by e.g. bailey

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Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents, AMERICA, the provacative new single by spoken word innovator and historian, E.G. BAILEY. Following in the tradition of Whitman, Ginsberg, Baraka and others, Bailey explores a post 911 America. With a haunting jazz score by the maverick ensemble ABSTRAKT COLLISION, based in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the track addresses many of the issues confronting Americans today, from the war in Iraq and the new McCarthyism to the economic fallout and the Guantanamo, while looking towards hope and change. The companion track, THE LAST POET, also featuring Abstrakt Collision, along with spoken word artist MADAME MIMI, transcribes the Beat vision of the last poet at the edge of the horizon. The single will be released on November 4th, Election Day. AMERICA is from E.G. BAILEY's upcoming album AMERICAN AFRIKAN.

E.G. BAILEY is an award-winning spoken word artist, filmmaker, poet, playwright and radio producer. Considered to be one of the most active spoken word artists of his generation, he has helped to foster and advance the art of spoken word in Minnesota and across the country. His work has taken him to England, South Africa, Belgrade, United Arab Emirates, Ghana and other locals. A spoken word innovator, he co-founded the first spoken word conference (Singers of Daybreak), the first spoken word grant (The Verve Grant), the first spoken word organization in Minnesota (MN Spoken Word Association), and has founded three spoken word radio shows, developed from the Spoken Word Conscious Movement/Verbal Graffiti radio format he created. His work has appeared in various publications including Warpland and Drumvoices Revue. He has co-written and starred in several spoken word commercials including Target's 'Art Connects', which was recently inducted into the Art + Technique of the American Commercial and is archived at the MOMA.

"For instance, Bailey, is already that. A Spoken Word, a true self consciousness is/ing as we read or hear, himself expanded into our gratified senses. He makes language live!" - Amiri Baraka on E.G. BAILEY

"The scene has not been host to a stronger performing poet in all that time and those who remember bailey as part of the seminal ensemble Sirius B know exactly what I'm talking about. No matter how long it takes for bailey to drop "da proverbial bomb", it will have been well worth the wait." - Dwight Hobbes on E. G. BAILEY

'America'' is released by indie label, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records. See for more information. To request interviews or additional images, please contact or 612-288-9491.


released November 4, 2008

1. America (featuring Abstrakt Collision)
Produced by Ben Durrant + e.g. bailey
Music by Abstrakt Collision; Words by e.g. bailey
(e.g. bailey, A. Lakkis)

2. The Last Poet (featuring Abstrakt Collision + Madame Mimi)
Produced by Ben Durrant + e.g. bailey
Music by Abstrakt Collision; Words by e.g. bailey
(e.g. bailey, A. Lakkis, M.M. Harris)

3. America (A Capella)
Produced by Ben Durrant + e.g. bailey
Words by e.g. bailey
(e.g. bailey)

4. America (Live)
Music by members of Quilombolas; Words by e.g. bailey
(e.g. bailey, E.S. Brenneman, U.M. Williams, L. Hill II)

Executive Produced by e.g. bailey + Shá Cage
Produced by Ben Durrant + e.g. bailey
Mastered by Hipgnosis
Photography: Julian Murray (Julian Murray Photography)
Art Direction + Design: e.g. bailey + Venus Designs
Trú Rúts Endeavors logo design: Elliot Looney
Trú Rúts Endeavors tree logo design: Karin Odell
Speakeasy Records logo design: Elliot Looney

Management + Booking: Oni Management for Tru Ruts Endeavors
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