Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Thom Chacon and other musicians are banding together to fight fracking with “Buy This Fracking Album.”
The album, released today, is a 24-track, two-disc benefit compilation that will benefit Marcellus Protest, a non profit organization in Pennsylvania and other grassroots organizations around the country working to ban fracking.
Food & Water Watch, which is also an album beneficiary, is donating its share of the proceeds back into a fund that album producers will distribute to grassroots organizations.
“We’re excited to partner with these artists who are donating their talents to help communities fight fracking,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. “Over 400 communities across the country have passed measures to stop fracking. These local efforts are helping to grow a national movement to stop extreme energy extraction.”
“Buy This Fracking Album” contains a combination of original recordings, previous releases, and live renditions of older songs.
The compilation includes Pete Seeger’s first album appearance since his passing — a never before released live rendition of Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.”
The producer of the album, Jason Samel, also produced Occupy This Album, which benefitted the Occupy Movement. Funding for the album was raised through a crowd-funding campaign on Pledge Music.
“’Buy This Fracking Album’ celebrates these local heroes, and we’re happy to participate in this effort to support these communities protecting their environment and public health from the oil and gas industry,” said Hauter.