2/13: Food for Love Virtual Benefit Concert, ft. David Byrne, Jackson Browne, Nathaniel Rateliff, the Chicks, Kurt Vile and More

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This coming Saturday, Feb. 13, a number of musical acts will participate in Food for Love, a virtual benefit concert with the stated goal of raising money to help the hungry in New Mexico. Among the acts taking part include David Byrne, Jackson Browne, the Chicks, Kurt Vile, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Earle, Charlie Sexton, and many more.

Said Byrne in a statement, which also further lays out the fundraising efforts of Food for Love:

On February 13 (Valentine’s Day Eve), some musician friends of mine, and many I’ve never met, are doing a virtual concert to raise money for meals for New Mexico’s hardest hit. New Mexico ranks almost at the bottom in poverty (49th) in the US and the Navajo and other Native American lands have long been short of basic health, jobs and education services- so the impact of Covid on these folks has been devastating.

How in the world are they going to fit all these folks into one show? We’ll see.

Now for some folks my connection to these musicians might seem a little odd- we don’t exactly make the same kind of music- but I sense there exists some mutual appreciation- it’s certainly there from my end. I met Terry Allen, the artist and musician who helped put this together, in the mid eighties when I was making the True Stories movie. I love his music (and artwork). Terry often works within this vaguely country/americana musical style but he’s definitely on the artier end of the spectrum. Through him I soon got to know fellow Lubbock alumni the Flatlanders- Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. All great songwriters. Terry sent me a cassette w Steve Earle’s song “Billy Austin” and eventually Earle and his then wife ended up singing on my Here Lies Love score. Alejandro Escovedo was in a punk band the Nuns and Joe Strummer of the Clash and Joe Ely were close friends. A lot of boundaries get crossed with this crowd. So my being part of this is maybe not as surprising as folks might think.

The stream will go live on YouTube at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13, and will remain viewable for 48 hours. Throughout, donations will be accepted to help the cause — and are also being accepted right now on the Food for Love website. Click here for more details.

Byrne also made a special Food for Love playlist, which you can listen to below in advance of the concert event.

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