'More Perfect' Podcast Announces Compilation Album Inspired by 27 Amendments Ft. Dolly Parton, Kevin Morby & More
Hear a new track from Kevin Morby.
The More Perfect podcast from WNYC Studios is turning its insightful political analysis into educational activism with the announcement of 27: The Most Perfect Album, a compilation of original songs inspired by the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The set features a song, and in some cases more than one, for each amendment by a diverse and highly acclaimed group of artists, including Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, They Might Be Giants and Kash Doll. The accompanying podcast will also add to its star power with voice-over narration from award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright.
The first release is folk singer-songwriter Kevin Morby’s take on the 24th Amendment’s elimination of poll taxes, premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Aug. 23). It's a blues-driven tune that only Morby’s observational lyrics and circuitous storytelling could conjure. He reflects the history of the legislation by noting small financial grievances and sacrifices that accrue throughout time until it becomes clear that nothing can break the cycle except the right to vote.
27: The Most Perfect Album is set to drop on Sept. 18 and will coincide with the premiere of More Perfect’s third season, which will break down each amendment and apply it to the modern day. Though the series will serve a much different tune than its companion album, it’s certain to strike a chord.
In a statement, More Perfect creator and host Jad Abumrad says, “The mission of this album is to take these sometimes forgotten words and animate them through the power of music. These 27 amendments not only outline our basic rights as Americans, but they also show a country changing, evolving, re-imagining itself. Striving (and not always succeeding) to be better. These songs will be a way to say that these words matter.”
Get a first listen of Kevin Morby's song inspired by the 24th Amendment below, and check out the full track list after the jump.
Cherry Glazerr / Joey Stylez
Sateen / Michael Richard Klics / Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Palehound / They Might Be Giants
Sons of an Illustrious Father
Adia Victoria / Nana Grizol
The Octopus Project
Kash Doll / Bette Smith
Aisha Burns / Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
STEF CHURA / Donny Dinero (of Mail The Horse)
The Duke Ellington School Chorus (The Mellow Tones)
Kevin Morby / Caroline Shaw