What is Patreon?
Patrons are the ones who, above all else, believe in us and our music.
You’re probably familiar with Kickstarter. If not, we’ve used Kickstarter to fund really big projects including two full albums, a guitar instruction program called Six Month Guitar, and even our tour van, FanVan. Patreon is similar, but for smaller projects.
Patreon is a subscription service that allows us to release content on an ongoing basis. Twice a month, we will post a video, a piece of music, or some other really cool project we haven’t thought of yet. Sometimes these projects are high quality like a fully produced song. Other times they may be relatively low quality, but they make up for it in being really special. Like, a cover of Amaretto by Morning when we are in Amaretto, Texas. Who knows?
One thing is for sure, every release will be unique… and we hope we’ll tell a good story to go with it. And, as long as we’re being super honest, we don’t know how long we’re going to be at home for. I won’t mention it, but it rhymes with snow…lid? We’ve lost 40 shows and counting, and we need all the love, hugs, and financial support this world can muster so we can stay creative and not have to get “real jobs”.
Thank you, in advance, for your support. Please check out some actual clips from our Patreon page…
More than a Fan, a Fan-mily
Songs & Stories
Patreon 1st Post! No Hometown
Every song is a story. Stories have a way of changing... evolving. Some times a song takes a couple hours to write, but a lifetime to evolve.
We talk onstage about the early '80s, when in the Midwest places like Davenport, Iowa were on the verge of moving from a historic town to one that only exists in history books. Caterpillar moved their plant to Mexico. Alcoa was laying people off in droves. There were rumors of John Deere moving south of the border as well. It looked like our home town was no longer to be. Thankfully, those times passed and both John Deere and the Quad Cities are thriving.
But, rarely do we talk about how this song REALLY got started. While it is about OUR hometown, the spark for the creation of the song came from something else.
Our van needed some work done on the other side of town. Danika had a show to perform, so I drove FanVan down to the shop and took a bus back home. I overheard a very interesting conversation and decided to take some notes. I actually found a copy of the email I sent to Steven Dorian, the co-writer of this tune.
We hope you enjoy the song. The words are are below. And, yes, you are correct... there's no cotton in Iowa. But, I loved that the man I spoke with had that name. And, it rolls off the tongue better than cars and corn.
Thank you all,
Danika & the Jeb