Songs After Sandy, Major Stars Help Victims Recover


STARS STILL SHINE FOR “SONGS AFTER SANDY” AS RUSSELL BRAND, BEN HARPER, MICKEY HART, RAY WYLIE HUBBARD JOIN PAUL MCCARTNEY, RINGO STARR AMANDA PALMER, BEN FOLDS FIVE, BILLY SQUIER, BOB WEIR, BRENDON BENSON, DAVE STEWART, EDGAR WINTER, ERIC BURDON, GREG LAKE, JEFF LYNNE, JESSE MALIN, JOAN OSBOURNE, JOE WALSH, JOSEPH ARTHUR, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD AND MORE TO SUPPORT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY BASED ON GOING RECOVERY FROM DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF HURRICANE SANDYben harperIt’s been weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey communities continue the long road towards recovery. The devastating impact continues to ripple through communities, and while the outward and physical signs have largely been repaired, the hidden economic impact continues to grow as small businesses, schools and individual households struggle to overcome the financial and emotional hit. “Songs After Sandy Vol 1-3” the charity compilation on PledgeMusic aims to sustain awareness and raise funds for community based on the ground charities including Restore Red Hook, Occupy Sandy (the “Wedding Registry”) and Green Ground Zero.The three volume charity compilation features artists from sea to shining sea, the latest including music from Texas’ own Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Cush, the Maine based Indie Folk duo Arborea, Red Hook Brooklyn’s City Billies, Gangstagrass and Tone Johanasen (of Sunnys Bar), Australia’s Luluc, Minneapolis’ Romantica to Los Angeles’ Tom Freund. Amy Speace, Ben Arthur, Davy Knowles and Antje Duvelot also appear. This volume completes the compilation, and some very special guests will be added to this in the coming weeks. (read more click “Next”)ben_harperSongs After Sandy Vol 31 Arborea, “After The Flood Remains”2. Amy Speace, “How to Sleep In A Stormy Boat”3. Ben Arthur, “Empty Chest”4. City Billies, “Shanika Brown”5 Davy Knowles, “It’s What You Are Made Of”6. Gangstagrass, “Quickdraw”7. Luluc, “Little Suitcase” *8. Ray Wylie Hubbard, “There Are Some Days”9. Romantica, “Love In The Winter”10. Tom Freund, “Lay Down Your Head”11. The Cush, “Decade”12. Tone Johanasen, “Brooklyn Paradise”BONUS TRACK: Antje Duvekot, “Sleepy Sea of Indigo and Blue” – live*Tracks from Ray Wylie, Gangstagrass & City Billies will be available for streaming soon and watch for special announcements for additional tracks* Track has been previously available for download.NEW ITEMS:BEN HARPER: Signed poster from his recent sold out performance at Carnegie HallMICKEY HART: Signed drum headRUSSELL BRAND: 2 Tickets to an upcoming taping of Russell’s show, Brand X, in Los Angeles and a Meet & Greet afterwards. (Note: Not valid for Episodes 1, 2, or 13). NOTE: This item will be sold as an auction item via Charity Buzz, click here for a link to(read more click “Next”)For a complete artists listing see below:Vol 1:Adam ArcuragiBob Weir & Jesse MalinBow ThayerBrendan BensonEric BurdonJeff LynneJoan OsborneJoe WalshJoseph ArthurKaiserCartelKenny Wayne Shepherd featuring Buddy FlettMatt LennyRingo StarrSmittyThese United StatesToby LightmanVol 2:Alexis P SuterARMSBenjamin CartelBilly SquierDave StewartDavid RatDawn LandesEarl GreyhoundEli LiebEveryboyKira AlejandroPatterson HoodPaul McCartneySlim KingsVandaveerVol 3:ArboreaAmy SpeaceAntje DuvekotBen ArthurCity BilliesDavy KnowlesGangstagrassLulucRay Wylie HubbardRomanticaTom FreundThe CushTone JohanasenARTISTS WHO HAVE DONATED ITEMS:Amanda PalmerBen Folds FiveBen HarperEdgar WinterGreg LakeMickey HartRingo StarrRoger HodgsonRussell Brandthenewno2RESTAURANTS/OTHER:BakedFort DefianceHomemadeARTIST STATEMENTS:ABOREA — We got intense wind and rain up here in Maine during Hurricane Sandy, but nothing like what happened to New York City and the Jersey Shore, where Sandy first hit land. We have (read more click “Next”)many close friends that live in New York City and several who live on the Jersey Shore, and we also perform quite regularly in NYC, so when we were asked to participate in this benefit, we didn’t hesitate and this new song came together incredibly fast. When disaster and hardship strikes the Spirit of Community…Sympathy, and Love that manifests is a powerful thing to behold.The song After the Flood, Only Love Remains is a combination of reflecting on the storm and the heroic nature of the people who have come together to help their neighbors. This song is also symbolic of some personal hardships that Shanti and I have endured together this past year…so all these elements came together at the right time and the improvised tracks for the song were quickly recorded. We feel so connected to the song that we’ve recorded additional parts and we’ll be releasing it on the new Arborea album due out later this Spring.~Buck and Shanti (Arborea)ALEXIS P SUTER: “Being a Brooklyn native this project holds a very special place in my heart. I recorded my very first full length CD at Hipbone Records in Red Hook and many others. I created and met so many artists there that created and were electrified by the energy of Red Hook. I am blessed and honored to be a part of something that contributes to the healing and re-building of this great neighborhood! Red Hook, never let the thorn deny you the smell of the rose!”AMANDA PALMER: After Sandy hit, my heart soared with YES as I watched my inbox flooding with pictures of people helping people: neighbors running power strips to their outside fences with little signs saying “WE HAVE POWER! COME HERE AND CHARGE YOUR PHONE!” It may sound small, but this one little image was so perfect….New Yorkers are a special breed. To everybody dealing with the big and little struggles in the storm aftermath: stay strong.