Susto, Kyshona, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Sister Sadie and other artists are putting their voices behind a new TV series on PBS that marries music and modern-day issues.
Ear to the Common Ground, a 12-episode music series airing on PBS in 2023, features a music artist and eight of their fans of diverse belief systems. The group gathers around a table to discuss a timely topic including abortion, immigration, voting rights, race in America, gun rights and gun control. The series is centered around the question, “what if we could replace contempt with compassion in our political discourse and spend time together sharing a meal and some music?” according to a press release.
The first episode will air on Nashville Public Television (NPT) on January 2, and focuses on immigration. It also features a performance by music prodigy and master of the 21-string Chinese zither, Wu Fei. Kyshona helms the voting rights episode, while Susto frontman Justin Osborne performs on the topic of the environment.
Sam Lewis, The Sweet Lizzy Project, Honduran singer-songwriter Gustavo Moradel, She Returns From War, Bill Miller, spoken word artist Minton Sparks and Louis York, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and producer duo of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, also perform.