Austin musician Phoebe Hunt launches ‘Songs for Standing Rock’ series

songsforstandingrockalbumcoverAustin musicians Phoebe Hunt, Dawn & Hawkes, Wendy Colonna, Daisy O’Connor and Samuel Grey Horse are among the artists who appear on “Songs for Standing Rock, Vol. 1,” the first in a series of downloadable compilations created to raise funds for protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Native American Reservation in North Dakota.

Hunt, formerly of local group the Belleville Outfit, launched the series in an effort to assist protestors who are trying to remain on-site through the winter months. The goal, according to a statement issued by series publicist Katie Keller, is to create “permanent, sustainable winterized geodesic domes” at Standing Rock, as well as providing wood stoves and supplies of firewood.

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The albums are being sold on a name-your-price basis via the Songs For Standing Rock website. The first volume, which contains 15 songs, was released on Thanksgiving Day. A second volume is due to be issued on Dec. 1, with a third volume set for Dec. 8. More than 70 artists worldwide have contributed songs for the series, according to Keller, who added that sales of Vol. 1 have raised “close to $2,000” so far.

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Hunt, the project’s director, said, “We are working directly with Pacific Domes, Karl LaDue WoDakota Foundation, and the Medic Healer Council on site at Standing Rock to ensure that our efforts are streamlined with the current needs and vision of the elders of the tribes that have gathered on the land.  It is their wish to put up structures that will benefit future generations beyond this current conflict.”

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Another Standing Rock-related endeavor takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Mohawk. “Austin Stands with Standing Rock” will collect both supplies to be driven to the site and donations to help with expenses. Full details, including a full list of items most in need, are on a Facebook event page. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with music from Molybden and Jesse Wooten & Friends. Donated items also can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday and Wednesday at Frank, 407 Colorado St.


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