Gina Forsyth’s album, Promised Land, released locally in December and nationally in February has been hitting the top of the charts. A notable achievement, the title song from the CD reached #1 on the Folk DJ list for January and the CD ended the month at #3.
The title song is a story of how her ancestors came to this country and began living the American dream. From there she recounts the movement of her family to the South, what it means to be a Southerner, and how so much of what Americans take for granted may actually be the product of a foreign country.
The entire album is very much a family biography for Forsyth. The album was featured on WWOZ December 18 as part of the Cajun and Zydeco show with Charles Laborde and Jim Hobbs.
The Folk DJ list is compiled by Richard Gillman of KBCS FM in Bellevue, Wa., and reviews 162 folk DJ playlists from around the country.
Promised Land was released in December at the Neutral Ground, in New Orleans. Gina Forsyth will be at the Neutral Ground Friday, February 17 at 10 p.m. From there she heads to Memphis, TN, to play at the Folk Alliance Feb. 22-25. And, as always, she plays fiddle on Sunday evenings with Bruce Daigrepont at 5:30 p.m. at Tipitina’s Uptown.