Sadie's Prison Song
All songs written by Simeon Day
Arranged by Ollymandias & Simeon Day
Produced, mixed & mastered by Ollymandias at Hope Villa Studios.
Vocals & Banjo: Simeon Allocco
Backing Vocals: Jane Ispirian
Upright Bass: Miguel Velazquez Matija
Cello: Akito Goto
Percussion: Tino Ray
Fiddle: Rob Wakefield
Artwork by Ollymandias
Sadie's Prison Song is an original composition by Simeon Allocco, written as a period piece inspired by the 1933 East Texas field recordings of American ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. The song calls upon lyrics and imagery of the Brazos river, an iconic reference from many Texas prison songs. At its core, Sadie's Prison Song was written to humanize both the convicted and their loved ones. As a period piece, it is poised to highlight the violent longevity of for-profit prisons.
As it currently stands, the United States ranks #1 in the world for incarceration per capita at 639 per 100,000.
In the years 1925-1939, the nation's incarceration rate increased from 79 to 137 per 100,000.