SWEET RELIEF III: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
FEATURES RECORDINGS BY ARTISTS INCLUDING
JACKSON BROWNE, SHE & HIM, BEN HARPER,
RON SEXSMITH, k.d. lang, SHELBY LYNNE AND MORE!
TO BENEFIT THE SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND
AVAILABLE ON JULY 9TH
“Musicians are always among the first to give their energy and talent to help other people in times of emergency, though they are very often without health insurance themselves, and need our support when they fall prey to illness and hardship. Sweet Relief has been helping musicians for years, and has helped some whom I am very much indebted to for enriching my life. I am very happy to take part in this CD project, and for the chance to support Sweet Relief’s very soulful work.” – Jackson Browne
“Getting a chance to do something that benefits Sweet Relief combined with working with my dear friend Sheldon Gomberg is an opportunity I jumped at and something I can’t wait to do again.” – Ben Harper
April 22, 2013–Vanguard Records is proud to announce the release of Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven. This third compilation album features new recordings by various artists including Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, Victoria Williams, She & Him, Ron Sexsmith, Rickie Lee Jones and Joseph Arthur in support of the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling while facing illness, disability or age-related problems.
Each of the artists on Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven chose songs with a theme of support and assistance such as “If I Needed You” (Joseph Arthur), “How Did You Find Me Here?” (k.d. lang), “King of the Road” (She & Him), “Crazy Love” (Ben Harper), “Change is Gonna Come” (Victoria Williams) and “Big Spender” (Sam Phillips) plus many more. Click here for a sneak preview of some of the songs. See full track listing below.
At the helm for this third installment, producer Sheldon Gomberg stated, “Making this record for Sweet Relief has been such a great experience. I got to work with all these fantastic artists, while at the same time giving something back to the music community that has been so good to me over the years. A huge thanks goes out to all the artists that participated in the making of this record!”
This latest recording commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first highly successful inaugural release Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams – a project inspired by Williams who founded the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund upon being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. That collection and the subsequent Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation – The Songs of Vic Chesnutt included contributions from artists like R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Indigo Girls, Garbage, Smashing Pumpkins, Cracker, Dog’s Eye View, Live, Lou Reed, The Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, Soul Asylum, and more.
Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven features cover design by acclaimed artist Peter Max. To learn more about the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund visit www.sweetrelief.org
SWEET RELIEF III: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Track Listing
Ron Sexsmith Pennies From Heaven
Shelby Lynne Brother Where Are You?
Sam Phillips Big Spender
k.d. lang How Did You Find Me Here?
Ben Harper Crazy Love
Genevieve Toupin Heart Of Gold
Joseph Arthur If I Needed You
Rickie Lee Jones Surfer Girl
Tina Schlieske With A Little Help From My Friends
Victoria Williams Change Is Gonna Come
She & Him King Of The Road
Eleni Mandell I’ll Be Home
Jackson Browne Don’t Let Us Get Sick