While we may agree to disagree with our fellow Americans along party lines, there’s at least one idea on which we NextTribers concur—and it’s expressed perfectly by the new single from Keb’ Mo’, featuring Rosanne Cash. The upbeat anthem is called “Put a Woman in Charge,” and you can catch the video in it’s entirety below.
Four-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ strums and sings, “Here we are standing on the brink of disaster,” while Cash (daughter of country legend Johnny)—who has a quartet of Grammys to her credit as well—harmonizes, “Enough is enough is enough is enough.” Halfway through the guitar-driven, gospel-tinged tune, Cash breaks out with a triumphant, “Hallelujah, we’re gonna feel the magic; when the girls take over, it’s gonna be fantastic.”
“Put a Woman in Charge”: The Back Story
The collaboration came about as Mo’, beginning work on a follow-up to his 2017 album TajMo, was inspired to pen something about his mother, who’d recently passed away at age 91. “She was smart. She was strong. She was a leader,” he says.
Rosanne Cash sings, ‘When the girls take over, it’s gonna be fantastic.’
Once the song was written, he reached out to Cash, who had spoken so powerfully when accepting the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award at the Americana Music Awards in July. Though in the process of putting finishing touches on She Remembers Everything (released November 2nd), her first new album in five years, Cash jumped at the invitation.
Both artists have long been committed to activism, Cash via a number of organizations including the Center to Prevent Youth Violence and Children, Incorporated, and Mo’ largely as a supporter of the Playing for Change Foundation, which seeks to create positive change through music education.
The duet with Cash is not his first time working with women; indeed, he has played with an eclectic list of ladies including Bonnie Raitt, Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, and India Arie. “Having Rosanne be a part of this project is amazing,” says Mo’. “It has become a beautiful thing.”