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Frank Turner performs a solo acoustic set in The Current studio

Frank Turner performs a solo acoustic set in The Current studio.
Frank Turner performs a solo acoustic set in The Current studio.Nate Ryan | MPR
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by Jill Riley

October 21, 2019

Frank Turner - Jinny Bingham's Ghost (Live at The Current)
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Frank Turner - The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead (Live at The Current)
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Frank Turner - Sister Rosetta (Live at The Current)
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"I read history incessantly," Frank Turner says, and that becomes abundantly clear given the theme of Turner's latest album, No Man's Land. Turner's eighth studio album, No Man's Land sheds light on the stories of 13 historic women through Turner's chosen medium: song.

On tour in support of the album, Frank Turner visited The Current to talk with Jill Riley, to play some songs from No Man's Land and to share more of the stories behind the nonfiction people he sings about on the record.

Turner feels fortunate to be able to share these stories, especially since the stories of these women are often underrepresented in canonical history. As a man, Turner is also sensitive to someone of his gender telling these stories. "The question that is being asked is, what right have I, as a man, to write songs about women?" Turner posits, and he says he welcomes good-faith discussion about it.

Although many of us may encounter some of these stories for the first time through Turner's record, Turner insists No Man's Land is "not a didactic project." Rather, he points to the long-standing tradition of storytelling in folk music, and he sees this work as another chapter in that larger volume. "The storytelling drive was the first impulse for me," he says.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Frank Turner.

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Songs Performed

"Jinny Bingham's Ghost"
"The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead"
"Sister Rosetta"
All songs from Frank Turner's 2019 album, No Man's Land, released on Polydor Records.

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