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Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Woody Guthrie defined an era and culture in transition in his Dust Bowl ballads, his outlaw tales, his work and labor songs, anti-war songs, children's songs, political songs, and a host of love songs and songs that touched on philosophy, geography, and the hard work of living day to day in an emerging industrial world. He was kind of a maverick beat journalist. He wrote and drew constantly, and new poems, writings, drawings, lyrics, and even previously unknown songs and recordings have kept turning up even a decade into the 21st century, making him, in retrospect, a kind of maverick gonzo beat journalist, and if he defiantly wished, yearned, and politicized for a better ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Woody Guthrie defined an era and culture in transition in his Dust Bowl ballads, his outlaw tales, his work and labor songs, anti-war songs, children's songs, political songs, and a host of love songs and songs that touched on philosophy, geography, and the hard work of living day to day in an emerging industrial world. He was kind of a maverick beat journalist. He wrote and drew constantly, and new poems, writings, drawings, lyrics, and even previously unknown songs and recordings have kept turning up even a decade into the 21st century, making him, in retrospect, a kind of maverick gonzo beat journalist, and if he defiantly wished, yearned, and politicized for a better America, it's hard to imagine a more American artist. This CD/DVD collects highlights from a concert held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 2012 to honor the 100th anniversary of Guthrie's birth, and as these various performers that night present their versions of Guthrie's songs, what quickly becomes obvious is how varied, versatile, poignant, literate, and lyrical he was as a songwriter, even if he worked mostly in a vernacular style. His best songs both capture an era and transcend that era, and his feel for the downtrodden in the land of opportunity is unparalleled. But he also wrote love songs and kid's songs, and all of these are here, including highlight performances by Judy Collins (she turns back the clock with a beautiful piano and acoustic guitar arrangement of "Pastures of Plenty"), Ani DiFranco (a haunting "Deportee," complete with ghostly fiddle and some fine atmospheric guitar from Ry Cooder), Rosanne Cash (her takes on "I Ain't Got No Home" and "Pretty Boy Floyd," with John Leventhal adding guitar, are revealing, particularly "Pretty Boy Floyd," which is done with her father Johnny Cash's patented Tennessee Two shuffle), and Joel Rafael (he sounds so much like Bob Dylan here on "Ramblin' Reckless Hobo" that one could swear it was a long lost Dylan song circa Another Side of Bob Dylan -- and underscores how much Dylan learned from Guthrie). The one sort of sad note in the set is Ramblin' Jack Elliott's (perhaps the purest of Guthrie-influenced acolytes) ramshackle and wobbly version of "1913 Massacre." Time and a life of constant gigs have settled in on Elliott here, and it's heartbreaking to hear him struggle through the song, the kind of song he used to carry in his pocket. It's easy to imagine Guthrie doing the same thing, though, which he did, actually, singing until he simply couldn't sing anymore. But these songs are sturdy. They're timeless. Someone will always be singing them, and it really doesn't matter how well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837280921
  • Catalog Number: 372809
  • Sales rank: 27,975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Howdi Do - Old Crow Medicine Show (2:07)
  2. 2 Union Maid - Old Crow Medicine Show (2:46)
  3. 3 Ramblin' Reckless Hobo - Joel Rafael (3:08)
  4. 4 Hard Travelin' - Jimmy LaFave (3:37)
  5. 5 Riding In My Car - Donovan (2:57)
  6. 6 I Ain't Got No Home - John Leventhal (4:25)
  7. 7 Pretty Boy Floyd - John Leventhal (3:45)
  8. 8 I've Got To Know - Sweet Honey in the Rock (5:08)
  9. 9 House of Earth - Lucinda Williams (5:13)
  10. 10 Pastures of Plenty - Judy Collins (3:47)
  11. 11 Ease My Revolutionary Mind - Tom Morello (4:19)
  12. 12 Deportee - Dan Gellert (4:40)
  13. 13 You Know the Night - Rob Wasserman (4:19)
