MIA rocker Charlie Pickett uses talent to raise $$ for Irma

Miami home boy and blues rocker Charlie Pickett has teamed up with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck to raise money for Hurricane Irma victims through sales of a digital single, “What I Like About Miami.”

The catchy tune pays tribute to Cuban girls, bananas and South Beach, with a telling line that probably applies to many residents, both native and non-native: “I never meant to stay here.”

Here’s the blurb from Bloodshot Records promoting the song:

In light of the recent unfortunate and disastrous events of Hurricane Irma in Charlie Pickett’s home state of Florida, the Miami garage rock hero releases a new track with fellow Southeastern guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Baseball Project, The Minus 5) to pay tribute to Pickett’s humble beginnings in Florida, a part of the fertile and groundbreaking underground music scene of the Southeast in the early ’80s. “What I Like About Miami” is a burly, brawny piece of Southern rock riffage, an amalgam of layed-on-thick distorted blues guitar, snarling punker vocals, and gospel harmonies à la Exile on Main Street. It’s a fitting barroom singalong number for the beachside haunts that Pickett calls home.

“Watching the storm approach, I wanted to do something to raise spirits as much as money,” Pickett says. “This song has been a celebration in our shows, and it’s a song that rallies around what makes South Florida what it is.

“When I started working on my first album in years, “What I Like About Miami” cried out for something more, something special, so I called Peter. He not only agreed to play on the track, what he sent just burned. So when I wanted to do something to help, dropping this track right now seemed to be the right thing to do.