In the past few years there has been a resurgence in interest in the music of Woody Guthrie. The political times we live in and the growing chasm between rich and poor in the US makes Woody’s music as relevant as ever. Additionally with Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, encouraging current songwriters and musicians to compose music to the huge number of verses he left behind there is new Woody music once again.
This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll listen to new and classic renditions of Woody’s music with special emphasis on the new Smithsonian Folkways set Roll Columbia.
We’re spending the week with Woody on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine.
Artist / “Title” / CD / Label
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
Woody Guthrie / “Rye Straw” / Muleskinner Blues / Smithsonian Folkways
Carl Allen / “Columbia Talking Blues” / Roll Columbia / Smithsonian Folkways
Country Joe McDonald / “Roll On Columbia” / Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie Vol. 1 /
Bob Dylan / “The Grand Coulee Dam” / A Tribute to Woody Guthrie / Warner Brothers
John McCutcheon / “Biggest Thing That A Man Has Ever Done” / This Land: Woody
Guthrie’s America / Appalsongs
Orville Johnson / “Pastures of Plenty” / Roll Columbia / Smithsonian Folkways
Indigo Girls & ani difranco / “Ramblin Round” / ’til we outnumber them / Righteous Babe
Jimmy Lafave / “Hard Travelin’” / Woody Guthrie at 100 Live from the Kennedy Center / Legacy
Woody Guthrie / “Sally Gooden” / Muleskinner Blues / Smithsonian Folkways
Cahalen Morrison / “White Ghost Train” / Roll Columbia / Smithsonian Folkways
Hope Machine / “Deportees” / Big Green / Self Produced
Magpie / “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore” / Working My Life Away / Collector
Ry Cooder / “Vigilante Man” / Into the Purple Valley / Reprise
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot / “Curly Headed Baby” / Daddy O Daddy / Rounder
The Burns Sisters / “Lehigh” / The Hills of Ithaca / Self Produced
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian