Tara Linhardt has teamed up with Tim O’Brien, Abigail Washburn, and the Mountain Music Project in an effort to raise badly needed funds for the people in the mountains of Nepal who have been devastated by recent earthquakes in the Himalayan communities just north of India. The level of destruction there defies description, with entire towns and villages wiped out from one end of the country to the other.
Nepal is close to Tara’s heart, as she has spent many months traveling and living there, where she has many friends in their traditional music community. The film, Mountain Music Project, is about these cross-cultural music exchanges she and Danny Knicely orchestrated between traditional artists in the Blue Ridge and Himalayan cultures.
One of the songs included on the album that accompanies the film, where folk artists from Appalachia and Nepal collaborate on songs from both traditions, is My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains. Lead vocals are handled by Tim and Abby, blended with fiddles and guitars, and Nepalese percussion and flutes.
Now Mountain Music Project has arranged for all proceeds from the sale of this track (through iTunes and Amazon) to go to #WeHelpNepal, a charity that gives directly to locally-operated, peer-to-peer networks on the ground. To date, this organization has raised more than $350 million of their $480 million goal.