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- Posted on Aug 6th 2008 3:00PM by John D. Luerssen
Spearheaded by the Gulf Restoration Network in partnership with Grammy-nominated, New Orleans-based musician Tab Benoit and his Voice of the Wetlands organization, the letter counts signatories like Jackson Browne, My Morning Jacket and the Indigo Girls, as well as locally bred performers like Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Galactic and Funky Meters.
"New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, and has influenced about every American style of music that followed, from rock to hip-hop," Galactic's drummer Stanton Moore said. "The next President will need to prioritize restoring our coast to continue the recovery process. The culture of our whole country depends on it."
Despite support from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, neither Obama nor McCain have committed to the event, which is expected to use a format similar to the YouTube forum in the primaries, members of the public will be able to ask questions of the candidates by submitting YouTube videos.
To read the letter and see the complete list of signatories, click here.