Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet Relief 3 musicians benefit album sequel

Vanguard Records will release Sweet Relief Ill: Pennies From Heaven on July 9. This third compilation album features new recordings by Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, Victoria Williams, She & Him, Ron Sexsmith, Rickie Lee Jones and others (see below). 

It supports 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 lll: Pennies from Heaven chose songs with a theme of support and assistance. 

“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," said Jackson Browne. "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.”

“Getting a chance to do something that benefits Sweet an opportunity I jumped at and something I can't wait to do again,” noted Ben Harper

The 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 and Soul Asylum.

Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven features cover design by acclaimed artist Peter Max. To learn more about the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund visit

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

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