IMPORTANT NOTE: We've re-activated downloading of the compilation... and all proceeds go directly to The United Way of Delware/Otsego Counties.
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Stories and photos are streaming in from Upstate NY, particularly in creekside towns north of the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, NY... and the devastation can only be compared to what happened with Katrina.
CNN, Fox News, the major networks and other news outlets aren't racing there to cover it. Perhaps it just isn't sexy enough a story. But it's life-changingly devastating.
Hundreds of cows and other livestock have drowned.
Bridges have simply washed away, including a landmark covered wooden bridge which stood (and withstood many floods) since 1855.
Portions of important state highway arteries have been completely destroyed. Businesses started by young people hoping to make a difference in the small towns they were raised in have seen their interiors and inventories covered in mud or carried away by seven or eight feet of rushing floodwater. Most of them don't have flood insurance.
Here's a story and photos that really drive home the devastation. www.timesunion.com/local/article/A-day-full-of-fear-after-the-flood-2146810.php
With all of this in mind, a bunch of NYC-based artists have joined together to release this benefit compilation album.
Minimum donation for the entire compilation is $15, but please don't hesitate to give more if you can. Individual tracks are available for a minimum $2 donation per track.
All proceeds will be directly sent to the Northeast New York State Chapter of the Red Cross, earmarked towards flood relief, and to the Schoharie County Community Action Program.
This is a 43-track compilation, downloadable in a multitude of formats (yay audiophiles!), along with a PDF booklet with information about each artist.
Bandcamp has also lowered their commission for this release so that even more money will make it quickly to the people who desperately need it to recover from these heart-crushingly devastating floods. Pretty awesome of Bandcamp!
The staggeringly talented and equally generous artists who have been kind enough to donate a track to this compilation are certainly all worth checking out in their own right, and hopefully you'll visit their websites and support them by checking out their releases.
It would be pretty awesome to let these people and towns know that the big, attention-grabbing city at the bottom of the state map contains people who care deeply about what's happening up there.