Live From Out There and Righteous Babe announced Prison Music Project Sessions: Long Time Gone Album Release Concert featuring Ani DiFranco, Zoe Boekbinder, Terence Higgins, free feral, Launa Reed and more on June 12 at 9pm EST, 8pm CT via music entertainment platform LiveXLive. The broadcast will also include call-ins from incarcerated poets Spoon Jackson and Samual Brown and documentary footage of Alex Batriz, Abraham Banks, and Greg Gadlin.
Ten years in the making, the album Long Time Gone was recorded by the non-profit artist collective known as The Prison Music Project, a collaboration between free artists and incarcerated or formerly incarcerated writers. All profits of the album sales will go to the Southern Center for Human Rights, an organization that strives for equality, dignity, and justice for people impacted by the criminal legal system and fights for a world free from mass incarceration, the death penalty, the criminalization of poverty, and racial injustice.
The full album will be available now via Righteous Babe Records. The lead single and title track “Long Time Gone” out now HERE.
Profits from the concert will benefit Sister Hearts Re-Entry Program and The Center for Life Without Parole Studies. Sister Hearts Re-Entry Program provides ex-offenders with a safe environment to heal, achieve goals, and reintegrate into society through personal development courses, transportation, driver’s license support and other integral resources. The Center for Life Without Parole Studies aims to eliminate life without parole sentences and sentences that exceed the human lifespan while helping California prisoners with low-cost and pro-bono legal services.
From June 1-12, fans can also tune in for free to Righteous Babe Radio for Prison Prism: Refracting Out from the Prison Music Project, a radio festival dedicated to discussions about our criminal justice system. Concentrated programming will look at the history of American prisons through the cultural lens of Woody Guthrie and Alan Lomax and the modern-day realities of mass incarceration during COVID-19 era through the lens of a Bernie Sanders-led town hall entitled Incarceration in Crisis. We will hear from public figures such as Angela Davis and Howard Zehr about their experiences with the alternative methodology known as Restorative Justice. The Prison Prism will also provide a platform for organizations that sponsor arts and education programs in prisons today, the very kind of organization that made this record, this radio festival, and this virtual concert possible.