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Musicians Help Gulf Coast in Forgotten But Not Gone

Forgotten but Not Gone

Marty Stuart, Steve Earle, Lee Roy Parnell, Bonny Bramlett (Delanie and Bonny), Tony Joe White, Delbert McClinton, Jon Justice, Steve Azar, and more contribute to the limited-edition album, Forgotten but Not Gone (www.forgotten-but-not-gone.org). The new album was created to help restore the homes, communities and dignity of tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents still displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The all-volunteer album draws attention to the plight of those still living in temporary housing four years after the most destructive natural disaster in our nation's history devastated New Orleans and much of coastal Mississippi. But, characteristic of the region's spirit, the album also celebrates the colorful history and defiant determination of those who call the Gulf Coast home.

The project is the brainchild of three friends active in the Nashville music industry: singer/songwriter Ric Kipp, producer/multi-instrumentalist Phillip Wolfe, and executive producer Rebecca Wolfe. The three were moved to action by the personal experiences of Kipp, a New Orleans native who saw the landscape of his childhood swept away by Katrina.

"At first I felt paralyzed by all the destruction," he said. "But then, when time passed and the outside volunteers went home and there were still so many people with only primitive, temporary shelter, I started asking myself what I could do to change things."

The answer, developed and brought to life with the Wolfes, was the formation of a nonprofit organization - Gulf Coast Relief, Inc. - for the creation of Forgotten but Not Gone. Those two groups are the New Orleans Office of Disaster Response (ODR), an arm of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana (www.ecs.edola.org), and Camp Coast Care (www.campcoastcare.com), a project of Lutheran-Episcopal Services of Mississippi. Both are volunteer organizations that, while faith-based, serve their communities without regard to religious affiliation.

Active in rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes with the combined help of volunteers and professional contractors, ODR/ECS has rebuilt 55 houses in New Orleans since 2006 and gutted an additional 900, at a value of $12.6 million. The organization also provides case management services to 2,500 households, focusing on those most in need of assistance - the elderly, the disabled, and households with young children.

Forgotten But Not Gone can be purchased as a 19-track, limited-edition hardcopy CD through the album's Web site (www.forgotten-but-not-gone.org) or from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/cd/various394) for $14.99 plus shipping, handling, and applicable sales taxes. CD Baby also offers options for digitally downloading the album and individual tracks. The album may also be obtained by sending a check or money order for $18 per CD to Gulf Coast Relief, Inc., P.O. Box 597, Hermitage, TN 37076. All proceeds will be equally divided between Episcopal Community Services of New Orleans and Camp Coast Care in Mississippi.

For more information about any aspect of the Forgotten but Not Gone project, contact Rebecca Wolfe email rebeccawolfe@earthlink.net, or visit www.forgotten-but-not-gone.org

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