A few months ago, Rich Ulloa, of the record label Y&T Music, asked me to produce a new recording of the song “We Shall Not Be Moved.” I invited some of my favorite singer/songwriters, including Mandy Marylane, Arlan Feiles, and Karen Feldner, as well as dobro player Dana Keller, to join me. We recently released the single under the name Unity Congress. Visit Ballad of America to read the fascinating story behind the song, which has been sung in labor struggles of the 1930s and 40s and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Protesters in Spain and Chile sang it as “No nos moveran” in their fights for social justice. I will be a guest on the podcast American Songcatcher in the near future talking about the song.
Karen and I just finished the video for Fall: The Collection. In 2019, we recorded song collections for each season, and in 2020 we are making videos of them. Visit her website to hear the albums and watch the videos.
Ballad of America
Ballad of America, Inc. is planning our first grant-funded live event. It was originally scheduled to take place in a theater in September 2020, but COVID forced us to change plans. We are now on Plan C. Check back for updates.
The board of directors of Southeast Regional Folk Alliance is meeting regularly via Zoom to plan monthly webinars and special online events in May, when we usually hold our in-person conference.