Time to ante up, music
By Fred Mills
In the wake of last week’s news about rocker/songwriter
Bobby Sutliff’s automobile accident and subsequent hospitalization for major
injuries, Sutliff’s brother and his good friend (and former musical partner in
power pop icons The Windbreakers) Tim Lee have established a Chipin account to
allow friends and fans to donate funds to help defray Sutliff’s medical
expenses. Lee is also assembling a tribute album that will reportedly feature
some genuine heavy-hitters from the indie-rock community.
Lee published a statement:
“On Friday, June 15, my fellow Windbreakers co-founder Bobby Sutliff was involved in a bad single-vehicle
accident near his home in Powell,
Ohio. He sustained several
serious injuries, and as of the 30th was still in the SICU
at the Ohio State University
hospital. Due to the severity of his wounds, Bobby faces a very long uphill
climb to recovery. Fortunately, he has good health insurance through his
employer, but faces many months of recuperation, and thus will require some
very real help with his living expenses and other expenditures.
“Toward that end, we have undertaken a couple of fundraising measures,
starting with a Chipin
account where Bobby’s friends and fans can donate to the cause. A tribute
record of other artists covering his songs is also in the works, and more
information about that will be made available in the coming days. Whether you
know Bobby personally or through his music, we request that you donate what you
can to help a beloved musician and friend in his time of need. Also, please
share this page with your friends. Bobby needs all the assistance he can get.
Incidentally, it’s worth noting that when you go to the Sutliff Chipin page the time frame that appears in the right-column donation tally box says June
30-June 28; the latter refers to 2013 and not 2012, so don’t accidentally think
that the period for accepting
donations has already closed!
Below, listen to one of Sutliff’s all-time classics he penned during the Windbreakers’ tenure.