Listen – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: “Treasure Map”

From Benefit Record to Support The Southern Poverty Law Center

Feb 21, 2017 Bookmark and Share


Honestly, I would follow Will Oldham and his acoustic guitar anywhere it took me, especially towards a good cause. Oxford, Mississippi's The End of All Music record store is releasing a benefit record to support The Southern Poverty Law Center, out May 5th, and it features another campfire haunt from Oldham, under his recording moniker, Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Listen to "Treasure Map" below. 

The press release describes more about the benefit record: "The 12-inch EP features new songs from Patterson Hood (Drive-by Truckers), Bonnie 'Prince' BillyWilliam Tyler, and Adam Torres, while the record's artwork is composed of photographs taken from Maude Schuyler Clay's book, Mississippi History, which was published by Steidl in 2015. The record will contain four tracks on the A-side and a "Resist Fear. Assist Love" etching by artist Nathaniel Russell as the B-side, and is being pressed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies - with the first 500 copies on colored vinyl. It will only be available for purchase through The End Of All Music website and at the brick and mortar store in Oxford. 

All profits from the sale of this record will go directly to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the donation period for this project will remain open until the record sells out. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, they work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. For more info on the SPLC, check out their website here."
 
"Treasure Map" is another profound, individual piece of folk songwriting from the form's Pied Piper, Oldham. Raspy, weathered lyrics like these drive it home: "I get my strength from all the love that comes my way/ And if we're brave it's that we have the chance to say/ I own this moment and keep lonliness at bay/ By giving all of what I can during my stay.." Thanks, Will. Thanks, The End of All Music. 



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Richard Keefe
February 22nd 2017
7:46am

“...All profits will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

According to online tax records released last week, the SPLC received more than $58 million in donations last year, against operating costs of $45 million, leaving the company with a $13 million “non-profit” for the year.

During the same period the SPLC’s unrestricted cash endowment grew from $302 million to $319 milion.

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/990_103116.pdf

According to Charity Navigator, the SPLC could keep its doors wide open for the next seven years without raising another dime. If you strip out the 42% of the budget the company spends on fundraising each year, the SPLC could “live off the interest” from its cash endowment indefinitely.

http://wp.me/pCLYZ-pX

In short, the SPLC doesn’t need the money at the moment. Your local food bank, women’s shelter, free medical clinic, even your local SPCA could do so much more with your gift.

Give locally, where the need is greater and where you can see the results firsthand.

John
October 21st 2017
4:58am

Thanks for this info!