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Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls Contribute to Anti-Fracking LP

Pete Seeger, John Butler Trio, Michael Franti and more appear on 24-track ‘Buy This Fracking Album’

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Bonnie Raitt performs onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles, California on February 6th, 2015.

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Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti are among two dozen musicians who have contributed songs to Buy This Fracking Album, a two-disc compilation LP intended to educate listeners about hydro-fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. In a statement, Raitt said, “One of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.” 

The 24-track set, produced by Jason Samel, features a mix of original recordings, previously released tracks and live versions of older songs – all of which share the theme of environmental awareness. Standout tracks include a new song from Meshell Ndegeocello (“Never Still Water”), Raitt’s 1994 track “Hell to Pay” and an unreleased live version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” from the late Pete Seeger. Other featured artists include Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Anti Flag and Steve Earle.

The album is scheduled for a June 16th release via Movement Music, and fans can contribute to the project through a PledgeMusic campaign. Donators can earn rewards ranging from an AccessPass (containing exclusive videos and songs) to a VIP experience at a Raitt concert to a personal house show from Benevento. Proceeds will benefit various anti-fracking organizations, including Food and Water Watch and Marcellus Protest

Watch a trailer for the project below:

Buy This Fracking Album Track List:

Disc 1:

1. “Smallest Trees” – Rootz Underground 
2. “Freakin Frack” – Marco Benevento and Dave Dreiwitz
3. “Smarty Pants” – Rusted Root
4. “Earth From Outer Space (Acoustic)” – Michael Franti
5. “Activist” – Jay Samel w/ DJ Logic and Friends
6. “Revolution” – John Butler Trio
7. “Russell Crowe” – Moon Hooch
8. “Never Still Water” – Meshell Ndegeocello
9. “Gasland Terror” – Anti Flag
10. “Seasons” – Rebel Diaz 
11. “Hydro Fracking Clowns” – Chris Merenda
12. “Fools Gold” – Pony Boy

Disc 2:

1. “This Land is Your Land (Live At Farmaid 2013)” – Pete Seeger
2. “Before the Drilling Rigs Got Here” – Thom Chacon
3. “Lack of Cash Flow Blues” – David Amram
4. “Drill on the Horizon” – Mike and Ruthy
5. “Motherland (Live)” – Natalie Merchant and The Felice Brothers
6. “The Mountain” – Steve Earle
7. “Down There” – Tom Chapin and John Forster
8. “The River Song” – Kristen Graves
9. “Hell to Pay” – Bonnie Raitt
10. “World Falls (Live)” – Indigo Girls
11. “What About Climate Change” – Eve Silber
12. “Star Spangled Banjo” – Josh Fox


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