Linda Draper calls out pandemic hypocrisy in ‘Tether’

Brooklyn-based antifolk musician Linda Draper delivers a scathing retort in the acoustic version of “Tether,” the closing track from her upcoming album Patience and lipstick.

“They keep talking in their twisted language, trying to sell me the idea that we’re all in this together,” she sings of disorganized media and political messages in the face of inaction to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “I do not agree.”

“I wrote it at the start of the pandemic,” Draper says of the song’s gritty tone. “I was disgusted with how we were suddenly bombarded with insincere messages.”

Evoking the righteous political folk storytelling of Joan Baez, the song is a powerful testament to the frustration and grief many people have experienced throughout the pandemic. Above fingerstyle guitar and barebones backing fiddle, Draper’s vocals take center stage to express exactly how she feels.

The retro inspirations of Patience and lipstick are also on display in Draper’s cover of Barbara Kieth’s 1972 classic “Detroit or Buffalo,” which she says she was drawn to as soon as producer and former Tanya Tucker bandmate Jeff Eyrich showed her the track.

“Barbara’s voice and the message of her lyrics are timeless, raw and fearlessly vulnerable,” she notes.

Patience and lipstick will be released on January 21 via South Forty Records, Draper’s own label, which she founded and named after an area of ​​Montana where her mother’s family has ranched since the 1930s. You can find more information on Linda Draper, her music and her upcoming tour schedule via her official site.

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