Dropkick Murphys & Violent Femmes team up to fight the KKK in new song

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Dropkick Murphys & Violent Femmes have joined forces to fight the Ku Klux Klan on the new collab song "Gotta Get To Peeksill", which is the latest single from Dropkick’s upcoming album due out May 12th. The song features lyrics from folk icon, Woody Guthrie.

The song features the distinctive voices of Violent Femmes front-man Gordon Gano and Dropkick Murphys singer Ken Casey, as they trade verses on the track, singing Guthrie’s lyrics about confronting the KKK.

“We had the privilege of collaborating with the Violent Femmes on this feisty track,” said Casey in a press release. “Acoustic Dropkicks sounds a lot like the Violent Femmes in my opinion, so the collaboration is musically and symbolically fitting. And singing a song about fighting the Ku Klux Klan is always extra fun.”
Gano added, “Long live Paul Robeson! Long live Woody Guthrie! It’s an honor to be singing and playing on this song.”
Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie also commented, “We have always loved the Dropkicks’ aggressive approach to roots material. They don’t need any help, but it was a pleasure to contribute flamboyant acoustic bass guitar. I was moved by the vocal interplay between Gordon and Ken. Mysteriously, the end result sounds suspiciously like Dropkicks meets Femmes. Which is a good thing!”

Listen to the new track below, and again Dropkick Murphy's new album Okemah Rising is due out May 12th.

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