It’s About U.S.
The 2016 election made me (and many others) increasingly aware of how many Americans feel like strangers—even enemies—with those who express different political ideas. But I don’t believe we’re as far apart as we seem. Moreover, I believe that if we better understood our differences, they might not so easily fuel hatred and contempt.
Therefore, for the rest of this year, I’ll be doing a project I’m calling “It’s About U.S.” I’ll periodically post articles, ideas, videos, songs, and more (of my own and others) on improving how we talk to each other. I’ll end in December by performing a brief fundraising tour along the East coast with my fiddles, tap shoes, and looper.
Please click on a post below to follow along, and if you feel inspired, make a donation to Better Angels here.
Launching “National Songwriting Contest” as Braver Angels’ new “Director of Cultural Engagement”
The Full and Final Better Angels Benefit Tour Show
The song that inspired this project
Meet Andy and me before the show!
To bring out the “Better Angels” of my music and fellow citizens
How this tour grew, in quantity and quality!
We need to talk, even if we disagree.
Going door to door, for candy and country
How do you respond to hate? Should we give in to fear?
Because the search for love and democracy might not be so far apart
Challenge labels with Better Angels bumper stickers
A song dedicated to my late fiddle teacher, Stacy Phillips
Where we’re going and how to get tickets!
Support for The Tennessean’s “On Civility” series by David Plazas
How to support my December tour and Better Angels
Inspirational artists who build bridges
Bridging divides with bluegrass music.
Learning to talk on the internet
Learning to talk with my neighbors
How I’ve tried to hear “AllSides” when I get my news.
My mission statement in song and how you can get involved!