The Camp Fire in nearby Paradise has become the deadliest wildfire in state history. Though first responders have been nothing short of heroic in their efforts to contain the blaze, funds will be needed in order for survivors to rebuild their lives. Cameron Ford, a Chico-based musician, answered the call by compiling an album of 18 songs by various artists, available exclusively on Bandcamp. One such song, “Empty Empire” by Seattle’s Noonmoon, was written and recorded in just one day in order to make the compilation’s deadline. The album is available for a minimum price of $20, but you may pay more for the compilation if you’re able. All album sales will be donated to the Camp Fire Relief Fund, and Bandcamp reduced its processing fees so more of the money can get to where it’s desperately needed. You can purchase a copy of the album at For more ways to help or to donate, go to

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #279 (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5, 2018)**