Using just a simple laptop, some microphones, and a lot of frequent flyer miles, Playing For Change has created a moving, international rendition of Ben E. King's classic Stand By Me.
Starting out as a simple bass-vocal-guitar recording by a street musician in Santa Monica, California named Roger Ridley. In New Orleans, Louisiana, Grandpa Elliot added vocals and harmonica while Washboard Chaz contributed his own unique percussion.
Additional performances were added across Europe, Africa, and South America, with each musician listening to the previous performances through headphones.
There are no 'celebrities' here. These are all street musicians, unknown to each other, separated by great distances but united in song. Playing For Change: Songs Around the World is available as a CD/DVD combo on Amazon.com.