Desperate Times: Old 97’s Covers For Charity


I don’t know about you folks, but I’m pretty obsessed with covers. Whether it’s being lucky enough to see John Moreland play “Thunder Road” or watching Two Cow Garage rock through “Ohio” on the eve of the 2012 presidential election, artists playing songs they love will always be compelling.

Desperate Times is the brainchild of the band’s web guru Jeff Neely who had a simple idea- have friends and fans of the band play some covers, and donate the proceeds to charity: water, a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean water to those in need (with an admirable model: 100% of donations go directly to those in need). This is pretty much a win-win for everyone.

These are artists like Hayes Carll, Slobberbone, The Polyphonic Spree, and Ben Kweller. If you donate to the PledgeMusic campaign, you’ll get the album and whatever other extras you spring for. People without access to clean water, and there are hundreds of missions of them, will get some help. Sounds worth it to us.

Podcast – Ajax Diner Book Club 9/29/14 – Podcast Only

This week on the radio show I participated in KRFC’s pledge drive. It was way too much of me asking for money and trying to create witty banter with someone else. I prefer to do my radio alone. So instead of subjecting you to that I put together a totally different patch of songs with less talking. I was in my living room with a beer, a dog and a shitty microphone. But the songs are good.

John R. Miller – Parking Lots, Service Engine
Slobberbone – Some New Town, Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today
The White Buffalo – When I’m Gone, Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways
Steve Earle – City of Immigrants, Washington Street Serenade
Drive-By Truckers – Goddamn Lonely Love, The Dirty South
The Old 97’s – Most Messed Up, Most Messed Up
Levon Helm – Poor Old Dirt Farmer, Dirt Farmer
Drag The River – Mr. Crews, It’s Crazy
Arlis Nancy – Nothing To Show, Wild American Runners
Shane Sweeney – When I Am Empty, The Finding Time
American Aquarium – Abe Lincoln, Burn.Flicker.Die.
Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – I Don’t Need To Know, Self Titled