Former Attorney General and former late-night joke fodder, Janet Reno has put together a three disc compendium of American music featuring the likes of The Black Crowes, Devendra Banhart, John “Cougar” Mellencamp and Martha Wainwright.
The box set features 50 songs, all reinterpreted by various artists, of classic Americana like “Dixie’s Land” and “The Times They Are A Changin.'”
I think they can learn more about their country, I think they can be inspired by what they hear, from some of these songs. They can remember when they are facing adversity that people were able to overcome terrible situations in their life and in the history of our country. When you think about it, the Depression, which this project talks about in clear detail, was such a dark cloud over this nation. I remember my mother’s stories of the Depression. If my mother could carry a tune she would have composed one of these songs that talks about the Depression, because it was so much a part of her life. And then to come out of the Depression into World War II, into the greatest war we have ever had, and to face the challenge of the atomic bomb, ever present after that war, gives us a sense of the challenge we face. But it’s also there to say, “Look, we did it, we can overcome, we can get past this time in our history.
Not too shabby.