Hurricane Benefit CD from New Orleans Native & Icon Dr. John

New York (New York), USA – In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,
as the storm passed but the situation worsened, Dr. John, the New Orleans native
& musical icon, responded in the way he knows best: musically. Dr. John and his
band headed into a studio in upstate New York to record a seven-track EP
dedicated to the Crescent City.

Sippiana Hericane
was released by Blue Note
Records and all the proceeds from the CD sales will be
divided equally between the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the
Jazz Foundation of
and the Voice of the Wetlands.The EP’s centerpiece, the newly-composed
four-part suite “Wade: Hurricane Suite” is book-ended by “Clean Water,” a song
composed by Dr. John’s good friend and New Orleans songwriter Bobby Charles, and
a version of Dr. John’s “Sweet Home New Orleans” with new lyrics penned by his
wife and songwriting partner Cat Yellen. A brief reprise of “Clean Water” ends
the EP.

The following is a statement from Dr. John on the devastation of his
hometown of New Orleans:
I love New Orleans. I love the people, its food, its culture, the music and the
lifestyle. New
Orleans is the best of everything. I’m saddened and angered by what has
happened. If anybody in the government would’ve done something about the
disappearing wetlands for the past fifty years, then this probably wouldn’t have
been as bad.

The federal, state and local governments have known for a long time
that certain things needed to be done to protect New Orleans. The levees
should’ve been able to deal with this assault. Now a high price will be paid for
neglecting the needs of the city and its people. It makes me think of what my
friend Reverend Goat just told me,
‘Let me say this before it goes any further. New Orleans didn’t die of natural
causes, she was murdered.’ Everyone should donate what they can to the relief


Sippiana Hericane

Author: World Music Central News Department

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