Gertrude's Hearse
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Gertrude's Hearse

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
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The sound of gravel crunching beneath the tires of the
hearse as it rolls through the iron gates. In the distance a
lone fiddle cries to the grey dawn. An alabaster stone
marks the spot where the hearse pulls to a final stop. After
all, who called for the undertakers?
. . .
Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from
Skagit Valley, Washington. The band was formed
atop the hill by a bunch a good fellas and guitarist
Raymond John: adding Yusuf Kilgore, Matt
Clausen, Keith Stone, Tim Daniels and a
plethora of other players to become one of the
areas hottest bands.
. . .
In a three year period, they have built an
outstanding repertoire of music ranging from folk,
country, and rock, to bluegrass, R&B, and punk
creating a sound all their own, culminating in
their first full-length CD: Wörst. No one else has
their style, their energy, or their theme.
. . .
With an impressive performance history of
hundreds of shows to date including festivals,
radio interviews, benefits, and trusty honky-tonks;
Gertrude’s Hearse has the flexibility and versatility
to perform with some or all of its members. They
can readily cater to the more intimate as an
acoustic-style duo/trio or elaborate with an all-out
rock & roll 7+ piece grandstand-style band.
. . .
The official website, an active MySpace profile,
and a growing collection of live performances on
the Live Music Archive contribute to
the expanding fan base and global community of
honorary undertakers.
. . .
Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yur guns,
brothers watch yer tounges, and everyone git ready
for a shin splittin’ good time when Gertrude’s
Hearse rolls into town.
gertrude /`gur-trood/:
An old-time name representing the style of music
on which the band bases its sound. They are
equally comfortable playing acoustically, around
a single can microphone, or plugged into a PA
on-stage. Versatility has been an important factor
in their early success as a band.
hearse /`hurs/:
A car used to transport a coffin to a burial site. It
is also a somewhat taboo word in the English
language, not often used and retaining a sort of
mystery. The name of the band is hard to get out
of the heads of those who have said it aloud or
read it in print. It also offers a theme for the
band’s logos, artwork, and trademark. This too
has played a key role in the band’s early notoriety
in the area. - GH


2007 Gertrude's Hearse: Wörst



GH began it’s musical life surrounded by the Tulip fields of La Conner, WA in the Spring of 2005. The original lineup performed as a string band with washtub bass, acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo, and harp, heavily influenced by old time small town American music.
Over the years GH has held on to that small town feel but has expanded their musical lineup to include electric & acoustic guitars, drums, electric bass, sax, flute, fiddle, harp, and multi vocalists, lending a 60s-meet-now alt-country/rock/jam mix of original and selected “preservation” songs (or obscure covers) that keep the crowd entertained, involved, and dancing.
With over 350 shows to date ranging from gritty saloons, radio shows, benefits and main stage headliners, 1100 copies of their first CD sold, radio play, a growing fan base, and integrity to the clubs and fans who support them, Gertrude's Hearse is a packaged deal, the real deal.