Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
Ani DiFranco performed on Mountain Stage.
Ani DiFranco performed on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
- "78% H2O"
- "Which Side Are You On?"
Independent singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has blazed a unique path since her beginnings in the 1990s. When she needed a way to release her self-made cassettes and CDs on her own terms, DiFranco launched her own label. In the years since, more than a dozen artists have released their work through Righteous Babe Records.
Now based in New Orleans, DiFranco brought her band and songs from her latest CD, Red Letter Year, for her fifth appearance on Mountain Stage. She is joined by Todd Sickafoose on bass, Andrew Borger on drums and Mike Dillon on vibes and percussion. She explains her adapted version of the 1930s work-song "Which Side Are You On?" as one she learned in order to celebrate the 90th birthday of folk legend Pete Seeger.
DiFranco invites fellow guests (heard later this week at NPR Music) Erin McKeown and Trombone Shorty to join her in "Overlap," from her 1994 album Out of Range.
This story originally ran on May 3, 2010.