As the town of West continues to recover from the devastating April 17 fertilizer plant explosion, Texas musicians are lending a helping hand.
The 41-track compilation Songs for West, organized by Fort Worth native Luke Brawner, is available for download at noisetrade.com/songsforwest. Although the collection, which includes contributions from Kylie Rae Harris, Jackopierce and Folk Angel, is free to download, everyone who downloads Songs for West will be able to leave what Noisetrade calls a tip ($10 is suggested), and 100 percent of those proceeds will go to help the citizens of West get back on their feet, via the Baylor University West Relief Fund.
North Texas musicians -- from Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights and Somebodys Darling to the Os and Goodnight Ned -- are joining forces to help West at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Communities Foundation of Texas has aligned itself with other organizations to create the Texans for West Fund, which will be the recipient of proceeds from Sundays concert at Annette Strauss Square in downtown Dallas. Tickets are $20, and you can buy them in advance via attpac.org/west.
Willie Nelson is also helping West. The country legend, who turns 80 on Monday, has turned his previously scheduled Sunday performance at Austins the Backyard into a benefit for the West Volunteer Fire Department. West is just a few miles from my hometown of Abbott, Nelson said in a statement. I was born and raised here and it was my back yard growing up. This is my community. These friends and neighbors have always been and are still a part of my life. My heart is praying for the community that we call home.
The Randy Rogers Band will celebrate the release of its new album, Trouble, May 2 at Billy Bobs Texas. The show gets underway at 8 p.m. and the $15 admission includes a copy of the new Jay Joyce-produced LP. The Randy Rogers Band has also been added to the lineup for Willie Nelsons 4th of July Picnic, according to the Austin American-Statesman, along with Gary Allan, Dale Watson and Asleep at the Wheel.