Idlewild and Belle and Sebastian among Scottish artists featured on covers album raising funds for live music workers
- Megan Forsyth
- 28 October 2020
Some of Scotland's most beloved artists will cover songs with their crew members for the Whole Lotta Roadies benefit album
The music and live events industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on gatherings and events ultimately resulting in tours and festivals cancelled across the world. With little financial help available for those who work in the music industry, particularly the freelancers who make live events happen, many have now been left without any income for the better part of a year.
In an effort to help those who work in the live music sector in Scotland, The Fruit Tree Foundation has announced a new benefit album, Whole Lotta Roadies. The record will see some of Scotland's most beloved artists team up with their road crews to cover songs together to raise funds for the cause. Among the artists participating in the project are Idlewild, Belle and Sebastian, Twin Atlantic, The Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Fatherson, Emma Pollock, Honeyblood, The Rezillos and The Xcerts.
Idlewild guitarist and The Fruit Tree Foundation founder Rod Jones came up with the idea for Whole Lotta Roadies after witnessing first-hand the devastating effect that the pandemic was having on the music industry, particularly those who rely on live events for a living.
Jones said: 'The devastating impact Covid 19 has had on the music industry is well documented and few are far more affected than Live Crew. On speaking to members of our touring crew I realised how they were falling through the cracks in government funding and with no gigs and tours upcoming the outlook for them was bleak. I wanted to try and find a way to support them and the wider Scottish Live Crew industry. Knowing how many crew members are also very talented musicians in their own right I thought it would be fitting for them to showcase this by covering songs of the bands they have been working with over the years, and releasing an album of this to create a hardship fund and also awareness of their situation.'
Fans had the opportunity to vote on social media for the songs they wanted to see their favourite Scottish artists and roadie teams cover. With the songs now selected, recording sessions will take place over the next few weeks. The benefit album is set to be released on Fri 11 Dec and fans can support the cause by pre-ordering the digital album on Bandcamp now.
Jones added: 'The support from bands and for this project has been amazing and with singers from each one singing on the cover versions we hope to create a really special album to celebrate and support the people behind the shows that we all love to play and go to, without them the music industry and artists would be lost.'
Whole Lotta Roadies will be released on Fri 11 Dec and is available for pre-order on Bandcamp now.