I found out about the fire that chewed through downtown Marlinton, WV only last Thursday. A whole city block in the heart of the community up in smoke! Immediately, there was a shift in momentum for my show at the Pocahontas County House on Friday. These folks needed support and good energy!
So, I hurriedly set up this IndieGoGo campaign and I’m proud to say, we did it! On top of my initial contribution of $1000 you all collective threw in $4675 of your hard earned money. I’m so pleased and deeply grateful for you all teaming up with me. But, I think the folks in Marlinton might be even more so.
The money is already on its way to help the Volunteer Firefighters pay off the substantial expenses of fighting the fires and helping relocate the families. Obviously, they have a lot of work ahead of them and will need WAY more capital to rebuild. But, the message we sent as a community was, “you matter and you can overcome this.” Judging by the response at the show and around town, they heard it loud and clear.
I wish had more to give you to express my thanks. For now, please know that I am sincerely grateful and trust that I will continue to pay this forward.
Marlinton, WV was just hit by a devastating fire. My show this Friday at the Pocahontas County Opera House has now taken on a whole other purpose. As a touring artist, I am who I am because of the communities that have supported my career. It’s time to give back in a very localized way :
$1000 Bucks! That’s what I’m donating from my show fee.
Match my donation: You can give any amount, even $1 helps!
This a golden opportunity
This show has been on the books all year! Who knew we’d have the chance to help in such an essential way?
I’ve set a high funding ceiling for this 3 day campaign. I know my audience cares as much as I do. Let’s show off a bit!
The money will directly support the efforts of the Marlinton Volunteer Firefighters. They did the dirty and expensive work of containing the fire. Now the community needs our financial support to get stabilized.
Make an Impact
Marlinton is a mountain town that just doesn’t have the resources that many of us rely on in our bigger cities. However, through this brief campaign you, your family and friends can do a very good deed.
This weekend kicked off the Ditch The Van Tour and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Ben and Jordon were definitely ready for a change of pace after the fiasco with Tammy Van last week! This year, they’ll reach the 5000-mile mark by bicycle. And they would love to have some company as they are making way from show to show. Below are the places they are going and the route maps. If you want more info, email us at email@example.com.
DITCH THE VAN TOUR DATES – COME RIDE WITH US! Click the map link to see where we’re riding!
Institute 193 and Tin Ear Records are pleased to announce the release of The Hollow Sessions – a covers record by Ben Sollee. The album is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD today on Noisetrade.com. A limited-edition 180-gram vinyl is also available through Institute 193′s SHOP.
Ben Sollee spent a few days this past summer trying to capture the songs and sounds that have influenced his life and music. The makeshift recording studio, a small house nestled in a hollow near Prospect, Kentucky, provided the backdrop for the project, a covers record, including songs by Arthur Russell, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Harry Belafonte, The Zombies, Howard Finster, Bill Monroe, Fiona Apple, Tom Waits and Gillian Welch. Screened porches, hallways, decks, and living rooms lend their own particular character to the recordings, and the hollow’s voice can be heard throughout: bugs chirp, birds whistle, water flows, and the wind blows. More collaborator than background, the house and hollow provide the listener with a rich audial scenery and shape Sollee’s voice and cello as he seeks to capture his own versions of the songs that have shaped his development as a musician and songwriter.