More than 60 artists will participate in the Food for Love livestream, which takes place on February 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern time on YouTube. The stream benefits the New Mexico Association of Food Banks, which provides meals for every county, Native American nation and pueblo in New Mexico. The show will feature performances from David Byrne, Kurt Vile, Steve Earle, Inara George, Jackson Browne, John Doe, Terry Allen, The Chicks, Lyle Lovett and more. Additionally, the livestream will feature guest appearances from the likes of George R.R. Martin, Gov. Bill Richardson, Ali MacGraw and more.
Byrne has also shared a playlist featuring many of the artists participating in the livestream, along with a statement about the show and the playlist.
“Now for some folks my connection to these musicians might seem a little odd – we don’t exactly make the same kind of music – but I sense there exists some mutual appreciation,” Byrne says. “It’s certainly there from my end… I met Terry Allen, the artist and musician who helped put this together, in the mid eighties when I was making the True Stories movie. I love his music (and artwork). Terry often works within this vaguely country/Americana musical style, but he’s definitely on the artier end of the spectrum. Through him, I soon got to know fellow Lubbock alumni The Flatlanders – Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. All great songwriters. Terry sent me a cassette with Steve Earle’s song “Billy Austin”, and eventually Earle and his then wife ended up singing on my Here Lies Love score. Alejandro Escovedo was in a punk band The Nuns, and Joe Strummer of the Clash and Joe Ely were close friends. A lot of boundaries get crossed with this crowd. So my being part of this is maybe not as surprising as folks might think.”
Check out the full lineup on the poster above and at the Food for Love website.