‘Shaker Sessions’ raises money for Brian Grant Foundation

Burgerville has given a boost to the local music scene by introducing Burgerville Radio, which plays local music in its restaurants. Now, the fast-food chain has established Burgerville Records, which planned to release this week “The Shakers’ Sessions,” a benefit album for Parkinson’s patients through the Brian Grant Foundation. The album will be sold exclusively at Burgerville restaurants the rest of the year. It is a compilation of Northwest musicians singing songs written by Portland musician and Parkinson’s patient Rob Barteletti. All proceeds will go to the Brian Grant Foundation, the organization run by the former Trail Blazers power forward, who has Parkinson’s. “I had just written a series of swampy, tongue-in-cheek, sad, hopeful songs,” says Barteletti, a former teacher at Jesuit High School. “I brought rough demos to (musician) Rob Stroup for his opinion.” And, the idea for the album was born. The Northwest musicians on the album: Storm Large, Pete Droge, Fernando Viciconte, Ian Moore, Mike Coykendall, Casey Neill, Bart Ferguson, Steve Wilkinson, Ken DeRouchie, Stroup and one of Barteletti’s former students, Nick Peets. Says Barteletti: “Over the past few years, my musical skills have diminished, but it’s as if my songwriting has been set free by the disease. This fills me with hope and inspiration. … My dream is to see the day when a cure can be found for this insidious, relentless disease.” — Jason Vondersmith

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