Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee have teamed up to release a special collection of songs and stories celebrating the legacy and future of Appalachia. Featuring Kentucky treasures like My Morning Jacket, Joan Shelley, Bonnie “Prince” Billie, and Heather Summers, as well as SofaBurn artists R.Ring and Jeremy Pinnell.
Kentuckians Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore teamed up to rally an incredible cast of musicians and storytellers for a massive 50+ track album to raise funds for Kentucky tornado relief. With contributions from internationally-known artists like My Morning Jacket and Bonnie “Prince” Billy to local treasures like Heather Summers of The Other Years, the compilation album is packed with new releases, b-sides, live recordings, and bedroom demos that will delight music fans and collectors, alike. Happy Hollerdays 2021 is available exclusively on Bandcamp for purchase as a digital download with all proceeds benefiting the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
From Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore:
“Happy Hollerdays 2021 was meant to be a few shows to begin an annual concert series celebrating and incorporating the very best of Kentucky’s and Appalachia’s music, literature, and dance, all while raising funds and awareness for important causes. This year, the beneficiary was set to be Kentucky Natural Lands Trust.
But things changed on the night of the first show, December 10th. Horrific storms swept across the state and the region. Many lives were lost, communities devastated. We weren’t sure whether or not to go on. The lands trust, to their enormous credit, was first to suggest that we divert the funds from the shows to storm relief efforts. The idea grew from there. By the 15th we’d decided to release recordings from the shows as a further fundraiser. Then we started sending messages out to friends asking if they’d like to contribute. Within 48 hours we had a staggering 52 tracks ranging from home recordings to live performances to phone demos to studio records.”
Check out Happy Hollerdays, available for a limited time here: