Rise Against release video for Balled Of Hollis Brown

Rise Against have released a music video for their cover of Bob Dylan’s song ‘Ballad Of Hollis Brown.’ The song is featured on ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International,’ which was released on January 24th.

“’The Ballad of Hollis Brown’ was about one farmer who falls on hard times,” says lead singer Tim McIlrath, “but I don’t think anyone from that time period could imagine how our entire agricultural system would fall on hard times. We wanted to make a video that would let the audience know that these problems aren’t exclusive to the time period Bob Dylan was singing about, and in fact they’ve grown exponentially. A farmer’s enemies aren’t just drought or floods anymore, they are now everything from over-powerful corporations to short-sighted immigration policies.”

NPR’s Ann Powers said of Chimes of Freedom and Rise Against’s contribution to the set “what I love about this set is the musical variety, and one strain is definitely punk bands picking up Dylan’s political fervor and one of my favorite examples is the band Rise Against (covering “Hollis Brown).” Entertainment Weekly singled out Rise Against in their review, “the best covers here come from the misfits (Kesha), the punks (check out Rise Against’s raging ‘Ballad of Hollis Brown’), the outsiders (Mexican pop star Ximena Sariñana’s excellent ‘I Want You’), and the radicals (‘With God on Our Side’ finds Somali-born Toronto rapper K’naan challenging American hawkishness as only a Canadian can).”

Below us a list of upcoming Rise Against headline dates featuring A Day To Remember and Title Fight:

April 15th San Diego, CA Viejas Arena ** currently on sale
April 16th Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Theater
April 17th San Jose, CA Event Center at SJSU
April 19th Kent, WA ShoWare Center
April 20th Boise, ID Century Link Arena
April 21st Salt Lake City, UT Saltair
April 23rd Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
April 26th Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
April 27th St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
April 28th Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove
April 30th Tampa, FL Stadium Green Iguana
May 1st Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
May 2nd Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Uptown
May 4th Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
May 5th Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music
May 6th Pittsburgh, PA Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
May 8th Syracuse, NY New York State Fairgrounds
May 10th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre


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