Free The West Memphis Three, Part Two

Second benefit album being readied for summer 2002

A second Free the West Memphis Three benefit album will arrive during the summer of 2002, if all goes as planned, according to Aces & Eights label co-founder Danny Bland. Bland wouldn't say what artists would contribute to the follow-up, Free the West Memphis Three, Volume Two, but added, "It'll have big artists, though, and it will be primarily hard rock." Co-produced by Supersuckers leader Eddie Spaghetti, last year's compilation included Pearl Jam, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Supersuckers, Rocket From the Crypt, Kelly Deal and L7. The West Memphis Three — Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley — are three young men currently imprisoned for the murder of three second-graders in the woods of West Memphis, Tenn. Spaghetti is one of many who believe the young men were wrongfully convicted, and is a longtime supporter of the efforts to free them. The young men are currently appealing their conviction; Spaghetti often visits them in prison, Supersuckers' guitarist Ron Heathman said in an interview last May. — Jenny Tatone [Tuesday, April 3, 2001]

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