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Gilkyson announces new album

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – Eliza Gilkyson announced the release today of her politically-charged album, "2020" on April 10 on Red House Records.

Produced by Eliza's son, Cisco Ryder, "2020" features songs designed to be audience sing-a-longs in the Pete Seeger tradition of motivational political anthems from the call for unity of "Peace in Our Hearts," to condemnations of President Trump's policies with "Sooner or Later" and "My Heart Aches."

Gilkyson also recorded two folk favorites: Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." Gilkyson's new song, "Beach Haven," was drawn from a letter written by Woody Guthrie in 1952 directed to Beach Haven Apartment's landlord Fred Trump (POTUS' father) regarding his racist, segregationist renter policies. The song is Guthrie's invitation to Trump to "open your doors" and "rip out the strangling red tape" that keeps the apartment from embracing all races.

Featured artists include Gilkyson's band of beloved Austin musicians: Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Sexton) on pedal steel, slide and electric guitars, Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson) on bass, Bukka Allen (Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Terry Allen) on keyboards, Warren Hood on fiddle, mandolinist Kym Warner (Green Cards) and Ryder on drums, with cameo appearances by Jaimee Harris, folksinger Betty Soo and the WEWIM Choir of Austin, a support group co-founded by Eliza and singer Charlie Faye to nurture local female musicians working to get their careers off the ground.

Gilkyson will be touring her new release during 2020 with various musical accompaniment from solo to trio configurations.

"2020 was born out of a visceral impulse to promote unity, commitment and action during this epic and critical showdown of power versus people in the USA and our world today," she said. ""May human decency prevail."

The track listing is:
1. Promises to Keep
2. Peace in Our Hearts
3. My Heart Aches
4. Beach Haven
5. One More Day
6. Sooner or Later
7. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
8. Beautiful World of Mine
9. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
10. We Are Not Alone

CD reviews for Eliza Gilkyson

Secularia CD review - Secularia
A singular songwriter well regarded in the wider folk community, Eliza Gilkyson has built a career on crafting alluring albums that reflect her soul and sensitivity. "Secularia" is no exception, and if the title implies a certain kinship with more earthly matters, the songs themselves share spiritual sentiments that often conflict with the wider view of religion and the fanaticism that can drive its followers to extremes. In a recent interview, Gilkyson made it clear that she »»»
The Nocturne Diaries CD review - The Nocturne Diaries
With 20 albums and well over 3 decades of musical exploration behind her, Eliza Gilkyson's career resides in a kind of amorphous no-man's land where her kudos and accolades don't seem in sync with her inexplicable lack of wider recognition, a Grammy nod aside. Regardless, she had a head start on a viable career early on; the daughter of a Disney soundtrack composer, she had the advantage of an early apprenticeship that allowed her to follow in her father's footsteps. »»»
Your Town Tonight CD review - Your Town Tonight
This aptly titled live album from singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson is a consistently warm affair as she brings her stellar songs to the concert stage. And while many often suffer from strong songs that fall flat in concert, Gilkyson takes solid tunes like the rootsy "Beauty Way" and "Green Fields," the former resembling a cross between Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin and the latter a haunting cover of one of her daddy's (Terry) tunes. Gilkyson sways from a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
Concert Review: LBT proves more than capable – If you have seen Little Big Town in the last decade, it could have been anywhere from a B stage at a Rib Fest to a 20,000-seat amphitheater as the opener for some of country's top acts. Their current "Nightfall" tour rightfully proves they are more than capable and well deserved being billed as a top headlining act.... »»»
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