Singer-songwriter, producer, and dedicated activist Erin McKeown returns with a new album that brings together her political and musical selves, emitting honesty and hope. Having a passion for social justice and a strong interest in public policy, McKeown treats her music as a multi-dimensional way to convey messages, connect with fans, and become a better person. MANIFESTRA finds McKeown accompanied by many musical friends, who add a simple but lush foundation to her songs. Track “Baghdad To The Bayou,” co-written via text message with longtime friend Rachel Maddow, is a simmering New Orleans cut that addresses injustice from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico. “The Jailer” is an upbeat, percussive number whose bright horns and melodic vocals belie the serious undercurrent of border politics.