A Shaker Heights native who now lives in St. Louis, Virginia "Pigeon" O'Brien, has worked for a number of years in the music and entertainment business. She was a managing editor at Sassy Magazine
and has handled PR for several bands, including Rugburns singer Steve Poltz. About a year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and Matt Wardlaw, a Scene
contributing writer, and longtime friend (and fellow journalist) Jeff Giles wanted to do something to help with the financial issues. They dug into their archives of live performances from their podcast, The Matt 'N' Jeff Radio Hour
, and realized that they could hit up some of their favorite artists for exclusive tunes and have a solid benefit album.
“Everybody that we reached out to came back within hours and let us know that they would happily give us a track,” says Wardlaw in a press release. “That includes a previously unavailable demo from Justin Currie of Del Amitri, Jules Shear (who gave us a track that was left off of his most recent solo album, Longer To Get To Yesterday
), a live cut from Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders, and an acoustic version of the Ides of March classic '70s hit ‘Vehicle,’ by Jim Peterik (a longtime member of the Ides and former songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist for Survivor).”
The resulting compilation, You Can't Live on Love Alone: Songs for the Fight Against Multiple Myeloma
, features 19 tracks and nearly an hour and 20 minutes of music. It will be released on June 2.
Several songs on the compilation have Northeast Ohio connections. That includes a track from Donnie Iris and the Cruisers (from his Ellwood City
album), an unreleased demo from singer-songwriter Don Dixon, an acoustic track from Steve Poltz that was recorded in a hotel room in Cleveland prior to a show that he played at the Beachland in June of 2012 and a cover song from local singer-songwriter Joshua Jesty.
"This is a version of my song 'Swallowing Pride' that was recorded in 1983 when I'd put a band together called Me & Dixon with Parthenon Huxley on guitar, Rob Ladd on drums and me on bass,” says Dixon about his contribution. “We toured for about six months and then they moved to California. P. Hux made a record for Columbia and currently sings lead and plays in the Orchestra [what's left of ELO], Rob went on to tour with Susanna Hoffs and Don Henley as well as play on a number of hit records."
The compilation is available for pre-order now.
Here's the full track listing:
Brandon Schott - "Let Me Be Your Witness"
Don Dixon - "Swallowing Pride"
Nat Osborn - "Little to the Left"
Donnie Iris & the Cruisers - "No Rest for the Wicked"
Jason Myles Goss - "Home"
Philip Gibbs - "Honky Tonking Tonight"
Jay Nash - "Blame It All on the Wind"
Roscoe Born - "I Take It on Faith"
Don Rosler & Jay Ward - "Do What You Gotta Do"
Jim Peterik - "Vehicle"
Blue Sky Riders - "Dream"
Scout - "Anyway You Want It"
Patti Rothberg - "Cut and Dry"
Emily Hurd - "Good Will"
Justin Currie - "You Can't Live on Love Alone"
Julian Velard and Bleu - "Rock Paper Scissors"
Jules Shear - "Do You Wrong"
Steve Poltz - "Conversations with the Moon"
Joshua Jesty - "We Built This City"