To mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — and in response to the Gulf oil disaster — Air Traffic Control (a nonprofit resource for activist and philanthropic musicians) has produced Dear New Orleans, a digital music benefit compilation for the people of the Gulf. Sales proceeds benefit several local nonprofits including Sweet Home New Orleans and Gulf Restoration Network.
Dear New Orleans will be available for download on Tuesday, August 24th at www.dearno.la, iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody and eMusic.com.
The digital album includes 31 New Orleans-inspired tracks from various artists who participated in the the six activism retreats that ATC has put together since the storm. These retreats bring national artists of different backgrounds down to the Crescent City for a week of workshops and meeting local musicians, culminating in a benefit concert with each artist backed by New Orleans' own Bonerama. The album's extensive digital booklet includes paintings and artwork by Jon Langford as well as poetry from Saul Williams.
The project's name was inspired by Times-Picayune writer Chris Rose's post-Katrina open letter entitled "Dear America," which sought to introduce the people and culture of Southern Louisiana to the country and “thank [them] for coming to our rescue."
For more info and a complete track listing, visit DearNewOrleansMusic.org.