THE MUSIC OF R.E.M.

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Iron Horse Records and athensmusic.net announce the release of
Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play The Music Of R.E.M.
Recording of charity tribute concert due on May 29, 2007!


R.E.M.
Iron Horse Records (the label affiliate of essential Athens music clearinghouse, athensmusic.net) will release Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play The Music Of R.E.M., a rollicking, all-star tribute Athens, GA tribute to Athens’ #1 All-Stars, R.E.M. Featuring Liz Durrett, Tin Cup Prophette, Bain Mattox, Modern Skirts, Five-Eight, Claire Campbell (of Dark Meat and Hope for agoldensummer), Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers), The Observatory (14 Elephant Six-related band members with Vanessa Hay from Pylon), and various actual members of R.E.M., it’s a document of a one-of-a-kind charity tribute show held in September of 2007 that raised $13,000 for charity.

Download: Patterson Hood—”Burning Hell”

On the night of September 12, 2006, eight Athens, GA artists – Liz Durrett, Claire Campbell (Hope For Agoldensummer), Tin Cup Prophette, Modern Skirts, Bain Mattox, The Observatory (featuring 14 members of the Elephant Six collective), Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), and Five Eight – were slated to play the 40 Watt Club for an event that would make a lasting impression on a town known for its musical highlights. The bands were scheduled to cover their favorite R.E.M. songs as part of Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M. The event continued a tradition started in 1992 of holding listening parties in Athens for R.E.M.’s new releases to benefit local organizations, this time for the “best of” collection And I Feel Fine from the band’s early years that was released that day.

Net proceeds from the Finest Worksongs release will benefit Community Connection of Northeast Georgia and Family Connection/Communities in Schools, the two organizations who were beneficiaries of the nearly $13,000 raised on September 12, 2006.

Track Listing:
1. Liz Durrett – The One I Love*
2. Claire Campbell – Wendell Gee
3. Tin Cup Prophette – Leave
4. Modern Skirts – Perfect Circle
5. Bain Mattox – Finest Worksong
6. Bain Mattox – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
7. Bain Mattox – Fall on Me
8. The Observatory – Underneath The Bunker
9. The Observatory – Pilgrimage
10. The Observatory – Feeling Gravitys Pull
11. Patterson Hood – So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
12. Patterson Hood – Burning Hell
13. Patterson Hood – Second Guessing Intro
14. Patterson Hood – Second Guessing
15. Patterson Hood – Belong
16. Five Eight – Fiver 8
17. Five Eight – Leaving New York
18. Five Eight – Radio Free Europe
19. Five Eight & Everyone – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Patterson Hood – (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville [digital only]