Although ‘Tell Me About It’ is offbeat and weird, it’s also full of socially conscious commentary on life in America today, from the perspective of someone who has done a whole lot of living.
Creed Bratton’s weathered sagacity is never more
apparent than on ‘Unemployment Line’. The new video features shots of Bratton fingerpicking his acoustic guitar in an overgrown field, contrasted with meditative shots of today’s America – all strip malls, car dealerships, dilapidated freeways, and marginal communities.
Bratton sounds weathered but vital, relaxed but intent on delivering his message. “The unemployment line is a lonely place to go,” he says. “I can’t look in the peoples’ eyes.. there might be someone there I know.” Like the rest of his latest album Tell Me About It, “Unemployment Line” draws on his past experience. After his exit from the Grass Roots in the late 1960s, Bratton fell on hard times, and at age forty found himself in an unemployment line. Spotting his ex-girlfriend there, too, he left, fearful of judgment.
Creed Bratton’s life has had many phases, from music to film, from drifter to father. Bratton wants us to drift, to shift our perspective, and to think about our common humanity before we judge others.
“Unemployment Line” is off of
Creed Bratton’s new three-part album / audio-biography:
TELL ME ABOUT IT
“Tell Me About It is one of the best and most original releases of 2013.”
Wesley Britton, *blogcritics