Video premier for “1920” by Saro Lynch-Thomason & Sam Gleaves
On Monday, March 23, The Bluegrass Situation debuted “1920,” co-written by Si Kahn, Saro-Lynch Thomason, and Sam Gleaves. Saro and Sam recorded it for their forthcoming album of Si’s songs about women, I Have Known Women.
Check out the premier and the “1920” video at https://thebluegrasssituation.com/read/watch-saro-lynch-thomason-sam-gleaves-1920/
The year 2020 marks exactly 100 years since women in the United States after decades of organizing, standing up and fighting for justice; after years of beatings, torture and jail, finally won the right to vote. Don’t you think this is a perfect year for an album that celebrates not just women’s suffrage becoming part of the the Constitution of the United States but all women?
That’s why award-winning singer Saro Lynch-Thomason and Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves will present an album celebrating the triumphs and struggles of women on the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of U.S. women’s suffrage. Utilizing a blend of old-time, country, and folk, Sam and Saro artfully weave together portraits of women who resist enslavement, cross literal and metaphorical borders, and take to the picket lines. This collection features nine previously unreleased songs by Si, three previously recorded songs (“Truck Driving Woman,” “Nobody’s Body But Mine,” “The Border”) plus “1920,” written for the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by Saro, Sam and Si.
The album features top-notch musicianship by Liam Purcell (multi-instrumentalist whose band Cane Mill Road won a 2019 IBMA Momentum Award), Hasee Ciaccio (bassist who performs with Sister Sadie and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands), and percussionist John Gardner. Fierce, funny, and mournful, this album bears witness to the historic struggles of women and testifies to their ongoing fight for safety, autonomy, and freedom.