April 29, 2011
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tom Morello was an early supporter of the massive protests against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union bill and performed at the Capitol Square in Madison in February. That experience led him to produce a new EP, "Union Town," consisting of 8 pro-union songs, with all profits to benefit the America Votes Labor Unity Fund.
"I was so inspired by what I saw in Madison," Morello told the Los Angeles Times. "It seems very much like we're at an important crossroad and that this movement was not just about stopping some bad legislation, but possibly harnessing the energy of 100,000 to 150,000 people who were in the streets and want to put some teeth back in the labor movement in the U.S."
Morello is one of the original members of the bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and released his first solo album as The Nightwatchman in 2007. "Union Town" will be available digitally on May 17th and on CD/vinyl on July 19th. For more information, visit SaveWorkers.org.