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Bartees Strange zooms in on the pain of Black America with new single ‘Hold The Line’

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Bartees Strange has returned with another preview of his forthcoming second album, ‘Farm To Table’, sharing the poignant and powerful new single ‘Hold The Line’.A notedly emotive cut from the Washington, DC indie-rocker, Strange explained in a press release that ‘Hold The Line’ is one of the most thematically raw tracks on ‘Farm To Table’.

It was inspired by George Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter Gianna, who was thrust into the public eye when her father was murdered by former police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020.Strange expounded: “I remember watching George Floyd’s daughter talk about the death of her father and thinking wow – what a sad introduction to Black American life for this young person.

It was painful to watch her grow up in that moment, like all Black kids eventually do. “‘Hold The Line’ was written over the course of three days during that first pandemic summer.

Through this song I was trying to make sense of what was happening in the US, my neighborhood and my community at that moment.

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