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Mark Hallman and I are making a record. And Cinderblock Bookshelves is becoming a radio drama!
Someone at Folk Alliance said something funny. I mentioned that my new album was a collection of songs about growing up white, and she said "That's all the song! But good for you for admitting it." Touché.
This album, which I'm referring to as "My White Album," is a look at my family and childhood through a new lens. Where Cinderblock Bookshelves was a personal hippie kid memoir, this new album pulls back to look at the bigger picture of what it was to grow up a white kid and to be white in the world now.
Inspired by the great socially-conscious-while-musically-amazing albums of the 1970s, like Innervisions and What's Going On, this record -- and a still-being-conceived live performance -- is designed to spark constructive conversation about what comes next.
I can't wait for you to hear it! There are collaborations with some artists I can't wait to announce, and I'm very, very excited because Mark is on fire with the innovative, inspired musical arrangements. It was so heartening to get to be back in the studio with him, enjoying our vaccinated freedom.
If you want to talk about this record or what it's about, write and say hi.
Let's Be Brave.
Let's Be Brave Podcast out now.
Let's Be Brave (the album) is available for sale. Buy it here.
"...what an album it is." -- Bill Bentley
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Photo credits: Top photo - Patricia Clarke; Fire photo in cookbook: Bob Muschitz