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Pat Scanlon - Blue State Liberal

Blue State Liberal

Pat Scanlon

CDF 1054

Available from Pat Scanlon's web site

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Invoking the crowd rallying spirit of Pete Seeger and Woody's son Arlo, Scanlon wears his politics, environmental activism and acute social awareness on this workman's sleeve and God bless him for it.

Like most socially conscious singer/songwriters, Scanlon offers litanies of social ills, eco-woes, and global inequalities. But unlike many, Scanlon actually does something besides play his sprightly banjo to fire up the disaffected. He is founder of the Massachusetts Recycling Coalition. He's a Vietnam vet whose sense of humor that serves his songs, especially I Love Singing and If I Played The Tuba admirably.

What I do find somewhat contradictory, though, is while Scanlon rightly bemoans the loss of American jobs and the rights of the poor, he neglects to show that many of those jobs do aid in creation of a new and rising middle class in other countries, slowly resulting in the defeat of once oppressive regimes. Of course I soundly agree with him that America has become one of those oppressive regimes, but that's why ingenuity is always the engine of change, and why democracy, warts and all, is a constant and beautiful evolution of ideas. The song, Blue State Liberal, is available as a free download at

Track List

  • Blue State Liberal
  • I Love Singing
  • Where Did They Go
  • Future Generations
  • River Flowin'
  • If I Only Played The Tuba
  • Our Friends Are Getting Married Today
  • Baby Humpback
  • Big Old Dog
  • For The Volunteers
  • No Place To Hide
  • Let Your Friends Know You Love Them
  • Produced by: Willie Sordillo

    Edited by: David N. Pyles

    Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
    This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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