Where Is the Soul of America? Asks the World’s Grievance Man
In these times of warring political factions putting the government in unproductive gridlock, social activist singer-songwriter Mike Stout asks what happened to the driving American spirit that united Americans to do great things. In this bluesy slide guitar driven tune a big chorus of singers asks:
“Where is the soul of America? Where is the spirit that made you great? Where is the soul of America? We need it now more than ever today. Where’s the will, that brought the Bill of Rights to stay, The ways and means to bring about our common dreams…now?”
Mike Stout, the World’s Grievance Man, is an internationally known socially conscious singer-songwriter and social activist who performs at concert halls, festivals, clubs, union conventions and schools across the United States and Europe. Stout has appeared in Germany on eight concert tours and has performed in Paris, Denmark, Poland, and the Czech Republic with his message of human solidarity and peace. Working with all-star casts of nationally known Pittsburgh musicians and producers Mike has released 13 independent CDs and recorded over 150 songs. Mike Stout’s “Point of Pittsburgh”, “Americana Dreams” and “Breaking The Chains” CDs were named notable releases by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
John Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote of Mike “In the Woody Guthrie tradition, his songs reflect contemporary issues without resorting to journalism. They’re more like partisan op-ed columns that grab political opponents by the throat and don’t let go.”
On his thirteenth CD release “Time To Build A New World” Mike Stout is rabble rousing again with a new batch of recordings calling people to arise in solidarity to fight for their rights and an end to injustice and alienation.
Time To Build A New World” will be released on October 25, 2013 with a CD release show at Club Café in Pittsburgh. It will be available for sale on Itunes and Amazon and can be heard on Spotify, eMusic, Mog,Rhapsody and other popular music listening sites.
“Alien Nation” is a percussion filled song telling the story of the isolated cyber addicted. Today we live in a nation where alienated people do everything remotely through their smart phones and laptops. Face to face conversations with friends are a thing of the past. Focused on their own narrow safe secure cyber view they are distracted from other people’s pain and have lost touch with our community.