Hi, McGrath: I've only had one experience with a compilation CD and I saw the problems with selection. There was an inner circle, an outer circle, and folks who were standing around outside the outer circle.
If this whole project ever goes through, there are ways to select material for CDs that can circumvent the insiders/outsiders perception, and the "not good enough" reality. Not every track submitted, or ever person submitting a track would necessarily make the "cut." You could do a CD that was a true sampler of the Diversity of Mudcatters music, from blues and country-tinged folk, to Celtic and Welsh. Maybe with a little gospel thrown in.
You could also do one with a theme, or a Thieme. Or several. I think of the Soutyhern Journey series that Lomax did, built around themes like Badman Ballads, work songs, spirituals, Songs of the Sea, etc.
I do think a sampler showing the diversity of Mudcatters would be great fun, though. You could get some Australian music done by Bob Bolton, and probably others I haven't heard. Same with Celtic and blues (Bobert comes to mind.)
As for how to do this, if I submitted something, I'd have to see if I could convert a tape to CD. I've done it with my computer, with fair success, but not for a long time. Others may not have the capacity, or know someone who can do it for them. I thought Waves were women in the Armed Forces. Shows you how unsophisticated I am. Probably a few more like me out there. I'd hate to see someone not considered because they could only submit a tape. But, I can see this being a LOT of work. It sounds like there are people who have the time and commitment to tackle it, though.
I think it's a wonderful idea.