Peace from the Hills local music and poetry compilation set for release

Unless you are here from the future (are you?), chances are that you do not own a 23-track compilation CD made up of songs and poetry by local musicians and poets intended to help support the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Don’t freak out, though. I know where you can get one.

The folks behind Operation Awareness are releasing a new local compilation, “Peace from the Hills,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 inside Arsaga’s on Crossover.

The show is free, and featured poets and musicians from the CD will be performing.

Operation Awareness was created by three-tour Afghanistan war veteran Jacob George. Jacob, along with his brother Jordan and several others have been riding their bikes all over the country in protest of the US occupation of Iraq and Afganistan. The proceeds from the sale of the compilation will benefit their efforts.

The disc features two poems and a song by Jacob, as well as songs by Strange Heroes, Candy Lee, Still on the Hill, Nick Masullo, Laura Kelly, Geoff Oelsner, Dan Dean, Emily Kaitz, Kenyon “The DAWN” Lowe, and Ramsey Sprague.

Poets on the compilation include Stephen Coger, Dave Malm, Moshe Newmark, Doug Shields, Clayton Scott, and Mohja Kahf, and the album artwork was created by local artist Bertha Gutierrez.

Those who can’t wait until the 26th to get their hands on the CD can grab a copy (or a preview) at

Peace from the Hills CD Release Party

When: Wednesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Arsaga’s on Crossover
Admission: Free (donations accepted)