I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and I’m astonished by how much I didn’t know about that era of American history. One example: a Gallup Poll from early 1939 revealed that 84-85% of American protestants and Catholics “opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. So did more than one-quarter of … Continue reading The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial
The Austin Chronicle reports that Jay Farrar is working on the next volume of unpublished lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. Farrar, along with Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Will Johnson (Centro-matic), recorded the album in New York in March, and it “is currently in the mixing stage.” “Jay sent me … Continue reading Jay Farrar recording Mermaid Avenue Vol. 6
They have a new album—Wilco (The Album)—coming in late June, but you won’t have to wait until then to get yourself some new Wilco. A new cover of Woody Guthrie’s “The Jolly Banker” is available now on their website with suggested donation of $2 to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. (GLONO donated $10, so … Continue reading New Wilco – The Happy Banker
MP3: Jonatha Brooke – “There’s More True Lovers Than One” from The Works, out today on Bad Dog Records. This is the first album of previously unheard lyrics by Woody Guthrie set to original music written and performed by a woman. Jonatha Brooke: Web.
Steve Earle on Woody Guthrie from the Nation.