Lawrence Rothman – “Decent Man” (Feat. Lucinda Williams)
Lawrence Rothman released their debut album, The Book Of Law, back in 2017. They’ve been plenty busy since, most recently producing The Turning’s soundtrack alongside sibling and fellow producer Yves Rothman. Now, Rothman’s gearing up to return with a new double album. The first half is called Good Morning, America, while the second is titled Not A Song and features Rothman performing spoken word over music performed by them and Thundercat’s band. Rothman’s often teaming up with impressive artists, and it’s no different across Good Morning, America, which also features Girlpool, Marissa Nadler, Mary Lattimore, and Pino Palladino. Rothman produced both albums alongside Yves Rothman and Justin Raisen.
Along with the news, Rothman’s shared a new song called “Decent Man.” And it probably comes with the biggest collab of the bunch, finding Rothman singing alongside Lucinda Williams. Here’s what Rothman had to say about it:
Right-wing US Politicians are more so than ever using religion and faith to manipulate and control our free will, puling us decades backward on abortion rights and equality. The old guard MUST be dismantled. Choosing to be neutral or apolitical at this very moment is a dire mistake. The lifeline of our country is at stake along with our own personal livelihood. To belabor the obvious the current administration from top to bottom is the furthest from being decent men. My daughter, around the time of the George Floyd killing, asked me one night “are there any decent men left?” Society’s ills were ever more present to her as our home became the classroom and her social world of school and friends went on pause. I witnessed this young person transform from being a kid inside the bubble of the pre-teen “daydream” to subscribing to the NY Times and LA Times getting active with social justice online and on the street. She inspired me to sit at my kitchen table and write a record that explored the horrifying current American epoch and how old values and traditions have misshaped many of us. “Decent Man” was the first song I wrote and the rest came within two weeks. Lucinda Williams’ voice and song have been a constant companion for me during my life’s ups and downs. Her albums have been my family’s soundtrack during these last six months. When I wrote “Decent Man” I saw myself on stage trading verses with Lucinda, and it’s a great honor to have her accompany me on this song.
“Decent Man” arrives alongside its spoken-word counterpart, “Not A Son (Spew Version).” Check them out below.
Good Morning, America + Not A Son is out 1/29 via KRO Records.