Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Porter, Batiste, Stoltz legal benefit

Whatever the legal merits of the case against the New Orleans musicians George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz may be, the result should not bankrupt such important resources. A very important benefit to raise legal funds to enable the trio to defend itself takes place May 27 at the Howling Wolf. Legal battles pitting managers and record labels against New Orleans musicians always seem to end up with the lawyers getting far too much of the money. Anyone with a beef and the money to back it up can file a lawsuit; the lawyers win either way. But defending yourself from unjust accusations is always punitively expensive, so the musicians lose either way. Here's a link to Keith Spera's explanation of the story:

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