Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Old school" meets "new school" in music world

It's rare that I have or will ever "cross channels" between this blog and my other personal blog, but in this case I can't resist because it does involve music, and it involves my musical friend Lester Chambers.

Lester Chambers and Alexis Ohanian
Lester -- a part of the iconic 1960s and early '70s rock/soul/psychedelic/gospel group The Chambers Brothers -- is part of an impressive drive to get some new music of his out there.  It's even more impressive to know that internet entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of the social news and entertainment website Reddit and an activist who played a key role in stopping SOPA legislation in Congress earlier this year, is helping to back up Lester's effort.

They're doing it by kicking off a fundraising drive through the Kickstarter public funding platform online.  The effort was launched Tuesday morning.

New music has already been recorded by Lester and his group The Mud Stompers.  The funding is designed to cover the expenses of recording a new album by Lester and The Mud Stompers, featuring members of the legendary Tower of Power horns and others.  Part of the proceeds from the new album will go toward the non-profit charity Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which has helped Lester himself through the years.

Organizers are hoping to raise at least $39,000 in order to record the album between now and January 9.

For more information, click on the link below to my article at the blog A View From The Middle (Class).

Alexis Ohanian:  Lester Chambers' "time has come"

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