The road to recovery following emergency brain surgery has inspired a new album featuring Bedford musicians.
David Priest has produced his first charity album, BedRock: Come Together 2014, to raise funds for support charity Headway Bedford, which he says has become ‘like an adopted family.’
Mr Priest underwent brain surgery in America in 2007, when he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and a stroke while living in Oklhahoma.
He was taken to a Dallas hospital by helicopter where doctors saved his life but could not repair the front left quarter of his brain.
The 54-year-old has since returned to his home town of Bedford, where he started his fundraising project, BedRock, for the charity which has become key to his recovery.
He said: “There is one saying that I learnt during time in America and that is that you should always be ‘Paying Forward’ because you never know when something is going to happen to you and you may need to ask for help.”
He added: “I’ve been part of the local music scene for over thirty years and when I first suggested this idea to a couple of friends the response was so positive I knew that I had to go ahead with it.
“There is so much musical talent in this town. It is about time people realised that there is far more to Bedford than Brussels sprouts!”
Mr Priest has described the 13-track album as ‘alternative acoustic’ and hopes it will raise at least £500. It features Bedford artists such as Martin Cook, Steve Woodward, Mat Roberts, John Carr and Ed Porte, Neil Cook, Jez Green, Embrace The City, and David Priest.
Bedrock: Come Together 2014 is available from Thursday, February 20, from Amazon and iTunes as a CD or digital download. It can also be purchased for a limited period from www.priestronix.com
All money raised will be donated to Headway Bedford.