River’s Rising: Front Range Flood Relief
A letter from Tony Hume
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.
“I’m doing this for our state, for our people” – Tony Hume
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.
- Tony Hume