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Buffy Sainte-Marie Premieres New Song

Thomas Bellflower April 28, 2015
Iconic Multi-Award Winning Singer/Songwriter BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE Premieres New Song Exclusively on
New Album Power In The Blood out May 12
Iconic singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and multi-award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie will release her new album Power In The Blood next month on May 12th via True North Records.  This bold new LP is her 16th studio album and a reminder that, five decades on, Sainte-Marie is a voice as vital and significant as ever.  Earlier today, TIME Magazine premiered the newly re-imagined version of “Not The Lovin’ Kind,” a song which she wrote during “the blacklist years” that originally appeared on her 1972 album Moonshot.
LISTEN: Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Not The Lovin’ Kind” on TIME Magazine:
“It’s a musician’s kind of song, a real groove, lots of room for hot playing, not too fussy,” Sainte-Marie told TIME.  “And believe it or not, it also has only two chords.  Musicians love it.  As for the words, this song is the Bible of how to let go of a jerk. It’s passionate for sure but you can tell she’s clear about saying ‘See Ya!’  I wrote it in the mid-1970s during what media has re-named the ‘blacklist years’ when I could get no airplay no matter what I sang about.”
Power in the Blood is a sculpture of an artist ever-evolving and a statement of a life’s work realized – challenging, empowering, and celebrating the listener with each and every song.  Recorded in Toronto, Sainte-Marie enlisted three different producers, a first for her, to help shape the album ; Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’NAAN), and Chris Birkett (Sinéad O’Connor, Bob Geldof).  Featuring all but two original tracks, the album starts with a re-imagined version of “It’s My Way,” which premiered on NPR Music upon the album’s first announcement.  Writer Ann Powers stated “The song is a blessing, ever renewing itself — as relevant as the voice of the glorious elder who offers it.”   The song originally appeared on her acclaimed debut album and demonstrates how her work can transcend generations while still inspiring individualism and self-expression 50 years after it was written.
Throughout her incredible half-century career each era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart.  Like so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal. “I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize and value the core of a universal idea simplified into a three-minute song,” says Sainte-Marie. “What appeals to me in folk music are the songs that have lasted for generations, but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I want to give people something original.”
Power In The Blood Track List:
01)  It’s My Way
02)  Power in the Blood
03)  We Are Circling
04)  Not the Lovin’ Kind
05)  Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux)
06)  Ke Sakihitin Awasis
07)  Farm In the Middle of Nowhere
08)  Generation
09)  Sing Our Own Song
10)  Orion
11)  The Uranium War
12)  Carry It On
US Tour Dates:
May 15 – Lincoln, NE @ University of Nebraska Lincoln
May 17 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
May 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
May 19 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
May 20 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
May 23 – Schenectady, NY @ The Eighth Step
Jul. 15 – Reno, NV @ Artown Festival
Jul. 16 – Grass Valley, CA @ California Worldfest

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