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Ghost Canyon

Title - A White Album
Artist - Rain Perry

For those unaware, Rain Perry wades into the fraught topic of the day on her upcoming new album, A White Album, in which she asks, with clarity, empathy and a little wry humor: What does it mean to be white? What can we learn if we face our demons head on? Can we get past the defensiveness and shame and build a more just and empathetic America?

A White Album is Rainís fifth collaboration with Mark Hallman, who serves as producer and player of most of the instruments, at the Congress House in Austin, TX. Featuring guest appearances by Ben Lee, Akina Adderley, BettySoo and Wilcoís Mikael Jorgensen, Rain takes a fresh look at her own family history through the lens of race in seven original songs and two covers.

1. Melody & Jack
2. The Money
3. Yarddogs/Morning Dew (feat. Mark Hallman)
4. None of Us Are Free (feat. BettySoo)
5. Indian Hill, Ohio, 1967
6. Whatís Wrong with You?
7. Visions (feat. Akina Adderley)
8. Lady Of the Harbor (feat. Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus)
9. This is Water (feat. Ben Lee)

This beautifully crafted, organic and heartfelt new album opens on the atmospherically-charged, accordion-imbibed Melody & Jack (which recalls a family story of an interracial crush that Rain now realizes occurred about the same year as Emmet Till) and the drum-led, foot-tapping rhythms of The Money (a singalong primer on the real estate practice of redlining) and backs those up with the somber folk-Americana ambiance of Yarddogs/Morning Dew (feat. Mark Hallman), and then comes the gently funky Solomon Burke cover, None of Us Are Free (feat. BettySoo).

Next up is the evocative, troubadour storytelling found within Indian Hill, Ohio, 1967 which is itself followed by the upbeat and adamant Whatís Wrong with You?, and then comes Rainís beautiful collaboration with Akina Adderley on Stevie Wonderís Visions, the album rounding out with the achingly stunning, melodic balladry of Lady Of the Harbor (feat. Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus), coming to a close on the gently jaunty, free flowing ebb of Rainís duet with Ben Lee, This is Water (and which finds Lee realizing, along with Rain, that the world they grew up in was stacked in their favor).

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