There was a great article in the Newark Star-Ledger a few days ago and it finally popped up on their web site:
Rolling Stones should repay their debt to the Delta. The only power most musicians had to help after the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 was to write memorials -- such as "High Water Everywhere" by Charley Patton, credited as the father of Delta blues. Nowadays, musical stars have far greater resources to do their part in aiding those left in misery on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina.
On a lighter note, Impulse continues its John Coltrane vault-scraping projects... can you say "cash cow?":
Jazz legend John Coltrane's oft-bootlegged 1965 performances at New York's Half Note will be given their first authorized release next month.