Smith/Chesnutt/Linkous Tribute

This really is in its early planning stages but I have been in touch with a whole variety of musicians about this and have already had a very positive response with Rob St John actually recording and sending me his tune last night hours after having been asked.

My idea is simply to get artists from Scotland and beyond, who I know and love, to contribute a cover version of a tune by either Elliott Smith, Vic Chesnutt or Mark Linkous with a short piece on why they chose the song and what it is they loved most about the artist.  Once I have gathered all the music together I plan to put up one post a day featuring a song by an artist.  You will be able to download these songs but you will have to pay for this privalige.  But fear not, none of it will go to me.  This is not about profit but about understanding.  My plan is that to download a track you will have to pay £1 to the Depression Alliance, a charity organisation who deal with this horrible illness, and if you want all the tracks you can do this on a daily basis until the run is complete. 

I am not trying to make a profit from this.  I just want people to know about the music of these wonderful musicians and to understand the real issues that people suffering from depression face every single day.  As Stephen Fry says:

“If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation, depression just is, like the weather.

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the otherside. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do. ”

I kind of hope people will support this idea in full.  If you are a musician and you loved any of these artists and would like to contribute you can contact me on mini50records@gmail.com  Or if you want to just lend your support or tell me it’s a crazy idea then please do.

Like I said though.  This will not be a mini50 release.  Just a project to promote music and awareness of depression.

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Artist Profile: Burnt Island

Rodge Glass is a critically acclaimed author.  His recent book about Scottish author Alasdair Gray won him all sorts of acclaim and also the distinguised Somerset Maughm Award for literature.  He’s a qualified doctor having gained his Phd for his work about Gray, which he submitted in a more academic fashion as part of his course.  He is also currently the Writer in Residence at Strathclyde University as well as teaching on the Undergraduate creative writing course at the University.

None of the above would suggest anything about him being a quality song writer would it?  And yet he is.  Horribly talented in fact if the new single ‘The Moments Before’ by Burnt Island available as a free download from Wiseblood Industries is anything to go by. 

It’s dark in tone and it’s just beautiful with lovely flute and viola adding to the wonderful lyrical content of his work.  It captured my full attention from the get go and I’ve been listening to it a lot since.  We’re lucky to be label mates with these guys and have a show with them on 26th March at the Roxy Art House to look forward to.  They seem to be getting a fair bit of attention in the Scottish music scene, which is great, and this single has really made me eager to here more.  Their debut mini album is currently being finished off at CHEM 19 so I shouldn’t have to wait long for more of this lovely, dark music  – I believe it’s to be released very soon actually.  Make sure you get your free download and check out all the other free goodies available at Wiseblood Industries website.  Enjoy.