The latest This Ain't No Cowtown compilation is out next week -- it will benefit 7th Circle
Now rolling out the sixth edition of its local music and comedy compilation, ZetaKaye House's This Ain't No Cowtown is more than just a labor of love -- it's like a second job. Sorting through hundreds of submissions for the 2014 edition of the compilation, ZetaKaye House's John Baxter says he listens to each submission blindly, often several times, before deciding what makes the final cut. "I make a playlist so that I can listen to everything -- this time around there was over ten hours worth of music," he says with a laugh. "I sort of second guessed myself and what I had gotten into."
Cover art for This Ain't No Cowtown Volume 6 by Jaremia Green.
But Baxter says the compilation is worth the work as both a way to showcase the music coming out of Colorado and a way to help musicians in need along the way. The comp will be available next Tuesday, May 20, through Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-wish basis. Like all editions of the collection, every dollar goes to aid the music community -- past releases have helped individual musicians like Mike Marchant and his recovery from treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The sixth This Ain't No Cowtown is a little different in its charitable direction, as ZetaKaye House has chosen to donate proceeds to the 7th Circle Music Collective. The venue and practice space is a completely DIY-run, all ages, open-to-all spot that has a mission close to Baxter's heart.
"I've been meeting and talking with Aaron [Saye, Seventh Circle's curator] about how best to support them -- they are a volunteer run space, totally DIY and any kind of funding assistance will help continue that on," says Baxter. "That's how I grew up -- going to shows that way, whether they be in churches, basements or bowling alleys. It's sort of in my blood to help out with whatever a space like that needs."