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Allison Russell’s powerful debut album confronts her traumatic childhood through song
Warning: This interview contains discussion of child sexual abuse. Canadian folk musician Allison Russell has been making music for a long time with the groups Po' Girl, Birds of Chicago and Our Native Daughters, but she’s just released her debut solo album, Outside Child. On the record, Russell bares her soul and confronts the sexual abuse she faced as a child by her adoptive father. It also deals with her homelessness as a teenager in Montreal. She joined Tom Power to tell us her story and why she knew she had to go on this painful journey of inquiry.