Aurora Lights' Concert Release of Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home raises enough money to award first grant
The combination of profits from the new compilation CD and the August 23 benefit concert in Charelston, W.Va., has raised enough money to cover productions costs and allow for the first grant to be given to support the community kitchen in Rock Creek, W.Va. This volunteer kitchen feeds activists and community members living in the Coal River Valley, many of whom are working to end mountaintop removal. The grant provided three meals per day for up to 40 people for 12 days. "This grant helped put food on the table for hungry volunteers," said Dr. Robert Slusarenko, a full-time volunteer cook.
All proceeds from the album will be used for grants and other educational and charitable purposes consistent with Aurora Lights' mission to raise awareness of the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.
The first CD, Moving Mountains, which was released under Falling Mountain Music, raised more than $6,000 for local grassroots work. "The first CD was birthed with the idea that music could help inspire people to stand together through the hard times. What surprised me was how often the music and interviews were used in presentations and for outreach," Still Moving Mountains producer, Jen Osha, says. "I realized that Still Moving Mountains had to go further to provide people with a way to move from inspiration to education to action."
Headlining the benefit concert was the Morgantown-based, The Halftime String Band. Andrew McKnight, Osha and Samples with special guest Matt Parsons and the Nashville-based band The Lonetones. Coal River Valley residents spoke between the bands and told of how their lives have been changed because of mountaintop removal.
The concert was sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Appalachian Community Fund. Bob Kincaid of Head on Radio Network and Coal River Mountain Watch provided a free online broadcast of the concert.
Still Moving Mountains will be released digitally through ThirtyTigers mid-winter. A unique combination of music, visuals, and community involvement, "Still Moving Mountains: The Journey Home" unleashes the passion and urgency empowering the coalfield justice movement in Appalachia at this critical time.
Still Moving Mountains combines interviews with local residents impacted by mountaintop removal with a mixture of local and well-known artists: Kathy Mattea, Del McCoury, Blue Highway, Everett Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers, Great American Taxi, and Andrew McKnight. The CD goes hand in hand with Journey Up Coal River, a multimedia website featuring interviews, photographs, maps, and lesson plans centered around the Coal River Valley in southern West Virginia.
To order a copy of the CD, to learn more about the issues, or to download lesson plans for use in the classroom, please go to www.JourneyUpCoalRiver.org.
Watch coalfield residents speak about the impacts of the album and MTR:
- When The Appalachians Disappear...The Long Journey Home Advances A Cause, Education and Solid, Topical Bluegrass Music | TheBlueGrassSpecial.com, David McGee
- New soundtrack/website rocks the coalfield justice movement | Grist, Jeff Biggers
- Music Review: Still Moving Mountains "The Journey Home" | Head-On Radio Network, Jon Fox
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