“Madelia is in my home county, Watonwan County, Minn., and it’s where my dad works,” said Buller. “I wanted to do something to help in the relief effort and this previously-unrecorded song by Mark Simos and Lisa Aschman (which I have loved for years) immediately came to mind.”For a limited time, “Phoenix Arise”, as performed by the Becky Buller Band, is available as a digital download only at MadeliaStrong.com for a donation with all money from these downloads going directly to the Madelia Strong relief fund.
An explosion in one of the downtown businesses is blamed for sparking the fire that destroyed much of the downtown strip of this Southwestern Minnesota prairie town of approximately 2,300.
Over 100 firefighters from nine area towns and four surrounding counties responded to the blaze, although hampered by the blizzard conditions. Retired Madelia firefighter Jim Peterson, who owns Madelia Culligan on the downtown strip, made the painful decision to destroy his own building in order to save the rest of the main street block.
Total losses are estimated at $1.4 million. To date, $475,000 has been raised. Extra aid for Madelia from the state of Minnesota is currently tied up in a special session of the legislature.
Special thanks to Mark Simos and Lisa Aschmann for the use of their song, “Phoenix Arise”, as well as to artist Steven Klassen from Mountain Lake, Minn., for original artwork for the single.
To schedule an interview with Becky, please contact Jana Mougin at Dark Shadow Recording by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. High res, print quality photos of Becky and the single artwork are available at: BeckyBuller.com.
Thanks for helping us spread the word and for your part in helping Madelia rebuild.
Written by Mark Simos, and Lisa Ashmann
(Devachan Music, BMI / Nashville Geographic, ASCAP)
Performed by the Becky Buller Band:
Becky Buller – fiddle, lead vocal
Ned Luberecki – banjo
Dan Boner – mandolin
Brandon Bostic – guitar
Daniel Hardin – bass
Special guest harmony vocalists: Stephen and Jana Mougin
Produced and engineered by Stephen Mougin for Dark Shadow Recording, Nashville, Tenn.
Artwork by Steven Klassen, Mt. Lake, Minn.
Graphic Design by Rick Vella, Tullahoma, Tenn.