Tuning in, turning out: Tea party finds its music

By JIM DAVENPORT | October 10, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — The tea party movement is tuning up and spawning its own take on protest music.

About half of the tea party movement's supporters were old enough to tune into AM radios playing Donovan, Sam Cook or Bob Dylan protest tunes in the 1960s and 1970s.

Performers are trying to put the movement's themes at the heart of their tunes. For instance, Jordan Page loads his music with liberty and small-government themes and even works in a lament about the Federal Reserve.

Charleston Tea Party organizer Ron Parks says the music amplifies the movement's message. But he doesn't expect it to take off like anti-war music of the Vietnam War era.