We did it!! Plus the scoop on this week’s eTown broadcast
By Helen ~ January 16, 2013
Hurray! Great news: We met our $100,000 matching grant!
Huge thanks to all of you who took the time to make a tax-deductible donation to eTown. Many of you know, but some may not, that eTown is produced each week by a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a forum for in-depth, respectful dialogue. We celebrate sustainability, good works and our planet, while providing a venue for a variety of others (visiting artists included) to speak their minds and provide information you won’t hear on mainstream media about environmental and social issues that concern us all. And we surround all that with one-of-a-kind live performances from amazing musicians of all kinds.
We only reach out once a year for operational support; and those of you who responded didn’t let us down. You dug deep, and you helped us reach our $100K challenge, which matched your donation, dollar for dollar. Yup, your donation was doubled.
The grant came from a generous and dedicated eTown supporter who lives in the Northwest (he prefers to remain anonymous). We can’t thank him enough. And we deeply appreciate your help as well. If you gave, please know that you too are responsible for keeping eTown on the air. Thanks so much, from all of us here. We couldn’t do this without you.
On to this week’s airing:
We’ve got two outstanding male performers for you this week, both with incredibly distinctive and wonderful singing voices (I’m always drawn to the singing as you know), JJ Grey and Ray LaMontagne. You couldn’t find two more dynamic, amazing, gorgeous and totally identifiable voices, and you get both of them in this eTown episode:
Nick and I and the eTown crew host Ray and his band, The Pariah Dogs, in this ‘back by popular demand broadcast/podcast. Ray is a real favorite amongst our listeners, and he’s also been a supportive friend to eTown, taking the time to appear on the show several times now. This time around, he and the band (Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos, Eric Heywood and Greg Leisz) perform songs from their hit project “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise.” It’s funny, every time Ray does an album (er, CD) I think wow, this is THE best one he’s ever done. Then the next one comes out and I say it again. I say it here too; this one is amazing, all the songs are just incredible. I love how Ray connects with Nick, too; I think Nick, just being who he is and also having been a successful fulltime touring musician himself for so many years, has a wonderful way of drawing performers out (Ray even makes reference this show to how their conversations together have ‘evolved’ each time!). If nothing else, their chat together here is well worth tuning in for.
But wait! There’s more! (OK, you knew that.)
Another eTown veteran, JJ Grey, is with us this week as well. JJ is an amazing, warm-hearted, passionate humble and eloquent guy, a remarkable performer who has a deep-seated appreciation and affection for his family and also for the natural environment in his beloved state of Florida. He talks with Nick about such things in a really wonderful, revealing conversation. He and his band, the fabulous Mofro, offer their signature southern-swamp rock/blues sound, guaranteed to get you dancing in the kitchen, or wherever you are hearing the show (careful if you’re driving).
This one’s got it all; precisely why you’ve let us know you want to hear it again!
PS Hey just want to let you know that Nick will be performing with Danny Barnes as a duo coming up in Oregon on Feb. 9; tell all your friends in the Portland area . . . I’ll provide you with more details next week!