From Righteous Babe Records: “Our friends and neighbors to the north at the University of Winnipeg present the little folksinger with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters this Friday, November 22.
The Honorary Doctor of Letters is conferred upon those who have made a significant contribution to the Arts and Humanities. Past UWinnipeg recipients include cellist Zara Nelsova (1985), folk singer ? and previous Winnipeg Folk Festival Artistic Achievement Award winner ? Oscar Brand, and conductor Bramwell Tovey (1993).
Ani DiFranco just had her second baby, but that didn’t stop her from working on new music. This time around she did a track with funk band Dumpstaphunk titled “Dirty Word.” Click blow to listen to it. Continue reading
We all know that one of the the little folksinger?s favorite ?f? words is ?funk??and nobody brings New Orleans funk to the masses like Dumpstaphunk (Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels III, Nikki Glaspie). Dumpstaphunk?s new album Dirty Word, just hit the streets July 30 featuring Ani on the title track.
If you are wondering how this came about, here?s how Ivan Neville explained the track in an interview with Dave Lake that appeared in the Seattle Weekly:
?Ani DiFranco got on the record totally by chance. Mike Napolitano, who mixed 9 out of the 11 songs on the album, he?s married to Ani DiFranco. And their studio is in their house. So he was mixing the Dumpstaphunk record ? and she?s sat in with us before and I played on one of her records before so we have a mutual respect ? she happened to be in there listening to him mix the record and we were nowhere around. She heard something, on what was an instrumental song, and she went and put some vocal parts on the song … And we heard it and thought it was very interesting and very cool and so we left it.?
This is dedicated to this election night in Kuwait! Ani DiFranco could be one of the most prolific artists in the music world today, however, even as she is on her seventeenth full-length album right now, she has not covered many songs. She is an original and has an influx of songs that can fill up many albums. But, when something is as pertinent as this song, Ani takes the chance, but with her own twist.
DiFranco took this old labour union folk song penned in activism by coal miner?s wife Florence Reece and built on it, changed the lyrics to make them timely for this era and gave it a great rock edge. Even if the tracks starts with a banjo interlude (provided by the legendary Pete Seeger), it manages to get to a loud angle once it kicks in. A great tune to have around during an election year. So, ?¿Which Side Are You On??