Video: Sunny Ozell “American Tune”

This is a glorious version of Paul Simon’s classic, ‘American Tune’.  Sunny Ozell’s voice is pure, insistent and resonant.  The song came from a recording session at EastWest Studios ready for a live-stream festival.  It’s been a busy year for the Reno, Nevada-raised singer-songwriter, who released her acclaimed second album, ‘Overnight Lows’, and a live EP recorded at the Village.

Paul Simon originally wrote the song as a musical response to the uncertainty and unrest of the Nixon years.  However, all this time later, in a year that has been so traumatic for so many, Simon’s lyrics have never been more emotionally meaningful: “I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered // I don’t have a friend who feels at ease // I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered // Or driven to its knees // Oh, but it’s alright, it’s alright // For we lived so well so long // Still, when I think of the road we’re traveling on // I wonder what’s gone wrong.”  Read those words, listen to Ozell’s fine interpretation and reflect.


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From up north but now hiding in rural Suffolk. An insomniac music-lover. Love discovering new music to get lost in - country, singer-songwriters, Americana, rock...whatever. Currently enjoying Ferris & Sylvester, John Smith, Jarrod Dickenson, William Prince, Frank Turner, Our Man in the Field...

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  1. At his concert at Hyde park PS talked about the situation that the world is in and his president (he was obviously not a fan) and finished with this song. It was moving.

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