Ann Wilson releases timely Steve Earle cover

“The Revolution Starts Now” is Wilson’s first release in two years

Legendary rock musician Ann Wilson has returned with her first release in two years. “The Revolution Starts Now” is available on Wilson’s official YouTube Channel and for digital download on AnnWilson.com.

“The Revolution Starts Now” was originally recorded by Steve Earle and first appeared as the title track of his GRAMMY nominated 2004 album of the same name.

“This is my first release since my 2018 solo album release, Immortal,” Wilson says about the release. “‘The Revolution Start’s Now is a powerful, uplifting anthem of unity. It’s an incitement to think higher than polarization and derision. We need that now. I used to love this song in a ‘fun’ way. Nowadays, I take it much more seriously and urgently.”

“Things are just building and have been building for a long time for this sort of fever pitch before the election, and I have never seen a time when people have been so divided,” Wilson adds in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone. “Even with the pandemic, which could have been a real unifier, it seems like there’s the lowest common denominator in human nature at play, where everyone’s just all split up and divided and hating each other. So this song talks about thinking higher.”

The single artwork for Wilson’s “The Revolution Starts Now” was designed by American street artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who first emerged with his “Andre The Giant Has A Posse” sticker campaign before becoming widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster.

Ann Wilson is one of the greatest voices in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. For the past 40 years, she has been lead singer for the rock band Heart (35 million records sold), thrilling audiences with her vocal power and natural gift to wrap her voice around an emotion in a song and lay it at the listener’s feet. Wilson carved out a place for women to dominate a rock stage, and her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

After an extensive 2019 with Heart, Wilson’s looking forward to bringing the same band on the road to perform all the great songs, and others, that she’s made famous since she founded her band in 1973.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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