Gertrude (grrr-trood) - An old-time name representing the style of music from 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 (her-sss) - 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.
Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from La Conner, Washington. The band was formed atop the hill by bassist Stephen Starr and guitarist Raymond John adding Tim Saxton, Keith Stone, Matt Clausen and a plethora of other players to become one of the area’s hottest bands. In short amount of time, they have built an outstanding repertoire of music ranging from folk, country and rock to bluegrass, R&B and punk. No one else has their style, their energy, or their theme.
The undertakers and country-rock-bluegrass-rockin-punk-folk singers gaining quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest are commonly known as Gertrude’s Hearse. They are becoming legend, often imitated, and never reproduced. Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yer guns, brothers watch yer tounges and everyone git ready for a shin splittin’ good time when Gertrude’s Hearse rolls into town.