Indie rock icon Karl Hendricks has oral cancer, needs our help

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Karl's on the right.

Karl’s on the right.

I don’t have too many heroes, but Karl Hendricks is one of them. He’s been plugging away in relative obscurity for over two decades, making majestic meat-and-potatoes guitar/bass/drums indie rock music that speaks to the lonely, moody, depressed problem drinker in all of us. He “got” me when I was in my 20s and, as we’ve both grown older and somewhat saner, he still gets me. When you’re a smart person filled with so much love, it’s easy to feel worn down and spent sometimes. Karl and I, we’re simpatico.

Today comes the terrible news that Karl, a Pittsburgh rock institution who also owns and runs the local record store Sound Cat Records, has oral cancer. His road to recovery will be long and expensive.

Like most indie rock musicians, Karl doesn’t have much to show financially for all of his great work. It’s always been pretty obvious that he hasn’t continued playing music all of these years for the money. He’s an artist to the core. He can’t help himself.

Karl’s friends are trying to raise money for his continued treatment. The great Jon Solomon of WPRB and Comedy Minus One Records is spearheading the effort, which has a GiveForward page set up for donations. Not only can you donate there, but you can also find information about some benefits that will be held on Karl’s behalf in Pittsburgh and Columbus.

If you’ve got a few extra bucks lying around and would like to help a true artist and a great person who’s in need of support during a difficult time, please give generously. For all the pleasure and enjoyment he’s given so many over the years, now’s a good time to give back to the man himself.

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