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Not many eighty-nine year olds tackle social issues, but most artists aren't Alice Gerrard. The folk music legend just released a new single, "Sun to Sun," about the ongoing (and never ending) gun control issue in this country. It's a surprisingly upbeat sounding song despite the fact that it's about how children keep getting killed over and over and over again in the US with literally no action being taken. It's the type of song that could easily be heard in the background as a happy folk ditty if you're not paying attention to the lyrics. But when you do, the song becomes both heartbreaking and infuriating.
Alice Gerrard says of her latest single:
“It’s infuriating that politicians won’t take the steps they should. It may be the person, but it’s also the damn gun.”
You can listen to "Sun to Sun" below. Sun to Sun, the album, is due out October 20 on Sleepy Cat Records. For more on Alice Gerrard, check out the artist's website.