of "Turn It Up!":
"After meeting last October with General Lee and after reviewing his history and music, I told him if he can find a great producer who would take the time to develop and believe in his concept, then the group General Lee and the New Confederacy Band has a potential to be one of the great acts in country/southern rock. After now knowing they have a producer of legendary rock status, such combination has a high degree of success. I wish his Band well, looking forward to hearing the result..."
General Lee and the New Confederacy Band is a powerful music group that combines southern rock along with the elements of traditional and new country influences, consisting of a “Rebel” core of talented musicians and songwriters that are not intimidated by venturing into new territories in creating a different contemporary style and sound for national and worldwide exposure. Not only are we asking for your funding support so that our music can be recorded and ready for release onto a record label, but more importantly, TO YOU. We would sincerely be honored for each of you to be a part of our history in creating what we all believe will be an extraordinary album.
PROFESSIONAL PARTICIPATION – PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT
General Lee and the New Confederacy Band is excited and grateful for the commitment of a legendary producer of 17 multi-platinum artists/groups to handle the recording, mixing and mastering responsibilities to assure the best possible finished 10-song album. With over 96 million albums sold, he has committed to produce an entirely new, inventive musical sound we call “Rebel Rock,” that crosses multiple music genres, ignites the Rebel spirit in every individual, and will appeal to Rebels of any age, background, gender or location; to the diehard Southern rockers as well as the ballad lovers; and would be enjoyed in a Southern roadhouse, on a Harley, in a pickup truck, or while fishing on a riverbank. While he has requested confidentiality for the present, he stated:
After the album is finished, we have a commitment to be managed and promoted by Stephen Wrench. Stephen has contacts throughout the world with major labels, TV and movie syndication networks and media outlets. He also has cultivated numerous friendships within the artist community. Stephen has acquired label deals for many artists and been instrumental in syndication of movie and television content throughout the world. Prior to establishing Musik and Film, Stephen was Vice President of a division of RCA Records. Stephen has worked with many top acts, including Tommy Tutone, Loverboy, Toto, Beaver Brown Band, Mick Fleetwood Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington Collins Band, Survivor, Missing Persons, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Starship, Grand Funk Railroad, Lonestar, Michael Peterson, Darryl Worley, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ozzy Osbourne, The Byrds, Keb, Frank Stallone, Staind, John Anderson, Dr. Hook, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Chad Brock, Stockholm Stoner (with former members of Abba), and many others. For promotion, Stephen has 27,000 verifiable FM stations (including Clear Channel), more than any mass marketing site. Including AM, college, and syndication, he has 42,000 stations and growing weekly.
"In my many years in the music business every once in awhile do you come across a truly unique artist. General Lee and the New Confederacy is just that, unique. The name may conjure up many images. But this group is not making any political or racial statements. They are just trying to make their mark amidst a myriad of other artists. The general rides a horse onstage and fires cannons to begin the show. That’s unique and that’s entertainment! In addition, I know of the Producer and he’s one of the best in industry. Incredible merge, what an asset to this group’s development.” ~Stephen Wrench
ARTIST PARTICIPATION – WHO WE ARE
“General Lee” - Lee Matous is the main vocalist whose gritty drive gives the energy and passion of the group. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lee is a descendent of composer Richard Wagner. Being a history buff, particularly the “War Between the States,” he blended history of honor and heritage with rock/country music. Playing the accordion, then piano at a young age, Lee developed a passion for songwriting, releasing his first EP CD in 1999, from which the title song “My Dixie” ranked in the top ten on the Indie charts. He continued writing and performing from Savannah, Georgia, to Maryland, to Kansas City, to Dallas, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Southern California, to finally Nashville, Tennessee. Lee’s unique styling of music and word usage made him known in the music scene. Southern rock is in Lee’s blood and beats through his heart, where country is in his mind. But the South itself is in his soul, the values and passion with pride remain, and he sings it with power… [><]
YOUR PARTICIPATION - WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT YOU GET
A $60,000 goal sounds like a lot. But to present the best to you, our fans, and to the Nation, this amount will allow us to make this album professionally true, right, and be commercially radio worthy by a producer of over 96 MILLION previous albums sold worldwide, without sacrificing any integrity in our message by the power of music. Meeting and exceeding our goal will enable a greater outreach through promotional campaigns and media exposure.
The requested funds will go towards:
- Costs of producer, recording studio, mixing, and mastering full 10-song album
- Manufacturing, artwork of CD
- Distribution, media and radio promotion, US/Worldwide
- Setup costs for merchandising
- Professionally designed website
If we substantially exceed the goal requested, we plan production of a music video by Bell-Jarboe Films, a well-known video producer, in Nashville, Tennessee, who has produced music videos for numerous platinum and gold artists, including the Charlie Daniels Band, Sammy Kershaw, B.J. Thomas, John Anderson, HighWay 101, John Berry, and many others.
“Bell-Jarboe Films looks forward to collaborating with General Lee on a new music video that will voice a unique narrative about a way of life that is quickly being forgotten…with a cool video and great song.” ~Harold Jarboe
Should you wish to make a cash contribution of $5,000 or more, please send us a private message through Indiegogo so that we can discuss the promotional and personal benefits which may be available. An additional benefit to contributors of $5,000 or more could include a telephone conference with the producer mentioned above, upon signing of a letter of confidentiality.
Although we anticipate that our goal will be easily met, in the event it is not, you will still receive the perks according to your level of contribution. We will then seek alternative sources of funding for the project which will allow us to complete the 10-song CD. Rebels hate to lose, but with your support, WE SHALL WIN!
Please take a look and choose one or more items and/or packages for your contribution in appreciation for your support (and don’t forget to include your t-shirt size, small to 4x). Pictures of the products will be posted shortly. NOTE: If you are outside of the United States, please add an additional $10.00 for international shipping. Please note: Merchandise may arrive earlier than the anticipated delivery date shown. We also welcome cash donations if none of the perks interest you - any amount is significant. However, please so designate the funds as a cash donation.
CONTRIBUTIONS, PARTICIPATION AND IMPACT
YOU, and all of our fans, have been loyal and devoted as strong as the values of your heritage. We wouldn’t be here and have this opportunity without each and every one of you. The South is the South – rebels and sassy southern belle darlings to the core.
Through you, we are thrilled to be the voice of the Rebel Nation. Visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/General-Lee-and-the-New-Confederacy/334298118418?fref=ts As soon as our website is created and running, we will provide the Indiegogo contributors with frequent, up-to-date progress reports, which may include internet streaming, AND your name will be added to the Heroes page, created exclusively for our Indiegogo campaign supporters.
Be part of us, the “Rebel Yell Brigade.” We look forward to seeing you at our shows, enjoying our music, displaying our flag, wearing our apparel, and joining us in our passion and honor for the Rebel Nation. With every contribution made, we will send you a card of thanks prior to shipment of your package.
There are many moving pieces of an explosive, successful album, but with this elite staff, from management to producer to the core of the band, the “battle plan” is now set. It is time to ROCK, for soon we will not have to say “The South will rise again,” but instead, “The Rebel spirit is here to stay!”
General Lee and the New Confederacy Band can’t wait to send you your special edition CD once it is finished. Spread the word and tell all your friends, for this campaign is short and time is of the essence. Together, we will GIVE A REBEL YELL!!! [><]