For nearly two decades the Red Hot organization has been producing eclectic anthologies “to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.” Most of these releases have been built around some intriguing concept: Red Hot + Riot (2002) paid homage to Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and Dark Was the Night (2009) focused on early American gospel, blues, and folk—the title is derived from the classic Blind Willie Johnson song “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground.”