A new charity album featuring 15 songs from 15 Rockford-area musicians has been released. All music has been donated by the artists and all the cover photographs — all by Rockford-area photographers — have been donated. All profits from sale of the album go directly to the Rock River Valley Pantry.
Two of the acts from the CD will participate in the Dec. 13-14 Holiday Extravaganza at Mary’s Place, 602 N. Madison St., Rockford. The extravaganza,which begins at 7 p.m., Friday, and 3 p.m., Saturday, benefits the Rock River Valley Pantry.
The Rock River Valley Pantry provides food to those in urgent need. As a community-based pantry, they provide three to four days of healthy, nutritious food to men, women and children every month.
In October, 7,895 clients used the pantry, and 40 percent of those were children and 7 percent were older than 65. They rely on food drives, fund-raisers, state-issued commodities, and grants to meet the need of those going hungry.
During their last fiscal year, the pantry had more than 74,000 user visits and distributed 1,080,000 pounds of food. Every dollar and every can donated makes a difference.
In a review scheduled to appear in the next issue of Music Street Journal, Greg Olma said of the Will Sing for Food album: “This one pulls at my heartstrings a little because I feel these pantries provide a much-needed service, especially during these tough economic times. That being said, I can still honestly say that there are some really good tunes on this eclectic disc. The styles and genre are all over the board here, but I think there are at least a few songs for everybody on this record. Normally, you get a single style (i.e., metal, rock, country and so forth), but having things cross many genres gives this album more of a community feel. … I’ll admit that many of these songs would not be on my radar as a music fan because I am generally into rock, metal and prog, but having said that, I still find myself enjoying many of the songs. Even if at the end of the day you only like a few tunes, this CD is worth checking out because you may discover a few artists you want to follow more closely and you will be helping out a worthy cause.”
In a review at Music Emissions (http://www.musicemissions.com/), SolitaryMan described the disc as “a mixed bag of genres, skill levels and ultimately flows incredibly well despite the differences. The predominant genre appears to be gospel-flavored rock, with some fine tracks by the likes of Paul Hieser, Jim Grass and Wade Lammon. The ‘9/11 Dedication’ is a hip-hop tribute to an obvious day of infamy in our country, and is particularly well done. If I had to pin down a favorite or two, Clark Colborn’s prog-rock guitar gymnastics on ‘Mr. In A Hurry (Part 2)’ would be one. Some Kind Of Whale also offer a memorable track with the bluesy rock of ‘Sorry Today’. … On top of your charitable donation, you’ll get a collection of songs that will no doubt have at least a couple of tracks to please you regardless of your tastes. Sounds like a win-win to me!”
The other Rockford-area artists on the set include Harlan Jefferson, The Soap Flossers, Michael Whyte and the Sunset Movies, Danielle Juhre, Joe Disastr, G.W. Hill, Fallin Angels/S&S Productions — 9/11 Dedication, Pine Cone, Tania Nicholson and P-H-M. The disc can be purchased at https://www.createspace.com/2209207.
Posted Dec. 11, 2013