From Ralph Pace, over at Black River Today, the blog about Ludlow and the Okemo Valley, a post about a group recording songs about Irene, to create a benefit album:
Submitted by Michelle Stinson
“So far we have twelve,” says Rod Ferrell of Mount Hollywood Studio in Belmont, referring to the number of songs he is recording for a soon-to-be-released benefit CD. Ferrell, along with a few dozen area musicians are donating their time and talent to “Irene’s Wake”, a commemorative CD and DVD to benefit hurricane victims and the Ludlow-based community access television station, LPCTV.
Tragic events are often the impetus for creative expression. This was certainly the case when Tropical Storm Irene slammed our brave little state with torrents of rain and subsequent flash flooding from Wilmington to Bethel and beyond. “I was on my way home to Belmont, from Nova Scotia when Irene hit and I literally was forced to pull off the road for the night,” said Claudine Langille of Gypsy Reel, “so I started singing an old bluegrass tune called Water Bound.” Langille then altered the lyrics to reflect the current situation in her own state and recorded the song with her bandmates in Mount Hollywood Studio.