Lone Star Acts Benefit Iraq War Victims
Patty Griffin, Butch Hancock and Alejandro Escovedo are among the artists who have contributed tracks to a compilation that will raise funds for victims of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.Patty Griffin, Butch Hancock and Alejandro Escovedo are among the artists who have contributed tracks to a compilation that will raise funds for victims of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Due Sept. 21 via Red House Records, "13 Ways to Live: From Texas With Compassion" features songs composed specifically for this project.
"Our focus wasn't to advocate a particular political agenda," says co-producer Brian Standefer of Austin-based act Screen Door Music. "It was to do some good and give artists a forum for expression concerning the troubling events that have taken place on our planet in recent years, specifically the war in Iraq."
All proceeds will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF). Founded in 1980 by Bobby Muller and John Terzano, the humanitarian organization "addresses the causes, conduct and consequences of war through programs of advocacy and service for victims of conflict around the world."
Abra Moore's "100 Miles" leads off the set, which also features Griffin's "Dear Old Friend," Escovedo's "Notes on Air" and sometime Flatlanders member Hancock's "The Damage Done." Other contributors include David Baerwald, Eliza Gilkyson, Ian Moore, Richard Buckner and Jack Ingram.
Multi-instrumentalist Standefer and his Screen Door Music bandmates/co-producers -- Bukka Allen (piano, accordion, harmonium) and Robbie Gjersoe (guitar) -- back each of the artists on the tracks. The group is also planning a "13 Ways To Live" benefit concert in Austin later this year.
"Everyone had something unique to say and they all said it with passion," Allen says. "Making this album was an incredible experience."
Here is the "13 Ways To Live" track list:
"100 Miles," Abra Moore
"Edge of Nowhere," Jack Ingram
"If Wishes Were Horses," David Baerwald
"Notes on Air," Alejandro Escovedo
"Highway 9," Eliza Gilkyson
"The Damage Done," Butch Hancock
"Brand New Day," Bukka Allen
"The Song of the Low," Richard Buckner
"Whittled By the Wind," Will Sexton
"Things We Carried," Ian Moore
"Yo Ho Ho/Big Ol' White Boys," Terry Allen
"Dear Old Friend," Patty Griffin
"Cycles," Screen Door Music