Highlights from last year’s Tell Us the Truth tour, which featured Steve Earle, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, will be released on CD (Oct. 5) and DVD (Oct. 19) via Artemis. The sets dovetail with the Nov. 2 release of the similarly themed CD/DVD “Axis of Justice: Concert Series Volume 1,” which also features Morello alongside System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and members of Tool and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“Tell Us the Truth: The Live Concert Recording” features solo performances by Morello (as the Nightwatchman), Jill Sobule, Mills, Earle, Bragg, the Coup’s Boots Riley and Lester Chambers. The ensemble joins together for covers of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” and the Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today.”
In addition to select concert clips and a soundcheck, the “Tell Us the Truth” DVD boasts footage from the Conference on Media Reform, a free-trade protest in Miami and a press conference.
The tour sprung out of the artists’ demand for greater accountability from mass media coverage of elections and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Here is the “Tell Us the Truth” CD track list:
“People Get Ready,” Ensemble
“Five Long Years,” Lester Chambers
“Every Day I Have the Blues,” Lester Chambers
“California’s Dark,” the Nightwatchman
“You’d Better Not Kill in Texas,” Jill Sobule
“War Correspondent,” Jill Sobule
“Ohio,” Mike Mills
“The Mountain,” Steve Earle
“Christmas in Washington,” Steve Earle
“Underdog,” Boots Riley
“Five Million Ways To Kill a CEO,” Boots Riley
“The Price of Oil,” Billy Bragg
“Great Leap Forward,” Billy Bragg
“People Get Ready Medley,” Ensemble
“Time Has Come Today,” Ensemble