I'm a real sucker for Neil Young, so a tribute album full of female musicians covering his tunes for a good cause is a pretty irresistible proposition. Plus, it's a double album, and it even has a clever title! Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity officially hits stores in February, but you can already buy it on iTunes or pre-order the CD online.
The line-up is great, as are the songs they chose. We've got Jenny Lewis pals The Watson Twins covering the epic "Powderfinger," Veruca Salt (!) doing "Burned," Britta Phillips of Luna on "I Am a Child," and Lori McKenna taking on "The Needle and the Damage Done." The only track I've heard so far is Tanya Donnelly singing "Heart of Gold," which you can listen to over on Stereogum. Check it out and tell me what you think.
All of the proceeds from Cinnamon Girl will be donated to a non-profit called Casting for Recovery, which supports women who have had breast cancer.