While widely known as the bluegrass number by folk artist Norman Blake, Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin breathes new life into “Lincoln’s Funeral Train.” The track is from Graffin’s forthcoming solo album set for release in 2017.
The video itself is set against a potent montage of historical photos and footage depicting years of racial conflict. The group of musicians enlisted by Graffin consists of Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo. The song was amplified as deliberate sonic homage to Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and was produced by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Of the song itself, Greg Graffin says, “This song is such a sorrowful piece of Americana and is deeply significant today. The vision of the black funeral train heading west forever into the sunset is symbolic of today’s flickering Republican torch. The Great Emancipator’s passing is once again relevant: Lincoln was the founding President of the Republican Party, a blip so distant on the horizon that it is hardly recognizable anymore.”