When Sophia Bush and her “One Tree Hill” co-star Austin Nichols returned from their trip to Grand Isle after the Deepwater Horizon exploded and oil began to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, they found themselves disheartened… and then they turned that feeling into action.
]]>Zap2it. “They were really trying to shut people out. There was sort of this overarching feeling of helplessness, like, how are any of us supposed to make a difference with this if we can’t get our hands dirty, if we can’t volunteer, you know?” That helpless feeling subsided during a visit with Bush and Nichols’ good friend singer/songwriter Amy Kuney. “My dear friend Amy came over, and she said, you know, I want you guys to hear this song,” Bush says, referring to Kuney’s track “Gasoline Rainbows.” “She wrote it because she was so upset – she’d started watching this show called ‘Whale Wars,’ about what they’re doing out on the ocean with whale poaching. Nobody knows. And then this well exploded and all these people died on the rig. Why are things going on out in the ocean that would never be allowed to happen on land?” Kuney talked to Bush and Nichols about her plan to put the song on iTunes and donate the proceeds toward helping aid in the restoration of the Gulf. “Austin and I looked at each other and we thought, well, we’ve got a lot of friends in bands. What are we doing? Why are we thinking small? We could put an entire album together and hopefully raise a lot of money and also make people aware,” Bush says. It’s a concept familiar to Bush in particular, as the team behind “One Tree Hill” released the soundtrack compilation album “Friends With Benefit” in 2006 with proceeds going to cancer research and awareness. Bush and Nichols mobilized right away, teaming up with Vagrant Records to approach artists to contribute to a compilation album. “We made a wish list of about 40 artists we wanted to reach out to. The music industry is into helping people. It’s not a stick in the mud group. Rock stars are artists and they get the value of humanity,” she says. The result is “Gasoline Rainbows,” an album named for Kuney’s song, released exclusively via digital download today (Nov. 30). “We’re not using plastic or paper to print the album,” says Bush. “It’s a nod to the way we really need to be aware of the way we use energy. If there’s anything we need to learn from what happened in the Gulf it’s that our reliance on dirty energy is risking not only human beings, but every living being on the planet.” 100% of the proceeds from iTunes go toward Global Green, an organization that has been close to Bush’s heart since she first got involved with them during their early Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. “The money they raise actually goes into cleanup, rather than back into the company to pay peoples’ salaries. Clearly the Red Cross and Unicef or United Way are great organizations, but they’re such big groups that so much of the money they raise goes back to paying peoples’ salaries or paying the phone bill or keeping the lights on in their offices,” Bush says. “I have a hard time with that.” She’s more comfortable with Global Green because they’ve been able to guarantee her that every dollar from her Gulf fundraising efforts goes directly back into the community.
?3. “40 Day Dream” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
?4. “There’s No Secret’s This Year” – Silversun Pickups
?5. “At The Birds Foot” – City and Colour
?6. “The Connoisseur of Great Excuse” – Damien Rice
?7. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” – The National
?8. “Tighten Up” – The Black Keys
?9. “Let The Time Roll By” – Onward, Soldiers
?10. “Moth’s Wings” – Passion Pit
?11. “Floating Vibes” – Surfer Blood
?12. “Mama Taught Me Better” – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
?13. “I Can Change” – LCD Soundsystem
?14. “Cousins” – Vampire Weekend