You might wonder how several big-name musicians came to appear on a recording by a 16 year-old ukulele player from upstate New York. Levon Helm sings, Todd Rundgren plays guitar, and Dr. John, John Sebastian and Kate Pierson of the B-52s make guest appearances.
The album was the dream of Killian Mansfield, who worked to complete it during the past year while battling a rare form of cancer. He died last week after receiving the finished album.
At his memorial service today in West Shokan friends and family will break out their ukes for a sing-along of Big Rock Candy Mt., Killian’s favorite song.
Somewhere Else is a mix of songs — eclectic, uplifting, fun and funky — performed by Killian, with help from singers, musicians and producers from the Woodstock, NY music community rallying to make a kid’s dream come true. Part of the proceeds will go to a cancer foundation which supports and promotes integrative therapies for children with cancer.
(Read more on Wall Street Journal blog)
Listen to the album here and definitely check out Killian’s funky, bluesy voice on Kiss, and If I Can Dream. Buy it on Amazon…