Nicole Atkins has released a re-recorded version of her song “Neptune City” to benefit her native Jersey Shore in its relief efforts to overcome the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. This version of “Neptune City,” which originally appeared as the title track on her debut full-length on Columbia Records, was recorded with Lucero pianist Ricky Steff at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, engineered by Matt Ross-Spang. The track is currently available for download at neptunecity.bandcamp.com.
All donations received from the download will be directed toward nonprofit organizations working to restore and rebuild the Jersey Shore. The funds will be re-granted from ATC’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund. After disaster strikes, the aftermath is broken down into three separate phases: Rescue, Relief, and Recovery & Rebuilding. Governments and multinational bodies are generally best equipped to handle the first two phases. The Recovery & Rebuilding phase is where donors can have the most impact in helping communities over the long-term. It is critical to full recovery, but is often the most overlooked and under-resourced phase as news sources turn to other stories and disasters. As such, Atkins will determine specific organizations once the full impacts and long-term implications of the disaster become more clear.
Nicole Atkins was personally affected by Hurricane Sandy — after moving back home with her family two months ago in Shark River Hills, NJ, so she could record her new record in Sweden as planned, her town sufferened massive damage. The first floor of her house was destroyed and had to be stripped down to its insulation, but was actually one of the lucky ones as 23 homes were condemned and have to be torn down completely. Sadly, the storm also claimed Atkins’ guitars, record collection and precious family photos. In the Village Voice story about how the storm affected both her family and the Jersey Shore, Atkins said “My parents kept saying ‘Please Nicole, don’t come home. It’s overwhelming here. Stay in Memphis.’ And I can’t. I can’t just stay there when this is happening to my family and my neighbors and my friends. Every place that we grew up going to on the shore is just ripped apart or gone. I’m coming home anyway.”