Our Story Thus Far

Back in September of 2005, Bill Hudson was out doing his recycling, and suddenly an idea hit him. He thought that it would be great if some musicians were to go down to Louisiana where Hurricane Katrina had just devastated the Gulf Coast.

When Bill gets these ideas, he likes to call some friends and bounce them off of them. He got in touch with Guy Nouri of Dragonfly.com and told him "Wouldn't it be cool to go down to the devastated areas and play music for the people for free?" He just wanted to play music and let the healing power work it's magic.

Guy said that he thought it was a great idea. Bill was happy to hear that. He sometimes worries about his ideas. Guy provided funding to help make the trip a possibility. Without Dragonfly.com, this would just have been a crazy idea. We all thank Guy Nouri for having the trust to support this even when there was no real plan.

As Guy and Bill talked up the idea, everyone thought it was a great idea. Bill contacted some of his friends and every one of them said that they would be interested in performing in that area. Fellow Roanoke Virginia musician Al Coffey joined Bill on his first trip, and has been going ever since!

As musicians, Bill and Al were struck with the power of what music does and how it heals. This is really what The Feel Good Tour is all about. If you have ever gone to a festival you might have experienced that the music on the main stages is great but there is much more fun to be had around the campfires afterwards. Well in a way, that is what this is, letting the music speak for itself and heal folks.

While Bill and Al were playing down in Louisiana, they realized another need in the area. They thought maybe they could come up with a way to get musical instruments to both individuals and schools that had been taken away from them by Hurricane Katrina.

This, in a nutshell is what The Feel Good Tour is all about. Taking the soothing, rousing, healing power of music to places where people need their souls refreshed after a tragedy has struck, and to help the next generation of musicians to realize their hopes.

    Below are some of their needs:
  • Percussion(rhythm sticks)
  • triangles,tambourines,etc.
  • Bass Clarinet,
  • Euphonium or Baritone Horn.
We will add to this list as we go, so keep an eye on this page. If you have something you want to donate, send me an e-mail, liberty-street@juno.com

Here is a blog that will let you folks keep an eye on what we are up to on the tour.

Our Dream

    We want to build an association of

  • Musicians that would like to volunteer their time to work in distressed areas to cheer up people.
  • Musical Venues who could support the project by hiring musicians passing through on the way to a distressed area, and help to gather instruments in their area for the musician to pick up.
  • Music Stores who could help us to gather instruments and possibly repair instruments before they get delivered to the students.
  • Media People who can help us to spread the word to the public about the need of instruments as well as the participation by the musicians and venues in helping out the people in distressed areas.
  • Families that have musical instruments in their closets that they would like to donate.

You can help us to bring happiness back to people in these distressed areas. Click on the link that says "Join US" and sign up to find out how you can help!

Our Mission

To be first responders to distressed areas to lift the spirits of people working to rebuild.

Our Goals

    Because music is our strength, we will travel to distressed areas and provide free musical healing.
  1. Accumulate musical instruments from donors to be distributed through school systems to kids in distressed areas from natural disasters in the United States of America.
  2. Review the musical instruments and have repairs done as needed to make sure that they are playable when given to the schools.
  3. Transport the instruments into the devastated areas and bring them to the schools and present them to principal, music teachers, and students in the schools.
  4. To provide musical programs in the schools for the teachers and students, in school assemblies or individual classes as best suits the situation.
  5. Performances will also be done in emergency communities, food lines, volunteer camps, local churches, and community centers.
  6. Bring in main line acts to put on free concerts in the distressed areas to help in bringing music to the distressed areas.