THE SAPSUCKERS GENERALLY DON'T SING PROTEST SONGS. We're not a political band; we're professional fun-havers, and as such, our agenda is to get as many people smiling and dancing as possible. But we've been watching recent events in St. Louis with sadness and concern, and we thought it was time to send a little love to the city that has shown so much to us.
When you travel around the country, you get a quick impression of each new place you visit. We've been welcomed into many people's lives--but nowhere has that welcome been so open-hearted and genuinely kind as in St. Louis. Where else could a couple of folkie-dorks go to a punk show and feel instantly and warmly embraced? It's a very special place for us.
On one of our first nights in St. Louis, we sat around in a living room full of scruffy musicians and music lovers, and literally every last one of them could trace their roots in the city back at least a couple generations. They were proud of those roots, of their city--warts and all--with an unusually keen sense of place. Maybe that's one reason opinions are running so hot right now. Maybe that's one reason why people are willing to fight for change.
It's hard to know what to say--we know that people we care about, in a city we care about, are suffering. We just want you to know that our hearts are with you. We hope, in the end, for justice, kindness, open-heartedness. If anyone can lead us forward, St. Louis, it's you.
--Joe and Nikki
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