‘I’d always been a fan of Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down, but with a professional bully in the Oval Office, the urgency of those verse lyrics hit me harder than I expected.’ Anthony D’Amato covered this song for the first time during his Onder Invloed session and has now released a charity EP, raising funds for the International Rescue Committee.
That’s more than enough reason for me to post this video ahead of the rest of his session. D’Amato wrote an article for The Bluegrass Situation in which he writes: ‘This group of songs is my attempt at channeling all of the anxiety and energy and negativity of 2017 into something productive and positive. I wanted to bring together a diverse group of artists I admired and create a collection of political music for a cause I believe in, but I also wanted to push on the idea of what exactly makes a song political. The tracks here are a mix of covers and originals reimagined for a year in which kindness and empathy have become their own form of political statements.’
The EP features some brilliant musicians, inclusing Josh Ritter, Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, Israel Nash, Michaella Anne, The Masterons, Lizzie No and Miwi La Lupa. Enjoy the video of I Won’t Back Down below and please visit D’Amato’s website and purchase the EP.
And be sure to check back here soon for the full session we recorded!
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Filmed, edited and graded by Matthijs van der Ven
Audio recorded by Matthijs van der Ven & mixed by Anthony D’Amato.