My Hometown: A Tribute to NJ is a collection of songs originally recorded by NJ artists – covered by an eclectic mix of super talented indie bands. Fans can order the CD today at the label’s website and download the full album.
“It’s amazing how much good music came from our little state!” So says Mick Chorba, FDR label founder and president. Chorba adds, “What is amazing is how many great artists aren’t even covered here – this could be volume one of a series of 10 and we wouldn’t run out of great tunes.”
FDR Label has released a series of highly successful tribute compilations including FDR’s Tribute to the Who, a Pop Tribute to the Replacements, an 80’s movie tribute CD called High School Reunion, and a CD featuring songs with girls’ names in the title called About a Girl.
Contributing artists have included Guided By Voices, Mathew Sweet, Pat Dinizio (Smithereens), Frank Black (Pixies), Dresden Dolls, and many more including Chorba’s own bands – The Dipsomaniacs and The Successful Failures as well as FDR label regulars Taggart and Bastards of Melody. Chorba looks to continue this winning formula – this time honoring his home state.
For this collection, no song or band was too obvious or too obscure. The great NJ band The Grip Weedsunearthed contributed a classic tune by the Knickerbockers, while Trenton’s The Cryptkeeper Five kicked the dust off the Springsteen anthem “No Surrender”. The Successful Failures paid homage to an early-album Fountains of Wayne song while Cliff Hillis and Steve Butler (Smash Palace) actually recruited a Smithereen (bass player Severo) to record the Simthereen’s pop tune “Listen to Me Girl”. The full track listing is available on the FDR Label site.
The label plans to celebrate the CD with a blow-out bash at The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ TONIGHT, Friday, July 26th. Artists performing at the show include The Successful Failures, The Cryptkeeper Five, Janet LaBelle, The Paper Jets, and more. The show begins at 7:30pm with tickets at $12.00.
My Hometown: A Tribute to NJ will be available to purchase directly from the label at www.fdrlabel.com. The CD will also be available for purchase from iTunes, Amazon.com, and most online music vendors. Locally, the physical CD can be purchased at the Tunes Record stores, The Record Collector, and the Princeton Record Exchange.