South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center is getting some help from a wolf lover in Dallas. Singer/songwriter Steve Jackson is donating 50% from each purchase of his album Goodnight Moon to the center.
“Steve Jackson and his team are big fans of the WCC and the positive work we’re doing at the center,” WCC Executive Director Maggie Howell told The Ledger. “The executive producer of the CD even made a trip from Texas to howl with the wolves in person.”
The founder and frontman of Dallas-area band Acoustic Distortion, Jackson decided to go solo in 2013 with a new studio project. He brought in what he described as “some of the best musicians available” to contribute to the sound.
The album, released in 2014, has garnered rave reviews, with a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. One comment on Amazon described Goodnight Moon as a “great collection of catchy songs with a variety of diverse and classic influences.” Others said it “will remind you of the sounds of The Eagles, Chicago, and Jackson Browne,” and called it “punchy, soulful music that rocks, soars, and lulls.” Steve Jackson is referred to as both “a talented singer” and “an amazing lyricist” whose songs are “exciting and original.”
According to Howell, Jackson is not the only musician whose work is benefitting the WCC. “Another artist, singer-songwriter-pianist Brendan James, has been promoting wolf awareness and the WCC on his nationwide HOWL tour,” she said. “It’s really an inspiration to get a helping hand from so many. An amazing number of adults and children from around the globe have approached us with creative ways to raise awareness for the importance and plight of wolves. It’s incredible — our ‘pack’ is bigger than we ever could have dreamed!”
The center, founded in 1996 by pianist Hélène Grimaud, is a not-for-profit environmental education organization whose mission is to recover wolf populations in North America by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC participates in two federal wolf recovery programs.
WCC conducts programs both on-site and off-site, in schools, museums, libraries and nature centers throughout the Northeast, highlighted by a visit from Atka, its traveling ambassador wolf.
Steve Jackson’s album is available to download at Amazon.com, or a hard copy CD may be ordered through Jackson’s website, acousticdistortion.com.
For more information about the WCC, visit nywolf.org.