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Song premiere: Eliza Gilkyson sings a folk classic with Jimmy LaFave

Peter Blackstock

If you’re a folk music fan, you’ve heard “Down By the Riverside” probably dozens, maybe hundreds of times. Renowned for its “Ain’t gonna study war no more” chorus, the song is an enduring American classic that traces to the 19th century.

You’ve never heard it quite like this, though. When Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson recorded the song for her new album “Secularia,” due out July 13 on Red House Records, she brought in a very special guest: Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave, who died of cancer last May at age 61.

The album, now available for preorder, is the 20th of Gilkyson’s career, following 2014’s Grammy-nominated “The Nocturne Diaries.” Shawn Colvin, Sam Butler and the Tosca String Quartet also appear, along with a supporting cast including Chris Maresh, Warren Hood, Kym Warner, Mike Hardwick, Andre Moran and Betty Soo.

Gilkyson will play a CD release concert at Stateside at the Paramount on July 27. Tickets, $28, are available via the venue’s website.

Here’s Gilkyson and LaFave singing “Down By the Riverside”:


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