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Show Up

by Holly Near

Celebrate 35 years of social change music and keeping the political song tradition alive with Holly's latest recording, Show Up
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Family Band
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2. Somebody's Jail
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3. Gandhi/Buddha
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4. I Am Willing
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5. I Want You Gone Too
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6. Lives in the Balance
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7. Bound by the Beauty
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8. Hattie and Mattie
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9. Show Up
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10. It's About Time
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11. Drunken Sailor
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12. This is Peace
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13. Oh River
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Album Notes
The song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, flourished on the airwaves during the height of the Vietnam War. It’s hard to forget Pete Seeger’s haunting refrain—When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? These words demonstrate the power that an artist and a song can wield to help end a war. But can today’s popular music bring about a similar cultural and political change—one that will help end the war in Iraq? If so, what are the songs and who will sing them?

Holly Near—an outspoken activist, singer, teacher, and recording artist—has spent the past 35 years working for progressive political and social change. Over the years, Holly’s powerful anthems have captured the mood of many movements and now her voice and messages are no less urgent than those of 35 years ago. As one Holly Near fan put it, “She is a delightful combination of Pete Seeger and Judy Garland!”

Her latest recording, Show Up, is a pointed and provocative look at where society sits today—in a new millennium and going into the fourth year of a U.S. led foreign war. From her poignant treatment of Jackson Browne’s scathing indictment of the big business war machine in Lives in the Balance to an ironic rewrite of Laura Love’s I Want You Gone, no topic is sacred to Holly Near. War, peace, love, family, corporation, government, addiction—they all come under her scrutiny on Show Up. But Holly is not merely an observer. She invites audiences to take a stand—to take the higher road of vision, peace, perspective, and leadership—and to Show Up.

A superb mix of original songs and covers, Show Up showcases Holly’s extraordinary talent. Her songs Family Band and Somebody's Jail have the multi-layered poetry that do for a song what a high-powered lens does for a camera. I Am Willing is a healing balm in this time of great discouragement and despair; and she celebrates the environment in Jane Siberry’s Bound by
the Beauty. Addiction gets a long hard look in Holly’s reworking of the old sea shanty Drunken Sailor, accompanied solely by Jackeline Rago’s driving percussive rhythms.

This new recording is a launch pad for a tour by this powerful singer and delightful storyteller. Holly brings history alive as she relates her 35 years of work as a singer/songwriter and social change activist. And history meets the present as she takes on the opportunities and challenges facing the peace and justice movements of today. Whether out on her own or uniting with other contemporary activists, such as Gloria Steinem, Cindy Sheehan, and Medea Benjamin, Holly Near is keeping the political song tradition alive.


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Loved it!
Holly Near is heads above the rest...always has been. Loved the new CD. Thanks Holly!


Holly continues to lead the current world of activist singers!
This CD adds to the bounty of work of great peace activists such as Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary. Hattie and Mattie celebrates the love of two aging lovers while Somebody's Jail reminds us that the struggle for women's equality is far from over. This may be one of the best!

Doña Adler

Holly shows up just when I needed her most.
Intelligent lyrics coupled with the mature and nuturing voice of Holly Near are what makes this CD a treasure.

Cathy Zinsli

Holly Near SHOW UP
Another 5+ star CD, Holly. Every song is truly wonderful. My favorites are It's About Time and Oh River. Plus all the rest.


Show Up
second time I have bought this CD, wore the first one out, but now I do know all the words! Gave this CD as a gift to many, excellent CD. Now I have her complete collection.


Just what we needed!
Bought one copy at the concert and ordered 5 more for holiday presents. She's an activist's musician. Shows up with wisdom, humor, and good sense just when we need it most.

Isabella Wylde

Show Up
Great album, love it all!


This is yet another inspiration from an amazing artist!
Once again a wonderful blend on soul soothing vocal and lyrical beauty, thought provoking wisdom, political activism, and just plain fun. The range of musical styles represented in this CD is a nice touch!

Karen Hancock

I LOVE this CD!
This CD has been in my player all week - and I can't stop humming Hattie and Mattie, and Oh River. Beautiful work, Holly. Come back to Fort Collins for another concert soon!

Sue Kavanagh

I loved it - wonderful lyrics and music.
I have been a fan of Holly Near since I first heard her in 1984. I really enjoyed this CD. Great messages and wonderful music. I especially loved Somebody's Jail and Ghandi/Buddah.
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