Indie folk artist Alicia Blue recently came out with her new single “Blackbird,” complemented with a new music video for the song. After releasing her first album Bravebird early last year, “Blackbird” is just a taste of what is in store for the rest of her sophomore album that she is currently working on with Cage the Elephant’s Lincoln Parish and Sadler Vaden from Jason Isbell & the 400 unit. Blue is also on Atwood Magazine’s list of 2021’s Artist’s to Watch, where they claim “she will make 2021 the year everyone falls deeply in love with with folk music.”
The backbone of this single is built on the discrimination and racism Blue and her family faced due to their Mexican Heritage. She provides more insight on her single, mentioning that it also tells the story of the Japanese internment camps and the current rise of the BLM movement. “[For those] coming from poverty, some coming from poverty of the mind, existing as second class citizens, ‘Blackbird’ is for them, and for humanity at large, that missed out on health of spirit, health of mind, and freedom to express their truth, particularly their emotional truth, shamed and buried so that the body could survive, leaving a life of distortions, of silence.”
Take a listen to the powerful lyrics Alicia gives us in “Blackbird” on Spotify.