Willis, VA - Mountain Fever artists Breaking Grass and Detour have focused their energy on giving back in a season where thankfulness is at the front of our minds. Mississippi's Breaking Grass has been deeply touched by their involvement with a young girl from their hometown named Amber Peeks who has left an indelible impression.
Guitarist Cody Farrar and principal songwriter for Breaking Grass says, "The inspiration behind our original, "Fly" (Amber's Song), was written about a young lady by the name of Amber Peeks. Amber battled cancer for the majority of her life. Aside from the shaved head and fragile frame, you would never have known that Amber was sick. She always had a smile on her face; always a kind word or gesture. She impacted our small, hometown, and everyone in it, in a tremendous way. We wanted to pay tribute to Amber and penned the song "Fly" in her honor."
With a great effort to complete the song in time for Amber to hear it, the band was able to get it finished and roughly recorded in time for her to enjoy. Breaking Grass was honored to have Amber's Song played at her homegoing service.
Farrar continues, "It is our goal, now, to share Amber's story with all who will hear it. She was more than a little girl with an incurable disease. She was a role model."
Family and friends created the Amber Peeks Scholarship Foundation to aid others in paying for their education and to keep Amber's spirit of giving to others alive. ALL proceeds from the download of the single "Fly" will be donated to the Amber Peeks Scholarship Foundation. The band is urging fans to listen, download it, and donate. Donations can be made directly to the Northeast Development Foundation 101 Cunningham Boulevard Booneville MS 38829 or by calling Tiffany Johnson (662)-720-7185. Credit, debit cards and checks are accepted.
Detour's commitment to giving back is strong this fall as they recently presented additional funds to Goodwill’s Patriot Place Project from proceeds of the sale of their songs “Soldier’s Sorrow” and “Homeless of the Brave.” Band member Jeff Rose presented Kathleen Arndt, Patriot Place Program Director, a check in the amount of $2,000. An additional $3,000 in matching funds will also be donated from Detour’s fans along with future donations from the band’s record label, Mountain Fever Records.
“Soldier’s Sorrow” appears on the Detour’s current album, Going Nowhere Fast on Mountain Fever. “We are honored to be able to be part of this effort to assist homeless Veterans. All of the friends of Detour have been so supportive of this effort and we thank them for buying our music to make these donations possible. You just can’t beat the Bluegrass Music family,” said Rose.
Mountain Fever Records President, Mark Hodges certainly agrees saying, “Bluegrass is the most personable genre of any music. It’s more like one big family and when you have such big hearted and humble people like Jeff Rose and Missy Armstrong along with the rest of Detour, it’s easy to see how their fans and friends are so willing to help out and get involved with this great cause that they have chosen to support. I’m proud to know them and honored to work with them.”
Several years ago, Rose wrote “Homeless of the Brave” (from their previous album A Better Place) as a direct response to a story that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans. He was stunned to learn that there are approximately 70,000 homeless veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone. He then made the decision to donate proceeds of the sale of the song to Goodwill’s Patriot Place that is a transitional housing community for Northern Michigan’s homeless veterans.