  14. 14 So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh - The Del McCoury Band (5:06)
  15. 15 Woody's Rag - The Del McCoury Band (3:24)
  16. 16 Do Re Mi - John Mellencamp (3:48)
  17. 17 1913 Massacre - Ramblin' Jack Elliott (5:49)
  18. 18 This Train is Bound For Glory (3:41)
  19. 19 This Land is Your Land (4:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Howdi Do - Old Crow Medicine Show
  2. 2 Union Maid - Old Crow Medicine Show
  3. 3 Reading Woody Guthrie's "This is Our Country Here" - Jeff Daniels
  4. 4 Ramblin' Reckless Hobo - Joel Rafael
  5. 5 Hard Travelin' - Jimmy LaFave
  6. 6 Riding in My Car - Donovan
  7. 7 I Ain't Got No Home - John Leventhal
  8. 8 Pretty Boy Floyd - John Leventhal
  9. 9 I've Got to Know - Sweet Honey in the Rock
  10. 10 House of Earth - Lucinda Williams
  11. 11 Pasture of Plenty - Judy Collins
  12. 12 Ease My Revolutionary Mind - Tom Morello
  13. 13 Deportee - Dan Gellert
  14. 14 Reading: I Hate a Song... - Jeff Daniels
  15. 15 You Know the Night - Rob Wasserman
  16. 16 So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh - The Del McCoury Band
  17. 17 Woody's Rag - The Del McCoury Band
  18. 18 Do Re Mi - John Mellencamp
  19. 19 1913 Massacre - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  20. 20 Speech/Thanks - Nora Guthrie
  21. 21 This Train is Bound For Glory
  22. 22 This Land is Your Land
  23. 23 DVD Bonus Content
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tony Trischka Banjo
Rosanne Cash Guitar, Vocals
Judy Collins Guitar, Vocals
Jackson Browne Guitar, Vocals, Performing Ensemble
Ry Cooder Electric Guitar
Donovan Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Lucinda Williams Guitar, Vocals
Rob Wasserman Upright Bass, Musician
Ani DiFranco Guitar, Vocals
Nitanju Bolade Casel Vocals
Dane Clark Drums, Musician
Eric Gardner Drums, Musician
Kevin Hayes Banjo, Vocals
Aisha Kahlil Vocals
Jimmy LaFave Guitar, Vocals
John Leventhal Guitar, Vocals
Carol Maillard Vocals
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Vocals
John Mellencamp Guitar, Vocals
Tom Morello Guitar, Vocals
Tim O'Brien Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Russell Walden Piano, Musician
Andy York Guitar, Musician
Bucky Halker Narrator
Nora Guthrie Narrator
Radoslav Lorkovic Piano, Accordion, Performing Ensemble, Musician
Dan Gellert Fiddle
Fritz Lewak Drums, Musician
Joel Rafael Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Robert Santelli Announcer
Carl Restivo Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Adam Frey Drums, Musician
Critter Fuqua Banjo, Vocals, Performing Ensemble
Morgan Jahnig Performing Ensemble, Upright Bass
Alan Bartram Upright Bass
Alethea Mills Vocals, Musician
Jeff Daniels Spoken Word
Gill Landry Vocals, Slide Guitar
Troye Kinnett Accordion, Musician
Dave Gibbs Guitar, Vocals, Musician
Louise Robinson Vocals
Dave Roe Upright Bass, Musician
Jason Carter Fiddle
Ketch Secor Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals, Performing Ensemble
The Freedom Fighter Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Chavonne Stewart Vocals, Musician
Chance McCoy Guitar, Vocals, Performing Ensemble
Robbie McCoury Banjo
Sam Frey Bass Guitar, Musician
Val McCullum Guitar, Musician
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer, Lyricist
Jackson Browne Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Rob Wasserman Composer
Chris Andersen Engineer
Jerry Jackson Camera Operator
Tom Morello Composer
Steve Rosenthal Producer, Mastering
Vic Anesini Mastering
Kenny White Camera Operator
Nora Guthrie Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Shepard Fairey Cover Art
Jim Brown Director, Producer, Executive Producer
Joel Rafael Composer
Robert Santelli Producer, Executive Producer
Martin Hoffman Composer
Troy Pohl Audio Technician
Chase Pierson Video Engineer
Elise Perry Camera Operator
David Smith Camera Operator
Kabir Hermon Digital Editing, Mastering
Darryl Player Camera Operator
Robert Del Russo Camera Operator
Shirley Childress Saton Sign Language Interpreter
Peggy Dahlquist Stage Manager
Martha Mountain Lighting Director
Joey Walker Camera Operator
Glen Timer Contributor
Garth Ross Producer, Executive Producer
Tim Prestridge Management
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