With his new album Songs of Resistance 1948 - 2018, Ribot — one of the world’s most accomplished and acclaimed guitar players — set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with appropriate ambition, passion, and fury.
The eleven songs on the record are drawn from the World War II anti-Fascist Italian partisans, the U.S. civil rights movement, and Mexican protest ballads, as well as original compositions, and feature a wide range of guest vocalists, including Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Fay Victor, Sam Amidon, and Ohene Cornelius.
Over a forty-year career, Ribot has released twenty-five albums under his own name and been a beacon of New York’s downtown/experimental music scene, leading a series of bands including Los Cubanos Postizos and Ceramic Dog. Since his work with Tom Waits on 1985’s Rain Dogs album, though, he is best known to the world as a sideman, playing on countless albums by the likes of Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp, Norah Jones, the Black Keys, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Grammy-winning collaboration Raising Sand.
CD 1: 01. We Are Soldiers in the Army 02. Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful) 03. Srinivas 04. How To Walk In Freedom 05. Rata de dos Patas 06. The Militant Ecologist (based on Fischia II Vento) 07. The Big Fool 08. Ain't Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round 09. John Brown 10. Knock That Statue Down 11. We'll Never Turn Back