Tuesday, January 28, 2020
– Eliza Gilkyson announced the release today of her politically-charged album, "2020" on April 10 on Red House Records.
Produced by Eliza's son, Cisco Ryder, "2020" features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity of "Peace in Our Hearts," to condemnations of President Trump's policies with "Sooner or Later" and "My Heart Aches."
Gilkyson also recorded two folk favorites: Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Gilkyson's new song, "Beach Haven," was drawn from a letter written by Woody Guthrie in 1952 directed to Beach Haven Apartment's landlord Fred Trump (POTUS' father) regarding his racist, segregationist renter policies. The song is Guthrie's invitation to Trump to "open your doors" and "rip out the strangling red tape" that keeps the apartment from embracing all races.
Featured artists include Gilkyson's band of beloved Austin musicians: Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Sexton) on pedal steel, slide and electric guitars, Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson) on bass, Bukka Allen (Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Terry Allen) on keyboards, Warren Hood on fiddle, mandolinist Kym Warner (Green Cards) and Ryder on drums, with cameo appearances by Jaimee Harris, folksinger Betty Soo and the WEWIM Choir of Austin, a support group co-founded by Eliza and singer Charlie Faye to nurture local female musicians working to get their careers off the ground.
Gilkyson will be touring her new release during 2020 with various musical accompaniment from solo to trio configurations.
"2020 was born out of a visceral impulse to promote unity, commitment and action during this epic and critical showdown of power versus people in the USA and our world today," she said. ""May human decency prevail."
The track listing is:
1. Promises to Keep
2. Peace in Our Hearts
3. My Heart Aches
4. Beach Haven
5. One More Day
6. Sooner or Later
7. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
8. Beautiful World of Mine
9. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
10. We Are Not Alone