Eight years after the release of the first such volume benefiting homeless youth non-profit Outside In, Kevin Moyer's Live From Nowhere Near You Vol. II is out next week on local label Greyday. From the looks of things, there may have been a reason it took so long for a second edition to arrive. Alongside street musicians you've likely never heard, the sprawling 3-disc set boasts an impressive array of familiar names, including Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes & Britt Daniel, The Helio Sequence, The Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, James Mercer, Eddie Vedder, Blue Giant and still more.
As you might guess from the personnel, things come down heavily on the pop/rock side of things, but not excusively so. Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale contributed several original piano pieces and also collaborated with bandmate and cellist Brant Taylor on a version of Manuel de Falla's "Nana."
Moyer describes them thusly: "These songs are sprinkled throughout the three CD benefit concept album, often as interludes. Thomas Lauderdale contributed about 40 some tracks of audio for consideration to be included on the project. The audio was also used within a movie called Our City Dreams that he did the score for."
From the sounds of things, these will go a long way in adding a degree of gravity and meditation to the collection. Have a listen...