folkVOTE Featured Song and Video October 6

“Gonna Vote Your Asses Out” by Emma’s Revolution

“Gonna Vote Your Asses Out!” (c) 2020 Sandy O, Pat Humphries (Moving Forward Music BMI)

Award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O of Emma’s Revolution are known for fearless, truth-telling lyrics and melodies you can’t resist singing. Their latest song, “Gonna Vote Your Asses Out!”, is a punchy ear worm that’ll inspire you to get out the vote and make you laugh while you’re doing it. Sandy O says, “We originally wrote the song for a demonstration in early February when the Senate failed to impeach Trump. A couple weeks later, we went into the studio and recorded our parts. COVID hit soon after and, while everything else slowed to almost a halt, Trump continued to do one egregious thing after the other and we had to keep rewriting the lyrics. The Bible photo-op was the last straw and the last rewrite.” The duo then started down the path of re-recording at home, getting musicians to record at their locations and, finally, doing a socially-distanced video. Pat adds, “We’re pretty sure you know whose asses we’re singing about. But, if you’re not, you’ll see some of their smug faces in the video. It’s a long list, so we couldn’t include them all.” Emma’s Revolution is based in Oakland, CA and joining them on the recording and video are a trio of powerhouse Bay-Area musicians: Susie Davis on accordion (Mick Jagger, Melissa Etheridge), Vicki Randle on bass (The Tonight Show Band, Mavis Staples) and Kofy Brown on drums (Skip the Needle, The Kofy Brown Band). The song was mixed and mastered by Daryn Roven @ The Raindrop, masked videos were shot by videographer, Sara St Martin Lynne, and Broadway percussionist/drummer, Steve Holloway, created the video. Another of Emma’s Revolution’s latest releases has already begun receiving accolades. “Our House is on Fire” has been selected as the opening track for Hope Rises, the forthcoming compilation CD from Music To Life, a national nonprofit co-founded by Noel (Paul) Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. The panel of acclaimed songwriters, Eliza Gilkyson, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, Deidre McCalla, SaulPaul, and Tom Paxton and Peter Yarrow, chose the song from 100+ submissions.

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