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Musicians help homeless on ‘Compassion Through Action’

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Performers have joined forces to help the homeless with a new digital-only charity compilation album titled Compassion Through Action. Released recently on Bandcamp.com, the two-volume set is a collection of special songs “curated for the purpose of assisting the work of Compassion Through Action, a Los Angeles based homeless aid organization.”

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Upon learning of CTA, Mosher, one of the founders of the “Sandy Hook: A Benefit Concert”, was moved into action yet again. The L.A. native singer-songwriter set to work producing the digital release. “I was assisted by Eric Craig who A&Red (artist and repertoire) the selections with me" said Mosher.

She explained her motivations to American Live Wire: "The holidays can be a difficult time for everyone. I can't imagine how hard it would be to be...homeless, hungry, and without proper clothing during the cold winter. When I learned of Compassion Through Action; I saw an avenue to assist. I am incredibly proud of our music and art communities coming together to help."

Mosher stated that Jeff Padilla founded the non-profit organization adding that “they collect clothing, grooming necessities and give them to homeless.” She says they also “organize bi-weekly feedings and he matches homeless folks needs with people who can donate. For example, a homeless man in a wheelchair was recently hit by an SUV. After hospitalization, he needed a new wheel chair and new clothing. Jeff finds these things.”

Why is this exceptional audio only offered in digital formats? Mosher elucidates: “I would love to have physical copies made but we have to funnel all the funds for this to Compassion Through Action. Jeff Padilla is out there on a daily basis providing clothing and food for these folks. It is inspiring and the community is thankfully very open to helping.”
Volume One of the set, mastered by Hans DeKline of Sound Bites Dog, leads off with Lucinda Williams’ “Born To Be Loved” from her 2011 CD Blessed. The second song is from Chris Laterzo’s 2000 release Waterking. It’s followed by Pete Droge’s “First Kiss” off his 1998 LP Spacey & Shakin’.

The following song is by Ted Russell Kamp. It’s titled “Right Down To The Wire” from his latest CD Night Owl. “Mercy” by Amelia White follows and features A.J. Croce & The McCrary Sisters. It’s off her 2012 Beautiful and Wild album.

Shane Alexander contributed the cut “Skyway Drive-In” off his latest disc Ladera. Mosher brings in Rami Jaffee to join her on her 2011 single “One Of These Days”. John Ramey & Kirsten Proffit join in with their tuneful team-up “Get It Right Tonight”. Also included here is Zach Brooke’s acoustic “Hallelujah” and the closing cut, “Transcending”, from D. Henry Fenton’s recent Turnin’ CD.

As this goes to press Volume Two, mastered by Dave Donnelly of DNA Mastering, has yet to be posted. Mosher, however, provided the playlist for part two. She said it leads off "with an exclusive track from Cracker ("I Need Better Friends") which is really amazing". It also includes: CALICO the band covering The Beatles classic cut "Norweigan Wood".

The next number is "The Garden" by Rose's Pawn Shop. It's off their 2010 Dancing On The Gallows album. It's followed by Bob Woodruff's EP track "Where The Angels Know Your Name" and "Cameo Rodeo" from the Sons Of August's debut disc Vaudeville.

Coyote Slim contributed the standard "Broke And Hungry" from the 2013 release California Delta Blues and Jaime Wyatt provided the piece "It Don't Rain". Also included here are "We Could All Be In Laughlin Tonight" off I See Hawks In LA's latest release Mystery Drug, Merle Jagger's "Best Western" from the upcoming Landlords Of The Cornfield and Jessica Allossery sings "An Old Love Song" off her 2012 CD Apple of My Eye. The second volume also features some more recent contributions including Matt Keating's "Nothing To Figure Out" from his yet to be released new album and "Pyramids" by Sometimes We Sing Together who will also be performing live at the benefit.

The digital compilation is available for a minimum donation of 10 dollars. This also includes unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app. The digital album can even be sent as a gift.

(NOTE:If you'd like to hear some of these artists live check out Compassion Through Action: A Charity Concert on Sunday, December 15th at Fonogenic Studios 7710 Haskell Ave, Van Nuys CA 91406 from 5:30pm to Midnight. Admission is a suggested $10.00 donation.)

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