Tom Waits has been quiet these past few years. Thanks to Marc Ribot, Waits has broken his 2-year song silence by appearing on Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, Ribot’s new album of protest songs. “Bella Ciao” is as Italian anti-Fascist folk ballad and Waits brings his best gravel to the mix.
Every movement which has ever won anything has had songs.” Marc Ribot
The album also features Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Fay Victor, Ohene Cornelius and Sam Amidon. Released on Anti-, Songs of Resistance mixes old and new songs all speaking out against injustice.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Marc Ribot perform a number of times as part of his band Ceramic Dog, with the Lounge Lizards, and with Tom Waits. While Ribot has lent his voice to song before, his guitar usually does most of the talking. For Songs of Resistance, he lets voices reign.
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