Chattanooga, Tn –
This week's Free Lunch will be a two-disc compilation album called Respond II. The album features an assortment of previously unreleased material from Grammy-nominated, female performers.
The album is a follow-up to the acclaimed 1999 release of Respond, that raised over $125, 000 for RESPOND, Inc.
RESPOND, Inc. serves thousands of women each year by providing emergency shelter, individual and group counseling sessions, a 24-hour hotline, children's services and outreach, and a teen dating violence intervention program. The organization has been active since 1974 and is working to end domestic violence.
Also benefiting from the release of Respond II is the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), the nation's premier organization working to prevent abuse.
Respond II will be played on both Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 13 at noon and features a bevy of performers. Artists such as Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Patty Griffin, The Indigo Girls, and Aimee Mann perform. And that's just on the first CD. The 32-song collection brings the likes of Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, and Neko Case, together for the first time.
Several standout songs on Respond II are I Wish I Was the Moon, by Neko Case and Bebel Gilberto's Sem Contencao.
However, all of the songs featured on Respond II are unique and worthy of listen.
Especially those by some lesser known artists such as Odetta with her song You Gotta Know How and Julie Miller's Too Many Troubles.
With the success of the first Respond compilation album in 1999, the Editor-in-Chief of Billboard magazine, Timothy White, named it his favorite album of the year and One of the most important and courageous records of the decade. When White passed away in 2002 of an apparent heart attack, the individuals at RESPOND and Signature Sounds records, dedicated Respond II to the memory of Mr. White.
For more information on Respond II or the RESPOND organization, go to www.respondproject.com