Dusty Wright “Book Of Tears” – Listen

Dusty Wright is a New York based folk/Americana singer-songwriter, and ‘Book of Tears‘ is taken from his eighth album ‘Can Anyone Hear Me?‘  On the music scene since the ’80s, he’s played CBGB’s, of course, and has been a part of a myriad collection of bands.  This song seems kind of topical but that’s because its topic is in the news on almost a daily basis.  “How many tears / must we shed / How many prayers / how many prayers/ Can resurrect the dead?” Dusty Wright sings. 

He explains his motivation to write the song as endless frustration: “‘Book of Tears’ was written after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. I was hurting, and I needed to express my frustration in a song. Not sure why our leaders sit on their hands and do nothing. Why the NRA still holds so much sway over common sense gun laws. I think most Americans would agree that something has to be done and done now. There are too many names in this Book of Tears.

Photo : Michael Weintrob.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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