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Immigrant Families Together is a foundation dedicated to reuniting and supporting immigrant families separated at the US/Mexico border and supporting border partners with critical needs. In addition to paying bonds for detained immigrants, IFT provides legal counsel, medical, housing, food security, transportation, clothing and assistance to partner organizations at the border. Since June 2018, IFT has spent $710,500 on bonds, freeing 85 people, representing more than 25 detention centers and seven countries of origin. 

Thanks to donations from all twelve musicians, cover artist Brian Stauffer, mastering engineer Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound (Oakland CA), PR firm Baby Robot (LA), and us here at Whistle Pig, we are able to provide 100% of your purchase price as a donation to Immigrant Families Together. Name your price and please be as generous as you're able to be! 

** Please note, if you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, donate here instead and then email your donation receipt to annie@anniebacon.me to receive the music**

FOR A BETTER LIFE

WhistlePig Records has announced a December 3rd release of For A Better Life - folk/Americana compilation album exclusively for sale on the label website, with 100% of proceeds to benefit Immigrant Families Together (IFT) in perpetuity. The record features contributions from twelve artists from across the U.S. and is being released in tandem with Giving Tuesday 2019. 

Immigrant Families Together formed when a group of American mothers came together to raise bond funds for Yeni Gonzalez, an immigrant mother from Guatemala whose three children were taken by ICE agents and transported to New York. The volunteer-run group works fast to provide bonds, living expenses, medical, legal, and supporting urgent needs of like minded organizations and our operating infrastructure. Since June 2018, IFT has spent $710,500 on bonds, freeing 85 people, representing more than 25 detention centers and seven countries of origin. 

Horrified by the unconscionable separation of children and families at the U.S. borders over the last few years, twelve indie-folk/Americana musicians independently created songs of protest, empathy, and hope. A compilation of these songs, For A Better Life, will be released December 3rd (Giving Tuesday) on Detroit-based Whistle Pig Records, with all proceeds going to Immigrant Families Together. 

The compilation brings together sounds from across the Americana spectrum - with folk sing/songwriter, folk-rock, and indie-rock featuring prominently. From the sparse desperation of Annie Bacon’s title track, begging “what would you honestly do?”, to the lush orchestration of Cloud Like Steps’ “Tangerine Dawn” -- the compilation demands consideration. 

The musicians, including Pete Donnelly (The Figs), world musician Morley, and Jimbo Scott (Poor Man’s Whiskey), come from all over the country. They have individually garnered praise from NPR, Paste, Billboard, No Depression, PopMatters, Maria Popova, Elle, and the New York Times. They have toured with Suzanne Vega, They Might be Giants, Josh Ritter, Sam Amidon, Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, Grace Potter, Ra Ra Riot, Junior Brown, Taylor Mac, and performed for such world leaders as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Ban Ki-moon. 

To set up an interview with any artists involved with the project, or to request any further media assets, please contact Baby Robot Media Publicist Frank Keith (frankkeith@babyrobotmedia.com)

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CREDITS:

01 Annie Bacon “For a better life” 

Written by Annie Bacon / oshen music (ASCAP) 
www.anniebacon.me  
Guitar & vocals: Annie Bacon
Bass: Paul Defiglia
Engineered & mixed by Paul Defiglia at Sensitive Sound, Nashville TN 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

02 the ‘Mericans “Climbing Fences”

written by; produced by; recorded by: Chris Daltry 
performed by: the 'Mericans 
https://themericans.com/  
Chris Daltry - Vocals, Guitar 
Kris Smith-Lavoie - Vocals. Drums 
Evan Sicuranza - Bass  
recorded at: At Home Recording Studio  
ttps://www.facebook.com/AtHomeRecording/  
mixed by Pete Donnelly at Katonah Row Recording Studio https://www.facebook.com/KatonahRow/   
Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

03 Megan Keely “Define American” 

Written by Megan Keely  www.megankeely.com  
Megan Keely: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals 
Brandon Keely: Bass 
Gabe Witcher: Drums, Percussion 
Steve Wyreman: Electric Guitars, Hammond Organ 
Engineer: Kevin Smith 
Assistant Engineer: Grant Blackstock 
Define American (Produced & Arranged by Brandon Keely, Gabe Witcher, and Megan Keely) 
Recorded at Groove Masters in Santa Monica, CA 
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

04 Emily Zisman “Bottle & Bowl” 

Written by Emily Zisman 
www.emilyzisman.com  
Vocals: Emily Zisman 
Acoustic Guitar: Emily Zisman  
Pedal Steel Guitar: Marty Atkinson 
Mixed and produced by Ryan Avery 
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 
05 Charlie Mosbrook “Abandoned Big Box Store” 
Written by Charlie Mosbrook 
www.charliemosbrook.com  
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

06 Ryan Trager “Eyelids Open Wide” 

Written and Performed by Ryan Trager 
www.ryantrager.com  
Produced and Mixed by John Katona  
Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

07 Audrey Ryan “Coyote” 

Written by Audrey Ryan 
www.audreyryan.com  
Audrey Ryan- vocals, guitar, vibraphone, percussion 
Steve Brodsky- melodica 
From “Buggy Spells”  
Engineered/Produced by Steve Brodsky 
Mixed by Drew Arndt & Steve Brodsky 
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

08 Dyrty Byrds “Beatiful Trip” 

Written by Eric Martinez 
www.dyrtybyrds.org  
Guitar, vocals, bass, drums- Eric Martinez 
Vocals- Tori Pater 
Vocals- Micah Munro 
Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

09 Pete Donnelly “American Town 

American Town (Donnelly) BMI (c) 2014 
www.petedonnellymusic.com  
Produced and Engineered by Pete Donnelly at Westmont Station, Haddon Township NJ 
Drums - Fred Berman  
Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals - Pete Donnelly  
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

  

10 Jimbo Scott “Live Free” 

By Jimbo Scott 
www.jimboscottmusic.com   
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

11 Morley “Dreamers only dream (DACA song) 

Written by Morley 
www.morleymusic.org  
vocals and acoustic guitar: morley 
ctric guitar: chris bruce 
Remastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA 

 

12 Cloud Like Steps “Tangerine Dawn” 

Written by April Gee 
Produced by Justin Jayankura  
Mastered by Piper Payne at Infrasonic Sound, Oakland CA

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