Since this February, The Contribution have been living up to their name and giving back with each song. They have been releasing one single a month, as sort of a mid-month pick-me-up since February 2017 and have partnered with a variety of nonprofits to which 100% of the profits from each single (sold as a digital download) will go to a charity (hand-picked by members of the band) in perpetuity.
The Contribution is the brainchild of Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth (violin, guitar, vocals) together with Phil Ferlino (keyboards, vocals) and Jeff Miller (guitar, vocals) of New Monsoon. Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident), has been the bass player from the band’s inception along with vocalist Sheryl Renee (The Black Swan Singers). The drum chair has been occupied by Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra), and currently Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic). Both Matt Butler and Duane Trucks appear on the band’s new record, Wilderness And Space. The full ten song album will be released on vinyl this Fall on LoHi Records and reveals the group’s love of 60s pop and soul coupled with their ability to flat-out shred.
They release their newest single “Dream Out In The Rain”on Friday, June 16 and it will benefit The Delaware Riverkeeper Network. This is a song about having the courage to dream and believing in yourself, with the lyrics “Don’t wait to start… Today’s the new tomorrow… Open your heart… And your story will follow.”
Tim Carbone tells Shows I Go To about how the nonprofits were selected, “I put it to the band at large and asked them, ‘What do you feel strongly about?’” The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is located nearby where Carbone is from and they do wonderful work in protecting the waterways, including the drinking water of nearly 17 Million people, throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed which includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.
Carbone continues, “Matt Butler said we should go for the Rex Foundation. Keith wanted Conscious Alliance, who I have also worked with before. Phil suggested Rock the Earth. I thought we would go with HeadCount because I am politically motivated. They don’t choose sides, they just encourage people to register to vote. When you don’t vote, bad things happen. I think we found that out.”
Tim says, “I wrote the words to ‘This Too Shall Pass’ for our guitar player Jeff after his mother passed away from breast cancer.” He says they did some searching and found BCEF, a Breast Cancer Emergency Fund in SF Bay area, to pair up with that song. LoHi Records labelmate, Jim Brooks, suggested Piedmont Land Conservatory as he has held events to raise money for them in the past to preserve natural and scenic lands, farms, and open spaces in Piedmont North Carolina. All songs were written and produced by Tim Carbone, Phil Ferlino, and Jeff Miller.
“Dream Out In The Rain” features Carbone, Miller, Ferlino with Sheryl Renee on background vocals, Keith Moseley on bass, and Matt Butler on drums. They also have a handful of special guests including Jay Rattman on saxophones and horn arrangement, Rick Chamberlain on trombone, Sean McAnally on trumpet. The song was recorded at Silo Sound Studio in Denver, CO and Engineered by Todd Divel. Additional recording by Don Sternaker at Mix-o-Lydian Studios, Delaware Water Gap, PA
Carbone says, “We feel blessed to be able to make this music and have it help people in need… and we would like to empower those who share our passion and provide a resource for them to take action with us.”
Wilderness And Space Songs & More About Each Non-Profit
“Back This Way” benefits Rex Foundation – Released 2/17
Listen to the Exclusive Stream Premiere at Relix Magazine
Created in 1983 by the Grateful Dead and Family, Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere. Rex Foundation has granted $8.9 million to over 1,200 recipients.
“The Great Boot” benefits Conscious Alliance – Released 3/17
Listen to the Exclusive Stream Premiere at Shows I Go To
Based in Boulder, Colo., Conscious Alliance operates through a three-tier approach: emergency food relief to communities across the United States; empowerment programs for youth in impoverished regions of the country; and nutrition, exercise and gardening education for youth in economically isolated Native American reservations. Conscious Alliance operates ongoing grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs by organizing food drives at concerts and music events.
“Passengers Of Darkness” benefits HeadCount – Released 4/21
Listen to the Exclusive Stream Premiere at Live For Live Music
HeadCount is a non-partisan, non-profit, organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. It is best known for registering voters at concerts – having signed up 450,000 voters since its launch in 2004 – and for the Participation Row social action villages at concerts and festivals which have raised over $1 million for various non-profit organizations.
“It Ain’t No Sin” benefits Rock the Earth – Released 5/19
Rock the Earth is an organizing platform supporting the LCV Education Fund’s work to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV Education Fund advocates for strong environmental protections, organizes communities to speak up about their environmental values and engages people in the democratic process in order to enact and protect strong environmental laws. By engaging artists, musicians and their fans in these efforts, Rock the Earth is inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders in communities across the country.
“Dream Out In The Rain” benefits The Delaware Riverkeeper Network – Released 6/16
Listen to the Exclusive Stream Premiere at NJArts
Established in 1988, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a nonprofit membership organization whose staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed area with the ultimate goal to protect and restore the Watershed for the benefit of all. They also work throughout the four states that comprise the Watershed including: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. At the federal level, they work on the issues, actions, regulations, legislation, policies, programs and decisions that impact the health of the Watershed.
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“This Too Shall Pass” benefits BCEF (Bay Area Breast Cancer Emergency Fund) – Releases 7/21
Since 2001, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF) has been the only Bay Area organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to low-income women and men battling breast cancer. To date, we have delivered over $3,000,000 in quick, compassionate care to help reduce financial hardship, improve quality of life and enable people focus on their health and their families.
“Wilderness And Space” benefits Piedmont Land Conservatory – Releases 8/18
Piedmont Land Conservancy protects the region’s natural lands, farms and waters for present and future generations. PLC connects people with nature. To date, PLC has protected nearly 23,000 acres of North Carolina’s Piedmont.
Released Singles Available Here → www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheContribution
The Contribution’s Newest Single, “Dream Out In The Rain” – Out 6/16
To Benefit The Delaware River Keeper
The Contribution Release New Music Throughout 2017
Singles to be released for seven months, with 100% of proceeds going to nonprofits
Rex Foundation, Conscious Alliance, HeadCount, Rock the Earth, The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, BCEF (Breast Cancer Emergency Fund in SF Bay area), and Piedmont Land Conservatory