Former Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett died a year ago to the day, and now a foundation has been formed in his name - an organisation which will support both music and education. Education through music in fact.
The Jay Bennett Foundation will launch today, May 24, on JayBennett.org, Facebook and Twitter. As well as being a member of Wilco, Bennett was also a solo artist in his own right and had released five solo albums since leaving the band.
The full-length release he was completing when he died, Kicking At The Perfumed Air, will be available to download and purchase as a CD via the official website from July 10, with a percentage of the profits going towards the foundation. The record will also be available to download for free but donations are suggested and indeed welcomed.
There is already a free track from the Kicking At The Perfumed Air, which is the called 'Twice A Year'. You can get that by clicking here.
A statement from the foundation read:
“Those of us who loved Jay lost a son, a brother, a collaborator and a loyal friend. The world lost a gifted musician, thoughtful song-writer and uniquely creative force in the studio who was always working to make music better,” Jeff Bennett said. “This album is part of a larger effort to honor Jay’s memory and enhance his legacy by exposing more people to his music and by supporting charitable efforts to make the world a better place.”