The photos displayed here and used on the album cover were collected from the wreckage of a neighborhood in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn by Andrew Ellis. The album and website design were created by Stereotonic.

     
     

The Storm is Passing Over

A Benefit Album by Mason Jar Music & Friends

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn-based collective Mason Jar Music has assembled an all-star collection of indie-folk artists to create The Storm is Passing Over, a benefit album of fifteen classic American storm songs. Donations exchanged for these recordings will go directly to support ongoing relief work in New York City and the tri-state area.

     
     

     
 
     

A Word from

Mason Jar Music

© Sasha Arutyunova

Though our own house and studio were unharmed by the storm, mere miles from our little corner of Brooklyn, homes were destroyed and lives were lost. As the people of New York City pulled together to support each other in this difficult time, we at MJM were reminded of the blessing of our own close-knit community of artists and musicians – a gift we hope to share through this project.

Much heartfelt thought and preparation went into the curation, performance, recording, and treatment of these songs. The resulting work is a labor of love inspired by the same challenges and the hope for rebirth that caused our predecessors to pen these songs during the storms that shook their own lives generations ago.

These 15 tracks were recorded and mixed over a two week period in December, 2012. Some artists recorded remotely from their homes and studios in Nashville, Portland, and Paris, but most came to record at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn. Together we workshopped new interpretations of classic songs, swapping ideas and experiences. Each track centers around a real performance, recorded live.

     
     

Selections from

The Storm is Passing Over

About

Occupy Sandy

Your donation will help fund Occupy Sandy’s continued emergency relief efforts, but also much needed long-term rebuilding projects in collaboration with the people and communities that have been affected. Together, we can rebuild and renew what has been lost.

Occupy Sandy is a coalition of organizations and individuals that have been mobilizing aid, resources, and volunteers to neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. They have been on the ground since the storm hit, establishing hubs for resource distribution and providing direct community support in the hardest hit areas of New York and New Jersey. They have successfully mobilized thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of resources to the people that need it the most, but their work and our work is not done.

     
     

How You Can

Donate & Download

Mason Jar Music, NoiseTrade, Stereotonic, and all the artists and musicians involved in this project have kindly offered their valuable time and services, and we encourage listeners to be as generous as they can. We have made the album available through NoiseTrade and directly from Mason Jar Music.  Literally 100% of the revenue from this project will go to the relief effort.

Help storm victims via Occupy Sandy with a donation fo $5 or more and receive a digital download of The Storm is Passing Over by Mason Jar Music & Friends.



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Victims of the storm share their stories of loss first hand.

Video by Nomadique.
Music by Crooked Still.

     
 
     

Song List

The Storm is Passing Over

Mason Jar Music & Friends

1Wayfaring Stranger – Lucius

2The Storm is Passing Over – Mason Jar Music & Friends

3The Storms Are On The Ocean – Aoife O’Donovan (w. Noam Pikelny & Paul Kowert)

4Didn’t It Rain – Emily Elbert

5Lonesome River – Rosanne Cash

6Mississippi Heavy Water Blues – Town Hall

7Midnight on the Stormy Deep – Flearoy

8 – Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Tift Merritt

9Backwater Blues – Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck

10Been In The Storm So Long – Piers Faccini

11Rising River Blues – Jus Post Bellum

12Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me – Ian Davis (of Relatives)

13When The Levee Breaks – Michael Daves

14I Ain’t Got No Home – Dawn Landes

15 - The Flood – The Gundersen Family

Produced by Mason Jar Music

MasonJarMusic.com

Recorded and mixed by Dan Knobler & Jon Seale at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY (unless otherwise noted)

Mastered by Alan Silverman (ArfMastering.com)

Website & album design remedied by Stereotonic.

Hand-lettering by Joseph Alessio.

     
     

Credits

1.  Wayfaring Stranger

Lucius

Jess Wolfe – Vocals
Holly Laessig – Vocals
Dan Molad – Drums
Andrew Burri – Guitar & Vocals
Jon Seale – Casio
Jason Burger – Auxiliary Percussion
Jake Sherman – Organ
Russell Durham – Violin
Char Prescott – Cello
MJM Community Choir – Hums

2.  The Storm is Passing Over

Mason Jar Music & Friends

Jon Seale – Vocals
Jenni Seale – Harmony Vocals
Margaret Glaspy – Vocals
Dan Knobler – Guitar
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Zack Rosen – Bass
Matt Porter – Piano
Jake Sherman – Organ
Lucius, Jus Post Bellum, Emily Elbert, Megan Lui, Benjamin Tobias, MJM Community Choir – Background Vocals

3. The Storms Are On The Ocean

Aoife O’Donovan (w. Noam Pikelny & Paul Kowert)

Aoife O’Donovan – Vocals & Guitar
Noam Pikelny – Banjo
Paul Kowert – Bass

4.  Didn’t It Rain

Emily Elbert

Emily Elbert – Vocals & Guitar
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Zack Rosen – Bass
Jake Sherman – Organ

5.  Lonesome River

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash – Vocals
Dan Knobler – Guitar
Jason Burger – Drums
Zack Rosen – Bass
Russell Durham – Fiddle
Jake Sherman – Organ
Aoife O’Donovan & Tift Merritt – Background Vocals

6.  Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

Town Hall

Stefan Weiner – Vocals & Guitar, Vibraphone, Accordion
Jesse Kranzler – Prepared Guitar, String Arrangement
Phoebe Holiday Ryan – Vocals
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Russell Durham – Violin
Char Prescott – Cello
Rebekah Durham – Viola
Jon Seale – Organ

7.  Midnight on the Stormy Deep

Flearoy

Jon Seale – Vocals
Dan Knobler – Guitars
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Zack Rosen – Bass
Matt Porter – Clavinet
Russell Durham – Background Vocals

     
     

8.  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Tift Merritt

Tift Merritt – Vocals & Piano
Dan Knobler – Guitar
Jon Seale – Bass
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Russell Durham – Fiddle

9.  Backwater Blues

Abigail Washburn & Béla Fleck

Abigail Washburn – Vocals & Banjo
Béla Fleck – Banjo

Recorded by: Richard Battaglia at Sanctuary Studios
Mixed by: Béla Fleck

10.  Been In The Storm So Long

Piers Faccini

Vocals & Percussion – Piers Faccini
Jake Sherman – Organ
Russell Durham – Viola
Char Prescott – Cello

Vocals & percussion recorded by Piers Faccini in the Cevennes, France

11.  Rising River Blues

Jus Post Bellum

Geoffrey Wilson – Vocals & Guitar
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion

12.  Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me

Ian Davis (of Relatives)

Ian Davis – Vocals & Guitar

13.  When The Levee Breaks

Michael Daves

Michael Daves – Vocals, Guitar, and Drums
Jon Seale – Bass
Jake Sherman – Organ

14.  I Ain’t Got No Home

Dawn Landes

Dawn Landes – Vocals & Swizzle Stick
Dan Knobler – Guitar
Jason Burger – Drums & Percussion
Zack Rosen – Bass
Jake Sherman – Organ

15.  The Flood

The Gundersen Family

Noah Gundersen – Vocals & Guitar
Abby Gundersen – Vocals & Fiddle
Jonathan Gundersen – Vocals
Elizabeth Gundersen – Vocals

Recorded by Clint Snow at Disjecta, Contemporary Art Center of Portland

MJM Community Choir is:

Jon Seale
Stefan Weiner
Russell Durham
Jimmy & Dave Chalk
Brittany Buongiorno