Taken from “Until We All Are Free (Benefit EP)”, out now digitally.
This track was originally composed for WNYC’s “More Perfect” podcast. The song illustrates the passing of the 15th amendment in 1870, which granted Black Americans the right to vote. Part of the amendment text reads that no man shall be discriminated against by his “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” inspiring the opening lines of the track. However, shortly after its passing, local laws passed by states throughout the nation lead to a de facto nullification of the amendment, ushering in the Jim Crow era and a new chapter in Black Americans’ ongoing struggle for equality.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, violinist, vocalist and songwriter Aisha Burns began playing violin when she was 10 years old, and has been touring and recording since 2006. Soon after moving to Austin in 2005, she gained her start with folk-rock outfit Alex Dupree and the Trapdoor Band, and joined the instrumental ensemble Balmorhea on violin in 2007. After years of secret singing, she released her solo debut “Life in the Midwater” in 2013.