While Hogchute's summer installment, Hogchute Opry, is tentatively planned for June 6th, in the interim they've provided us with some tunes to get us through this COVID-19 time. Hogchute has compiled 15 songs from a variety of C-U acts that you can stream below, and if you want, chip in a few bucks to support the collective.
Read more about the release below from their Bandcamp page:
An offering of locally grown tunes compiled by the Hogchute Collective for your listening pleasure - 15 songs generously shared by veterans of past Opry events, as well as a few from folks who are on deck to play the next big barn dance. Hogchute Homestead features a small but mighty sampling of the music being made right here in the Champaign-Urbana area. Hopefully you'll be inspired to dive even deeper into the arts and culture of our twin cities and the surrounding region.
Any other Spring the Collective would be out booking and promoting shows in an effort to raise funds for the next Hogchute Opry, an annual event that takes place at the Kalyx Center for Sustainability in Monticello, IL. Seeing as how we won't be gathering in any of our favorite watering holes anytime too soon, we've done our darnedest to wrangle some consolation.
This mixtape will be here and available to stream free of charge, though if you should feel so inspired you may pay-what-you-want for a download of the entire compilation. Any and all funds received will go on to help produce the next Hogchute Opry, tentatively planned for June 6, 2020. While the tracks heard here have been so kindly gifted by the artists, the Collective will be having them back time and time again to grace the stage in that beautiful barn.
Hope to see y'all out there sooner than later - All the Best!