Hey all. My amazing friend, Martin Rivas, has put together a compilation featuring 43 fantastic NYC songwriters to benefit the Upstate NY area that was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Irene. If you have $15 dollars to spare for a good cause, please go to www.aftertheflood.bandcamp.com and download a copy. All of the proceeds will go to help recovery efforts to this beautiful and historic part of our country and the people there who have lost their homes.
See more info below from Martin’s blog. And please Reblog!
Stories and photos are streaming in from Upstate NY, particularly in creekside towns north of the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, NY… and the devastation can only be compared to what happened with Katrina.
CNN, Fox News, the major networks and other news outlets aren’t racing there to cover it. Perhaps it just isn’t sexy enough a story. But it’s life-changingly devastating.
Hundreds of cows and other livestock have drowned.
Bridges have simply washed away, including a landmark covered wooden bridge which stood (and withstood many floods) since 1855.
Portions of important state highway arteries have been completely destroyed. Businesses started by young people hoping to make a difference in the small towns they were raised in have seen their interiors and inventories covered in mud or carried away by seven or eight feet of rushing floodwater. Most of them don’t have flood insurance.
With all of this in mind, a bunch of NYC-based artists have joined together to release a benefit compilation album. It’s called After the Flood: a Compilation to Benefit Upstate New York Victims of Hurricane Irene, available now at www.aftertheflood.bandcamp.com
Minimum donation for the entire compilation is $15, but please don’t hesitate to give more if you can. Individual tracks are available for a minimum $2 donation per track.
All proceeds will be directly sent to the Northeast New York State Chapter of the Red Cross, earmarked towards flood relief, and to the Schoharie County Community Action Program.
This is a 43-track compilation, downloadable in a multitude of formats (yay audiophiles!), along with a PDF booklet with information about each artist.
Bandcamp has also lowered their commission for this release so that even more money will make it quickly to the people who desperately need it to recover from these heart-crushingly devastating floods. Pretty awesome of Bandcamp!
Here is the roster of staggeringly talented and equally generous artists who have been kind enough to donate a track to this compilation:
It would be pretty awesome to let these people and towns know that the big, attention-grabbing city at the bottom of the state map contains people who care deeply about what’s happening up there.
It is crucially important that you help spread the word by sharing this blog page… please share it with any news outlets or PR people, or anyone who might be interested in contributing or getting their hands on some bitchin’ music.
Thanks for reading. I’ll keep you posted, I promise.
Incredible effort for Upstate New York, my hometown. Please read, reblog and help in any way you can!!
I am on vacation. It is a short vacation, but a long overdue one.
Sometimes, I find myself falling into an endless loop of work, sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep….and that becomes all there is. Work 12 hours. Go home, go to bed. Get up. Put food and coffee in face. Do it again.
So, a little break and finding the energy to re-engage with my world.