Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837280921
catalogNumber: 372809
Rank: 77616


Disc 1

  1. Howdi Do
  2. Union Maid
  3. Ramblin' Reckless Hobo
  4. Hard Travelin'
  5. Riding In My Car
  6. I Ain't Got No Home
  7. Pretty Boy Floyd
  8. I've Got To Know
  9. House of Earth
  10. Pastures of Plenty
  11. Ease My Revolutionary Mind
  12. Deportee
  13. You Know the Night
  14. So Long, It's Been Good To Know Yuh
  15. Woody's Rag
  16. Do Re Mi
  17. 1913 Massacre
  18. This Train is Bound For Glory
  19. This Land is Your Land

Disc 2

  1. Howdi Do
  2. Union Maid
  3. Reading Woody Guthrie's "This is Our Country Here"
  4. Ramblin' Reckless Hobo
  5. Hard Travelin'
  6. Riding in My Car
  7. I Ain't Got No Home
  8. Pretty Boy Floyd
  9. I've Got to Know
  10. House of Earth
  11. Pasture of Plenty
  12. Ease My Revolutionary Mind
  13. Deportee
  14. Reading: I Hate a Song...
  15. You Know the Night
  16. So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh
  17. Woody's Rag
  18. Do Re Mi
  19. 1913 Massacre
  20. Speech/Thanks
  21. This Train is Bound For Glory
  22. This Land is Your Land
  23. DVD Bonus Content

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
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
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
Adam Frey   Drums,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
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
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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