Roger Street Friedman

Video Premiere: Roger Street Friedman “Last Train to Babylon”

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Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Roger Street Friedman’s song “Last Train to Babylon” (written by Roger Street Friedman and Matt Ellis).  This song appeared on Friedman’s recently released album Rise, which was produced by Larry Campbell.

“Last Train to Babylon” is Roger Street Friedman on vocals and acoustic guitar; Larry Campbell on electric guitars; Jim Toscano on drums; Matthew Schneider on bass; Jason Crosby on Hammond organ and piano and Lucy Kaplansky and Teresa Williams on background vocals.

“There’s something broken on these streets … riding on the last train to Babylon.”  Enjoy the quality production of a song that’s become eerily relevant all over again at this very present moment now — with the unthinkable spectre of war on the horizon.

The video is animated with a poignant solemnity. It was produced by Ciro Ayala at Provoke Films.

“Last Train To Babylon” is the second song on my 2020 release, “Rise,” produced by Larry Campbell. It’s a song about how dire everything feels in the world, and how people are the cause, and the only way to turn it around is for people to decide to do it — ‘It’s down to you and me.’ With the political divisions at home (and abroad), and the war in Ukraine raging overseas, it felt like a relevant time to revisit the message of this song. I turned to Ciro Ayala of Provoke Films, with whom I’ve worked in the past, to produce a video that captures the essence of the song. He did a phenomenal job getting that message across. I’m so grateful to Americana Highways for consistently supporting my music and that of so many other independent artists! It’s such important work. — Roger Street Friedman

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