Back in March, just before 2020 took a turn for the worse, we brought you news of an upcoming album ” Song To A Refugee” and related UK tour from Nashville based Diana Jones (https://www.bellesandgals.com/2020/03/15/diana-jones-new-album-and-uk-tour-news/ ) . Already known as an artist who gives a voice to dispossessed people from the past, this new body of work finds Diana looking into the wider world to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum seekers… she was particularly inspired by the inhumane treatment of mothers and children at the US/Mexican border.
Not surprisingly both the album release and tour have been rescheduled, but we were given a chance to hear a taste of what is in store last Friday, 28th August, with the release of the very moving and thought provoking single ” We Believe You”, which sees Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and Peggy Seeger each singing a verse with powerful conviction in their voices. Featuring Mark Hunter on piano and Joe DeJarnette on bass, it was apparently the last track to be added to the album and was previewed by Bob Harris on his BBC Radio2 country show. Diana is the best person to tell us more about the inspiration for this wonderful song and although it arose from events in the US there are sadly similar situations happening in many other countries…”Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a US border detention center last summer and testified in Washington DC.” She said “I believed the women, ‘when speaking about the reasons why they left their homes to seek asylum and the terrible conditions within the detention center. She repeated that statement many times and it occurred to me how important it is to be believed, especially for the vulnerable population of asylum seekers.”