Tom Wopat & John Schneider using Kickstarter to fund new album

Dukes of Hazzard News – July 03, 2014: Tom Wopat and John Schneider are asking fans to help produce their new Christmas album with funding through Kickstarter. Their financial goal is to raise $60,000 in pledges by August 2, 2014. If the goal is met, the album will be released this fall.

Tom Wopat John SchneiderFor a pledge of $15, you’ll get a digital download of the album. At $25, you’ll get a CD plus the digital download. The more you spend, the better the offers get.

Go nuts and pledge $10,000 and you could have Tom Wopat and John Schneider perform a concert at your house!

There are several pledge levels in between. So far, the $50 pledge level, with it’s collection of merchandise, is proving the most popular.

In just a few days, the Kickstarter campaign has raised $7,450, with 71 backers promising financial support. We encourage you to visit the Kickstarter campaign site and contribute according to your comfort level.

While most folks know Tom Wopat and John Schneider as the good ol’ boys from The Dukes of Hazzard, those who are unfamiliar with their vocal performances are missing out. Wopat is a veteran of major Broadway musical productions; he now tours the country performing cabaret-style shows. Both he and Schneider have also recorded individual albums. They have performed concerts together off and on for a number of years. Their mellow, easy style is ear-pleasing and relaxing, and perfectly suited for Christmas crooning. Count us in!

The Duke Boys and General Lee Return in the New Autotrader Commercial!

We’ve got to hand it to – they managed to put together a commercial that’s as much fun as a Dukes of Hazzard episode. John Schneider and Tom Wopat reprise their roles as Bo and Luke Duke as they tear across the countryside in a race from the law.

Now, we’re happy that Autotrader created this, in fact we’re thrilled, so we’re very hesitant to pick at the video. But we are a little sad that Autotrader took pains to avoid showing the roof of the General Lee – and therefore avoided showing the flag.

In fact, the car was never referred to as the “General Lee” at any point. Even when the lettering for the General Lee should have been visible, in the showroom scene, debris on the car conveniently hid the letters.

We’re guessing that these strategic omissions were made out of an abundance of political correctness; Autotrader is going after a mass audience, after all, and not simply pandering to Dukes fans. We understand that. We still enjoyed the commercial, and have to give it kudos for capturing the fun-loving spirit of The Dukes of Hazzard. Heck, we even learned something about Autotrader in the process!