The music of the Gulf oil spill

Last week, Lafayette, Louisiana crawfisherman Drew Landry brought a meeting of the White House oil spill commission to awed silence as he sang a song he’d written about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the economic environment in Southern Louisiana. Landry’s become a bit of an internet sensation… watch the video above, and you’ll see why — but he’s just one of numerous musicians that have tried to encapsulate the Gulf tragedy in song.

“Sorry Ain’t Enough No More” — Shamarr Allen, Dee-1, Paul Sanchez and Bennie from the Hot 8 Brass Band

These New Orleans artists who bring together hip hop, funk, and brass-based jazz, released this protest song (which is available as a free download) earlier this month.

A Hole in the Ocean” — Joe Monto (co-written with Steve Bartlett)

Primarily a Christian musician, Monto’s song shows a definite influence of the 70s singer-songwriter tradition. Dedicated to those who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and well as “the livelihood of the gulf region, including human and animal life,” all proceeds from the song will benefit the Audubon Society’s Oil Spill Response Team.

Fragile Day” — Wilderland

A duo consisting of music industry veteran Scott Blum and Ashland, Oregon singer Kat Sanchez, “Fragile Day” (released today) fits into a folksy-New Age-y niche (they describe themselves as “an electronic chamber folk duo”). Proceeds from the sale of the song benefit the Gulf Restoration Network, Earthshare, and The Wild Foundation.

I’ve just touched on some of the independent acts making music about the spill… of course, bigger names like Jimmy Buffett and Lenny Kravitz have also donated their talents to the cause. Know of other musicians using their art to speak to the spill (and perhapsraise money for it)? Let us know about them…

And… Drew Landry is part of an activism effort on behalf of the Gulf region called Dirty Cajuns… check ‘em out.