The New Midwest is:
Christopher Smit: Vocals, Keyboards, Harmonica
Michael Van Houten: Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Jason Hammond: Guitar
David Wilstermann: Bass Guitar
Scott Gordon: Saxophone, Guitar
com · mon · wealth (noun): republic; people with common interests;
a group of people linked by something they all have in common.
By buying this CD, you join the Commonwealth; 50% of the proceeds from this record will go to culture helpers in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What we have in common is changing. Music is changing. The economy is changing. Culture is changing. Rather than release these songs in a standard way, we are hoping that they will help create a Commonwealth. Members of this Commonwealth take serious interest in the local, we understand who lives in our community, we work towards sustainability, justice, freedom, knowledge, and action; we understand dialogue is stronger than monologue. So, join this commonwealth. Tell people about the record, Please visit our website (hearthenewmidwest.com
) for more
ways to get involved in your town. It’s your town, do something.
released January 26, 2010
The Commonwealth behind this record includes Christopher Smit, Jason Hammond, Michael Van Houten, Scott Gordon, Ben VanArragon, David Wilsterman, Greg Scheer, Marla, Ari, and Ezra Hammond, Natalie Hart,
Willem and Hannah Van Houten, Elizabeth VanArragon, Moses Kadera Smit, Dr. Charsie Sawyer and the Calvin College Gospel Choir, Steven DeRuiter, Ralston Bowles, David Molinari, Ken Heffner, Josh Rose, Justin Stover, Randy Smit, Joan Van Dessel, Kate Gordon, WYCE (88.1 FM), Pete Bruinsma, Kevin Murphy, John Sinkevics, Scott Millen, and the person standing next to you. All songs performed and produced by The New Midwest, © 2010. COVER photo by Jason Hammond, BAND PHOTO
BY CARL PLANTINGA, CD designed by Scott Millen. All rights reserved.
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