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ANNOUNCING "MUSIC FOR THE MOUNTAINS 2"
We're very excited to announce that there will be a SECOND "Music for the Mountains" compilation album and live concert. The album will be released at a "whole-house" show at the SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL in Newport, KY on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013.
We've already seen a huge outpouring of interest from bands across the country to be part of the project.
SONGS ALREADY SUBMITTED FOR THE PROJECT:
Watch this space for further updates. You can also keep up with the project by "Liking" our Facebook Page.
READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE FIRST "MUSIC FOR THE MOUNTAINS" PROJECT:
"Music for the Mountains" is a compilation album and live concert created to call attention to (and raise funds to fight against) mountaintop removal, a form of mining in which explosives are used to blast the tops off of mountains so that coal companies can access strips of coal, which eventually gets converted into energy for everyone’s households. Mountaintop removal is employed in the hills of Kentucky, West Virginia and east Tennessee. It permanently destroys the landscape, and it pollutes the environment, including the drinking water for the local residents.
To date more than 500 Appalachian mountains have been dynamited and nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams have been choked by mountaintop removal coal mining. The Appalachians are the only mountain range in the country where this practice is allowed.
The CD, a compilation album of music by artists from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Alabama, features a combination of songs specially written or covered for this project and other previously-unreleased tracks not available on any other album. NONE OF THE MUSIC ON THE CD IS AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE. It was released in conjunction with a "whole-house" benefit concert at the historic Southgate House in Newport, KY on Saturday, February 12, 2011. (By "whole-house", we mean that we secured all three stages within the venue - lounge, parlour, and ballroom - to feature musicians devoting their time and talents to this project). Featured artists included a veritable who's-who of the regional roots music scene, with artists like The Tillers, The Hiders, Kim Taylor, Magnolia Mountain, Shiny and the Spoon, Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker of Wussy, Joey Kneiser and Kelly Kneiser of Glossary, Ed Cunningham, Ma Crow, David Rhodes Brown, Frontier Folk Nebraska, The Rabbit Hash String Band and more all pitching in to aid the cause. The concert also featured author Jeff Biggers (Reckoning at Eagle Creek), filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans (Coal Country, Low Coal), and other speakers on the subject of mountaintop removal coal mining, as well as informational and sign-up tables for people who were interested in getting involved in the ongoing fight against this obscenity.
This project was spearheaded by Mark Utley of the Cincinnati-based Americana band Magnolia Mountain. Sponsors for the event were 89.7 WNKU-FM, CityBeat, Shake It Records, Neltner Creative, Goodsleeve Screenprinting, and Novena Designworks. Acclaimed Northern Kentucky artist Keith Neltner produced a series of three stunning hand-pulled screen prints especially for the event:
All proceeds from the album, the prints, and the concert were split 50/50 between Ohio Citizen Action and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the two most local organizations fighting against MTR.
The "Music for the Mountains" benefit concert and CD release show was a huge success by any yardstick. The 625-capacity venue sold out in two hours and the final total raised for the evening was over $11,700.00.
LINKS TO ONLINE ARTICLES ABOUT THE EVENTS OF THE WEEKEND:
Copies of the "Music for the Mountains" CD are available for sale online from Ohio Citizen Action and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. They are also available from Cincinnati-area merchants Shake It Records, Everybody's Records, Mole's Record Exchange, and Park + Vine.
FINALIZED TRACK LISTING FOR THE CD:
01 JOEY KNEISER (of Glossary) - "Me, William, and the Mountain" (original song written for this project)
FINALIZED PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE BENEFIT CONCERT ON SAT., FEB. 12, 2011:
Dozens of photographs of the event are available to view at the "Music for the Mountains" facebook page.
THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS, ATTENDEES, AND SUPPORTERS!