Dave Powell

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Happy Birthday, America; Let’s Celebrate With Some Protest Songs

Most people know Woody Guthrie as the author of the song that’s often called our second national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.” Not everyone knows that it’s a protest song. In the winter of 1940, Guthrie was hitchhiking his way east to New York City at the invitation of Will Geer, an actor best […]

Bulldog Gravy, Episode 104: Texas (On Everything)

Bruce Robison, “What Would Willie Do?” Country Sunshine, 2001. Willie Nelson, “Across the Borderline,” Across the Borderline, 1993. Robert Earl Keen, “The Front Porch Song,” The Live Album, 1988. Charlie Robison, “Flatland Boogie,” Good Times, 2004. Terry Allen, “Truckload of Art,” Lubbock (On Everything), 1979. Terry Allen, “Gone to Texas,” Human Remains, 1996. Robert Earl Keen, “Mariano (Intro),” No. 2 Live Dinner, […]

Some Things You Can Do To Support Public Education Right Now

Yesterday a group of students here at Gettysburg College, where I teach, organized a Solidarity Rally. It consisted largely of teach-ins designed to start conversations, and hopefully it will the first of many events that bring people together to think more carefully about how we should respond to things going on outside of our college […]

Bulldog Gravy, Episode 103: House of the Rising Sun

The Animals, “The House of the Rising Sun,” The Animals, 1964.  Randy Newman, “Louisiana 1927,” Good Old Boys, 1974. Woody Guthrie, “The Railroad Blues,” American Radical Patriot, 2012. Arlo Guthrie, “The City of New Orleans,” Hobo’s Lullaby, 1972. Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country, 1969. Willie Watson, “Midnight Special,” Folk Singer, Vol. I, 2014. Little Feat, “Dixie Chicken,” Dixie Chicken, […]

Maybe It’s Time to Put DeVos In “Receive Mode”

By now you have probably heard about Betsy DeVos’ big day out recently. She tried to visit a middle school in Washington but found the front door blocked when she showed up. This led, of course, to the publication of an already-infamous cartoon suggesting that DeVos is actually a modern-day Civil Rights warrior, and to the suggestion […]

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