DITTIES FOR KIDDIES
Pickle Project produces benefit album for 'Little Kids Rock'
Daniel Daniel and Alan Selvedge stand knee deep in the production phase of their latest project. The duo is assembling a vibrant collection of artists and songs to be featured on a benefit CD compilation for the Little Kids Rock Foundation. The album will be called Ditties for Kiddies. All proceeds, minus materials and distribution cost will go directly to Little Kids Rock.
Deep Fried Pickle Project
Little Kids Rock reaches students who have been left behind because of budget cuts, bringing them free instruments and instruction. L.K.R.'s list of friends Board Members and supporters include Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Jason Newsted, BB King, Bob Weir, String Cheese Incident, the Further Foundation and the Milagro Foundation.
"I had a guitar as a kid because my parents and grandparents gave me one, and I was able to be in a school orchestra and take piano lessons. But, these days, I don't think it's an option for kids - and certainly not in the inner city. We hope to offer access to music for people who would otherwise not have access to it," says LKR Board Member BONNIE RAITT.
Daniel and Selvedge met many of the contributing artists during the Deep Fried Pickle Project's summer tour the past three years. The 'DFPP' plays adult music at night, but during the day they play for families and kids and hold instrument building workshops around the country. Sharing the bill at festivals like Wakarusa, High Sierra and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Pickle Boys were able to get to know a multitude of kind-hearted bands. "As soon as we started talking about this idea bands started volunteering their time and talents. Just at High Sierra weekend there were four bands who committed to donating a track." Says Daniel Boone Daniel.
At the date of this press release, the following bands/artists are scheduled to appear:
- ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
- All God's Children Choir
- Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)
- Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
- Deadwood Revival
- Deep Fried Pickle Project
- Melanie Dill
- The Gourds
- Greensky Bluegrass
- Charlie Hitchcock
- Aaron Holstein
- Hot Buttered Rum String Band
- Railroad Earth
- Split Lip Rayfield
More artists will be announced soon.
As one can see from the list, the musical selections are bound to be colorful. Constructing an album like this is like making a crazy quilt. "It's a challenge incorporating everyone's genre and sound into a cohesive whole- kind of like writing a good song. You have to be able to weave all the pieces together into something the listener will understand and enjoy," says Alan Selvidge.
Some of the artists have written songs specifically for this CD, others have chosen to interpret and record a traditional children's song. "Every track we've received so far is special, in that it will appeal to kids and adults alike" says Daniel.
Last year, the Deep Fried Pickle Project crew produced a Katrina benefit album for Conscious Alliance Foundation www.consciousalliance.org starring Umphrey's McGee, Hit and Run Bluegrass, the Gourds, Split Lip Rayfield, Chubby Carrier, the Deep Fried Pickle Project as well as other talented bands from around the country.
This latest album- Ditties for Kiddies is slated for release in November and will be available for purchase at the LKR website: www.littlekidsrock.org.