In this rerun from 2018, Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, talks about how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” helped her grapple with complex feelings about her home state, Arkansas. She also talks about returning home after heartbreak and explores making her first record “Fake Sugar.”
Every Thursday at 7pm CT, KUTX hosts a weekly Netflix Party featuring a different music documentary. Check it out here. Last week’s movie was What Happened, Miss Simone? and inspired the re-run of this episode discussing Simone’s music and its lasting resonance. Starting this week they’ll be watching the documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution.
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Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, released her first record “Fake Sugar” in 2017. The record is an exploration of commitment and heartbreak written in the midst of the breakup of her marriage and her band. Listen as Ditto explains how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn” helped her grapple with her complex feelings about her home state of Arkansas after she had left for Olympia Washington. Then hear how returning to the place she grew up helped her heal during the time when her most important relationships were dissolving.
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