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Happy Hollerdays 2021: A new album to benefit Kentucky tornado relief efforts

courtesy of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Kentucky Musicians Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore have teamed up, rallied artists, and created a special album to benefit western Kentucky residents as they rebuild after devastating tornadoes hit the region.

The musicians said 100 percent of proceeds from the project will go to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

Ben Sollee said the album called “Happy Hollerdays” 2021 is a compilation of 45 artists including Joan Shelley, Jeremy Pinnell, and My Morning Jacket. Musicians, authors, and storytellers contributed more than 50 tracks.

“The idea behind the record was really just to provide the way for all these incredibly talented people that are distributed around the state and even the country to really be able to come together and help provide another way for folks to give. Because you know after that initial burst of giving, sometimes it takes a little bit more incentive to keep people giving and that’s what we hope to do with this,” said Sollee.

courtesy of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

The singer-songwriter called the arts one of the best tools for creating togetherness. He said in a world that’s being shaken up in the way it is, it’s crucial to grow our sense of belonging.

“And this project “Happy Hollerdays” is no different. It’s meant to help bring folks together and make ‘em feel like this is a place that they belong and are wanted. And in times of great need like the folks in western Kentucky have, it’s a big opportunity for us to help each other out,” said Sollee.

The compilation record including new releases and live performances is available to purchase as a digital download on the website - Bandcamp through February 1.

Cheri is a broadcast producer, anchor, reporter, announcer and talk show host with over 25 years of experience. For three years, she was the local host of Morning Edition on WMUB-FM at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Cheri produced and hosted local talk shows and news stories for the station for nine years. Prior to that, she produced and co-hosted a local talk show on WVXU, Cincinnati for nearly 15 years. Cheri has won numerous awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association, the Ohio and Kentucky Associated Press, and both the Cincinnati and Ohio chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists.
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