Leading Musicians Donate Talents to "Forgotten but Not Gone," New CD Benefiting Gulf Coast Residents Still Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

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Top artists from the worlds of blues, folk, country and gospel music have put their talents where their hearts are in Forgotten but Not Gone, a totally pro-bono album created to help restore the homes, communities and dignity of thousands of Gulf Coast residents still displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Performers include Grammy winners Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton and Marty Stuart, and Americana Music Award winners Mike Farris and Buddy and Julie Miller. Three Nashville friends active in the local music scene were the driving force behind the album. All proceeds will be divided between Episcopal Community Services of New Orleans and Lutheran-Episcopal Services of Mississippi, two volunteer service organizations actively rebuilding in the hardest hit areas of the Gulf Coast.

The CD Forgotten But Not Gone combines stellar Americana roots music with regional philanthropy, benefiting residents of New Orleans and coastal Mississippi who are still displaced five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes and neighborhoods. The album was created pro-bono by three Nashville friends who persuaded top award-winning musicians to donate their time and talents to the project. All sales will be divided between two volunteer service organizations that are actively rebuilding communities in the most ravaged areas of New Orleans and coastal Mississippi. Visit www.forgotten-but-not-gone.org for details and purchase information.

“Thousands are still living in temporary shelter five years post-Katrina, and the hardest hit have been the poor, the disabled and the elderly."

Top artists from the worlds of blues, folk, country and gospel music have put their talents where their hearts are in Forgotten but Not Gone, http://www.forgotten-but-not-gone,org, a new album created to help restore the homes, communities and dignity of thousands of Gulf Coast residents still displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Produced entirely by volunteers, the CD is the brainchild of three friends active in the Nashville music industry -- producer/multi-instrumentalist Phillip Wolfe, executive producer Rebecca Wolfe, and singer/songwriter Ric Kipp.

“Thousands are still living in temporary shelter five years post-Katrina, and the hardest hit have been the poor, the disabled and the elderly,” said Ms. Wolfe. "Music is the tool we had for helping."

The 19-track, limited-edition album showcases performances by leading Americana roots artists including Grammy winners Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton and Marty Stuart, and Americana Music Award winners Mike Farris and Buddy and Julie Miller.

Several songs, including the title track by Lee Roy Parnell and bookend anthems by Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett, are original compositions written and produced for the album by Phillip Wolfe and Kipp. Wood Newton, Moses Crow, Tony Joe White, Bruce “Buscayo” Bellott and Carlton Collins perform other original songs.

Additional tracks were donated to the CD by Jon Justice, Chris Knight, Jack Ingram, the McCrary Sisters, Radney Foster, Steve Azar, and Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch with Fats Kaplin.     

“This album is a totally pro-bono project, and every penny of sales will go to our two partner organizations,” said Ms. Wolfe. Those two groups are Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana and Lutheran-Episcopal Services of Mississippi. Both are actively rebuilding homes in the most ravaged areas of the Gulf Coast.

For more information on Forgotten but Not Gone and to sample its songs, visit http://www.forgotten-but-not-gone.org. The album may be purchased through the Web site or from CD Baby for $14.99 plus S-H and taxes, or by sending a check or money order for $18 per CD to Gulf Coast Relief, Inc., P.O. Box 597, Hermitage, TN 37076.

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