Listen to: ‘Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the USA’

Listen to: ‘Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the USA’

Leigh MichaelWednesday,9 July 2014

The Snap:

Indeed, Independence Day might be behind us for yet another 361 days, but the patriotic streak is still running strong.

This summer, celebrate America with 12 tracks worth of Bruce Springsteen (because is there anything more American than The Boss, after all?) worship as your stalwart companion. Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the USA isn’t due out until the autumn, but the makers have teased us with a delightful ode to the album’s title song. Listen and learn more about the upcoming collaboration below.

The Download:

2014 is a big year for Bruce fans. It marks the thirtieth anniversary of Born in the USA, celebrating a whopping three decades of anthemic music that has touched people in every corner of the country — and, indeed, the world.

It also marked a moment where listeners collectively pulled the wool over their own eyes. Born in the USA’s title song has oft been mistaken as a patriotic paradigm for American pride, an ode to ‘#Amurica’ (to quote the  blossoming patriotic Instagram/Twitter hashtag that not-so-secretly bothered us all this weekend). In reality, it’s a song about a man who was “Born down in a dead man’s town // The first kick I took was when I hit the ground // You end up like a dog that’s been beat too much // Till you spend half your life just covering up.” The protagonist gets sent to Vietnam, and the song focuses on the emotional and physical tool that inflicting and witnessing that kind of violence can put on a person.

Long story short? America’s anthem is pretty damn depressing, when you strip it of the jangly beat and powerful oh-so-Bruce voice. From the sampling of Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the USA that we get to listen to below, it seems like the homage of an album is going to focus more on the literary meaning of Bruce’s iconic album…. rather than the rousing beats.

Dead Man’s Town will feature musical interpretations of Bruce’s material from artists such as Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, and Trampled by Turtles. Keep your eye out for in on September 16th… And in the meantime, enjoy the music below!

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Hat Tips:

American Songwriter, Shore Fire Media, Image Credit: Flickr

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