“Bread and Roses is an old labor song,” comments Ribot, “associated with the IWW Lawrence Massachusetts textile worker’s strike of 1912. The lyrics are based on a poem written by James Oppenheimer. We changed the music, and a few of the lyrics (we figured anarcho/syndicalists wouldn’t mind), but the sentiments are the same.”
Marc Ribot notes, “When I went to the big demonstration in Foley Square last fall, I saw something different. On TV, labor union people are supposed to hate the kind of young smart-asses who started Occupy, yet here they seemed to be getting along just fine. I felt, for a moment, ‘wow, something could actually happen.’ I hadn’t felt that in quite some time. The other Ceramic Doggies had similar experiences. Then we went on tour, and somehow it felt silly to play our usual set while so much was happening on the street – so we played “Bread and Roses” instead. We don’t know what the future holds, but we recorded this tune in honor of the energy of that moment.”
More information on Ceramic Dog’s latest recording will be available in the coming weeks.
Watch Bob Weir perform four songs with Green Leaf Rustlers last night at the Sweet Water Music Hall.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner has confirmed Tom Petty died due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Last night’s The Avett Brothers concert began with the band covering The Cranberries in tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away this week at the age of 46.
Organizers of the Levitate Music & Arts Festival have revealed the lineup for this July’s event.
Chris Robinson, Barry Sless, Pete Sears, John Molo and Greg Loiacono played the first show of the inaugural Green Leaf Rustlers tour last night in California.
Organizers of the annual Mountain Jam music festival have announced the lineup for the 2018 installment.