Waits, James, More For Pres. Hall Benefit LP


Wait’ll you get a look
at the complete list of contributors, below…



By Fred Mills



Word arrives via PR Newswire that Tom Waits, Pete Seeger,
Merle Haggard, Jim James, Andrew Bird and others have cut an album of “classic New Orleans” songs with
the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Titled Preservation, the proceeds will be a benefit for Preservation Hall
and The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program in New Orleans.


The release date:  Fat
Tuesday, February 16. Expect a regular CD and a deluxe edition; it will also be
issued on vinyl.


In a statement, producer Ben
Jaffe, PHJB Creative Director and son of Preservation Hall founders Allan and Sandra
Jaffe, said, “Our community is
deeply rooted in a tradition of using music to rejoice, heal and overcome
adversity. We play music at our funerals to uplift our spirits during our
deepest and darkest emotional moments. My goal on this project was to create
new works steeped in the New Orleans Tradition with artists from diverse
musical genres and backgrounds who all share a mutual admiration and deep
appreciation for our cultural heritage.”


Waits, certainly, is showing his
admiration: his song selection is “Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing,” reportedly the
“earliest known recorded Mardis Gras song.”


The project is
being pushed forward via Sony/RED Distribution. According to the PR Newswire
press release, RED Distribution
approached Preservation Hall for
their blessing and collaboration. “We’re honored to be the driving force
behind a tribute to this iconic body of music and the mission to restore the
legendary Preservation Hall and
its Music Outreach Program,”
said Bob Morelli, president, RED Distribution. “We
hope this project continues to keep philanthropy at the forefront of the music
industry, and restores faith that each of us can make a difference with just
the purchase of a single CD. We thank all the wonderful artists who contributed
their time and talent.”



The complete list of contributors:


Andrew Bird, Terence Blanchard, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Blind Boys of
Alabama, Brandi Carlile, Cory Chisel, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard,
Richie Havens, Jason Isbell, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo, Amy LaVere, Anita
Briem, Del McCoury, Bobby McFerrin, Buddy Miller, Paolo Nutini, Tom Waits




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