Colorado is known for its music community. Bands who hail from the state, regardless of how big of an act they become, always come back to play shows for their hometowns. So when Tony Hume heard news of the floods that destroyed the Colorado Front Range, he wanted to help. In an open letter he wrote:
"We were barely a day in to a two-week Leftover Salmon tour in New England when the rain began to fall in Colorado. No one thought much about it when reports came in from our loved ones that the rain was heavy and consistent. Of course all that quickly changed for the band, our families, the rest of the country, and the good folks of our beloved Colorado Front Range.
While we were taking in the power of the horrific video and photographs, we made a pit stop to the Telefunken Elektroakoustik microphone company in Windsor, CT, and proceeded to record an acoustic version of the Leftover Salmon show stopper, Rivers Risin'. As we were about to record, an idea sprang that we could release the track for sellable download on the LiveSalmon web site where all proceeds could go directly to charity. I soon realized that one song would only be a drop in the bucket, but an entire album's worth of material could possibly reach the most people and have much more effect for those in need of help ... Thus, the birth of Rivers Rising: Front Range Flood Relief 2013.
With my career in tour management and in the music festival world, I wanted to reach out to those bands with whom I have a special relationship with; to bands from Colorado; and to those bands who consider Colorado, and the fans therein, a second home and family. The response was immediately heart-warming. Doing this while on the road was a head full so I enlisted the help of my friend, and colleague, Annabel Lukins, to see whom I was missing. The result is this one of kind collection of tracks from our extended musical friends and family, to the people in the most need here in Colorado."
The 28-track album, Rivers Rising: Front Range Flood Relief 2013, will benefit the damage caused by the floods via United Way Foothills. Available for purchase on Livedownloads.com, the complication features many jam bands known for their ties to the area including Further, The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Railroad Earth and many more. All of the tracks are recorded from live performances.
Check out the tracklist for the album, and help out if you can by purchasing River's Rising: Front Range Flood Relief 2013.
01. "Rivers Risin'" by Leftover Salmon
02. "Here Comes Sunshine" by Further
03. "100-year Flood" by The String Cheese Incident
04. "Surprise Valley" by Widespread Panic
05. "I Am Elvis" by Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys
06. "Raise the Roof" by Dumpstaphunk
07. "Close Your Eyes And Burst into Flames" by Kaki King
08. "All The Sea In The Sand" by Devotchka
09. "Puppet String" by Umphrey's McGee
10. "Darkness" by moe.
11. "Uncle Junior" by Soulive
12. "Fire On The Bayou" by The Original Meters
13. "Don't Bring Me Down" by Jeff Brinkman
14. "Heart of Steel" by Galactic
15. "Sister Sweetly" by Big Head Todd and The Monsters [feat. Trombone Shorty and Hazel Miller]
16. "Don't Lie" by Greensky Bluegrass
17. "Manzello Freeze" by Col. Bruce Hampton
18. "Damned If The Right One Didn't Go Wrong" by Yonder Mountain String Band
19. "This Ain't Work" by The New Mastersounds
20. "One Foot In The Grave" by Head for the Hills
21. "Like We Own It" by The Motet
22. "I Truly Understand" by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
23. "Anywhere I Go" by Slightly Stoopid
24. "Remembering A Beginning" by Elephant Revival
25. "Colorado" by Railroad Earth
26. "Fine Line" by Tony Hume Collaboration
27. "Revolving Door" by Floodwood
28. "Salute" by Lettuce