With a career expanding more than eight decades, there’s no let-up for Dion, as the legendary wanderer releases his lates single, ‘An American Hero’, through Keeping The Blues Alive Records.
Written by Dion and Mike Aquilina, it comes in advance of an entirely new album from the rock/blues/gospel great and the song itself seems him joining forces with country music star Carlene Carter, daughter of the late June Carter.
Dion, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame almost 35 years ago by the late Lou Reed, commented, “It’s a song about the ordinary person being a hero and championing the cause of the people around them. You don’t have to look at cable news or online and don’t look to politicians to save you. Look into your own heart and be a hero to the ten people you affect in your life the most. Patriotism really isn’t about politics; we’re all Americans, so values and character are what matter most. Stop looking elsewhere for the answers to our problems; look into your own heart.
Dion expressed great enduring admiration for his duet partner and the legacy she represents. “She’s a member of the Carter Family who were there when country music began. I’ve always loved this girl’s voice. She’s so beautiful and sings with such heart; she’s so authentic. I just love the presence she brings to the song.”
Carlene Carter herself commented, “I was flattered and delighted when Dion got in touch and asked me to join him on this song. It’s about self-reliance and unity and doing what you can for those you cherish most. I can’t help but characterize it as a heroic effort and I’m proud to have been part of it.”
This highly anticipated single release is accompanied by the official music video featuring Dion and Carlene, as well as scenes of ordinary Americans in pursuit of their lives and dreams.
You can stream the single here and check out the video, featuring Dion and Carlene, as well as scenes of ordinary Americans in pursuit of their lives and dreams, here at RAMzine.
A protest song in the best sense. It questions America’s grip on the values it claims to hold true to strummed with a warm country folk feel a even as A military backbeat echoes eerily in the distance.