Courtney Marie Andrews + Bonnie 'Prince' Billy cover Nina Simone's "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free"
Started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days, Our First 100 Days aims to raise funds for organizations supporting causes under threat, thus far raising over $80,000.
As part of the project, Courtney Marie Andrews and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Will Oldham joined forces to duet on Nina Simone's "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free." Andrews and Oldham trade vocals on Simone's civil rights anthem, the hope seeping into every lyric and flourish. You can check it out HERE and head over to Bandcamp for the whole list of artists involved. Visit here for information on the project.
Andrews and Oldham had this to say about choosing this specific song to fit our times:
Courtney Marie Andrews says ""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. “
"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