New preview track from Tales From Earth, Inc. – WISHING WELL
“Wishing Well” is a funk rock tune addressing three island and coastal countries already dealing with the realities of climate change: Kiribati, the Maldives and Bangladesh. It features an ensemble cast consisting of Dan Sheehan on guitar and vocals, Dave Krusen on drums, Patrick Moraz on piano, Wilhelmus Sapanaro on bass, Karmina Dai on vocals, Peter Furlan on saxophone and Vinnie Cutro on trumpet.
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Tales From Earth, Inc. is the forthcoming concept album and live show from Dan Sheehan, leader of the bands The Dan Sheehan Conspiracy and Banter, taking on the effects of greed on people around the globe. Tales From Earth, Inc. is performed by an ensemble featuring musicians from the worlds of rock, classical, jazz and world music.
TFEI will be released in 2018, and is currently available as a live performance either in “full extravaganza” format with horns, strings, and world instruments, or “stripped” format with 5 piece rock band.
Use the player below to preview tracks from the forthcoming album, or view the video above for a taste of “TFEI Live!”
Check out the following preview mix of “Kimberley” from Tales From Earth, Inc. featuring Dan Sheehan, Dave Krusen, Patrick Moraz and Kevin Nathaniel!
The Tales From Earth, Inc. ensemble
While we won’t be releasing Tales From Earth, Incorporated in 2017, we should see an early 2018 release as we are 95% tracked and have begun mixing! Back behind the board with Dan is Bob Both, known since the ’70s for his work with James Brown and Brown’s label artists, and engineer/producer on a slew of other records. Keep checking the site for posts of mixes from the sessions!
Upon the announcement by ZImbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe that he is stepping down from power, we put together this lyric/photo video of “Kimberley” from the forthcoming Tales From Earth, Inc. album. “Kimberley,” named after the Kimberley Protocol to stop the trafficking of blood diamonds, is about Mugabe’s use of blood diamonds to fund his regime, and tells the story of a boy “torn from school to work as a government slave,” forced to work in the mines to support Mugabe’s dictatorship.
“Kimberley” is performed by Dan on guitars and vocals, Dave Krusen on drums, Patrick Moraz on keyboards, and Kevin Nathaniel on Zimbabwean instruments (mbira and hosho).
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The Center for Peace, Justice & Reconciliation at Bergen Community College has awarded a support grant for the Tales From Earth, Inc. project. This is the second grant the project has received, the first being from the Puffin Foundation.
The two grants plus our GoFundMe crowdfunding effort make it possible for us to bring you this socially conscious music at a time when labels are failing to acknowledge the importance and appeal of socially conscious releases during these crucial, historic times.
One of the issues raised by the song “Cross the Border” on Tales From Earth, Inc. is that of immigration to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America, a topic that is being talked about a great deal right now as the D.A.C.A. act is debated. One factor that is not really talked about, and which is the subject of “Cross the Border” is the role the United States has in driving immigration from Mexico and Central America by allowing and encouraging the sale of guns to the drug cartels.
There are about 300 gun shops on the U.S. Mexico border, which is about 2,000 miles long, so a gun shop for almost every three hours of border. Coincidentally, the vast majority of cartel murders in Mexico happen within close proximity to the United States, and the vast majority of guns recovered by the Mexican government from cartel raids are of U.S. origin. States on the border include Arizona and Texas, known for their lax gun sale laws and for their residents’ opposition to more restrictive gun sale laws, much to the joy of the National Rifle Association and to gun manufacturers and shops that can profit from sales to the gun hungry, brutal and ruthless drug lords.
Mexico has one gun shop, in the capital, run by the military.
I recently added Karmina Dai’s awesome vocals to the choruses of this track, but for now offer this earlier mix:
Hey kid, wanna make some dough?
Just head down South towards Mexico
Get yourself set up with a nice gun shop
The sales are bound to never stop!
For some strange reason there’s no end to the orders
When you set yourself up at the Mexican border
Don’t let the proximity trouble your soul
Leave it up to the follks on the border patrol
Come fuel the slaughter across the border
But don’t you send us your sons and daughters!
If not from you, they’ll get ‘em someplace else
So don’t let the thoughts make you trouble yourself
There’s no way you could know that a piece that you sell
Will end up in the hands of the local cartel
Oh, there’s no need for a background check
No need for a card or a check
Just put out your hands and it’s filled with green
Head into town and make the scene
And fuel the slaughter across the border
But don’t you send us your songs and daughters
Oh how many dead Mexicans will it take
To ensure massive profits from the sales you will make?
‘Cause the newest board member of the NRA
Wants to buy him a yacht, and he wants it today!
So don’t you challenge our amendment rights
‘Cause we’ll fight to protect them with all our might
‘Cause hunting and protections what we’re selling ‘em for
Never told anyone to go start a drug war!
We fuel the slaughter across the border
And don’t you send us your sons and daughters
Oh where will the bullets go?
You’ll never need to know
© Dan Sheehan Music 2017
Thanks to the many of you that have shown your support for our crowdfund campaign for Tales From Earth, Inc. Thanks to your support, we are able to pay many wonderful musicians to appear on the album, all of whom are generously giving us special studio rates. So far guesting joining Dan on the album are Dave Krusen (ex-Pearl Jam, Candlebox), Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes, Moody Blues), John LaBarbera, Ori Yekutiel, Andy Krikun, and Nadya Kourani. More guest musicians to be revealed as they get recorded in the coming weeks. Recording will rap and we’ll go to mixing in September!