What do jazz-age crooner Rudy Vallée and the Rustic Overtones have in common? Both are Maine-bred musical talents featured on a new two-CD compilation titled “The Amazing Music of Mainers: Volume One.”

Produced by Con Fullam of Windham, the double-album was released last month as a partial benefit for Maine Credit Union’s Ending Hunger Campaign. The goal is to contribute enough money to the campaign to provide a million meals to hungry Mainers.

Those hungry for a wide range of musical genres will find “The Amazing Music of Mainers” a feast. The compilation offers 26 songs by 26 artists with definitive Maine ties plus a bonus track of “The Maine Christmas Song,” which Fullam wrote and released, sung by the Windham Chamber Singers. It is the success of that endeavor that convinced him that this project can meet its humanitarian goal. The reaction thus far has backed up his hunch.

“The response has been delightful. I just got a call from a woman in Penobscot County who ordered 10 and said she was so pleased someone had done this,” he said.

Fullam said he first realized no one had created such a compilation at a time when he gets some of his best ideas — three o’clock in the morning.

“I don’t get a lot of sleep,” he said.

Fullam grew up here but spent many years living and working in New York and Nashville, Tenn. He said aside from those places and California, “no other state comes close to producing as many world-renowned musicians as Maine.” In fact, in deciding who would be represented on “The Amazing Music of Mainers,” it soon became clear the album, two CDs as it is, would have to be Volume 1.

“There are another 26 or more equally worthy of inclusion,” he said.

Included in Volume 1 are Midcoast artists Gordon Bok and Don McLean of Camden; Cindy Bullens of North Haven; and the late great Dick Curless, who spent a number of years in Rockland. Fiddler Don Roy, a Rockland native, also is included, as is jazz man Brad Terry, once a regular visitor to the Camden-area school system. In addition to these, Vallée and Rustic Overtones, “The Amazing Music of Mainers” offers selections by Noel Paul Stookey, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Sullivan, Aztec Two Step, Devonsquare, Schooner Fare, David Mallett, Malinda Liberty and the late Lenny Breau, Jud Strunk, Dan Fogelberg and Bill Chinnock.

Also included are songs by a few Mainers perhaps less known to the general public but whose serious songwriting legacies Fullam is eager to share — Larry John McNally, Jude Johnstone and Joan Kennedy; Fullam himself; and Johnny Hiland, “one of the most in-demand session guitarists in Nashville.” Interspersed between the tracks are humorous bits from Tim Sample and Bert & I’s Marshall Dodge and Rob Bryan.

The recordings-side of the project came together pretty quickly, Fullam said. The living artists chose their own songs for the project: McLean offers “Have You Seen Me” from his 1991 “Headroom” album; Bok went for “The Hills of Isle au Haut”; and Sullivan ends the album with “Our Turn,” a gospel-flavored jazz rave that Fullam promises “will rip the top of your head off.” As for the deceased artists, Fullam made what he felt were the obvious choices, including Vallée’s “The Maine Stein Song,” still sung at the University of Maine; and Curless’ “Tombstone Every Mile.”

“The estates were very, very cooperative … this is a way to bring some of this great talent back into the limelight,” Fullam said.

Bringing that talent even more in focus is the 30-page booklet that accompanies the CDs. Each artist gets a page with a color photo and text researched and written by Fullam, a task he said took most of his time in preparing the project. The booklet offers stories of the artists’ backgrounds, their musical histories and their connections to Maine.

Fullam hopes the project also will shed some light on the work of the Maine Credit Union League’s Ending Hunger Campaign, which began in 1990.

“It’s a tremendous program and probably is the largest single cash contributor to the state’s food banks. For every dollar generated, they generate $12 of food. So the money [$6] given from each CD means $72 of food for Mainers,” he said.

Fullam said by his reckoning, the participating artists collectively have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, garnering up at least 15 Grammy Awards and hundreds of Top Ten hits. “Not bad for a state full of pine trees,” he said.

“The Amazing Music of Mainers: Volume One” is available locally at Mr. Paperback in Belfast and Sherman’s Book & Stationery in Camden, as well the bookstores’ other locations; Bull Moose stores; Best Buy; Borders; and online at mainevillepublishing.com, where the complete list of artists/songs may be viewed. The double CD set is priced just under $20.

Fullam’s next project is titled “Painters, Players and Poets,” a collaboration among 16 living Maine painters, nine composers and seven poets that will result in an exhibition of art work and iPod-mediated music and readings that will tour the state next year.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.