When Katrina hit, it immediately became obvious that the Louisiana Gulf Coast would be in need of massive amounts of aid and assistance, not just for a few weeks,but for months and years.
Mike Boulan of No Cover Productions decided to help. Mike started by organizing a two Cd project, this CD, "Blues for Katrina" (NCP070) and "Blues for Katrina & The McDowell Family" (NCP071) to assist local bluesman Odell McDowell's family. Odell has 3 sisters who's families were living in the New Orleans area at the time Katrina hit - two families were in the lower 9th ward
The call went out for musicians to come into the studio and over 20 bands and solo performers responded, donating their time and effort to the cause. They recorded 28 songs, mostly originals, for the benefit CD's. The songs aren't all about the devastation caused by Katrina, although a few are, but the energy and spirit of the performers is readily evident. There was a special feel in the studio over the course of the sessions.
The artists on this CD are:
1. Cherri & The Violators: "Empty Pockets"
2. Frog & The Beeftones: "Losin' Ground"
3. "Lonesome" Dave Paul: "Hurricane Blues"
4. The Sax Maniacs: "Headin' To New Orleans"
5. Christopher Leigh: "Stayin' Home"
6. Howard Glazer & The EL 34's: "A New Day"
7. Wailin' Dale & The DT's: "Fumblin'"
8. The Tones: "Workin'"
9. Eric Shaver: "Freeway Blues"
10. Spice: "Oh Mama"
11. The Hallendy Brothers: "Finger Lickin' Good"
12. The Christy Howard Band: "I've Got A Weakness"
13. Blue Infusion: "Smoked Mac & Cheese"
14. Mary Thompson & The Delta Children: "Crossroads"