Sharkbitten : Help Parkersburg – Fat Andy

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Last year, an even stronger storm forever altered the lives of those in Parkersburg, Iowa. More than seventy people were injured and eight died. They’re rebuilding homes, business and schools but more importantly spirits. Their indomitable desire to overcome is evident in an email I received from Iowa-native Jim Stockberger of Fat Andy.

For Memorial Day 1982 my parents decided to take my sister and I to visit my grandfather in Indiana. In those days, the Indy 500 wasn’t shown live so we all gathered around the television at night to watch the rebroadcast. While watching that year’s race the little weather strip came across the bottom of the screen. We watched in disbelief as we saw that our hometown in Illinois had been devastated by a tornado. Frantically we called neighbors and friends to ensure their safety and to find out if our home was still there. We were among the lucky ones, but our little town had faced one of the strongest tornados recorded ever in that area and ten people lost their lives.

Last year, an even stronger storm forever altered the lives of those in Parkersburg, Iowa. More than seventy people were injured and eight died. They’re rebuilding homes, business and schools but more importantly spirits. Their indomitable desire to overcome is evident in an email I received from Iowa-native Jim Stockberger of Fat Andy:

Hey Todd,

This is Jim from the band Fat Andy. I just wanted to send you a single that we currently have available on the Authentic Records website. A year ago, a massive EF5 tornado devastated the town of
Parkersburg Iowa, killing 8 people. Almost half the town was completely leveled and hundreds of homes, businesses and the local high school were completely lost. I grew up just down the road from
Pburg and have family and friends that live in this community. I wanted to do something to help the people of Parkersburg so I wrote a song with the help of the rest of the members of Fat Andy, Authentic
Records and Sonic Factory Studios. Like I mentioned, the song is available on Authentic Records site and 100% of the proceeds go towards a Memorial Park for the tornado victims in Parkersburg.

The song, “Parkersburg” is available from Authentic Records. As mentioned, the proceeds will help those folks get back on their feet.

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