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Various Artists - Rich Man's War: New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace and Protest

Rich Man's War:
New Blues & Roots Songs of Peace and Protest

Various Artists

Ruf Records - RUF1144

Available from Ruf Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Tampa Blue
(tampablue AT

Do you wonder what happened to thoughtful, political music; music that will hold up as good music and lyrics that demonstrate real thought and perception? If you do then you probably should be checking out the release, Rich Man's War, from Ruf Records. Not only should you be pleased with what's contained in this collection but it may very well point you toward some artists you should be listening to more often.

Bob Brozman's Follow The Money is included. Not only does this show off some of Brozman's guitar fireworks but it reveals a window on his political perspective. Whereas following the money may not be an original notion this is a tightly written tune that is also fun to hear.

We The People by Guitar Shorty is musically strong enough that maybe a few folks will enjoy it before they realize there is a strong message being broadcast simultaneously.

Norman and Nancy Blake give us a song called Don't Be Afraid Of The Neo-Cons. One of my favorites on this collection I was absolutely tickled to hear it. It gives me one more reason to admire these folks.

Two more tunes stand out and have to be mentioned. I was unfamiliar with the Pat Boyack Band but their Mr. Wesola's Lucky Number Dream Book Part II is the stand out song on the collection. If you like Gil Scott-Heron I'm sure you will enjoy this also! And Roy Zimmerman's Chickenhawk provides the comic relief while taking huge swipes the more hypocritical member's of the neo-cons.

The hits just keep on rolling here and we have to leave some surprises for you to discover. So, if you have been wondering where has all the protest music gone, you can find a nice grouping of it on Ruf Records, Rich Man's War.

Peace, out……

Track List:

  • Follow The Money - Bob Brozman
  • We The People - Guitar Shorty
  • Don't Be Afraid Of The Neo-Cons - Norman and Nancy Blake
  • Handful Of People - Matthew Skoller Band
  • Bring The Boys Back Home - David Evans
  • Jesus and Mohammed - Candye Kane
  • You Don't Really Wanna Know - Charlie Wood & The New Memphis Underground
  • Mr. Wesola's Lucky Number Dream Book Part II - Pat Boyack Band
  • Chickenhawk - Roy Zimmerman
  • Fear Itself - Michael Hill
  • A Time For Peace - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
  • Dubb's Talkin' Politician Blues - Doug MacLeod

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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