STYX Frontman Tommy Shaw Launches Great Divide Coffee Blend; 100% Of Profits Go To Bluegrass Trust Fund
June 1, 2011, 5 years ago
STYX vocalist/guitarist Tommy Shaw is teaming with Coffee Fool, a high-quality boutique purveyor of their namesake product, to offer a special blend of coffee titled after his debut bluegrass album, The Great Divide. Profits from the sale of the product will benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund, which helps bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need.
The Great Divide recently debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass album chart.
In describing the collaboration on this particular roast, the Coffee Fool press release states: "One of our big fans is Tommy Shaw. When he's not rocking the road, he's relaxing at home with a 50/50 blend of Coffee Fool organic fair trade coffees that he loves to mix up himself. His personal blend was so good, we decided to offer it to everyone, and donate 100% of the profits to Tommy's requested charity- The Bluegrass Trust Fund. It's a rich, super smooth, Italian roast of 50% organic regular, and 50% organic decaf.""Tommy's love of bluegrass and the entry of his album, The Great Divide, into our world are most welcome," says Dan Hays, executive director of the International Bluegrass Music Association. "He has pleasantly surprised us with his quiet support to help folks in time of special need. Bluegrass, and music fans in general, will be most anxious to try this coffee. We are!"
The product became available to the public on May 16th. It can be ordered through the Coffee Fool website here.
The Great Divide album features the following 11 songs:
'The Next Right Thing'
'Back In Your Kitchen'
'The Great Divide'
'Shadows In The Moonlight'
'Get On The One'
'Afraid To Love'
'Give `Em Hell Harry'
'I'll Be Comin' Home'
The Great Divide features an impressive roster of guest musicians, including: Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Byron House, Gary Burr and many more.
With this album, Shaw, a Montgomery, Alabama native, establishes himself as an authentic addition to the Bluegrass community. Born with a unique gift for music, a passion quickly recognized by his parents, he picked up his first guitar at the age of ten. From what his brothers remember, after Tommy's introduction to the guitar; "We never saw him again...", as he would stay in his room for hours practicing day and night. His tenacity and intrinsic passion for Bluegrass at an early age implies that this new release isn't a casual endeavor, but a return to the music on which he was raised. Shaw wrote or co-wrote every song on the album in addition to playing acoustic guitar, dobro/resonator and mandolin.
A perennial part of the rock scene since the mid-70s as a member of Styx, DAMN YANKEES and SHAW/BLADES, Bluegrass may at first seem like a stretch for Shaw, but his transition to Bluegrass is seamless. Having been raised on the genre, Shaw has always been deeply enamored with Bluegrass' ability to connect to the listener through storytelling. "These are story songs," says Shaw, an Alabama Music Hall of Fame Inductee. "I think songs that take you on a little journey are the best ones."
This is the story of a Southern boy who made it "big," but always held tight to his roots. "The Great Divide is a story of love and life; of happiness and hope; of loss and discovery," says Shaw. "It's the story of a journey that spans generations and is ultimately about trying to find your way home. And I'm as proud of this story as any I've ever told."
Coinciding with the March 22nd release of the album, Shaw made his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, TN on March 26th to promote the record. Behind-the-scenes footage from the day and a performance of the song 'I'll Be Coming Home' is available below: