Daddy-O Daddy!: Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie

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Before Marlo Thomas, before Raffi, before even Sesame Street or Captain Kangaroo, there was Woody Guthrie, America's premier folk singer, who liked to adopt a kid's-eye view during songwriting sessions. This compilation gathers 14 Guthrie originals and hands 13 of them over to illustrious Guthrie fans, including Taj Mahal, Cissy Houston, Bill Bragg, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. These artists pump new life into the songs here -- six of which are presented on disc for the first time -- offering up reggae Mahal's "Don't You Push Me", Afro-pop Bragg's percolating version of the brilliant "Dry Bed", R&B Kim Wilson's "New Baby Train", and plenty of sizzling folk. Guthrie himself appears...
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Before Marlo Thomas, before Raffi, before even Sesame Street or Captain Kangaroo, there was Woody Guthrie, America's premier folk singer, who liked to adopt a kid's-eye view during songwriting sessions. This compilation gathers 14 Guthrie originals and hands 13 of them over to illustrious Guthrie fans, including Taj Mahal, Cissy Houston, Bill Bragg, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. These artists pump new life into the songs here -- six of which are presented on disc for the first time -- offering up reggae Mahal's "Don't You Push Me", Afro-pop Bragg's percolating version of the brilliant "Dry Bed", R&B Kim Wilson's "New Baby Train", and plenty of sizzling folk. Guthrie himself appears on the opening and closing tracks, reciting his lyrics to "Howdy Little Newlycome," a moving celebration of a baby's birth.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
As passionate as dust bowl troubadour Woody Guthrie was about politics and inequality, he was even more passionate about children, particularly his own. It has been long known that Guthrie left behind a wealth of unrecorded and half completed songs while he was living in New York near the end of his life, the most famous of these appearing as Billy Bragg and Wilco's collaborations on the Mermaid Avenue albums. It stands to reason that many of his incomplete song outlines would revolve around children, and many of these appear on Daddy-O Daddy!: Rare Family Songs of Woody Guthrie. "New Baby Train" provides a typically Woody view on the old legend of the stork delivering newborns, performed with a gruff sentimentality and bluesy harmonica by Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson. Bragg himself appears on the album on the humorous "Dry Bed," recounting a certain growth step in early childhood, and also on "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8," chanting through a fun blast of nonsense sentences recalling his live interpretations of the Guthrie-penned "Hoodoo Voodoo." Nonsense lyrics seemed to have been swirling around the songwriter's pen since his satirical "Howdjadoo" in the early '30s, and these songs are no exception. Adults may cringe a little through the "zoop, zoop, zoopity-zoop"s and the "zippety hop"s, but kids are sure to love it, and grown-up artists like Taj Mahal, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Cissy Houston keep the sound and feel of the songs a million miles from Barney's prehistoric tunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661808720
  • Catalog Number: 618087
  • Sales rank: 210,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Howdy Little Newlycome (0:29)
  2. 2 Want to See Me Grow (3:36)
  3. 3 Don't You Push Me Down - Taj Mahal (4:14)
  4. 4 New Baby Train (6:04)
  5. 5 Little Seed (4:32)
  6. 6 Dry Bed (3:31)
  7. 7 Little Sack O Sugar - Taj Mahal (3:00)
  8. 8 My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky) (3:59)
  9. 9 I'll Write and I'll Draw (4:13)
  10. 10 Bigger (4:14)
  11. 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (3:13)
  12. 12 Tippy Top Toe (3:34)
  13. 13 Curly Headed Baby (3:13)
  14. 14 Sleep Eye (5:40)
  15. 15 Howdy Little Newlycome (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Organ, Electric Guitar, Vocals, national steel guitar
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Vocals
Arlo Guthrie Keyboards
Billy Bragg Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joe Ely Guitar, Vocals
Syd Straw Vocals
Ian McLagan Piano, Hammond Organ
Kim Wilson Harmonica, Vocals
Martyn Barker Drums
Jeff Bova Piano
Tony Braunagel Drums
Cissy Houston Vocals
Steve Conn Accordion
Ramblin' Jack Elliott Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Carl Leyland Piano
Les Lovitt Trumpet
Lu Edmonds Electric Guitar
John Mahon Percussion, Marimbas
Ben Mandelson Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, wah wah guitar
David Raven Drums
David Sanger Percussion, Drums
Gary Herman Bass
Christopher Parker Drums
Donnie Harper Piano
Dickie Fliszar Percussion
Rob Gjersoe Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin
Frank Fuchs Organ, Electric Guitar
Latina Webb Background Vocals
T-Bone Wolk Banjo, Bass, Mandolin, Accordion, Mandola
Anthony Field Background Vocals
Billy Bragg & the Blokes Track Performer
Simon Edwards Bass, Sentir
Dan Wilson Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Arranger
Arlo Guthrie Arranger
Woody Guthrie Liner Notes
Billy Bragg Arranger
Kim Wilson Arranger
Cissy Houston Vocal Arrangements
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Ben Mandelson Contributor
Scott Noll Engineer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Frank Fuchs Arranger, Producer
T-Bone Wolk Arranger
Chris Burns Engineer
Frankie Fuchs Producer
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