Rim country musicians are carrying on a tradition of charity with the upcoming release of a locally recorded compact disk to benefit a food distribution program for the needy. The CD, "All the Kings Horses," is a compilation of works by area artists.
"We chose to do the CD for the Raising Hands after talking to Rob (Huckabay, executive director) and realized what a tremendous need there was up here for the work they do," said John Scott, who owns and operates Earthtone Creations Music Production & Publishing with Sean Markey. The company produced the CD.
Earthtone Creations Music Production & Publishing is an Arizona-based production company that is designed by musicians and run by musicians for musicians.
A pre-release party for the CD, a fund-raiser and food drive, is planned at Payson's Buffalo Bar & Grill from 6 p.m. until closing, Friday, May 7.
Live music will be provided by Carey Slade, the John Scott Band, John Carpino and special guests. There will be prizes donated by local businesses raffled during the evening, as well as a 50-50 cash raffle. A can of food will be rewarded with a dollar off the donor's first raffle ticket.
The Buffalo will have drink specials and giveaways. The outdoor beer garden will also open for the event, starting at 5 p.m. Ribs and chicken with all the fixings will be available for $6.95 a plate, a portion of which goes to Raising the Hands, Inc., a food distribution program for those in need.
All proceeds from the raffles will go to fund the duplication and printing of the CD. The CD will be released the first week of June and all proceeds from the sale will go to Raising the Hands, Inc., in partnership with St. Mary's Food Bank.
Recently, Raising the Hands, Inc., in partnership with St. Mary's, had a food drop-off totalling 24,000 pounds of food, which was distributed in 2-1/2 hours, illustrating the need for this organization.