Posted June 4, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Singer-Songwriters Holed Up on St. George Island to Produce Rock By The Sea Benefit Album

Write by the Sea Vol. 2
Write by the Sea Vol. 2

In the mid-2000s, the Florida nonprofit Rock By The Sea began with a simple mission: “music lovers plus live music events equal a failsafe way to raise money for charitable causes.”

Over a span of 14 years, the group has raised nearly $800,000 for meaningful causes. 

The organization has evolved from live events to creating original music, and it’ll issue its second collection of songs, Write by the Sea Vol. 2, on June 26. Several talented contributors who donated their time to congregate in a St. George Island, FL beach house to write, produce, engineer and record the album. 

Artists represented on the 11-track album include Michael Logen (Suits, Nashville, Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Heartland), Todd Wright (Bones, Proven Innocent, The Originals, Pitch, Switched at Birth), Steve Everett (who’s toured with Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, Sister Hazel), JR Moore (tour credits including Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, and Hanson) and others. 

Moore’s single “What It Takes” came out June 2 and will be followed by Logen’s “Everyone Feels Alone” June 16. The entire set is currently available for preorder with an instant gratification track on Bandcamp.

Proceeds from Write By the Sea, Vol. 2 benefit brain cancer research, but that’s not the only cause to which Rock By the Sea has contributed. Others include Immunotherapy research, Down Syndrome outreach, Franklin County (FL) area libraries and Humane Societies, and Feed the Children.

All in all, a total of 38 states across the nation have represented in lending a helping hand specifically with this outreach. 


Jeff started writing about rock ’n’ roll some 20 years ago when he stood in the pouring rain to hitch hike his way to see R.E.M. on their Life’s Rich Pageant tour. Since that time, he's written for various daily newspapers, alt-weeklies, magazines and websites. Feel free to comment on his posts or suggest music, film and art to him at jeff@whopperjaw.net.