This is Anne Feeney's "best seller." It also features Jon Fromer's anthem "WE DO THE WORK," heard several times recently on Democracy Now!
23 union and work songs from the woman Utah Phillips calls "the best labor singer in North America." Energizing, inspiring, true songs that should be in the home of every member of the working class... especially union members! This is the CD to have in your player on the way to the rally ... read the rank 'n file reviews below, and write your own after you've had a listen.......
Here's what Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary says:
I adore Anne Feeney not only because she's a wonderful songwriter, which she is, but also because she's a person who has lived her songs.
Here's a review from Pause/Record:
Today's folk music is filled with the influences of labor music. From Joe Hill to Woody to Pete, many of the longest lasting songs are songs of the working class and those fighting for them.
It may be that torch that has been picked up by Anne Feeney, an unabashed union maid and self-proclaimed hellraiser. In one CD you can not only find a true and spirited bow to the classics of the labor movement, but hear a fresh look at the state of the protest song today. You won't read tomorrow's paper the same afterwards.
In the process of identifying heros and villains, traditions of class resistance and the humanizing the heartless history of capital, Anne Feeney becomes not just a folk singer but something of a working class hero herself.
Review by Genn Chryst, Guardsman Editor, SF City College
...easily one of the best CD's I've heard in a long, long time. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from a labor songs collection but it certainly wasn't anything this wonderful.
If you love the socially responsible aspect of the 60's folk-revolution music, you will love this CD.
Her songs are sad, funny, angry, and sarcastic, yet at the same time they are incredibly inspiring and motivating for the truth that they speak. Feeney gives voice to our anger but in a way that clarifies it even to us.
Labor singers have always written their songs to specific melodies and styles that were popular at the time. True to tradition Feeney has managed to incorporate an amazingly diverse array of styles including traditional Irish and Mexican ballads, Black spirituals, reggae, boogie, hip-hop, and ska into this CD. What's even more amazing is that it works! Nothing seems out of place. It all flows together so well that I didn't realize until the third listening that there was such an extreme variety of styles going on.
Feeney uses these different styles to form a kind of musical travelogue of the world's condition that takes you from America's heartland to a pub in Ireland, from the Nazi concentration camps of Europe, through Central America, and to a place I'm sure, lies somewhere near the soul of Birmingham, Alabama.
... one of my all time favorite CD's. And with her wonderful and versatile vocals and passion for what she sings I definitely want to hear a lot more of Anne Feeney.