Burlap to Cashmere Partners with WhyHunger, Self-Titled Project Releases July 19
Folk-rock pioneers Burlap to Cashmere, reenergized and making music again after a decade-long hiatus, has partnered with WhyHunger (the brainchild of the late Harry Chapin), a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, for a series of initiatives aimed at eliminating hunger in America.
Growing up in New Jersey, Burlap to Cashmere frontman Steven Delopoulos had many musical and social inspirations, not the least of which being Chapin, the man behind not only classic tunes like “Cat’s In The Cradle” but also a longtime advocate for the homeless and hungry.
“I grew up listening to Harry’s music; he’s the reason I started writing songs,” shares Delopoulos. “When we launched into conversations about this record, we wanted to be intentional about everything. Naturally, that spilled over into the areas of how we’d use our platform for advocacy. There really wasn’t any question. It had to be WhyHunger.”
Chapin’s drive to end hunger led him to help create World Hunger Year in 1975. His unprecedented commitment set him apart from other musicians. In order to help build up the organization, Harry donated funds from every other concert performance until his passing in an automobile accident in 1981.
Since then, and under the guidance of co-founder/executive director Bill Ayers, World Hunger Year has morphed into WhyHunger and launched programs such as the National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY); the Grassroots Action Network; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R., and now, Burlap to Cashmere.
“From my first conversation with Steven, I knew Burlap to Cashmere would be a great fit for our artist program,” shares WhyHunger’s Hillary Zuckerberg, director of artists against hunger & poverty. “This band, and Steven in particular, has a passion for eliminating hunger worldwide and we’re proud to align with them in our ongoing efforts on national and grassroots levels.”
WhyHunger will have a presence at upcoming Burlap to Cashmere shows, and the band will take part in a number of online and social media campaigns designed to raise awareness for the organization. Additionally, Delopoulos and bandmates John Philippidis (guitar) and Theodore Pagano (drums) will visit various grassroots partners of WhyHunger not only to lend a hand, but to continue to grasp the challenge of hunger facing too many American citizens.
Burlap to Cashmere’s new self-titled album, featuring the single “Build A Wall” (now at AAA radio) will release July 19, three days after the 30th anniversary of Harry Chapin’s death.Burlap to Cashmere Partners with WhyHunger, Self-Titled Project Releases July 19
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