“Ain’t Gonna Whistle Dixie Anymore”
Paul Metsa and Willie Walker feat. Sounds of Blackness
Rock the Cause Records
(release date: August 8, 2018)
By Bob Marovich
This multi-cultural mashup of genres—think Nitty Gritty Dirt Band meets gospel choir—is the ideal backdrop for a song denouncing white nationalism and its brazen disregard of historic fact and common sense.
Reflecting on the memory of recent marches, hate crimes, Nazism, and symbols of the Confederacy, Twin Cities folk singer Paul Metsa, blues singer Willie Walker, and the award-winning Sounds of Blackness declare they “ain’t gonna whistle Dixie anymore.”
In a play on the original lyrics to “Dixie,” they sing: “Bury that song in the land of cotton, deep in the Delta mud to be long forgotten.” This song kills fascists. A hip hop version featuring rapper and activist Tef Poe is scheduled for release September 14.
Net proceeds from sales of the single, released to coincide with the anniversaries of Ferguson and Charlottesville, will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center and the High School for Recording Arts in Minneapolis.