Courtney Marie Andrews & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy cover “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” for “Our First 100 Days” benefit compilation
Quotes from Courtney and Will Oldham: “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” is an amazing gospel tune that the incomparable Nina Simone covered and it became an important song for the civil rights movement in the 60s. A lot of these issues are still relevant today and I wanted to sing a song that had a palpable voice for those issues. I’ll never know what it was like to walk the rocky path that Nina did, but her power and unyielding strength was and is something to aspire to. “ – Courtney Marie Andrews:
“We figured to make a song that would keep folks’ minds, tongues & fingers in motion. James Baldwin: ‘This is not the land of the free. It is only very unwillingly & sporadically the home of the brave.’” – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days, Our First 100 Days aims to raise funds for organizations supporting causes that are currently under threat by the Trump administration. Today is day 67 in the project, which has raised over $80,000, as well as the second phase in the project.
Sold in a subscription format for a minimum contribution of $30, fans will receive one song per day across the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. Powered by RPM, all profits from Our First 100 Days will benefit organizations that stand in opposition to a Trump presidency: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground.
Previously announced musicians include How To Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, Whitney, The Range, Mitski, Tim Heidecker, Bully, S. Carey, Angel Olsen, Beach Fossils, PWR BTTM, Jens Lekman, Cherry Glazerr, Strand Of Oaks, Minus The Bear, Into It. Over It., Eluvium, Torres, Holy Sons, Mountain Goats, Rob Crow, Sam Amidon, Wild Nothing, Avey Tare, Bill Fay, Mal Devisa, Peter Silberman, Meat Wave, Twin Peaks, Mountain Man, Nap Eyes, Nothing, and many more.