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     When I traveled to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2007 to testify before members of the United States Congress regarding impending royalty rate increases on internet radio, I came in contact with a former employee of Warner Brothers Records who told me about something called the "Thousand True Fan Theory." This was the idea that if an artist or band could find 1000 fans to spend $100 a year with them, be it by attending live shows, selling records, merchandise, etc., then they would generate enough income to be successful long-term and the label would keep them around. This was always an interesting concept to me. One thousand fans shouldn't be that hard to come by, but in 2007 there was really no way of doing this without label support to keep records coming out and a booking agent keeping you on the road getting you in front of new fans. But in 2019, social media has changed all that and that's why I am launching a fan club based on the Patreon format.

     Patreon is a subscription/membership based platform that helps artists to continue creating great content while building relationships and providing exclusive access and content to their most supportive fans. Up until about twenty years ago most artists and bands had fan clubs for this purpose, but they are something that has fallen by the wayside with the advent of social media. So what we are doing here will bring that concept into the 21st century, but taking things a step further, it will also essentially make my fan club act as my record label. Your contributions will go towards all the things record labels have traditionally taken care of like recording new albums, releasing them on CD and vinyl, and hiring a public relations team to get press coverage and promote them to radio. In return, you will have access to exclusive behind the scenes content, be among the first to hear new music and receive multiple rewards and benefits that are detailed below including merchandise discounts, free admission to shows, handwritten lyrics and even have the opportunity of hosting a private concert for you and your friends. 

     Since Patreon is based on your monthly contributions, you will determine the budget we have to work with. Dependent upon that, we will start doing something totally  different than anyone else is doing right now with how new music is released. There will be no more waiting for two, three or more years between albums, instead we will start releasing 5 song EP's every three months with with a vinyl release at the end of each year made up of material taken from that years EP releases. This way we will have more music, more often as the country artists of the 40's and 50's did. It's another thing I have thought about for years and with streaming taking over digital downloads, this seems like the right time to shift to that sort of release schedule.

     Aside from my own music ventures, you will also be helping to fund a podcast and YouTube series I have been working on for a few months now entitled "Honky Tonk History." The podcast will focus on biographies and stories about country music legends, while the YouTube series will feature sit-down interviews and performances by singers, songwriters and musicians who are still with us and want to share stories from their life and times with some of the biggest names in country music history. I am hoping to have these projects off the ground and running sometime in the second half of this year.

     Over the years I've had so many fans and friends say that they wish there was something they could do to help me get my music out there to more people and now I finally have an answer. It doesn't matter if you contribute $1 or $1000, every contribution adds up and makes it possible to continue making records and to get back on the road bringing authentic country music to your city. You can sign up by following the links below or visit www.patreon.com/joeyallcorn. If you have any questions please feel free to email me, I would love to have your input on this project before I make it available to a wider audience. It is only being offered to a limited number of fans at this time so we can fine tune and adjust some aspects based on your feedback so don't hesitate to let me know what we can do to make things better for you! Thank you for your time and your continued support over the past twenty years! 

 

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*** If you are an overseas Joey Allcorn fan and want to sign up, please email us directly for details on how our international memberships will work! ***


Virtual Tip Jar ($1.00)

You will receive the following benefits and rewards at this membership level:

You will receive access to our exclusive Patreon news feed via their website or mobile app. There you will have get exclusive photos, videos and audio tracks. Be the first to hear new music and get the latest tour dates. We will even feature exclusive live streams for our members via the new Patreon LENS feature. 

You will receive access to the secret Alabama Chain Gang Facebook group where you can interact with other fans and share photos, videos, audio, etc. We will offer free downloads to this group where you can hear new songs, demos and other exclusive content.


Buy Joey Allcorn a Drink ($3.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

You will receive Alabama Chain Gang membership stickers (4" x 3") suitable for indoor/outdoor use.  These stickers are only available to fan club members. (5) per year.

You will have the option to receive news updates, tour dates, new music releases and other special offers available only to our fan club members via text message on your mobile phone. 


Alabama Chain Gang (White) ($5.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

You will receive an Alabama Chain Gang Membership Card with your unique membership ID# that will be used for merchandise discounts and other benefits that come with your membership. The card is made of hard plastic and is the size of a credit card. This reward activates immediately and will ship within your first month of membership. (1) per year.

Present your Alabama Chain Gang Membership Card at shows or use your ID# in our online store to receive a 10% discount on your entire order. This benefit activates immediately once you receive your membership card. Enter your code at checkout in our online store to receive your discount. This reward activates immediately.
 
You will receive a code via text or email to download every Joey Allcorn album released during the time your membership is active. This reward activates immediately and your downloads will be available on the album release date.
 
Keep your beverage nice and cold with this Joey Allcorn koozie. A small gift to show our appreciation for your contribution. This reward activates immediately and will ship within your first month of membership. (1) per year.
 
Joey Allcorn will send out a special "Thank you" message to each member on Social Media thanking you for your support and becoming a member of the Alabama Chain Gang. This reward activates immediately and your social media shout out will take place within the first month of your membership. (1) per year.
 

Alabama Chain Gang (Green) ($10.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Your Alabama Chain Gang Membership is good for a 20% discount on all merchandise at shows and on our online store.  This benefit activates immediately once you receive your membership card. Enter your code at checkout in our online store to receive your discount. This reward activates immediately.

You will receive a CD copy of every Joey Allcorn album released during the time your membership is active. This reward activates immediately and your CD's will ship on their release date.

