In an initiative to assist in providing long-term support to the people of the earthquake-ravaged nation of Haiti, Dave Matthews Band has established the Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund. Proceeds from The Haiti Relief Project, a five-song digital EP from the group, and a new limited edition t-shirt featuring its cover art, will benefit the fund. The EP will be available for download for $5 beginning tomorrow atDMBLive.com <http://www.dmblive.com>. Musictoday is graciously providing the download service for this release. In addition, all proceeds from merchandise sales (excluding music and video with the exception of The Haiti Relief Project download) made in the Warehouse and the band's official online store on Friday, January 29th, will go to the Relief Fund.
The Haiti Relief Project features five previously unreleased live tracks from Dave Matthews Band. The collection kicks off with"Butterfly," a song Matthews wrote for the film Because of Winn Dixie and performed solo in this 2007 recording. It's followed by a 2004 version of "Cry Freedom" featuring a powerful performance from LeRoi Moore, the group's saxophonist, who passed away in 2008. Three tracks captured on the band's 2009 summer tour - "Out Of My Hands," "Lying In The Hands Of God" and "Dive In" - are also included. The staff of Ants Marching, a Dave Matthews Band fan forum, was instrumental in selecting the versions of the five songs that appear on the EP. Award-winning designer Adam Larson of Adam+Company generously donated the artwork for the EP, which also appears on the limited edition The Haiti Relief Project t-shirt.
The Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund, a part of the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band, will be focused on rebuilding efforts. The Bama Works Fund was founded in 1999 and has provided more than $8.5 million to charities thus far.
Working with Music For Relief, a non-profit founded by Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band joined forces with Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, The All-American Rejects, Enrique Iglesias, Hoobastank, Kenna, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Gabriel and Slash forDownload To Donate For Haiti, <http://www.Musicforrelief.org>, a compilation benefiting Haiti relief efforts. Dave Matthews Band's"Typical Situation" from the July 5, 1997 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre show in Irvine, CA was selected for the charitable release and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund.Last Friday, Matthews and Neil Young performed Hank Williams' "Alone and Forsaken" at the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon. The live performance album from the broadcast, which benefits Haitian relief organizations, was the first digital-only release in chart history to top The Billboard 200.
The track listing for The Haiti Relief Project EPis as follows:
1. Butterfly - recorded08.28.2007 / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Kansas City / Bonner Springs, KS (Dave Matthews, solo)
2. Cry Freedom - recorded 07.31.2004 / Sound Advice Amphitheatre / West Palm Beach, FL
3. Out Of My Hands - recorded 07.19.2009 Alpine Valley Music Theatre / East Troy, WI
4. Lying In The Hands Of God - recorded 06.12.2009 / Saratoga Performing Arts Center / Saratoga Springs, NY
5. Dive In - recorded 09.10.2009 / Greek Theatre / Los Angeles, CA