Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
Record label: New West Records
Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Political Folk, Protest Songs
Tom Morello (as the Nightwatchman) released the song "Union Town" digitally in May as a rallying cry and benefit for The America Votes Labor Unity Fund, which supported union workers in Wisconsin who were (and are) fighting to keep their collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin; a dispute has been continuously challenged in court and, more than likely, will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The full Union Town EP is also a benefit recording; all profits go to the same organization.
If this is your initial introduction to Tom Morello’s “Nightwatchman” saga, then you’re in much better luck than the Rage and Audioslave fanatics who purchased his first solo album on a whim figuring he’d tear up the acoustic guitar like he does the electric. This was far from the case on One Man Revolution, which showcased pure Bob Dylan folk with Morello as a man musing about our governmental problems. The Fabled City took it up a notch with some more instrumentation and background singers, but still, the lack of soloing on Morello’s part made his activist friends the only real audience to whom to sell this stuff.