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Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and now E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello surprised fans on Thursday (May 1) with the re-release of his "Union Town" EP for free download at www.morellomayday.com. Morello, aka The Nightwatchman, originally released the eight-song set in 2011, and in a note posted on the site he writes that, "This record is dedicated to working people of every nationality, age, color, and religion who have the courage to stand up for justice and dignity in the work-place...and beyond. Enjoy the tunes and fight the power! In Solidarity, Tom Morello." Union town features three Morello originals -- including both studio and live versions of the title track -- along with renditions of Merle Travis' "16 Tons," Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," Alfred Hayes' "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night," Ralph Chaplin's "Solidarity Forever" and Florence Reece's "Which Side Are You On?" Morello is currently on the road with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but he's also in the midst of recording a new solo album that he says will be different than The Nightwatchman material he's done since 2007: Tom Morello on his new album by GMI Rock News "I am in the midst of making my first big solo rock record. It's time to rock...This ties into the Springsteen story; the first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was 'Ghost of Tom Joad' at the Anaheim Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk-singing career and my electric guitar career completely separate. It was on that stage that I realized there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is gonna be that. I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard; the idea is that this is the Hendrix of now. I got a big batch of songs written and hope to record...them when I'm back off tour with Bruce." Springsteen and company play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (May 3) and wrap up their current U.S. tour on May 17 in Uncasville, Conn.
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