It’s almost “Minnesota Beatle Project” time again, and we’ve got another fun album cover to prove it. Volume 5 of Vega Productions’ popularity charity CD/LP series will officially arrive Dec. 3 bearing an Adam Turman-created portrait of four Minnesota icons crossing what looks like a stone arch bridge Abbey Road-style: The Hamm’s beer bear, Paul Bunyan (shoeless, no less), the Pillsbury doughboy and the Minnesota State Fair’s gopher mascot, Fairchild.
As usual, the lineup of musicians who recorded Beatles covers for the album is also a diverse bunch, ranging from '60s vets Gary Burger (of the Monks) and Sonny Knight to the Suburbs, Dosh, Cactus Blossoms, Actual Wolf, Zoo Animal and this year’s local Grammy winners the Okee Dokee Brothers. Here’s the full rundown of the tracks:
"Your Mother Should Know" - Actual Wolf
"Dig A Pony" - Zoo Animal
"She Said She Said" - Carroll
"I Feel Fine" - Gary Burger (of The Monks fame)
"Taxman" - The Suburbs
"Day Tripper" - Sonny Knight & The Lakers
"Because" - Chris Bierden of Poliça
"Here, There, and Everywhere" - Meme
"Blue Jay Way" - Dosh
"Nowhere Man" - Greycoats
"Mother Nature's Son" - The Okee Dokee Brothers
"This Boy" - The Cactus Blossoms
"Please Please Me" - Denfeld High School Jazz Band
Physical copies of "Vol. 5" will be available in area Target stores and indie record shops. All proceeds from the album sales will once again go straight into Vega Productions’ ongoing funding efforts for music education programs around the state (such as the one at Denfeld High School that produced this year’s closing track). This year's chief is Vega's new Instruments in the Cloud program, offering a digital database of donated instruments for children. The album will be promoted as part of Curtiss A’s 34th annual John Lennon tribute at First Avenue on Dec. 8, with the Suburbs, Knight and Cactus Blossoms expected to play their cuts.