-Amanda Palmer was born in New York CityBOW THAYER: “A year ago Hurricane Irene devastated our little town in rural Vermont, were I reside, the effects are still being felt today. This time it was Sandy”¦. more people, more destruction including Red Hook, Brooklyn. When Irene hit I saw the toughness, compassion and resilience of my neighbors, Red Hook will undoubtedly see the same in Sandy’s aftermath. Our Mother Nature has always had much to say”¦. we don’t always listen, but we should and very closely. My heart goes out to all the people who have to pick up the pieces in the wake of Sandy. My mind does not work in scientific ways but this song “The Tide” was written in hopes of awakening ourselves to man-made/natural catastrophe, which very well could be one in the same.”EARL GREYHOUND: “We’re proud to be a part of Brooklyn’s creative community and it’s an honor to be among such great artists helping the relief effort. Red Hook holds special significance for us as some of our best shows early on were at the The Hook, and much of our first record was recorded down the road.”DAVE STEWART: “I have so many friends and workmates still struggling with the aftermath of Sandy , I’ve seen their photos and heard their stories and it’s heartbreaking I chose to donate my song “Just A Matter of Time” as it has a chorus affirming that time will heal but the verses resonate with the loss that has occurred in every way to the victims of Sandy both personally and as whole communities.ELI LIEB: “I spend so much time in New York and I have countless friends there. It’s been devastating to hear from the vicitms of Sandy and what they lost. New York really is a home to me and I’m honored to take part in this effort to re-build.”ERIC BURDON: “It has been proven by many mega disasters over the past few years that global warming is a fact and not a theory!I wrote much of my new record, “Til the River Runs Dry,” heartbroken, in response to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated my beloved New Orleans.Now, New York, too, has experienced Mother Nature’s wrath.The imbalance of water, too much or too little, is the number one issue of our time.When Mother Nature speaks, she speaks with one voice, for rich and poor, old and young, hip and square, regardless of race.We can’t ignore the signs of her fatigue and anger any longer.It’s time for all of us to get the message, that we are out of step with Nature and we must adapt – or perish.This recording of the traditional “Tishomingo Blues” is my offering, to assist those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please, enjoy it – and listen carefully, your Mother is speaking.We have to stop polluting the oceans. We have to stop destroying this planet.We must force ourselves to rethink the way we live and redesign our lives. It is our responsibility to the children of tomorrow”.JEFF LYNNE: “This is a brand new electric version of “˜Save Me Now’, a song I wrote 22 years ago about this very subject–global warming and the need to listen and be kind to our planet. I wanted to contribute to “Songs After Sandy” because I feel terrible about what happened, and my heart goes out to all of the people still stuck in it and trying to work through it.”JOAN OSBORNE: “I live very close to Red Hook and I love it. It’s a place that’s unique in Brooklyn with its enormous sky, crazy mix of buildings and rambling waterfront. As the storm headed to NYC everyone feared that what makes Red Hook great is also what makes it vulnerable. It was hit very hard, and people are still suffering there, but the community’s bond is strong. I’m so happy to be part of the effort to get my neighbors back on their feet.”JOSEPH ARTHUR:Red hook,Refuge from the hustle,For those of us that want to (read more click “Next”)get away,but not be gone.It’s our world within a world.I can be in the LES within 20 minutes on my bike.Who needs a train when you got the water?The beautiful water,which raged and tore thru our little town in the center of the world.We must rebuild and restore the historical soul of Brooklyn,which keeps NYC alive with the character of angels who look like thieves,who keep the dream of the city alive,from the other side of the bridge.Red hook, the rebel rainbow will rise again.Please help us restore our town.Red HookThe righteousRed HookThe calmRed HookThe furyThe place we belong.Red HookMy homeRed HookSurviveRed HookThe placeWhere my soul is alive.Red HookI love youRed HookStay strongWe’re singing for youA battle scar song KAISER CARTEL: “When I moved to Red Hook, all of my city friends thought I was nuts. I could feel how amazing the neighborhood was right away. I lived there for 11 years, and I said that if I ever left Red Hook, I would move out of NY all together…After a job offer I couldn’t refuse, I am now in Interlochen, Michigan, but my heart will forever be there.” Courtney Kaiser of Kaiser Cartel”Kaiser Cartel was born in R