May 26, 2023

The Pinkerton Raid: Wiggins Special (Freedom Ain't Free)

Durham, North Carolina based roots band The Pinkerton Raid tell the tale of driver and mechanic Charlie Wiggins, who was faster than anyone in the 20 sand 30s, but was not allowed to race in the Indy 500, which was a whites-only event back then. He prepped the car for Bill Cummings in 1934 who won that year's edition. The KKK really hated that. Wiggins Special (Freedom Ain't Free) also looks at the construction of the Interstate 70 highway near the circuit in 1943, that split the communities of Martindale-Brightwood, a split that can still be felt today. It's a nifty metaphor for dividing people and hurting them in the process.

The Pinkerton Raid:
Jesse James DeConto: singer-songwriter, electric guitar
David Wimbish: audio production, acoustic guitar, organ
Jonathan DePue: bass
Scott McFarlane: drums
Caroline DeConto, Katie DeConto, Derek Skeen, Tori Elliott-Gingerich, Sarah Shearin: background vocals

Wiggins Special (Freedom Ain't Free) is a self-released single. Buy it from their website.

Live dates:
  • 06/02 Satellite Bar and Lounge, Wilmington, NC
  • 06/03 Kings, Raleigh, NC
  • 06/04 Kings, Raleigh, NC
  • 06/24 Flat Iron, Greensboro, NC
  • 07/28 Petra's, Charlotte, NC
  • 07/29 Saturdays in Saxapahaw, Saxapahaw, NC


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