Jason Molina Tribute Album to Feature Allo Darlin’, Phil Elverum, Mark Kozelek + More
When Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. died last week, it prompted a slew of kind words and remembrances from his peers. Now, a number artists have joined forces to record a compilation album in his memory. The tribute, titled ‘Weary Engine Blues,’ will be released via Gravestone Records and feature covers of Molina’s songs by Allo Darlin', Phil Elverum, Mark Kozelek and more.
Others who have signed on for the project include Will Johnson, Damien Jurado, Jeffrey Lewis, Hospital Ships, Scout Niblett, Herman Dune, Will Oldham, John Vanderslice, Wave Pictures and Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg. The disc comes with cover art by Molina (see left), as well as a screenprint made specially for the late songwriter by William Schaff.
“Back in January of this year, I received a message from a friend of Jason's, Tara Samaha," Schaff said in a recent statement. "Like so many of us were, she was concerned. She was concerned for his safety, mental and physical health after receiving an alarming email. She felt he needed a map to help him through these troubled times and then asked that I make him one. I did. Sadly we were never able to land a concrete address for Jason, where we knew he would get the map … Sadly, the map was never delivered to him … Ryan Graveface and I thought maybe there is still a way for this map to be useful … 100% of the profits from this print will be going to Jason Molina's family.”
Similarly, all proceeds from album sales will go to Molina’s family to assist with medical and funeral costs. Listen to Kozelek’s haunting cover of ‘It’s Easier Now’ via the clip below.