Neil Young, Breast Cancer, and Trout Fishing

This is a cool, cool project. American Laundromat Records has put together a compilation of women performing covers of Neil Young songs, and the proceeds are going to support Casting for Recovery, a charity which hosts retreats for breast cancer survivors where “the sport of fly-fishing is used to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.” The CD has already raised over $22,000.

The founder of the label lost his mother to breast cancer in 2005 after a 6 year battle with breast cancer. I lost my mother to breast cancer this past summer after a mercifully short battle. I’m blessed, though, with many great breast cancer survivors in my life, including one who is going through treatment as I write this. These great women need and deserve support in their healing.

Even if it weren’t a fantastic cause, this CD sounds great on its own merits. Here’s a track listing, including songs I love covered by artists some of whom I know and some of whom I’ve never heard:

Disk 1
1. Heart Of Gold – Tanya Donelly
2. I Am A Child – Britta Phillips (Luna)
3. Comes A Time – Kate York
4. The Needle And The Damage Done – Lori McKenna
5. Down By The River – Jill Sobule with John Doe
6. Burned – Veruca Salt
7. Cowgirl In The Sand – Josie Cotton
8. A Man Needs A Maid – Dala
9. Ohio – Darcie Miner
10. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Carmen Townsend

Disk 2
1. Cinnamon Girl – Euro Trash Girl
2. I Believe In You – Julie Peel
3. Tell Me Why – Luff
4. Ohio – Dala
5. Helpless – Elk City
6. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Amilia K. Spicer
7. Sugar Mountain – Louise Post
8. Powderfinger – The Watson Twins
9. Like A Hurricane – Kristin Hersh
10. Old Man – Cindy Wheeler (Caulfield Sisters)
11. Walk On – Heidi Gluck (Some Girls)

If you like Neil Young, if you like women artists, if you like survivors of breast cancer, if you like fly-fishing for trout, if you like conservation, to buy the CD for $15 (free shipping), or download it from iTunes.

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