Detroit Musicians To The Rescue
Hunger is a problem. It’s not even just a problem in the city anymore. It’s a statewide epidemic — poverty has expanded to the suburbs with the horrendous job loss in Michigan. Yet, organizations like the Capuchin Soup Kitchen have been doing their very best to feed the needy of our state.
Starting from when The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph first opened its doors, the church has continuously dedicated itself to helping the poor of Detroit. The soup kitchen service, which began in 1929, doles out over 2,000 hot meals a day.
Who could help Capuchin with such a big problem? Our modern day superheroes: musicians.
Banding together to help the hungry are The Come Ons' Deanne Iovan, co-producer April Jones Boyle and all the musicians that appear on their compilation, Holiday Hootenanny. “We try to be active in the community as far as putting our money where our mouth is,” Iovan says. “We wanted to do a charity CD because we are both into food. Capuchin has an urban garden called Earthworks. They teach urban kids how to grow food. We wanted to support that.” All together, 17 memorable tracks were recorded for the album, which will be for sale at local record stores with the proceeds benefiting the Capuchin. “It’s nice to do this for charity and, of course, everyone involved are our friends.” The Fondas' guitarist, Steve Shaw, says of their contribution. “It's kind of one of those Detroit things that you feel good about doing.”
Joining The Fondas are fellow garage rock legends The Come Ons, who mash together their musical stylings with that of country crooners Tim Pak and American Mars. One of the album's most significant tracks is Meier and Danny Kroha’s collaboration with soul act, The Ultimate Ovation. The Rocket 455 dynamic guitar duo get crazy on the track while these legendary singers make your holiday brighter with “It’s Christmas.”
Fortunately for those at Capuchin, this compilation is amazing and will sell a lot of copies benefiting those in need. You're ordering a copy right now, right? “I tried to make it even more diverse than it is,” Iovan says of the process of selecting bands. “I’m really happy with what I got though.” | RDW
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