EXCLUSIVE: Folk singer Erin McKeown collaborates with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

9c6emf EXCLUSIVE: Folk singer Erin McKeown collaborates with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

When singer-songwriter Erin McKeown met MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow years ago, the two became quick friends. As Maddow says in a press release, “The first time I interviewed Erin McKeown, I botched it — I kept jumping in to finish her sentences, and to quote her own lyrics back to her (as if she didn’t know them already). Erin played a song in studio that day, and at one point she stopped short in the middle of a line, and I took it upon myself to scream the rest of it out loud from across the room. This does not constitute a good interview technique! But it did start a very fun friendship.”The friendship has produced an unlikely collaboration: a twangy folk track called “Baghdad to the Bayou,” which appears on McKeown’s new album, “Manifestra.” McKeown has released the track exclusively on Salon and told us how she and Maddow paired up to write it.The interview has been edited for length and clarity.How did the collaboration with Rachel Maddow come about?Continue Reading…

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EXCLUSIVE: Folk singer Erin McKeown collaborates with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow

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