Fish Tree Water Blues

February 17, 1999

"Fish Tree Water Blues" CD To Benefit Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund John Lee Hooker, Ani DiFranco, Robert Cray, Bob Weir, Etta James, Banford Marsalis, Mavis Staples and many more contribute to benefit CD to be released Earth Day 1999

"Blues tell the facts of life." - Willie Dixon

SAN FRANCISCO, CA --We all know what it's like to feel the blues and we are all affected when our environment loses the beat and slips out of tune. That's why so many renowned artists from various musical genres have come together on a new compact disk entitled Fish-Tree-Water Blues, to tell it like it is.

Proceeds from the CD will support the Earthjustice Fish-Trees-Water campaign to safeguard and restore the Great Northwest. When reason and persuasion fail to protect the environment, the Legal Defense Fund provides legal support, free of charge, to community groups fighting to safeguard public lands, ancient forests, endangered species and clean, free-flowing water. After all, if native fish species can't survive in the Great Northwest, what makes us think we can?

Previously unreleased tracks on this CD include: "Stone River" the first new song in years by J.J. Cale written especially for the project as well as new releases by Mavis Staples, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Robert Cray, and Al Green's classic "Take Me To the River" performed by Bob Weir's Ratdog with Charlie Musslewhite.

This enhanced CD, on Bullseye Blues & Jazz/Rounder Records, will be officially kicked off with a concert by bluesman Robert Cray at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco on Earth Day April 22, 1999.

"We are so honored by the participation of all these musical icons in support of America's environment," said Buck Parker, President of Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. "When folks buy this CD they help protect endangered species, ancient forests and clean water by providing free legal services to hundreds of grassroots organizations."

Fish Tree Water Blues is an Enhanced CD, the first use of such technology for a benefit recording. Included is a multimedia presentation of the issues facing the Pacific Northwest and how to get involved. The ECD links directly to the Internet where news from the Fish-Trees-Water campaign will be continuously updated.

Fish Tree Water Blues brings together musical greats representing the full landscape of American roots music to show their concern for protecting our environment. Artists on the CD include: J.J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, Keb' Mo', Branford Marsalis, Joe Louis Walker, John Hammond, John Lee Hooker, Tracy Nelson, Roomful of Blues, Mavis Staples, Loudon Wainwright III, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Robert Cray, Ruth Brown, Etta James and Bob Weir's Ratdog with Charlie Musslewhite.

Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides free legal services to hundreds of environmental and community organizations across the country. Visit them online at

Brian P. Smith, Communications
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94104-4209
tel: 415-627-6700
fax: 415-627-6740

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