The Australian supergroup known as Drought Breakers came to fruition via indigenous musician Scott Darlow and an impressive line-up of mates.
Drought Breakers is Scott Darlow, Sarah McLeod, Adam Brand, Jack Jones and Dragon’s Todd Hunter.
The song Drought Breakers chose was (appropriately) a cover of Dragon’s Rain’.
The project took shape over a coffee between Darlow and Triple M Head of Content Fitz.
“I was having a coffee with Fitz, discussing my next release (currently recording with Mark Lizotte ) and Fitz mentioned that in times of political unrest, covers resonate well because people are scared, and want familiarity in the playlist,” Scott Darlow tells Noise11.com.
“I mentioned we (my band ) usually do one cover a set – and we were gonna do ‘Rain’ on the Under the Southern Stars run. He then got excited and said “Darlow. Go record it with some mates and we’ll (MMM) smash it, and donate all Proceeds to charity”.
“So I then coerced Sarah, jack, Todd and Adam into doing it. My mate Phil Gaudion who plays drums in my band tracked drums, and another mate Andy Sorenson tracked keys. I paid Adrian Hannan to Mix it and I paid Dave McNair (USA) to master it”.
“James Alexander (Zephyr Films) is doing the video for free.”
Darlow kicked off the project to raise money for Australia’s drought stricken farmers. All profits from the sale of the song go to Buy A Bale.
Darlow, a World Vision artist, started the project with keyboard player Andy Sorenson and drummer Phil Gaudion. Jack Jones was added for guitar and vocals, then came Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus and Adam Brand for more vocals. Finally, the song’s written Todd Hunter put on his bass.
Buy A Bale has delivered over 160,000 bales of hay across four Australian states to farmers in need.
Donations work like this:
$20 buys a small bale of hay and helps transport it to the affected areas
$60 buys 3 x $20 gift cards to help put food on the table
$100 buys a large bale of hay
$500 buys 5 large bales of hay
$1000 buys 10 large bales of hay
$5700 buys a single-trailer load of hay
$9500 buys a semi-trailer load of hay and transport it to an affected area. (up to 900 km)