From an American Laundromat Press Release. I’m always happy to hear this kind of stuff; it’s a great cause, and a fantastic tribute album!

“Cinnamon Girl – Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity” Raises Over $22K for Breast Cancer Charity

Mystic, CT – October 1, 2008; the American Laundromat Records produced benefit CD “Cinnamon Girl – Women Artists Cover Neil Young For Charity” is the labels best-selling record in history and has raised over $22K for “Casting For Recovery”, a national non-profit support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer. The Double-CD focuses on Neil Young’s early work (1969 – 1979) and features 21 new cover versions of Neil’s most popular songs by artists Tanya Donelly, Britta Phillips, Lori McKenna, Jill Sobule with John Doe, Josie Cotton, Kristin Hersh, The Watson Twins, Darcie Miner, Elk City and many more.

“This was a personal project for the label and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. To raise over $22K for the charity in 9 months is pretty spectacular for us. To put things in perspective, American Laundromat Records is basically a one-man operation run out of my tiny basement in Connecticut as a hobby (I have a day job). The project has raised a lot of awareness for the charity and many women have benefited greatly as a result.”

“Cinnamon Girl” was produced by Joe Spadaro (American Laundromat Records founder & president) in loving memory of his mother Norine R. Spadaro who passed on in July of 2005 after a 6-year battle with breast cancer. All the artists generously donated their time and talent to the project and proceeds are donated to Casting For Recovery, a national non-profit charity that provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn fly-fishing, “a sport for life.” The weekend retreats incorporate counseling, educational services and the sport of fly-fishing to promote mental and physical healing. Founded in 1996, Casting for Recovery has been offering free retreats across the country. They rely on local volunteers and organizations to support their community based retreats.

iTunes downloads make up the majority of overall “Cinnamon Girl” sales. The top ten downloads follow:

01. Heart of Gold – performed by Tanya Donelly
02. The Needle and the Damage Done – performed by Lori McKenna
03. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – performed by Amilia K. Spicer
04. Cinnamon Girl – performed by Euro-Trash Girl
05. Ohio (slow version) – performed by Dala
06. Down By The River – performed by Jill Sobule (with John Doe)
07. Helpless – performed by Elk City
08. Ohio (rockin’ version) – performed by Darcie Miner
09. Cowgirl in the Sand – performed by Josie Cotton
10. Comes A Time – performed by Kate York

“Cinnamon Girl” is available worldwide and through all online outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc. Sales continue to be strong and the label expects to donate another $3K by years-end.

American Laundromat Records is an indie-rock label based out of Southeastern, CT. Founded in April of 2004 by Joe Spadaro the label is best known for their popular 2005 compilation “High School Reunion – a tribute to those great 80’s films” which featured indie-rockers Frank Black, Kristin Hersh, Matthew Sweet, The Dresden Dolls and others covering beloved tunes from some of the 80’s most popular teen films. All Music Guide called the tribute “One of the finest tributes ever amassed!” Upcoming American Laundromat projects include the January 2009 slotted release “Just Like Heaven – a tribute to The Cure” featuring The Wedding Present, Dean & Britta, The Submarines, The Rosebuds, The Brunettes, Tanya Donelly, The Poems and others covering the Cure’s most popular songs.

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