Tom Waits Appears on New Folk Ballad

d7d7c35876b39fa51abac4255edc7dd2It’s been two years since fans heard any new music from Tom Waits, whose been busy acting in films for the Coen Brothers and Jim Jarmusch lately. Now, the longtime North Bay resident has returned to the airwaves as a featured vocalist on guitarist Marc Ribot’s newly released track, “Bella Ciao,” from Ribot’s forthcoming record Songs of Resistance 1948 – 2018, out September 14.
The song is an old Italian folk ballad that is best known as an anthem for Italian resistance fighters during World War II. In a statement, Ribot says, “I played Tom a bunch of the tunes and he immediately bonded with that one. Of course, he brings a certain gravitas to everything he does—my Italian friends say he sounds exactly like an old ‘partigiano’ (resistance fighter)!”
Watch the video below to hear Waits’ take on “Bella Ciao.” (Via Pitchfork)

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.
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