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I knew former Attorney General Janet Reno had crazy talents at, like, justice, but did you know she's also up in the record business too? She's the executive producer of a new box set, Song of America, that brings together a large and mind-bogglingly diverse cast of contributors to interpret 500-plus years of American music to more or less run through our national history in song. Seeing Beth Nielsen Chapman and Suzy Bogguss listed on it isn't surprising, but Devendra Banhart, Danielson, and Andrew Bird are pretty wild choices for such a potentially museum-like project. Amazon's snippet players aren't getting along with my browser, so I can't vouch for the quality of the finished product, but I feel good about a former attorney general and a dude who dresses up like a tree working together to teach people about America.
I really want Reno's next joint to be a song in the style of Akon's "Sorry, Blame It On Me" where she apologizes for Ruby Ridge and Waco.