With a title like “I Wanna Die But I Can’t (‘Cuz I Gotta Keep Living),” you would imagine Pronoun‘s lead single off of her upcoming EP would be pretty sad. You’d only be half right — the song’s world-weary lyrics, written by Alyse Vellturo (Pronoun‘s off-stage name),
On the collaborative 2019 project Songs of Our Native Daughters, Amythyst Kiah wrote and sang “Black Myself,” leading her bandmates Allison Russell, Rhiannon Giddens, and Leyla McCalla in a potent anthem about ingrained racism and resilience. The group was creating on the fly, re-centering black stories in roots music.
Nearly 20 years ago, well-traveled tribute band musician Craig Martin came up with one heck of a lightbulb moment. Forget the cringe-worthy impersonations and cheesy costumes and forego the over-the-top stage lighting. Keep it simple. Keep it real. Keep the music.
Classic Albums Live was born.
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