Friday, January 06, 2006

An Invitation

Dear Roots Music Lover

New Orleans music has inspired many of us in the world of roots music, blues and jazz. With the devastation of Katrina, the city is facing its biggest challenge in history. While rebuilding is underway, it will take years to reconstruct what was once our beloved Crescent City.

The JMH Foundation sponsored a benefit concert in Memphis on October 14, 2005, resulting in the live recording When the Levee Breaks: A Benefit Concert for Katrina Survivors. The event, which featured notable musicians from the Memphis and north Mississippi area, was recorded and filmed with the intention of releasing a benefit CD/DVD to assist local non-profit organizations in their ongoing effort to rebuild the greater New Orleans area.

Featured on the recording are Jim Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus, the Bo-Keyes, Luther and Cody Dickinson, the Bluff City Backsliders, Jack Oblivion & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, Tate Moore & Ken Hart, Amy & the Tramps, Paul Taylor, Duff Dorrough, Jimmy Crosthwait, Jim Dees of Thacker Mountain Radio, Bill Ellis, Johnny Vomit & the Dryheaves, Lynn Drury, Larry Frye & the Livewire Band, and Olga Wilhelmine.

Kevin Houston will donate mixing of the album and Larry Nix & Co. are generously donating the mastering. Live from Memphis is graciously donating the filming and editing of the project.

All proceeds will be divided amongst different organizations including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Covenant House-New Orleans, the LA/SPCA, and Tipitina’s Foundation. With these proceeds, the JMH Foundation hopes to continuously provide funds for the on-going relief and rebuilding efforts in the area.

When the Levee Breaks: A Benefit Concert for Katrina Survivors CD/DVD is scheduled for release in May 2006 on New Orleans-based record label 219 Records, distributed by Redeye Distribution. The project will be available on digital download sites as well.

The JMH Foundation would greatly appreciate your support in the form of a tax-deductible donation. Your contribution will go towards manufacturing and promotion of the project. The goal is to raise $5,000 by March 2006. The JMH Foundation will keep an online progress report as relates to the project, culminating in its release date of May 2006. Donator’s names will be included in the liner notes of the release.

The JMH Foundation has been recognized under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code for charitable organizations. You may donate by sending a check or money order payable to JMH Foundation. Receipts will be sent for all donations. Thank You!

JMH Foundation
Post Office Box 12
Como, MS 38619