Woody at 100 – “…they tied their laws with a hang knot.”

In our centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s murder ballads, we’ve seen that murder and death in his songs are tools to illustrate his fundamental concept of justice.  Sometimes it’s personal, as with “The Philadelphia Lawyer” and “East Texas Red“.  More often it’s political, as with “Ludlow Massacre” and “1913 Massacre” … → read more

Woody at 100 – “See what your greed for money has done.”

We started our centennial celebration week with Woody Guthrie by listening to his “Philadelphia Lawyer”, a classic Country and Western song that he set to the tune of an older murder ballad.  But, despite (or more accurately because of) the murdered lawyer, that song was meant to be funny.  Usually … → read more