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When the Levee Breaks

by Sci-Fi Romance



Proceeds from this track will go to benefit the Houston Humane Society (www.houstonhumane.org) and the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (www.ghcf.org).

Two of the three band members are Texas natives, and watching the devastation caused by the flooding after Hurricane Harvey has been heartbreaking. We may not be able to do much to help, but if we can make any contribution through music, we're going to try.

In 1929, Memphis Minnie and her then-husband Kansas Joe McCoy wrote the Delta Blues song "When the Levee Breaks" to commemorate the Mississippi River flood of 1927, which remains the most severe river flood in U.S. history. The Led Zeppelin cover is the more well-known version of the song, but we wanted to go back to that original Memphis Minnie version, which came out of the first-hand experience of catastrophic flooding, and try to use that to bring about something positive, however humble.

So if you're in Texas and you are struggling with the aftermath, please, if you dig the song, take it, enjoy it. If you want to help the people (and animals) of Texas, please purchase the track for whatever you think is right. We are not recouping studio costs or anything like that -- all money that comes to us from Bandcamp for this track will go directly to the agencies listed above.

This only works if you spread the word!


released September 8, 2017
Vance Kotrla: Guitars, voices, drums, bass, typewriter
Jody Stark: Cello
Mr. Mike: Artillery shell, beer can

Written by Minnie Lawlars, arranged by Vance Kotrla
Engineered by Tim Moore at York Recording, Los Angeles, CA

Cover design by Vance Kotrla, photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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