Rocky Lamonde and Bob McCutcheon at The Vault Studio.
How many musicians does it take to make a song?
Well, when it’s for a good cause, the more the merrier.
Sixty-plus musicians from the Pittsburgh area were involved in the making of “SOS 2020,” a hard rock song written by Eric Rodger, of Royal Honey, to “raise awareness, money and incite action to benefit Pittsburgh music venues affected by the pandemic.”
“SOS 2020 is intended to share the sense of frustration and concern I have for all Pittsburgh music venues, performers, promoters and support staff directly affected by this pandemic. I wanted to do something that put into action a way to help people now,” Rodger said.
The song was recorded at The Vault Recording Studio, Neville Island, with production by Anthony (Rocky) Lamonde (of The Borstal Boys) and mixing by Bob McCutcheon.
The lineup includes members of Rusted Root, The Granati Brothers, A Common Crown and the Legendary Hucklebucks. The music video was shot and edited by Alexis Salinas (Alexis Art X Design) with a website designed by Bill Domiano from Build the Scene.
The song will be released on Jan. 8 for purchase on iTunes and streaming on all major platforms.
Proceeds will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $2,000, with a contribution from The Ryan McCutcheon Rhythm19 Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.