Max McCargar just emailed thoughts and a link to his recent live recordings album: The Cafe Sessions. I have not heard it yet, but I'm always curious and excited to see what he's up to. Let's listen together...
It's a live/charity album. I've been doing a monthly gig at Sisters Of The Road (sistersoftheroad.org) cafe here in Portland. Where I play solo guitar for a couple hours, volunteering.
Ultimately though, I'm not really doing anything substantial to help the homeless. I get to feel like I'm making a difference without having to make any of the sacrifices. So I decided to try to do more.
I've noticed a lot of charity albums seem to be kind of separate from the thing they're benefiting. They may be fine works on their own but they're not artistically invested in their purpose.
I wanted this album's role as charity to be an integral part of its existence. Recording at the place that is benefiting makes the album not just for charity but also for "clarity" — giving the listener a window into a world they may not be familiar with or even able to imagine. At least that was the idea.
PS: I'm glad that Viceroy was recovered and with no damage. Of all the kinds of theft, stealing from musicians is one of the worst.