Given the current political climate, the American Civil Liberties Union, the nonprofit that strives to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, needs as much help as it can get.
Every day seems to bring a new threat to American civil liberties.
, a collaboration celebrating “the importance and power of free expression,” features 10 local acts singing songs related to civil liberties.
“Music has the ability to move us,” says Clint Holley, a disc cutting engineer and owner of the Earnest Tube, a specialized direct-to-disc studio that captures the honesty of pre-1950s recordings. Holley has organized the project. “Whether it’s a Woody Guthrie Depression-era political folk ballad, a Credence Clearwater Revival anti-war anthem or a Public Enemy rally cry to ‘Fight the Power,’ music can heighten public awareness of societal issues and stir us to action.”
Holley aims to create and sell a 12-inch vinyl compilation album and donate all proceeds to the ACLU.
“Everyone involved in the project believes that safeguarding these rights—the First Amendment in particular—is fundamental to our values, and therefore we are all donating time and talent to make this album a reality,” explains Dave Polster, audio engineer and co-owner of the Earnest Tube.
The local blues, country, folk and rock musicians participating in the project include Ray Flanagan, Lawrence Daniel Caswell, Angelisa Crognale, Sands and Hearn, Aaron Civil War, Elizabeth Kelly, Jason Schaffer, Gretchen Pleuss, R.A. Washington and Brent Kirby.
“We need a nominal financial commitment from the community to move ahead with pressing and distribution,” says Polster. “We’ve set a 60-day $2,500 pre-order goal on a local fundraising platform, Gotta Groovebot—for just $25 you can show your support for local music, get a great album of heartfelt new music and contribute to a collective ACLU donation.”
After the record is pressed, a digital version will be available online.
Each of the original songs in the “Analog Rebellion” collection was captured in one take with just one microphone.
“Every musician brought a song to the table that spoke to a small part of the social upheaval our country is experiencing,” says Holley, adding, “The ultimate goal, however, is to unite. These artists bridge musical divides and that’s beautiful. Collaboration coupled with free and authentic expression makes for fertile ground artistically.”
You can learn more about “Analog Rebellion” or submit a $25 pre-order here