NOLA Relief Fund


International rock stars and brilliant New Orleans musicians have all come together to help save the music. This download compilation combines national and local acts because not only is New Orleans the birthplace of jazz, in the 1950's it was the rock & roll hit maker of the world. The talent is all still there, after two years of struggling to make their way back.

The New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, Inc., a grass roots certified 501c(3) founded by and for displaced musicians, has sent grants to hundreds of displaced New Orleans musicians to help them get home, replace gear or survive where they are now. All of this has been done with no corporate or government support.

As Dr. John said at a NOMRF benefit, "It's coming from people that care about people. And that's what it's really supposed to be about."

With songs from Dr. John to Ian Hunter, the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund offers the best hour of music relating to New Orleans available, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting NOMRF's efforts. Hundreds of grants have gone out thanks to international individual contributions, and this download will help that continue with the Katrina Anniversary coming around again.

Little Steven's Underground Garage is helping kick off the ReDefine 8/29 Campaign, and YepRoc Records is offering Ian Hunter's signed lyric sheet with email registration. Songs are .99 apiece and downloadable on any platform. For the ReDefine 8/29 commemoration next month, the Fund will be auctioning off a Headstrong amp with guitar legends including Kenny Wayne Shepard, Mike Mills of REM and Ian Hunter signing it. Details are available at

The ReDefine 8/29 Download Compilation is available at:

Kaiser Chiefs "Out of My Depth" (Previously Unreleased)
The dB's "Rains Around Here" (Previously Unreleased)
Beatin Path "Brand New Old House" (Previously Unreleased)
James Andrews "Sixth Ward Soul"
Dr. John "Wade IV - The Aftermath"
Johnny Sansone "Poor Man's Paradise"
Chicago Farmer "The Village"

Edwin McCain and Maia Sharp "Hold Out a Hand"
Backyard Tire Fire "The Wrong Hand"
Susan Cowsill "Crescent City Snow"
Joe Topping "Lord Willing"
John Rankin "If Ever I Cease to Love"
Bryan Lee "Katrina Was Her Name"
Craig Klein "Dad's Dilemma"
Spencer Bohren "Long Black Line"
Rev. Goat Carson "Waterfall"

With the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, we ask all of America to keep the survivors in their hearts and minds. The progress of rebuilding and bringing our families home has been slow and difficult.

If you can make it to New Orleans, join us at Carrolton Station for an Anti-Versary Commemoration on August 24 with Susan Cowsill, Beatin Path, We Are the Pretenders and special guests.

We also invite you to download this great music compilation. You will be giving hope to the hundreds and thousands of displaced musicians who still greatly need your help. This is a landmark effort by some of the country's most acclaimed and admired artists. We invite you to explore our efforts and keep the hope alive for all who have lost so much.

Download the compilation now!

Donations to our group are always encouraged as well at:

[Published on: 8/8/07]

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blower starstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 12:09PM
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Artists banding together to cover each others back. Desperatly needed and good to see. What a disgrace, this long after Katrina and these US citizens still are scraping for their basic needs. Meanwhile the govt tries to figure out which contractors bilked billions of dollars of federal money that was supposed to go to the people of NOLA. Disgusting commentary on the state of affairs in the US.

jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 12:28PM
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Yeah you right.

nomrf starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/8/2007 01:17PM
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Thanks Jazzfester and Blower, what we're really proud of is the song quality, from Backyard Tire Fire to Ian Hunter to Dr. John to the Kaiser Chiefs - it's impossible to pick a favorite. All related to the social change that's so desperately needed for New Orleans.

BGsteveBG Fri 8/10/2007 06:04AM
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lets see some progress down there... if big bad bush doesnt make it happen, i guess its up to us!

..good thing we have constant updates on progress in iraq, though

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/10/2007 09:59AM
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blower - I somewhat agree with your statements. However, anyone that did not think that money would be wasted and lost dealing with hurricane damage in Louisiana is kidding themselves. There has been a long history of indictments in Louisiana government. Corruption in that state is par for the course. I expected it all along. What I find more disgusting is that they are going to let people rebuild in the Ninth Ward again after it was decimated. Yeah please, build in a flood plane so that we go through this all over again. That is where the real "waste" is going to come from.

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/10/2007 10:47AM
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jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/12/2007 03:20PM
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I suppose that you would prefer that the government should tell people where we can and can not live for monetary reasons? "Let people rebuild"? Where is your homebase? A state with perfect politicos, I am sure.

Before you just respond with a strike back, I encourage you to separate the politicians from the people when you make future statements. If power corrupts....

If you have a music collection with any value, you owe plenty to those in the Ninth Ward and making a law to outlaw Fats Domino from coming home regardless of his Desire is way too much government control for me.

Perhaps we can outlaw living anywhere near a coast or on a fault line or where forest fires and tornados are prevalent. How about next to rivers?

I, for one, am very glad that San Francisco was rebuilt after the earthquake in 1906. Aid to citizens that need help is a primary purpose for an advanced government.

"We can go through this all over again"? Come lend a hand and meet these real people to get an informed opinion.

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/13/2007 09:03AM
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You have very valid points. You are playing on a lot of emotion. However, you are wholly misinformed. Its nice that you go to Jazz Fest, I have been to many of them myself. I also used to live in New Orleans. No one is saying don't rebuild the Ninth Ward because of socio-economic reasons, don't rebuild the Ninth Ward because it is in a FLOOD PLANE.
Did you know that when the French controlled the city, they specifically did not build here because it was a flood plane? Seems like they were using their heads.

Our government is constantly having to dole out resources and funds for people's ill informed or bad decisions. No one wants to have to have the government tell you where you should and should not live, that would be ridiculous. However, lets not build housing in areas that are prone to natural disasters, especially after those areas are completely devastated. There has to be a little common sense. The lack of common sense gives us motorcycle and seat belt laws and the like. You keep making stupid, uninformed and "this is my God given right" decisions, and pretty soon, YOU WILL have people who know more and are using logic telling you what to do.

There are plenty of places to build in and around New Orleans that do not involve rebuilding in the Ninth Ward. Those places are also susceptible to flooding, but not total devastation if the levees fail.
I was reading somewhere that it was a little over 60% of New Orleans residents have returned. There is a lot of the city that is underpopulated all around. It would be a shame to essentially rebuild a section of the city that was completely devastated just because of your emotions. Over 19,000 small businesses closed as a result of Katrina. There is a whole city where money would be MORE WISELY spent than rebuilding an area that was completely devastated.

I have lived in New Orleans, I have met the real people, I still have friends there and I have seen the Ninth Ward. Before you make blanket assumptions, why don't you take your heart off your sleeve and start using your noodle a little.

Making comparisons with the San Francisco fire of 1906 and whining about the music is NOT a good argument to build a SECTION of the city. The music is still there. Musicians live all over the greater New Orleans area. They have even built a Musicians Village... in the Upper Ninth Ward. If you are so concerned about the effect on music, imagine what will happen to an entire VILLAGE of musicians if this were to ever happen again. You would also have to be pretty naive to think that it wont.

The music will not die and neither will the city if the Ninth Ward is not rebuilt.