HUMMINGBIRDS & HELICOPTERS

A Compilation of Classic Gulf Coast Covers Songs to Benefit South Texas

Hummingbirds and Helicopters Vol. 1: A Benefit for South Texas is the first installment in a series of disaster relief benefit albums spearheaded by avant-folk luminary Jolie Holland. In response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Holland (a native Houstonian) organized a group of artists—a group both eclectic and cohesive within the larger lexicon of American song—to record classic Gulf Coast songs. The album’s 11 tracks include Holland’s atmospheric, emotionally potent cover of Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927” (featuring Thor and Friends), a warm interpretation of Mickey Newbury’s “If You Ever Get to Houston” led by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Dean Ween’s cover of “Galveston” by Jimmy Webb (popularized by Glen Campbell), and Big Thief’s beautifully sparse version of Twain’s “High Tide”.
 
Album proceeds will be donated to the UN award-winning The Schoolbox Project, a 501c3 non-profit that provides trauma-informed care for children rendered homeless or without access to education due to the deluge. With Hummingbirds & Helicopters Vol. 1, Holland has not only orchestrated a timely charitable work, but has curated a gorgeous homage to Gulf Coast musical culture that will ensnare fans of country, folk, experimental music and beyond.
 
cover art by Talia Gavish

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track listing:

1) Louisiana 1927 by Jolie Holland with Thor and Friends
written by Randy Newman

2) Galveston by The Dean Ween Group
written by Jimmy Webb

3) If You Ever Get To Houston by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Joan Shelley, Elsa Hansen Oldham and Nathan Salsburg
written by Mickey Newbury

4) One Day At A Time by Sam Cohen
written by Willie Nelson

5) Are You Down by Iva Dawn
written by Lucinda Williams

6) Before the Deluge by Ryan Pollie
written by Jackson Browne

7) To Live Is To Fly by Arrica Rose & the …’s
written by Townes Van Zandt

8) High Tide by Big Thief
written by Twain

9) Flood Blues by Myshkin Warbler
written by Sippie Wallace

10) The Night's Too Long by Laura Freeman
written by Lucinda Williams

11) Southern Accents by Leslie Stevens  
written by Tom Petty

12) If I Needed You by Snickers
written by Townes Van Zandt

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