Guthrie's music inspired artists from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and his career as the Dust Bowl Troubadour became representative of more than just American folk music. He wrote music that represented the American experience. Covers, cover albums, and festivals have been arranged in his memory, but this year, four folk musicians embarked on a different way to honor Guthrie's music.
New Multitudes pays homage to Guthrie's song writing, but not in a traditional sense. The album from Jay Farrar of Sun Volt, Will Johnson of Centro-matic, Anders Parker of Varnaline and Space Needle, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, also known as Yim Yames, doesn't cover Guthrie's hits. Rather, the album is based on unrecorded material from Guthrie's archives. The four musicians fleshed out Guthrie's unused lyrics, an experience that they each felt was more about letting Guthrie's music speak to them than trying to adapt it or make it their own. The resulting album is a creative, collaborative celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday.
Artist/SONG NAME/ALBUM NAME
Recent Release: New Multitudes
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Label: Rounder Records
Band Origin: recorded in Brooklyn, NY and St. Louis Missouri