When Rob Seidenberg, founder and head of newly launched Fiesta Red Records, and Gary Burnette, co-executive producer of 'Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe,' decided to move forward with the album, they also decided to give back to the communities which nurtured the music.
Seidenberg says, "We had seen the devastation caused by the 2010 floods in and around Nashville, the amount of damage they did, the way that they destroyed people's property and homes and displaced so many. As soon as I came up with the title 'Lowe Country,' an image flashed in my head of low-lying lands inundated with water."
The Nashville Rising Fund helps to meet the needs of flood victims throughout Middle Tennessee through the dedicated work of local nonprofits on the front lines of the recovery.
Before the album was finished, another disaster struck close to Seidenberg's Austin home: the devastating wildfires that impacted Bastrop, Texas, which lies just on the outskirts of Austin and is, in fact, home for many musicians.
Seidenberg recalls, "Suddenly it was clear that some of the proceeds should go to assisting victims of that fire as well, since Austin is as big a part of this album as is Nashville. Not only do several of the artists live in one or the other, but both of those cities play an enormous role in the sound of the album. At the heart of the album is country music, which calls Nashville home. But many of the innovative, left-of-center interpretations of the album's tunes are linked to the outlaw country tradition, which thrives in Austin. It's a place where artists blend their country music with other American popular music forms such as rock & roll. And it's exactly the kind of approach that Nick Lowe has taken for the past four decades."
The Central Texas Wildfire Fund was created to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of those people, families, and organizations affected by the wildfires across Central Texas. The fund helps affected people restore their lives and rebuild their communities. Donations made to the Central Texas Wildfire Fund go directly to the organizations assisting individuals, families and local businesses most affected by the wildfires.
Here is a postable mp3 of Robert Ellis doing "All Men Are Liars": http://soundcloud.com/
'Lowe Country' Track Listing:
Lately I've Let Things Slide - Caitlin Rose
Don't Lose Your Grip On Love - The Parson Red Heads
All Men Are Liars - Robert Ellis
I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - Amanda Shires
Marie Provost - JEFF the Brotherhood
Hayes Carll - I'm Gonna Start Living Again If It Kills Me
Lover Don't Go - Erin Enderlin
When I Write The Book - The Unsinkable Boxer
You Make Me - Colin Gilmore
Heart Of The City - Chatham County Line
What's Shakin' On The Hill - Lori McKenna
Crackin' Up - Griffin House
Where Is My Everything - Ron Sexsmith