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NC artists record cover album to benefit Cat's Cradle

Posted July 28, 2020 3:33 p.m. EDT

Cover Charge: NC Artists Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat's Cradle

— A group of North Carolina artists have recorded an album to help benefit beloved music venue Cat's Cradle.

"Cover Charge: NC Artists Go Under Cover to Benefit Cat's Cradle" will be released on Friday via the Bandcamp website and will include artists performing covers of their favorite songs.

The legendary music venue in Carrboro has hosted Nirvana, Public Enemy, Joan Baez and Iggy Pop. The venue, which has been around for more than 50 years, closed its doors due to COVID-19 concerns in March. With no timeline on reopening for live music, the club is struggling to cover rent and overhead costs.

All proceeds from "Cover Charge" will go to help Cat's Cradle pay its expenses. The album is available for pre-order now.

“I, and the rest of the Cat's Cradle family, have been bowled over by the concern being shown for music venues both here and around the country,” Cat's Cradle owner Frank Heath said. “Learning about this effort to assist the Cradle, has just reinforced another wonderful thing that we really already knew, that so many of the Triangle's great artists and musicians are also amazing and caring people, who value and want to help protect Cat's Cradle, and who also genuinely care about all of the other artists and the entire music community.”

The album includes tracks from Superchunk, Mipso, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Connells, Tift Merritt, Mandolin Orange, The Love Language, Chatham County Line and Southern Culture on the Skids.

"Like many musicians out there, I miss playing shows, and like many fans I miss seeing bands,” Superchunk's Mac McCaughan said. “When it is safe to get together to watch live music again, it will be a disaster for all of us if our favorite venues aren't around to host the artists we love. I literally grew up seeing bands at the Cat's Cradle and playing there with all my bands, going back to high school. Superchunk is excited to be part of this album, playing one of our favorite songs to support our favorite venue."

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