Say what you want about Ani DiFranco; she knows how to associate herself with certified, 100 percent American radical pains in the ass. Fortunately, DiFranco has a certain amount of freedom in this respect; her albums, distributed through her Buffalo-based Righteous Babe label, are popular enough by now that she can afford not to give much of a damn how her folk-punk fan base reacts when she releases oddball albums like her collaborations with infamous radical songwriter Utah Phillips. The Phillips/DiFranco albums simply would not exist on a major label, given the very genuine anarchy championed in Phillips' lyrics and stories; yet exist they do on Righteous Babe, and if only one out of 10 DiFranco fans picks up on Utah Phillips as a result, she'll have performed a service worthy of a... More >>>