Buffy Sainte-Marie Returns with 'Power in the Blood'
Published Mar 17, 2015Now 74 years old, Buffy Sainte-Marie hasn't released a new album since 2008's Running for the Drum, but that will change this spring with the arrival of Power in the Blood. This album will drop on May 12 through True North Records.
Sainte-Marie recorded the album in Toronto with three producers: Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K'naan, Serena Ryder) and Chris Birkett (Sinéad O'Connor, Talking Heads).
Most of the songs here are brand new, but opening cut "It's My Way" is a re-recording of the title track from her 1964 debut album. "Power in the Blood" is a collaboration with electronic group Alabama 3.
According to a press release, "Power in the Blood is a reminder that, five decades on, Sainte-Marie is a voice as vital and significant as ever. Like so much of Sainte-Marie's work, it's universal."
The songs reportedly touch on subjects like "the sanctity of life, the splendour of Mother Nature and scathing political and social commentary." The tracklist is below and the album cover is above. Also below, see Sainte-Marie's tour schedule, which includes UK dates with Morrissey plus a handful of Canadian dates.
The new version of "It's My Way" can be streamed at the bottom of this page, along with the old version.
Power in the Blood:
1. It's My Way
2. Power in the Blood
3. We Are Circling
4. Not the Lovin' Kind
5. Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux)
6. Ke Sakihitin Awasis
7. Farm In the Middle of Nowhere
9. Sing Our Own Song
11. The Uranium War
12. Carry It On
03/18 Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena *
03/20 Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena *
03/21 Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro *
03/24 Belfast, UK - Odyssey Arena *
03/26 London, UK - The Tabernacle
03/27 Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena *
04/26 Sidney, BC - Mary Winspear Centre
04/29 Campbell River, BC - The Tidemark Theatre
04/30 North Vancouver, BC - Capilano University Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre
05/01 North Vancouver, BC - Capilano University Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre
05/06 London, ON - Aeolian Hall
05/07 Toronto, ON Koerner Hall
05/09 Burnstown, ON - Neat Coffee Shop
05/15 Lincoln, NE - University of Nebraska Lincoln
05/17 Chicago, IL - City Winery
05/18 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
05/19 Washington, DC - The Hamilton
05/20 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
07/16 Grass Valley, CA - California Worldfest
08/07 Little Current, ON - Manitoulin Country Fest
* with Morrissey