Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing drummer Eric Green from old school punk band, Riverboat Gamblers. Their current CD, Underneath the Owl, is an exciting throw back to awesome punk bands like Social Distortion and The Adolescents, and it’s definitely one of my favorite albums of 2009. Last night I got some sad news about his talented and fun band: their guitarist, Ian McDougall has been hit by a car and needs our help and support. Here is the email I received last night from the band’s representative:
“On the night of Saturday October 17th, while riding his bike home, a car hit Ian Mcdougall, guitarist of our band Riverboat Gamblers. He sustained some pretty heavy injuries including a broken hip, a broken wrist and hemmoraging under the skull along with many lacerations, torn ligaments, bruises and and scrapes. He was rushed by ambulance to Brackenridge hospital in Austin and stayed in the ICU for 2 days before being moved into his own room where he is undergoing physical therapy while awaiting the results on X-rays and MRIs as well as a deluge of other various tests.
That being said, the prognosis is better than we had first thought. We are happy that he is going to be ok and that he is alive and with us. Unfortunately, not only is he in for a long recovery and is in a lot of pain, but he will be celebrating his birthday in bed with hospital food.
On another unfortunate note, there are a pile of bills currently gaining a Mt. Everest-like summit from all his hospital expenses. We set up a PayPal account for our band mate and friend to try and help him get on top of the debt and focus on his recovery. Ian’s PayPal account email is ian.gambler @ gmail.com. Anything you can afford to give will be greatly appreciated by Ian and his family. Thank you all for your support and we wish Ian the speediest of recoveries.”
Look at this poor guy. Could you spare $5, or $10 or more to help Ian in his recovery? Please visit Paypal at This Link to donate, and just enter Ian’s email listed above. Thank you and please continue to rock!
Oh, and Get Well, Ian!