It’s a bittersweet announcement for the band, as proceeds from the new project will be donated to the Jerry Wayne Chaney scholarship fund, named in honor of founding member and reso guitarist Chaney who passed away this past summer.
Guitarist and fellow founder David Carroll shared a few words about Jerry, the new album, and the scholarship fund.
“When we started this record over two years ago, none of us had any idea of the tragic loss that we would all suffer before it was even completed. On June 10th, 2010, we lost Jerry in a horrific automobile accident near his home in Irvine, at the young age of just 47 years.
Jerry was such an influential person and ambassador of good will, through music, and in life. His music touched so many, but his good will, love for his fellow mankind as well as the steadfast relationship he maintained with his God, those he knew, those he didn’t know, that boyish grin, and a extended hand offered countless times to a total stranger, that was his vessel of good will.
This album is a tribute to his musical legacy, and he will always remain a part of the music we are able to create going forward. His influence will always resonate throughout our music and our lives, just like the heartfelt notes that only he could summon from his beloved Sheerhorn Resonator Guitar.Through Kindred Records sales contributions to the Jerry Wayne Chaney Memorial Music Scholarship Fund will help a number of young folks follow their musical dreams for years and years to come.
I think the scholarship fund was the most wonderful thing that Jerry’s family could have possibly done to commemorate his musical accomplishments, but to also help others who share his love of music, while preserving the legacy of a wonderful musician, and a truly wonderful human being. If there is indeed music in Heaven, and I for one believe this to be true, you can rest assured that he’s right in the middle of it, smiling faces all around. Words cannot describe how he will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace Flub.”
The title track, featuring Jerry on lead vocals, will be released to radio in the next few weeks, with the full CD available soon online.