The Contribution album cover
02/08/17

The Contribution Supports Rex With ‘Back This Way’

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Tim Carbone, Phil Ferlino, Jeff Miller, Keith Moseley, Sheryl Renee, Matt Butler, and Duane Trucks—AKA The Contribution—join musical forces to release their second album, Wilderness and Space, on LoHi Records. Over the next several months, they’ll be releasing tracks one at a time. The first track, “Back This Way,” is due for release February 17—and its proceeds will be donated to the Rex Foundation. The track was recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA and engineered by Rick Vargas.

Individually the members of The Contribution have been advocates and activists for various environmental and social causes. Now they have thought of a way to meld the two worlds the band holds dear.  Since they are in other touring bands and cannot really get on the road together that often, they came up with this unique idea; Carbone wanted to find a way to live up to the band’s name. This is what they cooked up as a way to keep it going and give back in the process.

The group selected a handful of organizations to partner with and are excited to kick things off with Rex Foundation.

“For more than 30 years, the Rex Foundation has funded organizations most people might never have heard of, but all of whom do meaningful work that we find important. I believe that these same groups need all of us now more than ever, and I doubt there could be any better way to celebrate their work than by coming together with songs in the air and spirits held high,” says Rex Foundation Executive Director Cameron Sears.

Carbone says, “We feel blessed to be able to make this music and have it help people in need… and we would like to empower those who share our passion and provide a resource for them to take action with us.”

“Back This Way” is a duet sung as a conversation between a man and a woman whose relationship is suffering because the man is always away from home. He could be a musician or a traveling salesman (kind of the same thing) or in the military. It’s an argument that somehow, through love, turns out well. Carbone and Renee take the lead on vocals, backed by Miller, Ferlino, and Mosely, with Matt Butler holding it down on the drums.

Watch this space for details!