In June of 2004 North Carolina producer and musician John Plymale’s 2 1/2 year old daughter Allie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a life shortening genetic disease. The facts of the disease are devastating—the median age for survival for a person with CF is only 33 years.
Once Allie’s care and ongoing therapy began, John felt compelled to do more and wanted to tap into his relationships producing (Superchunk, Meat Puppets, Squirrel Nut Zippers) and playing (Pressure Boys, Sex Police) music over the past twenty years to try to create something positive out of the situation. A few calls and emails later, the idea of a North Carolina covers record was born and songs from friends in the regional music community came pouring in.
The result is Songs For Sixty Five Roses, a benefit CD for Cystic Fibrosis that features exclusive recordings of NC artists covering songs by fellow NC artists. The idea was clever and the music is extraordinary. Two Dollar Pistols honky tonky up Superchunk’s “Driveway to Driveway”. Eric Bachmann (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers) deconstructs Let’s Active’s “Every Word Means No”. Tift Merritt spotlights Stillhouse’s “It’s The Shame”. Portastatic tackles Ryan Adams’ “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. Jason Ross from Seven Mary Three reworks Superchunk’s “Mower”. Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five), Tom Maxwell (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and Ken Mosher (Squirrel Nut Zippers) resurrect the local classic “Buddha Buddha”.
Songs For Sixty Five Roses both unites the regional music scene and shines a spotlight on some incredible songs and artists, all the while bringing visibility to and raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. 100% of the albums proceeds will go to the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and all artists and project coordinators are donating royalties and services to this special project.