Sloane Spencer, producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio program Country Fried Rock, has announced September 24 as the release date of the second volume of “For Nuci’s Space,” an ongoing album project to help prevent musician suicide.
All proceeds from the album sales will be donated to Nuci’s Space, a Georgia-based program designed to help prevent musician suicide by removing barriers to mental health care, providing substance abuse services and primary care, and working with other existing providers and networks to help musicians. The organization was started in memory of Nuci Phillips, a talented musician and promising student who, at the age of 22, killed himself after a long battle with major depression. More at Nuci.org.
Volume 1, released in 2012, featured contributions from sixteen of the most exciting under-the-radar artists on the American roots music scene, including the original BloodKin song “Henry Parsons Died” made world famous by Widespread Panic. That album had over 2,000 downloads in one year and was featured in national and international media reports.
At press time, confirmed acts for Volume 2 included Grammy nominee Michelle Malone, Robert Earl Reed, The District Attorneys, American Aquarium, Mark Cunningham, Humming House, and Grammy nominee Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy (former Drive-by-Trucker). The updated lineup will be posted at CountryFriedRock.org.
“When I would hear about yet another musician taking their own life, I knew there must be something more that I could do than just post ‘Tragic’ on Facebook. I’m from Georgia, and the music that originated in Athens and Atlanta formed my musical foundation, so when I discovered Nuci’s Space, I realized that an album compilation project to benefit them would allow me to give back to the music community. It would also share great music with my listeners in a way that would also let them support this important organization.”
The photograph by Louise Dargan Thompson that graces the cover of Volume 2 is of a Namibian elephant. When asked why she used that as the cover illustration, Spencer said, “I chose a closeup of the elephant to highlight that we often see something and cannot quite identify it right way, much like depression in a friend—or even ourselves. Musician suicide, and its corollary, inadequate mental health care for musicians, is the elephant in the room. We need to face up to it and work hard to keep musicians–and their music–alive.”
Advance orders for Country Fried Rock’s “For Nuci’s Space, Volume 2, are being taken now via this link on the show’s website. The first 100 pre-orders will receive a free download of Volume 1 of Country Fried Rock’s “For Nuci’s Space.”
For Immediate Support: Please contact suicidepreventionlifeline.org for online chat support or call toll-free 800-273-8255.
Sloane Spencer takes listeners on a one-hour, weekly radio road trip that features some of the most exciting off-the-radar artists talking about, and playing, the music that moves them. Since its origins in 2010 as a music blog, then later as an Internet radio station, and now as a syndicated weekly radio program, Country Fried Rock has quickly risen to influential status among music fans, radio listeners, and musicians themselves. In addition to hosting the show, Sloane Spencer frequently contributes to No Depression, CMT Edge, The Bluegrass Situation, South Sounds Review, and the South Carolina Music Guide. Country Fried Rock, which recently celebrated its 200th episode, recently began a syndication expansion drive and has already added a number of new stations to their team.
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