Your name will appear in a "Special Thanks" section of each Joey Allcorn release. This includes CD's, Vinyl records and video projects. This reward activates immediately.

You will receive an autographed, color 8 x 10 color photo of Joey Allcorn. Autographs will be personalized at your request. This reward activates immediately and your photo will ship within the first month of your membership. (1) per year.


Alabama Chain Gang (Blue) ($15.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Your Alabama Chain Gang Membership is good for a 30% discount on all merchandise at shows and on our online store. This benefit activates immediately once you receive your membership card. Enter your code at checkout in our online store to receive your discount. This reward activates immediately.

You will receive a copy of every Joey Allcorn album released on vinyl during the time your membership is active. This reward activates immediately and your vinyl will ship on release day.

You will receive a hand written letter from Joey Allcorn thanking you for your support. This reward activates immediately and will ship after the first month of your membership.

You will receive random post cards from Joey Allcorn while he is out on the road touring. These will arrive at random times and from various places. There will be a minimum of four a year, but it could be more depending on how much touring is taking place.

Each album release will be accompanied by an exclusive, limited edition 11" x 17" poster featuring art work inspired by one of the tracks. We will have a variety of different artists providing their take on some of Joey Allcorn's music.

 


Alabama Chain Gang (Yellow) ($25.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Your Alabama Chain Gang Membership is good for a 40% discount on all merchandise at shows and on our online store. This benefit activates immediately once you receive your membership card. Enter your code at checkout in our online store to receive your discount. This reward activates immediately.

You will receive an exclusive Alabama Chain Gang T-Shirt that is only available to fan club members! This reward activates immediately, but this shirt has not been designed yet and will not be available until later in 2019. If you sing up for this tier, you will receive your shirt as soon as they are available! (1) per year.

You will receive a stage used set list and guitar pick. The set list will be autographed and dated with the name of the venue it was used at. This perk activates immediately but shipping will be dependent upon availability. (1) per year.

You and one guest will receive free admission to any Joey Allcorn show. This does not apply to festivals or any show where Joey is a supporting act, but only shows where Joey is billed as the headliner. This reward activates immediately, but to use this perk you will need to send a text to the fan club number and let us know which shows you plan on attending so we can make arrangements with the venue.

You will have the opportunity to purchase all merchandise up to two weeks before it is released to the public. This includes music, t-shirts and anything else that makes it's way to the online store. This reward activates immediately.


Alabama Chain Gang (Orange) ($50.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Your Alabama Chain Gang Membership is good for a 50% discount on all merchandise at shows and on our online store. This benefit activates immediately once you receive your membership card. Enter your code at checkout in our online store to receive your discount. This reward activates immediately.

Select your favorite Joey Allcorn song, and you will receive an autographed set of lyrics hand written just for you. This reward activates immediately and will ship within the first month of your membership. (1) per year.

You will be invited to a private dinner or lunch / meet & greet with Joey Allcorn and his band when they come to your town. This will be set up for either the day of or the day after a performance and is dependent upon the bands travel itinerary. We will select a restaurant, make the reservations, set up the time and all you have to do is meet us there. We will pick up the check for you and one guest. This reward activates after two months of continuous membership.

You will receive a vinyl test pressing for each Joey Allcorn album that is released on vinyl while your membership remains active. Each copy will be hand labeled and individually numbered by Joey Allcorn. This reward activates immediately and will ship upon receiving the test pressings from the manufacturer.

Joey Allcorn will personally dedicate a song of your choice to a person of your choice in a YouTube video. This reward is active immediately and can be requested at any time. (1) per month.

Joey Allcorn will meet you in Montgomery, Alabama and give you a personal guided tour of the Hank Williams Museum. From there you will be taken on a tour around town of various locations that pertain to the life and career of Hank Williams, Sr. followed by lunch/dinner at Chris' Hot Dogs, where Hank and his band would go after their morning radio show on WSFA. The tour will end with a visit to Hank's gravesite where Joey will perform some of Hank's music for you and your guests. This reward activates after six months of continuous membership and is subject to scheduling availability. (1) per year.

 


Alabama Chain Gang (Red) ($100.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

As an All-Access VIP you will receive all merchandise for free, shipped to your home before it is available on our website. You will have unrestricted access at shows and personal appearances and will have a standing invite to be a guest at studio recording sessions and video tapings. 

You will receive a laser cut membership plaque (6" x 8") to display in your home or office. (1) per year.

 


Alabama Chain Gang (Silver) ($250.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Joey Allcorn and another musician will travel anywhere in the continental United States and perform a private show for you and your friends. We will take care of all travel costs and other expenses, you just provide the venue and we will take care of the rest. This reward activates after one year of continuous membership and is subject to scheduling availability. (1) per year.

You will receive a framed copy of each album Joey Allcorn releases on vinyl. The frame is approximately 25" x 13" and will be suitable for display in your home or office. This reward will apply to every vinyl release and will ship approximately one month after the official release date. Autographed upon request.


Alabama Chain Gang (Gold) ($500.00)

In addition to all previous tier benefits and rewards, you will also receive:

Joey Allcorn and his band will travel anywhere in the continental United States and perform a private show for you and your friends. We will take care of all travel costs and other expenses, you just provide the venue and we will take care of the rest. This reward activates after one year of continuous membership and is subject to scheduling availability. (1) per year.

You will receive a commemorative plaque marking the release of every  Joey Allcorn album. The frame is approximately 12" x 16" and will be suitable for display in your home or office. This reward will apply to every CD release and will ship approximately one month after the official release date. Autographed upon request.